Corey Flintoff http://krwg.org en Fighting In Ukraine Continues; Russia Dismisses Threat Of Sanctions http://krwg.org/post/ukraine-update <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Fighting+In+Ukraine+Continues%3B+Russia+Dismisses+Threat+Of+Sanctions&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MzMwMDM0MDEzMTg4NzQ3NzAwZDdjZg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Fierce fighting continued overnight in Eastern Ukraine on the Russian border. A new U.N. report says, the violence there has killed more than 1,100 people since mid-April. Russia's foreign minister rejected U.S. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 71415 at http://krwg.org Fighting In Ukraine A Hurdle As Investigators Try To Access MH17 Site http://krwg.org/post/fighting-ukraine-hurdle-investigators-try-access-mh17-site <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Fighting+In+Ukraine+A+Hurdle+As+Investigators+Try+To+Access+MH17+Site&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MDY4MDEyMTY4NDA3MzI3YjkzMw004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:09:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 71257 at http://krwg.org Near Crash Site, Stories Of The Jet Cleave Closely To Russian Version http://krwg.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 21:12:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 71058 at http://krwg.org International Observers Work To Keep Tabs On Site Of Malaysia Jet Crash http://krwg.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 70933 at http://krwg.org The Challenges Of Investigating The Malaysia Airlines Disaster http://krwg.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 70832 at http://krwg.org The Challenges Of Investigating The Malaysia Airlines Disaster Darkened By A Bloody History, Baltics Hope To Be Bolstered By NATO http://krwg.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 70592 at http://krwg.org In Long-Roiled Ukraine, War Mentality Turns Outward http://krwg.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 20:10:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 69591 at http://krwg.org Ukraine's Latest Turn Toward EU Has Moscow Glowering http://krwg.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 20:30:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 69327 at http://krwg.org Ukrainian Rebels Reject Cease-Fire, As Russian Troops Line Border http://krwg.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 68703 at http://krwg.org From Ukraine's President, A Promise Of Truce — With Conditions http://krwg.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 68620 at http://krwg.org Citing Unpaid Debts, Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Ukraine http://krwg.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 20:35:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 68462 at http://krwg.org Are 'Color Revolutions' A New Front In U.S.-Russia Tensions? http://krwg.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 68214 at http://krwg.org Now That Russia Has Crimea, What Is Moscow's Plan? http://krwg.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 67683 at http://krwg.org Now That Russia Has Crimea, What Is Moscow's Plan? Separatists Disrupt Ukraine's Election Preparations http://krwg.org/post/separatists-disrupt-ukraines-election-preparations Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Teams of international observers are arriving in Ukraine ahead of tomorrow's presidential election. But in the eastern region of the country, where pro-Moscow militia are vowing to disrupt the vote, there may not be much for them to observe. Separatists say they won't allow the election to proceed in the regions that they have declared to be independent states. Sat, 24 May 2014 11:49:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 66837 at http://krwg.org Putin Sends Mixed Signals On His Attitude To Ukrainian Election http://krwg.org/post/putin-sends-mixed-signals-his-attitude-ukrainian-election Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow will respect the outcome of the upcoming election in Ukraine but later said he still has concerns about the legitimacy of the vote. Fri, 23 May 2014 21:38:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 66809 at http://krwg.org Ukraine's Richest Man Pushes Back Against Pro-Moscow Separatists http://krwg.org/post/ukraines-richest-man-pushes-back-against-pro-moscow-separatists There are increasing signs of friction between pro-Moscow separatists and local residents in eastern Ukraine, as some local people demand an end to the violence and lawlessness in the region. Meanwhile, one of Ukraine's richest men has repeated his call for a return to stability, calling on workers to show their support for a unified country. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 20 May 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 66540 at http://krwg.org The Blogging Battlegrounds Of Eastern Ukraine http://krwg.org/post/blogging-battlegrounds-eastern-ukraine As Ukraine prepares for presidential elections on Sunday, a social media struggle is underway in the country's eastern provinces.<p>That's where pro-Russian separatists have seized government buildings in many towns and declared independence after a much-disputed referendum. The separatists have vowed to block the vote in at least two key regions, Donetsk and Luhansk.<p>Separatists have seized voting commission offices, confiscated voter rolls and intimidated local election workers, government officials say. Mon, 19 May 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 66440 at http://krwg.org The Blogging Battlegrounds Of Eastern Ukraine After Eastern Ukrainian Steel Magnate Flexes Muscle, Barricades Fall http://krwg.org/post/after-eastern-ukrainian-steel-magnate-flexes-muscle-barricades-fall Barricades in the eastern Ukrainian town of Mariupol have been dismantled, following a deal between separatist leaders, police and steelworkers from the city's biggest steel mill. The deal came after steel mill owner, billionaire Rinat Akhmetov, issued a statement saying the region's economic future depended on staying united with Ukraine. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 16 May 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 66276 at http://krwg.org After Referendum In Eastern Ukraine, Different Visions Emerge http://krwg.org/post/after-referendum-eastern-ukraine-different-visions-emerge In eastern Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists are claiming independence based on a victory in a hastily organized referendum. Now, they're resisting a nationwide presidential election that's scheduled for May 25.<p>With Russian troops still massed near the border, Ukrainian and international mediators are trying to find a solution for the crisis.<p>There are some very different visions of the future for the volatile region.<p>One is expressed by Serhiy Taruta, a Ukrainian billionaire who's been appointed governor of the Donetsk region by the government in Kiev. Wed, 14 May 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 66126 at http://krwg.org After Referendum In Eastern Ukraine, Different Visions Emerge In Two Eastern Ukraine Provinces, Bold Steps Toward Independence http://krwg.org/post/two-eastern-ukraine-provinces-bold-steps-toward-independence Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block. Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine declared independence for two regions today, after announcing the results of a much-disputed referendum. Separatist leaders in the Donetsk region asked to join Russia. The Kremlin said it respected the vote but it has not yet responded to that request. The Ukrainian government maintains the referendum was illegal, and it threatened criminal prosecution for those who organized it. Mon, 12 May 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 65968 at http://krwg.org Kinder Words From Putin, But They Come With A Cost http://krwg.org/post/kinder-words-putin-they-come-cost Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Now to the conflict in Ukraine. Today, Russian President Vladimir Putin made some conciliatory sounding statements. He called on the pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine to postpone their planned referendum on autonomy. That vote is currently scheduled for Sunday. Putin also said that Russian troops had withdrawn from the Ukrainian border and that Russia is ready for more talks on ways to resolve the crisis.<p>But that offer comes with conditions that would be very hard for the government in Kiev to accept. Wed, 07 May 2014 20:59:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 65642 at http://krwg.org Putin's Internet Plan Requires 'Sharing' With Security Services http://krwg.org/post/pending-restrictions-cast-chill-over-russias-blogosphere Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a new measure that will give the government much greater control over the Internet.<p>Critics say the law is aimed at silencing opposition bloggers and restricting what people can say on social media. It would also force international email providers and social networks to make their users' information available to the Russian security services.<p>Putin sent a chill through many Internet users late last month with this comment at a media forum: "You do know that it all began initially, when the Internet first appeared, as a special CIA project. Tue, 06 May 2014 07:28:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 65509 at http://krwg.org Putin's Internet Plan Requires 'Sharing' With Security Services Russia Condemns Ukraine With Comparisons To Nazis http://krwg.org/post/russia-condemns-ukraine-comparisons-nazis The Ukrainian government is describing its offensive against pro-Russian separatists in the eastern part of the country as an "anti-terrorist operation," language that offends the separatists and Russia.<p>In turn, Russia is using even stronger language, saying that the Ukrainian military has launched a "punitive operation." While that may not carry any special meaning to Western ears, it has far more sinister implications for Russians.<p>A Russian friend of mine, professional interpreter Alevtina Potemkina, points out that the expression being used is <em>karatelnaya operatsiya</em>, a phrase Sat, 03 May 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 65387 at http://krwg.org Russia Condemns Ukraine With Comparisons To Nazis Outrage Out Of Moscow As News Of Ukrainian Offensive Spreads http://krwg.org/post/outrage-out-moscow-news-ukrainian-offensive-spreads Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Russia reacted to news of the Ukrainian offensive in Slavyansk with outrage. The Russian mission at the United Nations has called for a meeting of the Security Council to discuss the issue. A spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said the action had effectively destroyed all hope for the Geneva Peace Accords. Fri, 02 May 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 65330 at http://krwg.org Heated Words, And Mild Relief, In Russia's Response To New Sanctions http://krwg.org/post/heated-words-and-mild-relief-russias-response-new-sanctions Russia reacted angrily to new EU and U.S. sanctions, which were imposed in response to Russian interference in Ukraine. Russia's deputy foreign minister vowed to deliver a "painful" response. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:03:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 65088 at http://krwg.org How Much Will New U.S. Sanctions Affect Russia? http://krwg.org/post/how-much-will-new-us-sanctions-affect-russia Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Let's examine just how much U.S. sanctions could affect Russia. President Obama yesterday announced the latest measures aimed at punishing Russia for its links to violence in Eastern Ukraine. Russia is accusing the U.S. and its allies in Europe and Japan of resorting to Cold War tactics.<p>NPR's Corey Flintoff is covering this story from Moscow. Hi, Corey.<p>COREY FLINTOFF, BYLINE: Good morning, Steve.<p>INSKEEP: So what will the latest sanctions do?<p>FLINTOFF: Well, there hasn't been a huge effect so far. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 10:21:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 65044 at http://krwg.org What Russia Might Gain From A Decentralized Ukraine http://krwg.org/post/what-russia-might-gain-decentralized-ukraine Ukraine's interim government is facing major obstacles: a separatist uprising in the east of the country, an economy in tatters and a presidential election next month.<p>But the leadership is also facing a longer-term challenge, one that will shape the future of the country: the creation of a new constitution.<p>The task will be complicated by pressure from Russia, which has already made clear what kind of constitution it thinks Ukraine should have. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 15:30:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 64888 at http://krwg.org What Russia Might Gain From A Decentralized Ukraine Does Russia Have The Military To Take Ukraine? http://krwg.org/post/does-russia-have-military-take-ukraine <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXAhqzSQO_o</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 07:04:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 64790 at http://krwg.org Does Russia Have The Military To Take Ukraine? On Russian Call-in Show, Putin Maintains Hard Line Against West http://krwg.org/post/russian-call-show-putin-maintains-hard-line-against-west Russian President Vladimir Putin says he hopes he won't have to move troops into Ukraine to protect the local Russian-speaking population, but he reserves the right to do so. He made the comments on a televised call-in show. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 64251 at http://krwg.org Why Chocolate Is A Bargaining Chip In The Ukraine-Russia Conflict http://krwg.org/post/why-chocolate-bargaining-chip-ukraine-russia-conflict In the political battle between Ukraine and Russia, one of the biggest pawns is chocolate.<p>That's because the current front-runner in Ukraine's presidential race is <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/04/01/297857025/still-reeling-from-crisis-ukraine-prepares-for-presidential-vote">Petro Poroshenko</a>, known as "the Chocolate King." His billion-dollar empire was founded on candy factories.<p>Poroshenko's chocolate became a bargaining chip in the confrontation with Russia last July, as Ukraine was moving toward a landmark trade agreement with the European Union. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:01:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 63608 at http://krwg.org Why Chocolate Is A Bargaining Chip In The Ukraine-Russia Conflict