Michael Birnbaum

Bureau chiefMoscow


Poroshenko will meet with Obama and address Congress as he seeks military and economic assistance.

  • Sep 17, 2014

Lawmakers approved an association accord with the E.U. and granted more autonomy to eastern regions.

  • Sep 16, 2014

Poroshenko says the “fate of peace” hinges on rebel acceptance of political compromises.

  • Sep 10, 2014

Amb. John Tefft won’t use Twitter, a back-to-basics approach in the worst time for U.S.-Russia relations since the Cold War.

  • Sep 8, 2014

But Poroshenko still faces challenge to win support for the cease-fire deal with pro-Moscow rebels.

  • Sep 8, 2014

Firefights are reported near key eastern cities as the government tries to sell the peace plan to the public.

  • Sep 7, 2014

Artillery bombardments are heard near the key city of Mariupol.

  • Sep 6, 2014

The agreement sets up a familiar scenario for Russian control over another ex-Soviet Union satellite.

  • Sep 5, 2014

People interviewed in both Kiev and the east are weary of war but still deeply divided on a way forward.

  • Sep 4, 2014

The plan would entrench gains by Russian-backed rebels, which could be difficult for Ukraine to accept.

  • Sep 3, 2014
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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.
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