CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2001
Ukraine, once the bread basket of the Soviet Union, is now more a basket case. The inept and corrupt government led since 1994 by President Leonid D. Kuchma has made a country of rich natural resources into a ward of development agencies. The United States and its European allies once thought Kuchma was capable of leading the country out of Moscow's orbit and bringing prosperity to its 52 million people.
August 20, 2001 |
An underground methane and coal-dust explosion killed 36 miners, injured 44 and left more than a dozen missing in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, the Emergency Situations Ministry said. The morning accident--the deadliest this year in the country's hazardous coal mines--came as more than 250 miners were working underground at the Zasyadko mine in the coal-rich Donetsk region, authorities said. "This is a tragedy.
January 16, 1993 |
President Boris N. Yeltsin swept away a major obstacle to strategic disarmament, announcing Friday that Russia has agreed to place Ukraine under the protection of its atomic umbrella. "Russia guarantees it will maintain and safeguard Ukraine's integrity and protect its borders from a possible nuclear attack," Yeltsin said.
September 25, 1993 |
Spurred by appeals to avoid a constitutional conflict like the one convulsing Russia, Ukraine's Parliament voted Friday to hold early parliamentary and presidential elections next year. Ukrainian officials said they hoped that the balloting will lead to ratification of treaties, long held up by parliamentary opposition, that oblige Ukraine to give up the nuclear missiles it inherited from the former Soviet Union.
July 8, 2002 |
Coal dust deep in a Ukrainian mine ignited Sunday, starting a fire that killed at least 33 miners--the worst accident so far this year in the former Soviet republic's troubled coal industry. Thirty of the miners were in a trolley that was descending into the Ukraina mine in the town of Ukrainsk at 2:30 a.m. when the fire broke out, said Col. Oleksey Pechenkin, spokesman for Ukraine's Emergencies Ministry.
April 12, 2014 |
Russian President Vladimir Putin has massed tens of thousands of troops along Ukraine's eastern border, a reminder of his vow to protect ethnic Russians in the neighboring country. Using his army, however, is probably Plan B. Rather than repeating the "Crimean scenario" - invading, seizing and annexing territory - the Kremlin would prefer to keep Ukraine weak and divided by forcing a change in how it is governed, analysts say. Increasing regional autonomy at the expense of the central government would force Ukrainian authorities to constantly balance competing visions of the country to hold it together, and in effect give Moscow veto power through its influence among ethnic Russians in the east.