August 9, 2001 |
Russian prosecutors issued bribery and smuggling charges Wednesday against a high-profile Ukrainian opposition figure who already faces corruption charges at home. The accusations against Yulia Tymoshenko came 10 days after Vladimir V. Putin, the president of Russia, visited Ukraine and met with President Leonid D. Kuchma, signaling closer ties between the two nations.
May 11, 2001 |
President Vladimir V. Putin named ex-Prime Minister Viktor S. Chernomyrdin as ambassador to Ukraine in a surprise move signaling an upgrading of ties with a key ex-Soviet republic. Chernomyrdin headed Russia's natural gas monopoly Gazprom before serving as President Boris N. Yeltsin's premier from 1992 to 1998. His appointment may reflect Moscow's determination to recoup Ukraine's natural gas debts, estimated at $1.4 billion to $2 billion.
October 5, 1997 |
A five-story apartment house on Prospekt Ostryakova stands blocks away from the Black Sea waterfront, but it has become the beachhead for a gathering Russian offensive to reclaim this strategic naval port and the rest of Crimea. The 300-unit apartment house was built by Moscow Mayor Yuri M. Luzhkov to house Russian navy families in a gesture of solidarity with the servicemen who he heavily intimates have been sold out by the Kremlin in its deal with Ukraine to divide the Black Sea Fleet.
August 29, 1997 |
The original scenario was just a little too close to reality for comfort. During this week's Sea Breeze '97 maneuvers, U.S. Marines were to deploy onto the plains surrounding this Ukrainian naval port to intervene in a mythical ethnic conflict in which rebels aided by a neighboring power sought to overthrow the government of "the orange country."
June 1, 1997 |
Ending one of history's oldest fraternal feuds, Russia and Ukraine signed away a millennium of rivalry and resentment Saturday with a friendship treaty destined to shape a new era of relations between Europe's biggest states. With his signature on the accord pledging respect for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin gave up Moscow's long-running claims on Crimea.
May 29, 1997 |
After more than half a decade of wrangling and five different announcements that the problem had been solved, Ukraine and Russia said Wednesday that they finally have agreed on how to split custody of the former Soviet Union's most infamous orphan: the Black Sea Fleet. "This opens the road for Boris Yeltsin's visit to Kiev," Russian Prime Minister Viktor S. Chernomyrdin announced after signing what he called historic fleet agreements with his Ukrainian counterpart, Pavlo Lazarenko.