FROM Mark Rachkevych
Russian Aid Trucks Head for Ukraine In the Eastern Ukrainian City of Luhansk, at least 2000 people have been killed and 5000 injured — pro-Russian separatists, Ukrainian troops and civilians. Yesterday, 278 Russian Army trucks, painted white, left Moscow and headed toward the Eastern Ukrainian border. Russian President Vladimir Putin says they’re loaded with humanitarian aid, but Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko smells a “Trojan Horse.”
Fighting in Crimea While Putin Celebrates in Crimea Deadly fighting continued today in Eastern Ukraine, but in the Crimean port of Sebastopol on the Black Sea, tens of thousands turned out to see Russian President Vladimir Putin preside over a triumphant spectacle of warships and fighter jets. This is Victory Day, in which Russia celebrates the defeat of Adolph Hitler in World War II. Mark Rachkevych is editor of the Kyiv Post .
Conflict Escalates in Eastern Ukraine The interim government of Ukraine has upped the ante in the Eastern part of the country by deploying troops, helicopters and armored personnel carriers. President Oleksandr Turchynov calls it an “anti-terrorist operation against pro-Russian forces who’ve occupied government buildings." Mark Rachkevych is an editor of the Kyiv Post.
Standoff in Eastern Ukraine The interim President of Ukraine says he's not opposed to a nationwide referendum on granting regions greater autonomy. This, after he failed to make good on yesterday's threat of military action to remove pro-Russian protesters who've seized more and more government buildings. Mark Rachkevych is an editor of the Kyiv Post . He's just returned to Ukraine's capital from the eastern city of Donetsk.
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