February 15, 1992 |
The Commonwealth of Independent States ceased to exist as a unified military bloc on Friday after Russia failed to dissuade Ukraine and two other republics from breaking away to establish their own separate armies. Through 10 hours of often heated, emotional discussions with other Commonwealth leaders, Ukraine's President Leonid Kravchuk remained staunch in his commitment to raise a Ukrainian army as a symbol and guarantor of his nation's emergence as an independent state.
April 4, 1992 |
Tensions between the two largest republics of the former Soviet Union flared again Friday, when Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin threatened to take the Black Sea Fleet under his control if "anyone"--meaning Ukraine--attempts to change its status.
April 21, 1992
Russian and Ukrainian officials plan five days of meetings in this seaside Ukrainian city starting Wednesday in one more attempt to resolve their differences over the future of the former Soviet Black Sea Fleet. With 345 surface ships, 28 submarines, 159 aircraft and 90,000 men, the Black Sea Fleet is roughly the same size as the British or French navy, and is a prize that both states would love to have.
April 16, 1992 |
Russian and Ukrainian negotiators failed to show up for talks Wednesday on the disputed Black Sea Fleet, apparently because of political turmoil in Russia, the Russian news agency Itar-Tass reported. The two sides were scheduled to discuss their conflicting claims to the fleet, which has more than 300 ships.
January 12, 1992 |
Russia and Ukraine took a major step toward reconciliation on Saturday in their confrontation over who controls the Black Sea Fleet and how the former Soviet Union's massive armed forces should be divided up in general. Russian and Ukrainian officials, meeting for urgent negotiations in Kiev, agreed to set up a panel of military experts to resolve their disagreements and "pledged not to take any unilateral actions," according to a joint statement.
January 17, 1992 |
Pressed to decide the future of the former Soviet armed forces before 5,000 disgruntled officers meet in the Kremlin today, leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States struggled Thursday night to hammer out a unified military policy but to little avail. Russian Federation President Boris N. Yeltsin, who chaired the meeting at an estate in southwestern Moscow, announced at its conclusion: "Today, we agreed calmly, with mutual understanding, on all the issues we intended to resolve."