Ari Shapiro http://publicradioeast.org en Tank Movement Increases Tensions In Eastern Ukraine http://publicradioeast.org/post/latest-eastern-ukraine Several Ukrainian tanks are on the move in some eastern cities, according to reports Wednesday morning. Some of the armored personnel carriers are flying Russian flags. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:14:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 39033 at http://publicradioeast.org Ukraine's Army Launches Campaign Against Eastern Militants http://publicradioeast.org/post/ukraines-army-launches-campaign-against-eastern-militants Ukraine's army began a "special operation" in the east of the country Tuesday, moving against pro-Russian militants who are occupying government offices across the region. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:56:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38997 at http://publicradioeast.org Ukraine Military Begins To Move Against Pro-Russian Separatists http://publicradioeast.org/post/ukraine-military-begins-move-against-pro-russian-separatists Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm David Greene.<p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>And I'm Kelly McEvers.<p>In Ukraine, the acting president says his military is now on the move against pro-Russian separatists who've taken over government buildings in Eastern Ukraine. This comes after the president gave the separatists an ultimatum to lay down their weapons, and they did not comply.<p>NPR's Ari Shapiro joins us from the Ukrainian city of Donetsk.<p>Ari, what exactly does the president mean? I mean, he calls this an anti-terror operation. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:17:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38936 at http://publicradioeast.org Ukrainian Jews Celebrate Passover In Uncertain Times http://publicradioeast.org/post/ukrainian-jews-celebrate-passover-uncertain-times At Passover celebrations around the world tonight, the youngest child will sing a song in Hebrew. "Why," the youngster will ask, "is this night different from all other nights?"<p>Adults in Ukraine can ask a similar question this year: What makes this Passover different from all others? It's a question Rabbi Alexander Duchovny has been thinking about a lot. "Passover is <em>z'man cheruteinu,</em> time of our liberty — time of freedom," he says. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:03:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38925 at http://publicradioeast.org Ukrainian Jews Celebrate Passover In Uncertain Times Defiant Of Deadline, Pro-Moscow Occupiers Persist http://publicradioeast.org/post/defiant-deadline-pro-moscow-occupiers-persist Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish. In eastern Ukraine, people are bracing for possible war. The government gave a deadline of this morning for pro-Russian separatists to lay down their weapons. Instead, the demonstrators took over still more government buildings in eastern Ukrainian cities. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38909 at http://publicradioeast.org Between Friends, Family And Country, Ukrainian Police Lie Low http://publicradioeast.org/post/between-friends-family-and-country-ukranian-police-lie-low <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onRu5am9Rx0</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:34:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38780 at http://publicradioeast.org Between Friends, Family And Country, Ukrainian Police Lie Low The Ukrainian Prime Minister's Visit, As Seen From Behind Barricades http://publicradioeast.org/post/ukrainian-prime-ministers-visit-seen-behind-barricades Ukraine's interim prime minister visited Donetsk Friday in an effort to reduce tensions in the east of the country. Pro-Moscow militants among the area's largely Russian-speaking population have seized two government buildings in the region and are demanding referendums on the area's future. NPR's Ari Shapiro has been behind the barricades at one of the occupations. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38716 at http://publicradioeast.org Molotov Cocktails And Razor Wire: Inside An Occupied Building In Ukraine http://publicradioeast.org/post/molotov-cocktails-and-razor-wire-inside-occupied-building-ukraine <em>In Ukraine's eastern city of Donetsk, activists who want to align the country more with Russia seized a regional administration building in the center of town last weekend. NPR correspondent Ari Shapiro went inside the building Friday and reports on what it was like:</em><p>Overnight, reports said pro-Russian protesters here in Donetsk had reinforced the barricade surrounding the 11-story government building that the demonstrators have occupied since Sunday. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:18:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38658 at http://publicradioeast.org Molotov Cocktails And Razor Wire: Inside An Occupied Building In Ukraine God Save The Queen — And Donetsk, Too? http://publicradioeast.org/post/god-save-queen-and-donetsk-too The eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk has been the center of a standoff since Sunday, with demonstrators pleading for the city to join Russia, while government leaders insist it will remain part of Ukraine.<p>In the midst of this tug-of-war, there's a third country that may have a claim on the city — though admittedly, a much looser one.<p>"God Save The Queen" isn't just the British national anthem, it's also the name of a campaign to bring Donetsk under the sheltering wing of Her Majesty's United Kingdom.<p>(You read that correctly: the UK. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38622 at http://publicradioeast.org God Save The Queen — And Donetsk, Too? In Ukraine's Rust Belt, A Mix Of Nostalgia And Nationalism http://publicradioeast.org/post/ukraines-rust-belt-mix-nostalgia-and-nationalism To say that the town of Perewalsk in eastern Ukraine has fallen on hard times would be an enormous understatement. The small industrial town near the Russian border is a collection of concrete buildings with no windows, falling-down houses and empty, abandoned factories; there's a chemical smell in the air.<p>In the middle of this dystopian landscape, there's an even more unexpected sight: an 80-year-old woman in a bright purple coat and headscarf, happily digging with a shovel in the dirt.<p>She introduces herself as Lida Vasilivna.<p>"This is basically my garden. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:37:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38541 at http://publicradioeast.org In Ukraine's Rust Belt, A Mix Of Nostalgia And Nationalism Ukrainian Protesters Seize Weapons, Raising The Stakes http://publicradioeast.org/post/ukrainian-protesters-seize-weapons-raising-stakes The drive to Luhansk takes you past fields of corn and sunflowers that are just beginning to sprout. You pass the town of Yennakieva, where the ousted Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych, was born. Eventually the fields give way to factories, and about 15 miles from the border with Russia, you hit the industrial city of Luhansk.<p>Police have blocked off the center of town. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:55:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38527 at http://publicradioeast.org Ukrainian Protesters Seize Weapons, Raising The Stakes In Eastern Ukraine, Normality Rules Except At Ground Zero http://publicradioeast.org/post/eastern-ukraine-normality-rules-except-ground-zero In the eastern city of Donetsk, protesters hung a huge banner declaring a government office building to be the "People's Republic of Donetsk."<p>These pro-Moscow activists want to pull away from Europe and align Ukraine more with Russia. The protests in Donetsk and elsewhere in eastern Ukraine are the focus of the ongoing crisis in the country and it has international repercussions that reach well beyond the country's borders.<p>Yet life in the rest of Donetsk is going on completely as normal.<p>The occupied government building in the center of town is surrounded by razor wire and sandbags. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:40:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38444 at http://publicradioeast.org In Eastern Ukraine, Normality Rules Except At Ground Zero In Eastern Ukraine, Demands For A Vote Boil Into Arrests http://publicradioeast.org/post/donetsk-demands-vote-boil-aggression-and-arrests Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russia today of stirring unrest in eastern Ukraine. He says Russian special forces and agitators are behind the seizure of government buildings in the region. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:33:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38415 at http://publicradioeast.org Ukraine's Winter Of Discontent Gives Way To Spring Of Austerity http://publicradioeast.org/post/ukraines-winter-discontent-gives-way-spring-austerity After a long winter of protests, Ukrainian activists overthrew their president in February. Now, Ukrainians are staring at the bill they have to pay.<p>The International Monetary Fund is demanding that Ukraine's new government implement austerity measures in exchange for loans. Russia is threatening to raise Ukraine's heating gas prices by 80 percent. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:31:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38306 at http://publicradioeast.org Ukraine's Winter Of Discontent Gives Way To Spring Of Austerity Cleaning Around Barricades, Kiev Protesters Still Camping In Square http://publicradioeast.org/post/cleaning-around-barricades-kiev-protesters-still-camping-square Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>In the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, hundreds of people are still camped out in Independence Square known as the Maidan. They say they'll stay, at least through next month's presidential elections, to push for greater reform. In February, violent protests in the Maidan toppled the president and left dozens dead. Today, though, the cloud of black dust over the square was from dozens of brooms sweeping. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports.<p>ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: The riots here in Independence Square ended months ago, but this still looks like the scene of violence. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 21:12:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38210 at http://publicradioeast.org In Brussels, Obama Seeks Broader Support For Ukraine http://publicradioeast.org/post/brussels-obama-seeks-broader-support-ukraine Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. American solidarity with Europe was on display today as President Obama visited Brussels. Days after the Russian annexation of Crimea, the president met with leaders of NATO and the European Union, and he gave a speech to a concern hall packed with university students. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:56:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 37389 at http://publicradioeast.org Ukraine Crisis, NSA Eavesdropping Dominate Summit Discussions http://publicradioeast.org/post/ukraine-crisis-nsa-eavesdropping-dominate-summit-discussions President Obama is in Brussels for meetings with NATO and the European Union. Events on the sideline of Tuesday's nuclear summit at The Hague have eclipsed the nuclear agenda itself. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:04:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 37327 at http://publicradioeast.org At Nuclear Summit, Ukraine Questions Dominate The Day http://publicradioeast.org/post/nuclear-summit-ukraine-questions-dominate-day Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>President Obama wrapped up a two-day nuclear security summit in The Hague today. He's been operating on two tracks on this trip. At the summit, he's been urging countries to get rid of their nuclear material. On the sidelines, he's been organizing the global community to isolate Russia, following it's annexation of Crimea.<p>NPR's Ari Shapiro is traveling with the president and joins us now from The Hague. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 37295 at http://publicradioeast.org Crisis In Ukraine Overshadows Nuclear Summit http://publicradioeast.org/post/crisis-ukraine-overshadows-nuclear-summit-hague President Obama attends the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague on Tuesday. With relations between the U.S. and Russia at a critical point, there are doubts that much progress can be achieved. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 37244 at http://publicradioeast.org Crimea Casts Long Shadow In Amsterdam, Where G7 Leaders Meet http://publicradioeast.org/post/crimea-casts-long-shadow-amsterdam-where-g7-leaders-meet Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>To the Netherlands now, where more than 50 world leaders are attending a major nuclear summit. That group includes President Obama who landed in Amsterdam this morning. The crisis in Ukraine hangs over this trip, as NPR's Ari Shapiro reports from The Hague.<p>ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: Moments after Air Force One touched down, President Obama was walking through the cavernous hallways of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam's temple to fine art.<p>PRIME MINISTER MARK RUTTE: (Foreign language spoken)<p>SHAPIRO: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte served as tour guide. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 37210 at http://publicradioeast.org