Corey Flintoff http://nhpr.org en Ukrainian Rebels Reject Cease-Fire, As Russian Troops Line Border http://nhpr.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 50519 at http://nhpr.org Citing Unpaid Debts, Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Ukraine http://nhpr.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 20:49:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 50328 at http://nhpr.org Are 'Color Revolutions' A New Front In U.S.-Russia Tensions? http://nhpr.org/post/are-color-revolutions-new-front-us-russia-tensions Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>U.S. relations with Russia are at their lowest point since the Cold War thanks to the crisis in Ukraine. Russian defense officials are talking about a new doctrine of subversive warfare between major world powers. They accuse the West of using popular uprisings to topple unfriendly governments. And some analysts say Moscow itself is employing that strategy in eastern Ukraine. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 50141 at http://nhpr.org Putin Sends Mixed Signals On His Attitude To Ukrainian Election http://nhpr.org/post/putin-sends-mixed-signals-his-attitude-ukrainian-election Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow will respect the outcome of the upcoming election in Ukraine but later said he still has concerns about the legitimacy of the vote. Fri, 23 May 2014 21:38:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 49092 at http://nhpr.org The Blogging Battlegrounds Of Eastern Ukraine http://nhpr.org/post/blogging-battlegrounds-eastern-ukraine As Ukraine prepares for presidential elections on Sunday, a social media struggle is underway in the country's eastern provinces.<p>That's where pro-Russian separatists have seized government buildings in many towns and declared independence after a much-disputed referendum. The separatists have vowed to block the vote in at least two key regions, Donetsk and Luhansk.<p>Separatists have seized voting commission offices, confiscated voter rolls and intimidated local election workers, government officials say. Mon, 19 May 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 48768 at http://nhpr.org The Blogging Battlegrounds Of Eastern Ukraine After Referendum In Eastern Ukraine, Different Visions Emerge http://nhpr.org/post/after-referendum-eastern-ukraine-different-visions-emerge In eastern Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists are claiming independence based on a victory in a hastily organized referendum. Now, they're resisting a nationwide presidential election that's scheduled for May 25.<p>With Russian troops still massed near the border, Ukrainian and international mediators are trying to find a solution for the crisis.<p>There are some very different visions of the future for the volatile region.<p>One is expressed by Serhiy Taruta, a Ukrainian billionaire who's been appointed governor of the Donetsk region by the government in Kiev. Wed, 14 May 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 48512 at http://nhpr.org After Referendum In Eastern Ukraine, Different Visions Emerge Outrage Out Of Moscow As News Of Ukrainian Offensive Spreads http://nhpr.org/post/outrage-out-moscow-news-ukrainian-offensive-spreads Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Russia reacted to news of the Ukrainian offensive in Slavyansk with outrage. The Russian mission at the United Nations has called for a meeting of the Security Council to discuss the issue. A spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said the action had effectively destroyed all hope for the Geneva Peace Accords. Fri, 02 May 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 47819 at http://nhpr.org What Russia Might Gain From A Decentralized Ukraine http://nhpr.org/post/what-russia-might-gain-decentralized-ukraine Ukraine's interim government is facing major obstacles: a separatist uprising in the east of the country, an economy in tatters and a presidential election next month.<p>But the leadership is also facing a longer-term challenge, one that will shape the future of the country: the creation of a new constitution.<p>The task will be complicated by pressure from Russia, which has already made clear what kind of constitution it thinks Ukraine should have. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 15:22:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 47448 at http://nhpr.org What Russia Might Gain From A Decentralized Ukraine On Russian Call-in Show, Putin Maintains Hard Line Against West http://nhpr.org/post/russian-call-show-putin-maintains-hard-line-against-west Russian President Vladimir Putin says he hopes he won't have to move troops into Ukraine to protect the local Russian-speaking population, but he reserves the right to do so. He made the comments on a televised call-in show. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 46958 at http://nhpr.org Why Chocolate Is A Bargaining Chip In The Ukraine-Russia Conflict http://nhpr.org/post/why-chocolate-bargaining-chip-ukraine-russia-conflict In the political battle between Ukraine and Russia, one of the biggest pawns is chocolate.<p>That's because the current front-runner in Ukraine's presidential race is <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/04/01/297857025/still-reeling-from-crisis-ukraine-prepares-for-presidential-vote">Petro Poroshenko</a>, known as "the Chocolate King." His billion-dollar empire was founded on candy factories.<p>Poroshenko's chocolate became a bargaining chip in the confrontation with Russia last July, as Ukraine was moving toward a landmark trade agreement with the European Union. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:01:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 46397 at http://nhpr.org Why Chocolate Is A Bargaining Chip In The Ukraine-Russia Conflict Russia's Cossacks Ride Back From History As 'Patriots' http://nhpr.org/post/back-history-russias-cossacks-ride-patriots The contrast couldn't have been greater: the protest band Pussy Riot in colorful ski masks and mini dresses, attempting to film a segment for a new video on Sochi's waterfront; and Cossacks in traditional uniform with black sheepskin hats and riding boots, patrolling Sochi streets as part of security for the Olympics.<p>The Cossacks, trying to enforce a government ban on protests, knocked band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova to the ground, lashed her with a horse whip, and roughed up other musicians.<p>There was no pretext that the band was violating any laws, and there were no charges filed aga Sat, 22 Feb 2014 17:08:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 43994 at http://nhpr.org Russia's Cossacks Ride Back From History As 'Patriots' In Russia's Vast Far East, Timber Thieves Thrive http://nhpr.org/post/russias-vast-far-east-timber-theives-thrive Forests cover about half of Russia's land mass, an environmental resource that President Vladimir Putin calls "the powerful green lungs of the planet."<p>But Putin himself acknowledges that Russia, the world's biggest exporter of logs, is having its timber stolen at an unprecedented rate.<p>The demand for high-value timber is fueling organized crime, government corruption and illegal logging in the Russian Far East. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 16:19:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 37200 at http://nhpr.org In Russia's Vast Far East, Timber Thieves Thrive Russia Charges Greenpeace Activists With Piracy http://nhpr.org/post/russia-charges-greenpeace-activists-piracy Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Russian prosecutors have filed charges of piracy against 14 people who were aboard a Greenpeace boat during a protest last month in the Russian Arctic. Under Russian law, piracy is punishable by as much as 15 years in prison. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 20:24:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 36074 at http://nhpr.org Forum Discusses Arctic Oil And Gas Searches http://nhpr.org/post/forum-discusses-arctic-oil-and-gas-searches Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>On the first Monday of the rest of your life, it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Climate change is melting ice in the Arctic. And that is opening up the top of the world to drilling, shipping traffic, and also concerns about the environment. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 09:28:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 35859 at http://nhpr.org Greenpeace Vessel Is Boarded By Russian Coast Guard http://nhpr.org/post/greenpeace-vessel-boarded-russian-coast-guard Greenpeace reports that its vessel, the Arctic Sunrise, has been boarded by the Russian Coast Guard after a protest against oil and gas drilling in the Russian Arctic.<p>The crew of the vessel tweeted throughout the drama. <a href="https://twitter.com/gp_sunrise/status/380755510451912704">A tweet by Greenpeace HQ</a> indicated that everyone was safe but that the crew was not "in control of the ship at this point."<p>Greenpeace says that the vessel is in international waters in the Barents Sea. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 20:46:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 35300 at http://nhpr.org Greenpeace Vessel Is Boarded By Russian Coast Guard