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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the 25th anniversary celebrations of Poland's first free elections led by the Solidarity movement at the Royal Square in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the 25th anniversary celebrations of Poland's first free elections led by the Solidarity movement at the Royal Square in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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In Poland, Obama Sees a Guidepost for Ukraine

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A quarter century after Poland embraced democracy, President Barack Obama held up this nation Wednesday as a guidepost for neighboring Ukraine as it seeks to fend off an insurgency widely believed to be backed by Russia that has rekindled Cold War-era tensions across Europe.

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Ukrainian army paratroopers preparing to move to a position in Slovyansk, Ukraine, Saturday, May 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Ukrainian army paratroopers preparing to move to a position in Slovyansk, Ukraine, Saturday, May 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
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Some Kiev Barricades Come Down; Protesters Balky

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Demonstrators on the main downtown avenue of Ukraine's capital set piles of tires ablaze on Saturday to protest authorities' call to end the encampment that began six months ago. A few hundred meters away, workers in hard hats cleared debris from torn-down barricades.

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The body of a pro-Russian gunam killed in clashes with Ukrainian government forces around the airport lies on a stretcher at a city morgue in Donetsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, May 27, 2014.  (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
The body of a pro-Russian gunam killed in clashes with Ukrainian government forces around the airport lies on a stretcher at a city morgue in Donetsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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Chechen Leader Says He Sent No Troops to Ukraine

Chechnya's regional leader said Wednesday that he hasn't sent any troops to fight alongside pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, but he says some Chechens may have gone there on their own.

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People pile up sand bags to set up a shooting position on the road leading from the airport to Donetsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
People pile up sand bags to set up a shooting position on the road leading from the airport to Donetsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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Ukraine Fighting Intensifies After Election

Dozens of dead insurgents lay piled in a van outside a morgue Tuesday, and a rebel said more were on the way. Bomb disposal experts disarmed a mortar round lodged in a corpse. A wrecked and blood-soaked truck at the Donetsk airport showed the grisly aftermath of battle.

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Ukrainian miner wipes his face after finishing his shift at a coal mine in Donetsk, Ukraine.  (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Ukrainian miner wipes his face after finishing his shift at a coal mine in Donetsk, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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In Ukraine Heartland, Politics Second to Money

In the roiling debate over eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatist attacks have turned increasingly bloody, neither the country's richest man nor some of his dirt-poor compatriots have much time for patriotism, ethnic feuding or political parties.

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A Pro-Russian activist carries a ballot box away from a polling station preparing to smash it, in Donetsk, Ukraine, Friday, May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Photomig)
A Pro-Russian activist carries a ballot box away from a polling station preparing to smash it, in Donetsk, Ukraine, Friday, May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Photomig)
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Ukraine’s Presidential Vote a Step Out of Crisis

Ukrainians vote Sunday in an early presidential election that could be a crucial step toward resolving the country's crisis, but separatists in the east are threatening to block the vote.

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Slovyansk, Ukraine, has seen continuous shelling by the Ukrainian government forces, who have retaliated to the rebel fire.  (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Slovyansk, Ukraine, has seen continuous shelling by the Ukrainian government forces, who have retaliated to the rebel fire. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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Putin: Russia Will Respect Result of Ukraine Vote

President Vladimir Putin announced Friday that Russia will recognize the outcome of Ukraine's presidential vote this weekend but voiced hope that Ukraine would halt its military operation against separatists in the east.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Friday urged the West to stop playing what he described as a zero-sum game against Russia and reach a settlement based on mutual interests.  (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Friday urged the West to stop playing what he described as a zero-sum game against Russia and reach a settlement based on mutual interests. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
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Russian Official Slams West on Ukraine

Russia on Friday accused the West of triggering the Ukrainian crisis by its "megalomania," as fighting continued in Ukraine's east between pro-Russia insurgents and government forces two days before a presidential election.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with parliament member Valentina Matviyenko at a meeting in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on Monday, May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti Kremlin, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with parliament member Valentina Matviyenko at a meeting in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on Monday, May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti Kremlin, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)
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Pentagon: No Sign of Russian Troop Pullback Yet

The U.S. has seen no evidence that Russia has begun its announced withdrawal of troops from the Ukraine border area, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.

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Workers of the Ukrainian company Metinvest clear away debris in a government building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, Friday, May 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
Workers of the Ukrainian company Metinvest clear away debris in a government building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, Friday, May 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
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Pro-Russian Insurgents Retreat in Ukraine’s East

Local patrols by steelworkers have forced pro-Russia insurgents to pull out of the government buildings they had seized in this city in eastern Ukraine, giving residents hope Friday that a wave of anarchy was over.

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