Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that his government was “forced to defend the Russian speakers” of eastern Ukraine, despite previously denying that Moscow plays any formal role in the conflict in the Donbas regions.
Putin spoke at a business forum in Moscow, answering questions about the economic situation in Russia, when the issue of the Ukraine conflict was raised.
MOSCOW (AP) — 1:50 p.m. (1050 GMT; 6:50 a.m. EDT) Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Ukraine of violating its obligations under a peace deal by maintaining an economic blockade on rebellious eastern regions. He said Thursd...
Russian President Vladimir Putin was urged by President Obama over the telephone today to stop supporting separatist uprisings in eastern Ukraine. WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is urging Russian President Vladimir Putin to sto...
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's President Vladimir Putin has called on pro-Russian separatists fighting government troops in eastern Ukraine to release Ukrainian soldiers they took prisoner and allow them to return home.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia did have personnel in eastern Ukraine who were carrying out certain military tasks but denied Moscow had deployed regular troops there.