Fresh clashes in east Ukraine kill 9 soldiers

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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.

Fierce battle for airport breaks out in Ukraine

2015-01-15 21:14

Heavy artillery and shelling has rocked Ukraine's east as the army and pro-Russian rebels waged a fierce battle for a key airport, threatening all-out conflict.

Russia: Minister calls for a watch on spending

2015-01-14 19:30

Russia must cut expenditure to cover what could be a more than $45bn drop in revenues this year if the average oil price is $50 a barrel.

Russia won't cut itself off from world - Medvedev

2015-01-14 15:44

Russia will not cut itself off from the world because any return to the past would be a "monstrous mistake", says Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

UN Security Council condemns Ukraine bus attack

2015-01-14 10:07

The UN Security Council has strongly condemned a rocket attack on a bus in east Ukraine that left 11 civilians dead.

Killer bus attack dooms Ukraine's shaky truce

2015-01-14 00:02

An attack on a passenger bus in eastern Ukraine which killed 11 people may be the final blow to hopes of a cease-fire.

Diplomats meet to save Ukraine peace summit

2015-01-12 20:12

Foreign ministers from France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia were meeting in Berlin to try and resolve tensions threatening to scupper a planned summit on ending the Ukrainian conflict.


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 firm to supply US rocket engines

2015-01-16 15:30

A Russian manufacturer has announced a $1bn deal to supply engines for the US Antares rockets making deliveries to the International space station.

EU Parliament calls Russia a potential threat

2015-01-15 22:09

The EU parliament has condemned Russia as a "potential threat to the European Union itself" even as the EU foreign policy chief sought to resume dialogue with Moscow.

Russia crisis could keep Cyprus in recession

2015-01-15 14:25

Economic woes in Russia are tempering prospects of bailed-out Cyprus returning to growth in 2015 and mean the island nation risks a fifth year of recession.

Europe at risk of being cut off from Russian gas

2015-01-14 17:50

Russia's gas giant Gazprom says that there was still a risk that Europe could have supplies of Russian gas piped via Ukraine cut this winter.

Russian cop gets life for murdering 22 women

2015-01-14 15:05

A retired Russian policeman has been jailed for life for raping and murdering 22 women after he claimed he wanted to cleanse his Siberian hometown of prostitutes.

Killer bus attack dooms Ukraine's shaky truce

2015-01-14 00:04

An attack on a passenger bus in eastern Ukraine which killed 11 people may be the final blow to hopes of a cease-fire.

Ceasefire holds key to talks on Ukraine crisis - Russia

2015-01-13 12:48

Talks on the Ukraine crisis can advance only when both sides observe a ceasefire in the country’s east to open the way for the full implementation of a four-month-old peace deal, Russia says.

Snowden declined Russian spy offer - friend

2015-01-12 17:04

A close ally of Edward Snowden has told filmmakers that Russia's intelligence agency sought to recruit the former NSA contractor, but he declined the offer.

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