REBELS - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/REBELS News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Shelling adds to mounting civilian toll in Ukraine http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58238458-68/areas-shelling-donetsk-ukraine.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58238458-68/areas-shelling-donetsk-ukraine.html.csp">Shelling adds to mounting civilian toll in Ukraine</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MSTYSLAV CHERNOV </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and PETER LEONARD</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-29T17:38:42.628-06:00">Updated Jul 29, 2014 05:38PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Donetsk, Ukraine • Shells smashed into a residential neighborhood of Donetsk on Tuesday as Ukrainian forces intensified their campaign to encircle the rebel stronghold. The shelling killed at least two people, blew gaping holes in an apartment block and raised fears that the city is on the verge of severe bloodshed. Fighting also raged elsewhere in Ukraine’s troubled east, bringing the death toll to at least 24 civilians and 10 soldiers over the past day. And it prevented international investig...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582384582014-07-29T17:38:42.628-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-29T17:38:42.628-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58238458@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:38:42 MDT Monitors ‘sick and tired’ of being kept away from plane crash site in Ukraine http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58234584-68/russia-ukraine-rebels-monday.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58234584-68/russia-ukraine-rebels-monday.html.csp">Monitors ‘sick and tired’ of being kept away from plane crash site in Ukraine</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-28T21:55:07.047-06:00">Updated Jul 28, 2014 09:55PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Shakhtarsk, Ukraine • Panicky residents in an eastern Ukrainian town fled their homes Monday carrying a few possessions in plastic bags and small suitcases as shells exploded in the distance — fighting that prevented an international police team from reaching the area where the Malaysia Airlines plane was downed. “Mom, hang in there,” exclaimed a weeping woman who was fleeing Shakhtarsk with her mother. Associated Press reporters saw a high-rise apartment block in the town being hit by at least...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582345842014-07-28T21:55:07.047-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-28T21:55:07.047-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58234584@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:55:07 MDT Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk from rebels http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58227235-68/donetsk-russia-ukrainian-rebels.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58227235-68/donetsk-russia-ukrainian-rebels.html.csp">Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk from rebels</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By AYSE WIETING</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and DAVID McHUGH</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-26T21:06:47.972-06:00">Updated Jul 26, 2014 09:06PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Donetsk, Ukraine • Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk on Saturday as they try to retake the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels. The move comes as Ukrainian forces appear to have gained some momentum recently by retaking control of territory from the rebels. But Russia also appears to becoming more involved in the fighting, with the U.S. and Ukraine accusing Moscow of moving heavy artillery across the border to the rebels. ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582272352014-07-26T21:06:47.972-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-26T21:06:47.972-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58227235@www.sltrib.com Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:06:47 MDT 40 bodies from downed jetliner returned to Dutch soil http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58217723-68/russian-ukraine-government-dutch.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58217723-68/russian-ukraine-government-dutch.html.csp">40 bodies from downed jetliner returned to Dutch soil</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DOROTHEE THIESING </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and MSTYSLAV CHERNOV</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-23T21:18:02.623-06:00">Updated Jul 23, 2014 09:18PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Eindhoven, Netherlands • Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind. The carefully choreographed, nearly silent ceremony contrasted sharply with the boom of shells and shattered glass in eastern Ukraine as pro-Russian rebels fought to hang onto territory and shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets. The bold new attack showed the ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582177232014-07-23T21:18:02.623-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-23T21:18:02.623-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58217723@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:18:02 MDT Central African Republic talks on hold; rebels absent http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58210836-68/republic-african-hold-rebels.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58210836-68/republic-african-hold-rebels.html.csp">Central African Republic talks on hold; rebels absent</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By LOUIS OKAMBA</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-22T10:19:02.21-06:00">Updated Jul 22, 2014 10:19AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Brazzaville, Republic of Congo • Observers say Central African Republic’s peace talks are on hold after a rebel delegation failed to show up for the second day of meetings. The development Tuesday marks a setback for regional mediators trying to negotiate a cease-fire in the country where thousands have died since sectarian violence exploded last December. One participant who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press said there are internal divisions in ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582108362014-07-22T10:19:02.21-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-22T10:19:02.21-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58210836@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:19:02 MDT Robinson: Why arming rebels can be a bad idea http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58210238-82/aircraft-rebels-weapons-russia.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58210238-82/aircraft-rebels-weapons-russia.html.csp">Robinson: Why arming rebels can be a bad idea</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Eugene Robinson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-22T07:47:52.618-06:00">Updated Jul 22, 2014 07:47AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">WASHINGTON • The bodies and debris that rained from the Ukrainian sky offer a cautionary lesson about the danger of giving heavy weapons to non-state actors. I hope the hawks who wanted President Obama to ship anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian rebels are paying attention. By now there is little doubt that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, with 298 people on board, was blasted out of the sky Thursday by a Russian-made SA-11 missile fired from eastern Ukraine. U.S. officials say they have solid evid...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58210238@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:47:52 MDT U.S. builds case against rebels, Russia in downing of jetliner http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58203374-68/ukrainian-rebels-separatists-ukraine.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58203374-68/ukrainian-rebels-separatists-ukraine.html.csp">U.S. builds case against rebels, Russia in downing of jetliner</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">Craig Whitlock </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and Michael Birnbaum</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-20T21:55:50.075-06:00">Updated Jul 20, 2014 09:55PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The Obama administration expanded its case Sunday accusing Ukrainian separatists and Russian forces of working hand in hand to acquire and operate a missile battery believed to have shot down a Malaysia Airlines jetliner last week, killing nearly 300 people. Citing an “enormous amount of evidence,” Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russia of providing SA-11 antiaircraft missiles to the pro-Russian rebels and training them on how to fire the advanced weapons. He also said U.S. i...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58203374@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:55:50 MDT Monitors try to secure Ukraine plane-crash site http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58202391-68/saturday-site-crash-missile.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58202391-68/saturday-site-crash-missile.html.csp">Monitors try to secure Ukraine plane-crash site</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By PETER LEONARD </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and EVGENIY MALOLETKA</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-19T21:52:27.835-06:00">Updated Jul 19, 2014 09:52PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Hrabove, Ukraine • International monitors moved gingerly Saturday through fields reeking of the decomposing corpses that fell from a Malaysian airliner shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine, trying to secure the sprawling site in hopes that a credible investigation can be conducted. But before inspectors ever reached the scene, doubts arose about whether evidence was being compromised. The Ukrainian government and separatist rebels accuse each other of firing a surface-to-air missile at the...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582023912014-07-19T21:52:27.835-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-19T21:52:27.835-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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While the pro-Russian rebels in the east have lost much ground in recent weeks and were driven from their stronghold of Slovyansk, many have regrouped in Donetsk, an industrial city that had a population of 1 million before tens of thousands of civilians started fleeing for fear of ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581917032014-07-16T16:09:02.345-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-16T16:09:02.345-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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Rebels pinned the attack on the Ukrainian air force. The government swiftly denied blame but was not immediately able to offer an alternative explanation. The bombing in the rebel-held town of Snizhne demonstrated how airstrikes and ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581879302014-07-15T21:14:28.594-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-15T21:14:28.594-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58187930@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:14:28 MDT Ukraine says Russia shot down military plane http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58183959-68/ukraine-plane-ukrainian-russia.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58183959-68/ukraine-plane-ukrainian-russia.html.csp">Ukraine says Russia shot down military plane</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By PETER LEONARD</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-14T20:20:08.873-06:00">Updated Jul 14, 2014 08:20PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Kiev, Ukraine • A Ukrainian military transport plane was shot down Monday along the country’s eastern border with Russia but all eight people aboard managed to bail out safely, the defense ministry said. Separatist rebels in conflict-wracked eastern Ukraine claimed responsibility for downing the Antonov-26, but Ukrainian officials swiftly ruled that out and blamed Russia instead. There was no immediate comment from Russia on the plane. In the last two weeks, the government has halved the territ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581839592014-07-14T20:20:08.873-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-14T20:20:08.873-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58183959@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:20:08 MDT Three bridges in rebel-held Ukrainian city blown up http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58158222-68/donetsk-rebels-monday-ukrainian.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58158222-68/donetsk-rebels-monday-ukrainian.html.csp">Three bridges in rebel-held Ukrainian city blown up</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By YURAS KARMANAU</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-07T19:28:43.26-06:00">Updated Jul 7, 2014 07:28PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Donetsk, Ukraine • After Ukrainian forces’ seizure of a key rebel stronghold in the east, the major cities of Donetsk and Luhansk could be the next focus of major fighting. Three bridges on roads leading to Donetsk were blown up Monday — possibly to hinder military movements, though the rebels claim it was the work of pro-Kiev saboteurs. As nerves fray over the prospect of fighting in the sprawling cities, Russia urges Europe to put pressure on the government to end the fighting, but takes no o...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581582222014-07-07T19:28:43.26-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-07T19:28:43.26-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58158222@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:28:43 MDT Ukrainian troops push pro-Russian rebels out of stronghold http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58152526-68/slovyansk-rebels-donetsk-troops.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58152526-68/slovyansk-rebels-donetsk-troops.html.csp">Ukrainian troops push pro-Russian rebels out of stronghold</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DMITRY LOVETSKY</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and YURAS KARMANAU</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-05T19:35:01.653-06:00">Updated Jul 5, 2014 07:35PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Slovyansk, Ukraine • Ukrainian troops forced pro-Russian insurgents out of a key stronghold in the country’s embattled east on Saturday, a significant success that suggested the government may finally be making gains in a months-long battle against a spreading separatist insurgency. As rebels fled from Slovyansk, vowing to regroup elsewhere and fight on, President Petro Poroshenko hailed the recapture of the city as “the start of a turning point” in a battle that has claimed more than 400 lives...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58152526@www.sltrib.com Sat, 05 Jul 2014 19:35:01 MDT Pro-Russian rebels seize Interior HQ in Ukraine http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58139887-68/rebels-ukraine-cease-fire.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58139887-68/rebels-ukraine-cease-fire.html.csp">Pro-Russian rebels seize Interior HQ in Ukraine</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By BALINT SZLANKO</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-01T21:48:39.319-06:00">Updated Jul 1, 2014 09:48PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Donetsk, Ukraine • The Interior Ministry headquarters in eastern Ukraine’s largest city fell to pro-Russia separatists Tuesday after a five-hour gunbattle that erupted hours after the Ukrainian president ended a cease-fire. The shaky cease-fire had given European leaders 10 days to search for a peaceful settlement, and its end raised the prospect that fighting could flare with new intensity in a conflict that has already killed more than 400 people since April. In Tuesday’s clashes, rebels foug...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581398872014-07-01T21:48:39.319-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-01T21:48:39.319-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58139887@www.sltrib.com Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:48:39 MDT Ukrainian president ends unilateral ceasefire http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58134532-68/cease-fire-rebels-poroshenko.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58134532-68/cease-fire-rebels-poroshenko.html.csp">Ukrainian president ends unilateral ceasefire</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DAVID McHUGH and BALINT SZLANKO</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-30T16:22:01.886-06:00">Updated Jun 30, 2014 04:22PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Kiev, Ukraine • Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he is halting a unilateral cease-fire in the conflict with pro-Russian separatists and says Ukrainian forces will go on the offensive against the rebels. A statement from Poroshenko on his website says the cease-fire is being halted and that “we will attack and we will free our country.” The fragile cease-fire expired Monday night. The idea was to give rebels a chance to disarm and to start a broader peace process including an amnesty and...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58134532@www.sltrib.com Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:22:01 MDT Pro-Russian rebels free team of European observers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58126767-68/ukrainian-russian-russia-ukraine.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58126767-68/ukrainian-russian-russia-ukraine.html.csp">Pro-Russian rebels free team of European observers</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-28T20:30:04.955-06:00">Updated Jun 28, 2014 08:30PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Moscow • Pro-Russian insurgents on Saturday released a second team of observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, who had been held captive since the end of May, the organization said. OSCE spokesman Michael Bociurkiw said that the four observers were released and met by an OSCE official in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. “They’re in good health, they’re in good spirits,” he said. OSCE lost contact with four monitors from its Donetsk team and four monitors from its Luhansk...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581267672014-06-28T20:30:04.955-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-28T20:30:04.955-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58126767@www.sltrib.com Sat, 28 Jun 2014 20:30:04 MDT Keating: Assad’s path back to respectability http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58120341-82/assad-iraq-syrian-airstrikes.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58120341-82/assad-iraq-syrian-airstrikes.html.csp">Keating: Assad’s path back to respectability</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Joshua Keating</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Slate</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-26T17:12:01.547-06:00">Updated Jun 26, 2014 05:12PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">WASHINGTON • The major development in Iraq this week is the Syrian military launching airstrikes within Iraq. The strikes were apparently not coordinated with the Iraqi government but Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki welcomed them anyway. The merging of the Syrian and Iraqi battlefields puts the U.S. in an awkward position, given that it is still nominally supporting the overthrow of Bashar Assad’s government. Just three weeks ago, National Security Adviser Susan Rice suggested the U.S. would be up...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58120341@www.sltrib.com Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:12:01 MDT Ukraine vows to punish rebels who downed plane http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58069458-68/russia-ukraine-ukrainian-plane.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58069458-68/russia-ukraine-ukrainian-plane.html.csp">Ukraine vows to punish rebels who downed plane</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DAVID McHUGH </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and MARKO DOBRNJAKOVIC</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-14T21:11:22.054-06:00">Updated Jun 14, 2014 09:11PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Novohannivka, Ukraine • Ukraine’s new president declared Sunday a day of mourning and vowed to punish those responsible after pro-Russia separatists shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane, killing all 49 crew and troops aboard. It was a bitter setback for the Ukrainian forces — the deadliest single incident yet in their escalating battle against an armed insurgency that the government, backed by the U.S., insists is supported by Russia. The downing of the plane drew condemnation and con...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580694582014-06-14T21:11:22.054-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-14T21:11:22.054-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58069458@www.sltrib.com Sat, 14 Jun 2014 21:11:22 MDT Ukraine: 49 dead as rebels down military plane http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58068379-68/russia-ukraine-ukrainian-russian.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58068379-68/russia-ukraine-ukrainian-russian.html.csp">Ukraine: 49 dead as rebels down military plane</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DAVID McHUGH and MARKO DOBRNJAKOVIC</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-14T11:41:30.393-06:00">Updated Jun 14, 2014 11:41AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Novohannivka, Ukraine • Pro-Russia separatists shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane Saturday, killing all 49 crew and troops aboard in a bloody escalation of the conflict in the country’s restive east. It was a bitter setback for the Ukrainian forces — the deadliest single incident yet in their battle against an armed insurgency that the government, backed by the U.S., says is supported by Russia. It also came only a week after the new president, billionaire candy magnate Petro Poroshe...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58068379@www.sltrib.com Sat, 14 Jun 2014 11:41:30 MDT Syrian woman withers to 75 pounds, survives 700-day blockade http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58055436-68/akhras-blockade-rebels-building.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58055436-68/akhras-blockade-rebels-building.html.csp">Syrian woman withers to 75 pounds, survives 700-day blockade</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DIAA HADID</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-11T09:22:21.229-06:00">Updated Jun 11, 2014 09:22AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Homs, Syria • Over the course of the 700-day blockade, her world shrunk to her living room and her kitchen. She survived by eating plants and reading books. She refused to look in the mirror, because seeing her withered state might break her spirit. Zeinat Akhras, a 65-year-old pharmacist, still bears the effects of nearly two years trapped in her home, surrounded by rebel fighters during the government’s siege on the ancient quarters of the central Syrian city of Homs. She’s still a wispy 38 ki...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580554362014-06-11T09:22:21.229-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-11T09:22:21.229-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58055436@www.sltrib.com Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:22:21 MDT