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Russia gives $3bn Crimea bridge contract to Putin ally

2015-01-30 21:07

The Russian government has awarded the contract for the construction of a $3bn bridge to Crimea to a long-time ally of President Vladimir Putin.

12 die in eastern Ukraine violence

2015-01-30 14:54

Officials say 12 people, including seven civilians, have been killed in clashes between government forces and pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine.

Ukraine peace talks due

2015-01-30 10:21

Negotiations from Ukraine, Russia and Europe are set to hold fresh peace talks in a bid to end a surge in fighting between Kiev and Kremlin-backed rebels.

Carlsberg to close two breweries in Russia

2015-01-29 20:00

Danish brewer Carlsberg says it is closing two of its 10 breweries in Russia, citing lower demand due to the country's weakened economy.

Gorbachev warns of risk of 'new Cold War'

2015-01-29 13:45

The last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has accused the US of drawing Russia into a new Cold War and fears hostilities can escalate.

US provides more aid to Ukraine

2015-01-28 15:50
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The US has signed an agreement to provide $2bn in loan guarantees to help war-torn Ukraine with "near-term social spending" in 2015.

Over 1 000 children living rough in Donetsk

2015-01-27 22:44

About 1 100 children are living rough in underground shelters in Ukraine's rebel-held eastern city of Donetsk, the UN children's agency has said.

Putin's office slams S&P rating

2015-01-27 18:00

Russian President Vladimir Putin says decisions taken by credit rating agencies are politically motivated, after S&P downgraded the rating below investment grade.

Deadly attack on Ukraine city a war crime - UN

2015-01-27 14:38

A UN political chiefs says deadly rocket attacks on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol that ‘knowingly targeted civilians’ violated international humanitarian law and could amount to war crimes.

US announces charges in New York-Russian spy ring case

2015-01-27 11:01

Three Russian citizens have been charged in connection with a Cold War-style Russian spy ring that tried to recruit people with ties to an unnamed New York City university, authorities say.

Putin: Ukraine army is Nato's foreign legion

2015-01-26 21:53

President Vladimir Putin has accused the Ukrainian army of being "Nato's foreign legion" whose main purpose was to contain Russia.

US has 'more tools' to pressure Russia - Lew

2015-01-26 19:30

The United States has "more tools" available to increase pressure on Russia over Ukraine, if required, US treasury secretary Jack Lew says.

Inflation may bite Russia grocers after boost

2015-01-26 16:30

Surging inflation may soon become a drag for Russian grocers after it helped boost sales last year, as a slide in the rouble tightens the squeeze on consumers.

UN to meet on Ukraine after deadly clashes

2015-01-26 08:45

The UN Security Council will hold a special meeting on the violence in eastern Ukraine after a rocket barrage blamed on Kremlin-backed rebels killed 30.

Rockets kill 29 in Ukrainian city

2015-01-24 22:02

Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, two schools, homes and shops in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, killing at least 29 people, authorities have said.

Russia faces $40bn battle as banking crisis looms

2015-01-23 19:15

Russia may have to spend more than $40bn this year to avert a banking crisis, as the growing likelihood of a sharp recession looms.

Adidas takes hit due to weak rouble

2015-01-23 15:00

Adidas, the German sports shoe and casual clothing brand, says the decline in the rouble has hit its earnings in Russia, a key market.

Ukraine rebels say 24 fighters killed by rockets at airport

2015-01-23 13:03

Russian-backed separatists in east Ukraine say 24 of their fighters have been killed in a rocket attack on the recently captured airport outside their main stronghold city of Donetsk.

Bus shelling, clashes kill 34 in Ukraine

2015-01-22 19:08

The shelling of a bus and clashes in Ukraine's separatist east left 34 people dead as Kiev was forced to abandon its defence of Donetsk's airport in one of the deadliest days of the nine-month war.

Russian bond auction flops

2015-01-22 14:30

Russia's first attempt to borrow on financial markets since November has flopped as Moscow only raised a fifth of the amount it was seeking.

Ukraine accuses Russia of attack

2015-01-21 14:44

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is cutting short a foreign trip after Kiev accused Russian regular forces of attacking its troops in the country's east.

Baby 7th casualty of killing spree

2015-01-19 21:43

A six-month-old boy became the seventh member of an Armenian family to die after a killing spree blamed on a Russian soldier serving at a military base in the nation.

Ukraine offers ceasefire to Russia

2015-01-19 15:43

Ukraine has offered an immediate ceasefire to Russia, after Moscow claimed that Kiev rejected a fresh peace initiative by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Two F1 tracks rule out night races

2015-01-19 08:29

Organisers of two Formula 1 races have ruled out switching to a night-race in 2015, citing safety concerns involving Biachi's crash.

Russians flock to St Moritz despite rouble crisis

2015-01-18 22:00

Switzerland's poshest ski resort Saint Moritz boasts stunning snow-laden peaks, iconic hotels ... and Russians.

 

Russian central bank cuts rates

2015-01-30 19:30

Russia's central bank has unexpectedly cut its main interest rate as fears of recession mount in the country following the fall in global oil prices.

Moscow: EU must realise Russia sanctions lead nowhere

2015-01-30 13:17

The EU’s decision to extend sanctions against Russia over Ukraine is a destructive policy that will lead nowhere, Russia’s foreign ministry says.

EU wins Greek backing to extend Russia sanctions

2015-01-30 09:39

European Union foreign ministers have extended existing sanctions against Russia, holding off on tighter economic measures.

UK scrambles fighters over Russian bombers

2015-01-29 14:57

British Typhoon fighter jets have been scrambled to intercept two Russian Bear long-range bombers which had flown close to UK airspace.

Russia unveils $35bn anti-crisis plan

2015-01-28 16:15

Russia has announced a $35bn 'anti-crisis' spending plan to bail out an economy battered by Western sanctions and falling oil prices.

Russian crisis affects pensioners

2015-01-28 15:00

The Russian financial crisis causes anger in many pensioners as low oil prices negatively impact their living standards.

Russia: Crisis plan won't need more budget

2015-01-27 20:00

An economic crisis plan Russia has adopted won't require any more budget spending than was already planned, says Finance Minister Anton Siluanov.

Fresh clashes in east Ukraine kill 9 soldiers

2015-01-27 15:38

Continued fighting in east Ukraine has killed at least nine soldiers and wounded 29, the military says, as rebels fought to secure more territory in the war zone.

Coupons may help the poor cope - Russia

2015-01-27 13:00

With bread prices set to rise as suppliers pass on increased production costs, the Russian government is urged to use food coupons to aid low-income consumers.

S&P downgrades Russia's credit rating

2015-01-27 09:15

Ratings agency S&P has cut Russia's sovereign credit rating to junk status, bringing it below investment grade for the first time in a decade.

Inquiry opens into ex-KGB man's death

2015-01-26 21:53

A public inquiry has opened into the killing of Alexander Litvinenki, the Russian intelligence agent turned Kremlin critic, who was poisoned in London in 2006.

Russia bans salt imports from Ukranian firm

2015-01-26 18:30

Russia's consumer rights watchdog says it has imposed a temporary ban on salt imports from a state Ukrainian producer, citing a violation of legislation.

Russia blames Ukraine for renewed violence

2015-01-26 14:16

Russia has blamed Kiev for a surge in violence in south-eastern Ukraine and urged the West not to show its support with actions such as imposing new sanctions on Moscow.

Lavrov: Moscow ready to push for peaceful solution

2015-01-25 18:57

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has told US Secretary of State John Kerry that Moscow was ready to do everything it can to encourage a peaceful solution in Ukraine.

Top official: Russians will eat less for Putin

2015-01-23 22:28

Russian Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, has warned the West against trying to topple President Vladimir Putin and said that Russians are ready to sacrifice their wealth in Putin's support.

Ukraine says 'Russian terrorists' launch new offensive

2015-01-23 18:40

Ukraine says “Russian terrorist groups” have launched a mass new offensive across the frontline dividing the war-torn country’s industrial east.

Davos 2015: Here’s why George Soros thinks markets are in for a very rough ride

2015-01-23 14:30

Billionaire George Soros is a man who has seen a lot of history, as a child, he survived the Nazis, and he fled the Communists when he left Hungary as a child.

Pro-Russia rebels cement hold on Ukraine airport

2015-01-23 11:15

Pro-Russian rebels have cemented their hold on a long-disputed airport ceded by Ukrainian troops during an upsurge in clashes that killed at least 50 people.

Ukrainian forces almost lose Donetsk airport

2015-01-22 15:12

Ukrainian forces have all but abandoned Donetsk airport after months of bitter battle, although military officials continue to insist they hold part of the terminal.

Russia: US wants to dominate the world

2015-01-21 21:10

Russia has responded disparagingly to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, claiming it showed that the United States wanted to dominate world affairs.

Putin: Russia will build new weapons

2015-01-20 22:17

President Vladimir Putin says Russia will develop new weapons that will ensure its security without entering a costly arms race with the West.

Renewed fighting rages at Donetsk airport

2015-01-19 19:37

Pro-Russian separatists have renewed attacks on Ukrainian forces at an airport complex in the east after Kiev launched a mass operation to reclaim lost ground there.

Thousands join Russian rally against 'vulgar' Charlie

2015-01-19 12:46

Tens of thousands of people have staged a rally in Russia's Chechnya region against French magazine Charlie Hebdo's cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, which have been described by the region's leader as ‘vulgar and immoral’.

Russia: Poroshenko rejected peace proposal

2015-01-19 05:00

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has rejected a peace plan proposed to him last week by his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Putin's spokesperson says.

Fighting rages anew at Ukraine airport

2015-01-17 20:37

Fighting has raged on at the main airport of Ukraine's city of Donetsk as separatists resumed attempts to break the tenuous grip of government forces on the complex.

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