Corey Flintoff http://kpcw.org en Fighting In Ukraine A Hurdle As Investigators Try To Access MH17 Site http://kpcw.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 16380 at http://kpcw.org Near Crash Site, Stories Of The Jet Cleave Closely To Russian Version http://kpcw.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 16278 at http://kpcw.org Darkened By A Bloody History, Baltics Hope To Be Bolstered By NATO http://kpcw.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 16003 at http://kpcw.org In Long-Roiled Ukraine, War Mentality Turns Outward http://kpcw.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 15426 at http://kpcw.org Ukraine's Latest Turn Toward EU Has Moscow Glowering http://kpcw.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 15303 at http://kpcw.org Ukrainian Rebels Reject Cease-Fire, As Russian Troops Line Border http://kpcw.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 14957 at http://kpcw.org From Ukraine's President, A Promise Of Truce — With Conditions http://kpcw.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 20:32:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 14893 at http://kpcw.org Citing Unpaid Debts, Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Ukraine http://kpcw.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 14800 at http://kpcw.org Now That Russia Has Crimea, What Is Moscow's Plan? http://kpcw.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 14346 at http://kpcw.org Now That Russia Has Crimea, What Is Moscow's Plan? Separatists Disrupt Ukraine's Election Preparations http://kpcw.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 13894 at http://kpcw.org