KIEV, Ukraine – Pro-Russian rebels downed a military helicopter in eastern Ukraine, killing 13 troops and a general, as an adviser to President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of pushing the world toward war through proxies in Kiev.
Russia, Ukraine, the U.S. and EU reached a surprise deal Thursday on de-escalating the worsening Ukrainian crisis, in a ray of hope for the former Soviet republic that has plunged into chaos.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — U.S. President Barack Obama urged Russia to de-escalate the crisis over Ukraine or face the consequences of more sanctions if it encroaches further into the east of the country after its annexation of Crimea.
On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an agreement that formally recognized the "reunification" of the breakaway Ukrainian region of Crimea with Russia. "To understand the reason behind such a choice," he said in a speech to parliament, "it is enough to know the history of Crimea and what Russia and Crimea have always meant for each other."
The international crisis over Ukraine escalated sharply Monday as the United States and Europe imposed sanctions on senior Russian political and military figures, and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the Ukrainian region of Crimea as an independent state.
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