Corey Flintoff http://kwit.org en Near Crash Site, Stories Of The Jet Cleave Closely To Russian Version http://kwit.org/post/near-crash-site-stories-jet-cleave-closely-russian-version Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>U.S. intelligence officials outlined today what they know so far about the downing of the Malaysian Airlines flight in Ukraine. A U.S. spy satellite detected the launch of a surface to air missile from eastern Ukraine at the time the plane went down.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>They were also able to verify the identities of separatist leaders on an intercepted phone call. But U.S. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 48846 at http://kwit.org International Observers Work To Keep Tabs On Site Of Malaysia Jet Crash http://kwit.org/post/international-observers-work-keep-tabs-site-malaysia-jet-crash Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Secretary of State John Kerry spent a lot of time on TV yesterday, laying out what he says is extraordinary circumstantial evidence that rebels in Eastern Ukraine shot down the Malaysia Airlines jetliner. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:27:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 48749 at http://kwit.org The Challenges Of Investigating The Malaysia Airlines Disaster http://kwit.org/post/challenges-investigating-malaysia-airlines-disaster The crash site of the Malaysia Airlines flight in eastern Ukraine holds many important clues about what happened to the plane. But that site is under the control of pro-Russian separatists who are suspected of involvement in shooting the plane down.<p>The rebel fighters say they are giving access to investigators, including those from the Ukrainian government, though one Ukrainian official who visited the scene Friday said he was not given full access.<p>Here are some of the key questions on the investigation into Flight MH17:<p><strong>The U.N. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 48651 at http://kwit.org The Challenges Of Investigating The Malaysia Airlines Disaster Darkened By A Bloody History, Baltics Hope To Be Bolstered By NATO http://kwit.org/post/darkened-bloody-history-baltics-hope-be-bolstered-nato Russia's recent involvement in Ukrainian political turmoil touched a raw nerve in the Baltic countries of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. All three are now members of the EU and NATO, but they have painful memories of the Soviet occupation. Leaders of the Baltic states are asking for a bigger NATO presence in their countries, a move Russia angrily opposes. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 48448 at http://kwit.org Russia's Annexation Of Crimea Worries Baltic Nation Of Latvia http://kwit.org/post/russias-annexation-crimea-worries-baltic-nation-latvia Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Russia gave a reason when it annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was protecting Russian-speaking people. Two members of NATO also have a large ethnic Russian populations - Latvia and Estonia - wonder if they are next in line for Russian interference. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 48318 at http://kwit.org Fighting In Eastern Ukraine Is Described As Fierce But Indecisive http://kwit.org/post/fighting-eastern-ukraine-described-fierce-indecisive Diplomats are trying to arrange a new ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. But Ukraine's president is under domestic pressure to take decisive military action against pro-Russian separatists. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 10:21:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 47744 at http://kwit.org In Long-Roiled Ukraine, War Mentality Turns Outward http://kwit.org/post/long-roiled-ukraine-war-mentality-turns-outward Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The Ukrainian military ramped up air and artillery strikes against pro-Russian separatists today. The offensive in Ukraine's eastern provinces resumed after President Petro Poroshenko declared he would not renew a 10-day ceasefire. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow would protect the interests of ethnic Russians in other countries but he didn't offer a specific support to the rebels in Ukraine. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 47571 at http://kwit.org Ukraine's Latest Turn Toward EU Has Moscow Glowering http://kwit.org/post/ukraines-latest-turn-toward-eu-has-moscow-glowering Ukraine's president has signed a historic trade and economic pact with the European Union, a move his predecessor rejected. The conflict that the first rejection sparked still simmers, with violence continuing in the country's east despite a shaky cease-fire. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 47353 at http://kwit.org Refugees From Eastern Ukraine Wonder When They Can Go Home http://kwit.org/post/refugees-eastern-ukraine-wonder-when-they-can-go-home Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>When Ukraine's former president refused to sign a trade agreement with the European Union, he was driven from office. Today in Brussels, Ukraine's new president signed that deal, as did the former Soviet Republics of Georgia and Moldova. Russia still objects and fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russian separatists goes on. The violence has forced thousands of people in eastern Ukraine from their homes. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:24:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 47318 at http://kwit.org Ukrainian Rebels Reject Cease-Fire, As Russian Troops Line Border http://kwit.org/post/ukrainian-rebels-reject-cease-fire-russian-troops-line-border Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Separatist leaders in eastern Ukraine appealed, today, for military help from Russia. They say they're losing their battles with Ukrainian government troops. Heavy fighting raged near the city of Luhansk, and the rebels' top military leader said his forces might have to retreat. NATO says it's seeing signs of a new Russian troop buildup near Ukraine's eastern border - this is despite Kiev's proposal for a unilateral cease-fire. In a few minutes, we'll talk with Germany's defense minister about her views on Ukraine and relations with Russia. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:12:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 46842 at http://kwit.org