Corey Flintoff http://kwit.org en 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 From Ukraine's President, A Promise Of Truce — With Conditions http://kwit.org/post/ukraines-president-promise-truce-conditions Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Ukraine's new president says he will order a unilateral cease-fire in the East of his country. That's where government troops have been fighting pro-Russian separatists. The announcement today came after Petro Poroshenko discussed the crisis with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:22:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 46764 at http://kwit.org Citing Unpaid Debts, Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Ukraine http://kwit.org/post/citing-unpaid-debts-russia-cuts-gas-supplies-ukraine Russia says it has cut natural gas supplies to Ukraine after Kiev missed a deadline to pay part of its huge outstanding energy debt. The Russians say that in the future the state-run company Gazprom will only supply gas to Ukraine in return for pre-payment. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:49:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 46641 at http://kwit.org Are 'Color Revolutions' A New Front In U.S.-Russia Tensions? http://kwit.org/post/are-color-revolutions-new-front-us-russia-tensions Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>U.S. relations with Russia are at their lowest point since the Cold War thanks to the crisis in Ukraine. Russian defense officials are talking about a new doctrine of subversive warfare between major world powers. They accuse the West of using popular uprisings to topple unfriendly governments. And some analysts say Moscow itself is employing that strategy in eastern Ukraine. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 46409 at http://kwit.org Now That Russia Has Crimea, What Is Moscow's Plan? http://kwit.org/post/now-russia-has-crimea-what-moscows-plan Less than three months after Russia annexed Crimea, Moscow is committing billions of dollars in aid and tax breaks to make the Black Sea peninsula a showcase of development.<p>But there's at least one major problem: The region has a deeply ingrained reputation for corruption and organized crime, a reputation that already taints some of the region's newest leaders.<p>After Russian troops seized control of the Crimean parliament in February, one of the first leaders to emerge was a 41-year-old businessman and politician named Sergei Aksyonov.<p>Although Aksyonov and his Russian Unity party held Thu, 05 Jun 2014 18:42:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 45982 at http://kwit.org Now That Russia Has Crimea, What Is Moscow's Plan? Putin May Have An Opening To Rebuild Relations With West http://kwit.org/post/putin-may-have-opening-rebuild-relations-west Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Getting pressure from other world leaders - not something Vladimir Putin is known for enjoying all that much. Let's turn now to NPR's Corey Flintoff in Moscow. Corey, good morning.<p>COREY FLINTOFF, BYLINE: Good morning, David.<p>GREENE: So have we heard much reaction from Putin or Russian officials yet to what sounds like sort of a tougher stance from Obama?<p>FLINTOFF: So far there hasn't been much, officially. But the Kremlin's been focused very intensely, lately, on this current NATO defense ministers meeting that's taking place in Brussels right now. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 09:20:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 45873 at http://kwit.org