Putin makes troop deaths a state secret

2015-05-28 21:17

Russian President Vladimir Putin has banned revealing information about troop deaths during peacetime, as the Kremlin continues to rebuff accusations its soldiers are fighting in Ukraine.

Russia masses heavy firepower on border with Ukraine

2015-05-28 11:08

Russia’s army is massing troops and hundreds of pieces of weaponry, including mobile rocket launchers, tanks and artillery at a makeshift base near the border with Ukraine, a report says.

Ukrainian serviceman killed

2015-05-23 14:19

Ukrainian military spokesperson Andriy Lysenko says one Ukrainian serviceman was killed and five wounded in clashes between government forces and separatists.

'War crimes' rampant in Ukraine

2015-05-22 13:15

Amnesty International accused Ukrainian forces of torture and pro-Russian rebels of even more serious war crimes such as summary executions committed both before and after a February truce deal.

Lavrov: Russia ready to help Iraq defeat ISIS

2015-05-21 16:29

Russia is ready to supply weapons to Iraq, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said, as the country struggles to halt advances by Islamic State militants.

Total brings gas field in Russia on line

2015-05-21 09:30

French energy company Total has launched production at the Termokarstovoye gas field in northern Siberia together with its Russian partner Novatek.

Russia restarts spacecraft after embarrassing failures

2015-05-18 06:53

Russia's space agency says it has managed to restart the engines of the Progress spacecraft and correct the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) which it is attached to, after a failed first attempt.

Baltics to ask Nato for thousands of troops

2015-05-14 21:05

The Baltic states will formally ask Nato to deploy several thousand troops as a deterrent to Russia, Lithuania says.

Kerry says 'critical moment' for Russia to fulfil Ukraine truce

2015-05-13 11:40

US Secretary of State John Kerry says it is a critical moment for Russia and separatists to fulfil a peace deal to end the fighting in Ukraine, following his talks a day earlier with President Vladimir Putin.

Carrier rocket caused failure of Russian spacecraft

2015-05-12 21:21

A Russian mission to resupply the International Space Station failed because of a fault with the carrier rocket, the head of Roscosmos space agency says.


Watchdog says 90% of declared chemical weapons destroyed

2015-05-28 18:54

The chemical weapons watchdog has hailed a milestone in its mission to rid the world of poison gas and nerve agents, saying 90% of stocks declared has now been destroyed.

Putin signs Russian law to shut 'undesirable' organizations

2015-05-23 21:58

President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill into law giving prosecutors the power to declare foreign and international organisations "undesirable" in Russia and shut them down.

Russian woman shoots herself with selfie

2015-05-22 22:33

A young Russian woman accidentally shot herself in the head with a pistol while posing for a selfie.

Russia warns Google, Twitter, Facebook on web laws

2015-05-22 09:51

Russia's media watchdog has written to Google, Twitter and Facebook warning them against violating Russian internet laws.

Russian return to G7 'unimaginable' for now

2015-05-21 13:38

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says a return of Russia to the Group of Seven major industrialised nations is "unimaginable" as long as it flouts international law in Ukraine.

NATO: unclear if Russia serious about peace deal

2015-05-18 13:37

A senior NATO official says it is still unclear whether Russia was prepared to take steps to support the Minsk agreement to ease the conflict in Ukraine.

France offers Russia deal to ditch warships

2015-05-15 22:04

France has offered Russia its terms to scrap a contentious contract to supply two warships that was suspended due to the Ukraine crisis.

Russian teen faces prosecution over Nazi post

2015-05-13 17:47

Prosecutors in southern Russian are investigating a 16-year boy on suspicion of posting remarks on social media in support of the 1939 Nazi invasion of Poland.

Russia will co-operate with US 'without coercion'

2015-05-12 22:07

Russia has vowed it is ready to work with the US on a host of burning issues but insisted it would not bow to "coercion", as President Vladimir Putin hosted top US diplomat John Kerry.

Potato diplomacy: Lavrov gives Kerry ice-breaking gift

2015-05-12 18:14

After months of raging tensions over Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sought to break the ice by giving his US counterpart two baskets full of potatoes and tomatoes.

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