News / Europe

UN Chief 'Dismayed' at Ukraine Violence

A pro-Russian armed man runs past a burning house after it was set on fire by a mortar shell, on the outskirts of the town of Lysychansk, Ukraine, May 22, 2014.
A pro-Russian armed man runs past a burning house after it was set on fire by a mortar shell, on the outskirts of the town of Lysychansk, Ukraine, May 22, 2014.
VOA News
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said he is "dismayed" at an attack by pro-Russian separatists that killed 13 government troops in eastern Ukraine.
 
Separatists used mortars, grenade launchers and automatic weapons to attack a military checkpoint Thursday near the town of Volnovakha in the Donetsk region.
 
The attack further raised fears of violence ahead of Sunday's presidential election, which many hope will help resolve a political crisis threatening to split Ukraine.
 
In a statement, Ban called on all parties to redouble their efforts to make sure that voters across the country can cast ballots in a free and fair election without fear for their safety.
 
The government is deploying tens of thousands of police to secure the vote. That task could be difficult in the east, where rebels have seized over a dozen cities.
 
Ukraine's acting Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Thursday accused Russia of trying to escalate the conflict and disrupt the election, which Moscow has reluctantly supported.
 
Russia has accused Kyiv of stepping up military operations in eastern Ukraine and failing to implement measures to end the crisis.
 
Meanwhile, Russia's defense ministry said 20 trains and 15 planes full of troops have been moved out of the border area with Ukraine.
 
Also Thursday, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said there has been "limited" Russian troop activity near the Ukrainian border that "may suggest some of these forces are preparing to withdraw."
 
NATO's top military commander, U.S. General Philip Breedlove, said Thursday that "a very large" Russian force remains in the area "in a very coercive posture."

You May Like

Turkey's Controversial Reform Bill Giving Investors Jitters

Homeland security reform bill will give police new powers in search, seizure, detention and arrests, while restricting the rights of suspects, their attorneys More

Audio Slideshow In Kenyan Prison, Good Grades Are Path to Freedom

Some inmates who get high marks could see their sentences commuted to non-custodial status More

'Rumble in the Jungle' Turns 40

'The Champ' knocked Foreman out to regain crown he had lost 7 years earlier when US government accused him of draft-dodging and boxing officials revoked his license More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Victorious Secularists Face Challenge to Form Government in Tunisiai
X
Henry Ridgwell
October 30, 2014 11:39 PM
Official results from Tunisia show the Islamist Ennahda party has failed to win the second free election since the so-called "Arab Spring" uprising in 2011. Ennahda, which handed power to a government of technocrats pending the elections, lost out to the secular party Nidaa Tounes. Henry Ridgwell reports from London that the relatively peaceful poll offers some hope in a volatile region.
Video

Video Victorious Secularists Face Challenge to Form Government in Tunisia

Official results from Tunisia show the Islamist Ennahda party has failed to win the second free election since the so-called "Arab Spring" uprising in 2011. Ennahda, which handed power to a government of technocrats pending the elections, lost out to the secular party Nidaa Tounes. Henry Ridgwell reports from London that the relatively peaceful poll offers some hope in a volatile region.
Video

Video Africa Tells its Story Through Fashion

In Africa, Fashion Week is a riot of colors, shapes, patterns and fabrics - against the backdrop of its ongoing struggle between nature and its fast-growing urban edge. How do these ideas translate into needle and thread? VOA’s Anita Powell visited this year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa in Johannesburg to find out.
Video

Video Smugglers Offer Cheap Passage From Turkey to Syria

Smugglers in Turkey offer a relatively cheap passage across the border into Syria. Ankara has stepped up efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters who want to join Islamic State militants fighting for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani. But porous borders and border guards who can be bribed make illegal border crossings quite easy. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.

All About America

AppleAndroid