Says based on past experiences he’s not sure separatists will follow through and that Russia will stop violating Ukraine’s sovereignty.
The chaotic Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 recovery effort stumbled again Monday, with more bodies found at the crash site.
Armed rebels forced emergency workers to hand over all 196 bodies recovered from the Malaysia Airlines crash site and then loaded them onto refrigerated trains bound for a rebel-held city.
Anna Lysyanskaya, originally from Ukraine, is now a professor at Brown University.
The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama have discussed the Malaysia Airlines plane incident.
The plane appeared to have broken up before impact and the burning wreckage was scattered over a wide area.
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.
Ukraine’s president has declared tomorrow a day of national mourning after pro-Russia separatists shot down a military transport plane in the country’s east, killing all 49 crew and troops aboard.
Thirty pro-Russia insurgents and four government troops have been killed in Ukraine.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are advancing far different proposals on how to calm tensions and de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine as Russia continues to mass troops along its border with the former Soviet republic.
The EU Commission president wants a two-day summit of European Union leaders to center on boosting the fledgling government in Ukraine, rather than focus exclusively on sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.
Stepping into a region on edge, Vice President Joe Biden came to Poland on Tuesday to reassure anxious allies that the U.S. will stand up to Russia’s aggression in neighboring Ukraine, even as Moscow brushes aside sanctions and stern warnings from the West.
Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula declared itself an independent nation Monday after its residents voted overwhelmingly to secede and try to join Russia, while U.S. and European Union diplomats discussed sanctions against Russia for backing the referendum.
In a referendum watched closely around the world, residents in Ukraine’s strategic Crimean Peninsula voted Sunday on whether to demand greater autonomy or split off and seek to join Russia. The vote has been condemned as illegal by the United States and European countries.
President Barack Obama will meet with Ukraine’s prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, at the White House Wednesday.
The General says Russia has the upper hand in negotiations with Crimea and a lot of this is economic.