April 24, 1992 |
Joining the world's exclusive space club is a pricey proposition. Only the wealthy nations like the United States, France and Japan or large countries like China and India can afford it. Brazil, Taiwan and Iran are among the next in line. But the newest contender comes from what appears to be an unlikely corner of the world: Ukraine. After just four months of independence, Ukrainians would appear to have enough problems on Earth without looking for new ones in space.
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.
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.
February 26, 2014 |
MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered a test of the “battle readiness” of military forces deployed in the western and central areas of the country, a likely show of Kremlin muscle to reassure ethnic Russians in Ukraine that their rights and interests will be defended. The announcement of the “immediate and thorough” readiness exercises was made by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and reported by the Interfax news agency. “Putin ordered confirmation of troop capabilities for action in the event of a crisis situation that presents a threat to the military security of the country,” as well as anti-terrorism and emergency response readiness, Shoigu was quoted as saying by Interfax.