U.S. Embassy in Ukraine Tells Citizens to ‘Consider Departing Now’

The U.S. embassy in Ukraine on Wednesday urged its citizens in the ex-Soviet country to “consider departing now” as fears grow over a possible Russian invasion. “The U.S. embassy urges U.S. citizens in Ukraine to consider departing now using commercial or other privately available transportation options,” the embassy said in a statement, warning that the security situation “can deteriorate with little notice.” Kyiv and the West…

Russia Ruling Party Urges the Kremlin to Arm Ukraine Separatists

Russia’s ruling, pro-Kremlin party will ask the country’s leadership to deliver military supplies to eastern Ukraine’s separatist-held breakaway regions, a senior lawmaker said Wednesday, ​​a new escalation of rhetoric amid ongoing tensions over Ukraine.  “We appeal to the leadership of our country to provide assistance to the Luhansk and Donetsk republics in the form of…

Navalny Poisoning Documentary to Premiere at Sundance

A new documentary about jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s poisoning will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, the Sundance Institute announced Monday.  “Navalny,” a fly-on-the-wall look into the saga that unfolded following the Kremlin critic’s near-fatal poisoning, was revealed as the “mystery 10th film” to be screened in the prestigious festival’s…

Central Asia Hit By Large-Scale Power Blackout

Millions of people were left without power after a huge blackout hit three Central Asian countries Tuesday following an unspecified accident, officials in the ex-Soviet region said. The capitals of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan as well as Kazakhstan’s economic hub Almaty suffered power cuts at around lunchtime local time, with media and officials reporting that the…

Russia Adds Navalny, Top Aides To ‘Terrorists and Extremists’ Register

Russia added Alexei Navalny and several of his top aides to the country’s “terrorists and extremists” register Tuesday. The Kremlin critic appeared on the list, which is maintained by Russia’s Federal Financial Monitoring Service, on Tuesday. The online database lists individuals Russian authorities believe are involved in activities that support “terrorist or extremist” organizations. The…

What Scenarios Might Emerge in Ukraine?

As Western countries recall diplomats from Kyiv amid fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, The Moscow Times asked experts what likely scenarios could emerge in the coming weeks. Here’s our roundup: Annexing the Donbas Annexing the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics — unrecognized states proclaimed by pro-Russian separatists in East Ukraine’s Donbas region in…

Germany Under Fire Over Mixed Russia Signals

Germany’s new government is facing pressure to get tough on Russia, after a German navy chief’s pro-Moscow remarks angered Kyiv and exasperation grows with Berlin’s fence-sitting in the Ukraine crisis. After a week of frantic diplomacy that included a visit to Berlin by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s government found itself…

No Evacuation for Now of U.S. Citizens in Ukraine: State Dept.

The United States is not “at this time” organizing an evacuation of American citizens from Ukraine despite rising fears of an unspecified military action by Russia, a State Department spokesperson said Saturday.  In the event matters deteriorate, however, “American citizens should not anticipate that there will be U.S. government-sponsored evacuations,” the spokesperson said, speaking on…

Russia, U.S. Agree to Talk Security Demands Next Week

Moscow has secured a deal that the United States will provide a written response to its European security demands next week, Russia’s top diplomat said following high-stakes talks with his U.S. counterpart Friday.  Washington previously dismissed Moscow’s “binding” demands — including barring Ukraine from joining NATO and withdrawing the alliance’s forces and weapons from Eastern…

Get Out of Romania and Bulgaria, Russia Tells NATO Amid Ukraine Tensions

Moscow is seeking the withdrawal of NATO forces and weapons from Romania and Bulgaria as part of its sweeping security demands from the U.S.-led alliance, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Friday. Russia demands written responses from the United States on its proposed security guarantees, which includes the withdrawal of NATO’s infrastructure from eastern European countries that…

Ukraine Says Russia Increasing Arms, Equipment for Separatist Regions

Kyiv on Friday accused Russia of increasing supplies of weapons, ammunition and military equipment to separatist-held territory in eastern Ukraine, ahead of key talks between Moscow and Washington. The breakaway regions bordering Russia, collectively known as Donbass, have been locked in armed conflict with Kyiv’s army since a Kremlin-backed insurgency following Russia’s annexation of Crimea…