Pro-Russian protesters in eastern Ukraine defied pleas to disarm as officials in Kiev pledged to honor an accord reached in Geneva and an international group began expanding its presence to help defuse the crisis.
Pro-Russian protesters in eastern Ukraine refused to lay down their arms even as the government in Kiev pledged to abide by an accord reached in Geneva, testing anew Russia’s willingness to help defuse the crisis.
Pro-Russian protesters in eastern Ukraine refused to give up buildings and lay down their arms as a four-nation deal negotiated in Geneva demanded, while the government in Kiev pledged to abide by the terms of the accord.
When Swiss prosecutors knocked on the door of DTEK Trading SA’s Geneva headquarters in February, they were on the trail of Rinat Akhmetov, Ukraine’s richest man. The billionaire, who controls the coal broker, was 2,000 miles away in Donetsk, Ukraine, brokering peace after protests had pushed Viktor Yanukovych, the country’s president -- and a longtime ally -- into exile.
Almost half of Ukrainians say they desire Ikea products more than any other global brand, yet the largest home-furnishings retailer hasn’t been able to crack the market in a decade of trying. The reason: it won’t pay a bribe.
Russia said it’s making headway with the U.S. and the European Union in resolving the dispute in Ukraine after presidents Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama spoke and the two countries’ top diplomats prepared for more talks.
Galina Pavlik barely scrapes by on her monthly pension of $290. Like many Ukrainians, the 73 year- old Kiev resident depends on gas to heat her three-room apartment. The bill swallows about a sixth of her income.