FROM Roland Oliphant
Russia Endorses Sunday's Separatist Elections in Eastern Ukraine Last weekend, pro-Western parties won an overwhelming majority in the parliament of Ukraine. But there was no voting in parts of Eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists plan their own, separate elections this coming Sunday. Roland Oliphant is in Donetsk, an eastern industrial city, for the Daily Telegraph .
Putin Offers Peace Plan on Eve of NATO Summit Russian President Vladimir Putin says he and Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko have a “similar understanding” about a settlement with pro-Russian separatists when they conduct talks on Friday in Belarus. Meantime, NATO begins a summit meeting tomorrow in Wales. Roland Oliphant is Moscow Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph.
Pro-Russian Protests in Eastern Ukraine Flare Up Secretary of State John Kerry today told a Senate Committee that the seizure of government buildings in three East Ukrainian cities has been fomented by Moscow. "And equally as clear, must be the reality that the United States and our allies will not hesitate to use 21st century tools to hold Russia accountable for 19th century behavior." At the hearing, Kerry and John McCain exchanged harsh words over the US reaction to what’s happening in Ukraine. Roland Oliphant is there for the Daily Telegraph .
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