Nearly three years after Russia annexed the Crimea region of Ukraine, the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church called on the international community to "stop the aggressor" in Ukraine's "forgotten conflict" and help the 1 million children in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

NSDC situation map for Feb 2, 2017


Analyst: It’s hard to say whether this latest battle will last a week or a month, largely because the aims of the pro-Russian fighters are not clear

< An alleged document of the Brazilian issued by the armed separatist group in control of the eastern city of Donetsk.

< Minister M.J. Akbar, right, with Stepan Kubiv, left, First Vice-Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister of Economic Development and Trade, and Igor Polikha, second from right, Ambassador of Ukraine to India in New Delhi.  



Waiting Out the War 2017/1/24 14:13:22

The war in eastern Ukraine has uprooted hundreds of thousands of people, forcing them to flee from the constant shelling. Many of them have since found shelter, but they are yearning to return to their old lives.


< Children in the Hope refugee camp in Kharkiv


< Chrystia Freeland watches proudly after being sworn in as Canada's minister of foreign affairs in a cabinet shuffle at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Jan. 10. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)


Canada's new foreign affairs minister is descendant of Ukrainians and fierce critic of Vladimir Putin's wars


UBO Comment: We believe Freeland’s appointment is one of the brightest spots as Ukraine faces the potentially disastrous result of the Trump-Putin bromance.


The sanctions related to Russia’s military activity in Donbas must remain in place until Russia fulfills its obligations under the Minsk Accords, Biden stressed.


“I believe we will win, for the truth is on the side of Ukraine and justice has always been more powerful than weapons,” Poroshenko noted.


“…Ukraine did not fulfil its obligation to transpose the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive into national law.”


<Alisa Sopova: “When war came to my city in eastern Ukraine, it was hard – but vital – for people like me to stay objective.”


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