Vladimir Putin

Russian troops 'intervening directly' in Ukraine fighting: US ambassador

The United States accused Russia Aug. 28 of being directly involved in the Ukraine conflict after pro-Kremlin rebels seized swathes of territory from government forces in a new southeastern front.
"An increasing number of Russian troops are intervening directly in fighting on Ukrainian territory," the US ambassador to Kyiv Geoffrey Pyatt wrote on Twitter.

Poroshenko-Putin Talks Fail to Yield Ceasefire Deal for East Ukraine

A meeting between the presidents of Ukraine and Russia has failed to yield an agreement to stop the fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Talks between Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko and his Russian counterpart  Vladimir Putin in Belarus’ capital of Minsk on Tuesday included a one-to-one session that stretched late into the night.