Dozens die in Ukraine in street battles

2014-08-21 13:41

Heavy shelling has hit residential neighbourhoods in Ukraine’s rebel stronghold of Donetsk and government forces have fought street battles in other towns as they sought to crush a four-month-old separatist rebellion.

Russia ramps up McDonald's scrutiny

2014-08-21 11:39

Russia's state food safety watchdog has begun unscheduled checks in several regions, a day after four branches in Moscow were shuttered by the same agency.

Russia reveals huge cost of Western food ban

2014-08-20 19:27

Agriculture Minister Nokolai Fyodorov has warned that Moscow must spend billions of dollars subsidising farmers to avoid a shortage caused by its ban on Western foods.

Ukraine says battles raging in Lugansk

2014-08-19 19:20

Ukraine says fighting has erupted in the heart of major rebel stronghold Lugansk, as the bodies of 17 civilians fleeing the city were recovered from wreckage of their destroyed convoy.

Donetsk queues as water shutt off

2014-08-18 18:59

Donetsk residents are buying water in the rebel-held east Ukrainian city where supplies have been abruptly cut off by shelling damage.

Russia may ban car imports if sanctions persist

2014-08-18 14:41

Russia may tighten retaliatory sanctions against Western nations to include a ban on imports of cars, among other things, if the US and the EU impose additional sanctions on Moscow.

Stop sending arms to Ukraine, Merkel urges Putin

2014-08-16 11:35

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to "stop the flow of military equipment, military advisers and armed personnel crossing the border with Ukraine".

Nato chief confirms Russian 'incursion' into Ukraine

2014-08-15 20:49

Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has confirmed an incursion by Russian armoured vehicles into Ukraine, saying it showed Moscow's efforts to 'destabilise' Ukraine.

Russian military vehicles mass near Ukraine

2014-08-15 13:23

Dozens of heavy Russian military vehicles have massed near the border with Ukraine, while Ukrainian border guards crossed the frontier to inspect a huge Russian aid convoy.

Poland mulls sanctions on Russian coal

2014-08-14 20:32

Poland is considering imposing sanctions on the import of Russian coal, Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski says.

Russian oil giant seeks funds for pensions

2014-08-14 18:00

Russia's largest oil producer Rosneft, is seeking a $42bn loan from a fund earmarked for Russian pensions to help it weather Western sanctions.

Russia crisis could hurt booming business

2014-08-14 16:45

A crisis in Russia has the potential to harm what has been a fast-growing source of customers for the tourism industry, according to TUI AG.

'Heavy shelling' in Ukraine's Donetsk

2014-08-14 14:23

Pro-Russian separatists say heavy shelling has hit several neighbourhoods around the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine where government forces are trying to tighten their grip.

More companies vulnerable to US sanctions

2014-08-14 10:00

Companies even partly owned by individuals sanctioned by the US government could find themselves blacklisted as the result of a rule change.

UN: Ukraine death toll doubles in two weeks

2014-08-13 20:27

The number of people killed in conflict-hit in eastern Ukraine has nearly doubled in two weeks to 2 086, including at least 20 children, the UN human rights agency says.

FIA to inspect Russian GP track

2014-08-13 09:25

Russian GP organisers are waiting to receive the final green-light from the FIA to proceed with the inaugural 2014 Sochi grand prix in October.

Egypt's Sisi visits Putin for arms talks

2014-08-12 21:26

Russian President Vladimir Putin has hosted his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for talks about Cairo's purchase of advanced surface-to-air missiles and membership in a Moscow-led free trade zone.

France warns over Russian aid convoy

2014-08-12 16:02

France has warned that any Russian aid convoy bound for Ukraine could be a pretext for a covert operation and stressed that Ukraine and the Red Cross must first give the green light to the mission.

Russia, Belarus talk about banned Western food

2014-08-12 15:28

Moscow has sent officials to Belarus, which has a free trade zone with Russia, after it said it would not become a conduit for banned Western food products.

Ukraine agrees to Red Cross-led aid mission

2014-08-11 22:19

The Red Cross will lead an international humanitarian aid operation with Russia and the European Union into the rebel-held city of Luhansk.

Kasparov fails to oust 'alien abductee' chess boss

2014-08-11 21:13

Chess legend Garry Kasparov has failed in his attempt to dethrone the eccentric head of the World Chess Federation, an ally of Putin and self-professed "alien abductee".

First MH17 crash report 'in weeks'

2014-08-11 19:02

Dutch air crash investigators say they expect to release an initial report into what brought down flight MH17 over Ukraine with the loss of 298 lives "in a few weeks".

Ukraine suggests revision for gas deals

2014-08-11 15:08

European companies would have to agree major contract revisions when purchasing Russian gas if the country's parliament imposes sanctions on Russian gas.

F1 pushes ahead with Russian GP plans

2014-08-11 09:07

Despite doubts of the inaugural Sochi GP taking place later in 2014 due to political unrest, Russia and Formula 1 says its "all systems go!".

ExxonMobil starts drilling in Russia's Arctic

2014-08-10 13:30

US oil giant ExxonMobil has begun drilling in Russia's Arctic despite Western sanctions imposed on its Russian partner Rosneft.


Fate of captured beluga whales in hands of judge

2014-08-21 12:07

A Georgia aquarium has gone to court seeking federal permission to bring 18 captured beluga whales to the US from Russia.

Watchdog shuts four McDonald's restaurants

2014-08-20 19:38

A consumer watchdog has ordered four McDonald's restaurants in Moscow to be temporarily closed after repeatedly violating sanitary rules.

Ukraine flag unfurled on top of Moscow skyscraper

2014-08-20 17:44

A Ukrainian flag has been unfurled on the top of a Moscow skyscraper near the Kremlin officials say.

Chevron shows interest in Ukraine gas

2014-08-18 19:45

US energy giant Chevron is interested in taking a stake in Ukraine's natural gas pipeline network, which the country is opening to Western investors, reports say.

Russian sanctions threaten Europe's farmers

2014-08-18 16:27

As the European Union's second biggest apple producer, Poland has some 700 000 tonnes of the fruit it usually sells to Russia but can't, due to the food embargo.

EU fruit, vegetable growers to get €125m

2014-08-18 13:30

EU farmers will get financial help of up to €125m to help them cope with the impact of Russia's ban on most Western food imports.

Kiev forces, Russian troops clash inside Ukraine

2014-08-15 22:31

Ukraine said its forces have attacked and partly destroyed a Russian armoured column that entered Ukrainian territory overnight.

EU unity on Russia sanctions fraying

2014-08-15 17:00

European Union foreign ministers have voiced concern at reports that Russian military vehicles had crossed into Ukraine overnight.

Putin tones down Ukraine rhetoric

2014-08-15 08:48

Vladimir Putin travelled has struck a conciliatory note and called for peace in the Ukraine.

Ukraine passes law allowing Russia sanctions

2014-08-14 18:15

Ukraine's parliament has approved a law paving the way for a string of sanctions on Russian firms and nationals accused of backing an uprising in the country.

Russian aid convoy resumes travel toward Ukraine

2014-08-14 17:44

A large Russian aid convoy has resumed its journey toward Ukraine, taking a road leading directly toward a border crossing controlled by pro-Russian rebels in the Luhansk region.

European experts start emergency talks

2014-08-14 15:00

Agricultural officials from all 28 European Union countries began emergency talks to weigh the impact of Russia's ban on Western food imports.

Russia's challenge: Money and talent exodus

2014-08-14 10:45

The Kremlin's worst clash with the West since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union has accelerated the outflow of two of Russia's key assets: Money and brains.

Beware sanctions fall-out

2014-08-14 07:02

SA will also be hit if Europe and Russia's economic war hots up, says Leopold Scholtz.

Horror crash: Car flips, slides along road

2014-08-13 10:13

A dash-cam captured the moment a silver hatchback is struck by a sedan at a traffic intersection causing it to flip and slide down a road in Russian. Watch the terrifying crash!

US urges border check for Russia aid convoy

2014-08-12 23:44

The United States has backed Ukraine's demand for a Russian convoy to go through border checks to clear up concerns that Moscow is seeking to support rebels.

Russia to boost wheat supplies to Egypt

2014-08-12 17:05

Russia will supply at least 5 million tons of wheat to Egypt and will increase agricultural goods imports from the North African country.

Turkish exporters enjoy boost from Russian ban

2014-08-12 15:46

Russian companies have increased their orders from Turkish firms after Moscow stopped imports of most food from the West in retaliation for US and EU sanctions.

Russia sends 280 aid trucks to Ukraine

2014-08-12 11:46

A Russian convoy of 280 trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine has set off, amid Western warnings against using help as a pretext for an invasion.

Russia to send humanitarian convoy into Ukraine

2014-08-11 21:13

Russia will send a humanitarian convoy into Ukraine in cooperation with the International Red Cross, the Kremlin has said, despite strong opposition from Ukraine and the West.

Ukraine: Russia has massed 45 000 troops on border

2014-08-11 19:02

Russia has massed 45 000 troops on its border with Ukraine backed by an array of heavy equipment, Ukrainian military spokesperson Andriy Lysenko says.

Nato: High probability of Russian intervention

2014-08-11 17:35

Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said he saw a "high probability" that Russia could intervene militarily in eastern Ukraine.

US to import apples banned by Russia - Poland

2014-08-11 09:30

Poland has asked the United States to open its market quickly to Polish apples banned by Russia in a sanctions war over the crisis in Ukraine.

Estonia takes aim at Swiss over sanctions

2014-08-10 15:45

Switzerland is acting in its own self interest by not imposing its own sanctions against Russia over Ukraine, says Estonia's president.

Moscow chases US submarine away

2014-08-09 21:03

Russia says that it had chased away a US submarine that had approached its territorial waters in the Barents Sea.

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