Michael Birnbaum

Bureau chiefMoscow

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Ukraine says two warplanes downed Wednesday were out of reach of shoulder-fired missiles.

  • Jul 24, 2014

The planes were struck in the same vicinity as a Malaysia Airlines airliner that was shot down last week.

  • Jul 23, 2014

The number was lower than the 282 bodies that Ukrainian officials said were recovered from the crash site.

  • Jul 22, 2014

“We never expected people falling from the sky,” she said.

  • Jul 22, 2014

A train with remains of Flight 17 victims finally leaves, and the devices were given to Malaysian officials.

  • Jul 22, 2014

Torez, Ukraine, was already a war zone; now it’s makeshift morgue, too.

  • Jul 21, 2014

Kerry lays out what he calls an “enormous amount of evidence” tying separatists to jet crash in Ukraine.

  • Jul 21, 2014

Rebels are accused of moving bodies from site of downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and denying access to area.

  • Jul 19, 2014

The Ukrainian rebels say safe passage will eventually be granted amid disputes over a cease-fire.

  • Jul 18, 2014

A missile downs the jet, killing all 298 aboard, and Ukraine’s government blames pro-Russian rebels.

  • Jul 18, 2014

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev calls them “evil” and says Russian defense spending could rise in response.

  • Jul 17, 2014

The Ukraine crisis prompted new measures targeting major banks and the energy and defense industries.

  • Jul 16, 2014

Separatists claim a role, but Ukraine’s defense chief says their rockets could not have brought down the aircraft.

  • Jul 14, 2014

A cross-border shelling from eastern Ukraine struck Russian territory Sunday, reportedly killing one.

  • Jul 13, 2014

Though separatist rebels have retreated, a power vacuum remains in the city of Slovyansk.

  • Jul 12, 2014

Rocket attack, which wounded nearly 100, is a reminder that rebels can still inflict damage despite their setbacks.

  • Jul 11, 2014

Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists appear to be preparing for a protracted battle as cease-fire ends.

  • Jul 1, 2014

End to 10-day break in hostilities raises the prospect of new U.S. and E.U. sanctions against Russia.

  • Jul 1, 2014

The country, along with Moldova and Georgia, takes the first step toward full membership in the bloc.

  • Jun 27, 2014

The announcement comes as a cease-fire is set to expire and Kerry intensifies pressure on Russia.

  • Jun 26, 2014
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About Michael
Michael Birnbaum is The Post’s Moscow bureau chief, responsible for the countries that once made up the Soviet Union. He previously served as the Berlin correspondent and as an education reporter in Washington. He has covered the Egyptian Revolution, the fall of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi and the Arab Spring elsewhere in the Middle East. He has also worked at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Birnbaum has a degree in German history from Yale University. He grew up in Chicago.