West, Russia call on ‘illegal Ukraine groups’ to disarm

The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union called after crisis talks yesterday (17 April) for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine, where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement.

(c) EurActiv | 18.04.2014

Russia and China forge closer ties, as EU explores sanctions

Russia is rolling out two major projects – a gas pipeline and a Crimea deep water port – with China, as EU countries and the US weigh options on economic sanctions.

(c) EUobserver | 17.04.2014

Ukraine submits proof of Russian covert action

The Mission of Ukraine to the EU made available today (16 April) information supporting what appears to be obvious: that Russian special forces are behind the actions of the paramilitary taking control of several cities in eastern Ukraine, whose uniforms have no national insignia. EurActiv publishes the information obtained, without edits.

(c) EurActiv | 16.04.2014

Ukraine says it launched ‘anti-terrorist’ operation

Ukrainian forces launched a "special operation" yesterday (15 April) against separatist militias in the Russian-speaking east, authorities said, although aside from a landing by airborne troops, the action was limited.

(c) EurActiv | 16.04.2014

EU to expand Russia blacklist

EU countries are to expand their Russia and Ukraine blacklists and to send a small team of security experts to Kiev.

(c) EUobserver | 15.04.2014

EU ministers meet as Russia warns of civil war in Ukraine

Russia said it was “the west's responsibility to prevent civil war in Ukraine," while NATO described the appearance in eastern Ukraine of troops with Russian weapons, and identical uniforms without insignia, as "a concerted campaign of violence by pro-Russian separatists, aiming to destabilise Ukraine as a sovereign state".

(c) EurActiv | 14.04.2014

Three EU countries back Ukraine's use of force

Lithuania, Luxembourg and Sweden have explicitly backed Ukraine’s right to use force against pro-Russian separatists.

(c) EUobserver | 14.04.2014

Why we should stop talking about ‘European’ development aid

The EU commission is keen to mention that the EU "is to be the world’s largest donor" of development aid. But a recent study indicates that it makes little sense to talk about 'European' development financing, its researchers write.

(c) EurActiv | 14.04.2014

Neutral Finland debates NATO membership option

Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen said that his country, which is not a member of any military pact, should consider NATO membership along with Sweden, “when the time is right”. He added that there was no acute security risk for Finland due to the Ukraine crisis.

(c) EurActiv | 14.04.2014

Opinion: Building a true partnership between Africa and Europe

When EU and African Heads of State met in Brussels at the start of April they were presented with the opportunity to begin to forge a new partnership between two continents that have had a long and sometimes troubled relationship. (Sam Kutesa - Foreign Minister of the Republic of Uganda)

(c) EUobserver  | 11.04.2014

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