Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions

2014-04-17 21:22

Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine have reached agreement after marathon talks on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine.

Putin: Impossible for EU to stop buying gas

2014-04-17 14:08

Russian President Vladimir Putin says it would not be possible for Europe to stop buying Russian gas and he hopes a deal will be made with Ukraine on gas supply.

Ukraine disbands army unit

2014-04-17 11:50

Ukraine has disbanded an army unit that lost six armoured vehicles to pro-Russian militants, as Kiev's military reeled from a failed attempt to oust separatists in its eastern regions.

Nato steps up presence over Ukraine crisis

2014-04-16 22:40

Nato will deploy more aeroplanes, ships and military staff to eastern member states in response to the unrest in Ukraine, as a military standoff intensified.

Kerry heads for Ukraine talks, tensions mount

2014-04-16 17:00

US Secretary of State John Kerry has left for Geneva for high-stakes talks on Ukraine, armed with the threat of more sanctions against Moscow if diplomacy fails.

EU struggles to unpick gas logistics

2014-04-16 09:51

Unprecedented talks across the European Union show it scrambling for solutions on the ground to break its dependence on Russian gas and help supply Ukraine.

EU threatens Russia with more sanctions

2014-04-14 21:30

The European Union threatened Russia with more sanctions over its actions in eastern Ukraine, which Britain says is being destabilised by Moscow.

UN to hold emergency session on Ukraine

2014-04-13 22:14

The United Nations Security Council will meet for an emergency session to discuss the escalating crisis in eastern Ukraine.

Fighting erupts in 2 east Ukraine towns

2014-04-12 20:30

Ukraine's interior minister says pro-Kremlin gunmen have opened fire on police stations in two heavily Russified eastern cities and blamed the attacks on Moscow’s "aggression".

Putin: Russia to honour EU gas deals

2014-04-11 17:11

President Vladimir Putin says Russia would fulfill its obligations to European gas clients and had no plans to halt deliveries to Ukraine.

Russian oil deal with Iran to follow UN rules

2014-04-11 11:37

Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov says any oil-for-goods deal between Moscow and Iran would follow United Nations rules on sanctions, not US rules.

Russia: Nato photos of forces taken last year

2014-04-10 21:19

An official in the Russian military general staff has said that Nato satellite photographs purporting to show Russian forces near the Ukrainian border were taken in August 2013.

Ukraine offers amnesty to pro-Russian militants

2014-04-10 16:28

The embattled acting president of Ukraine has promised not to prosecute pro-Russian militants occupying government buildings in the east of the country if they laid down their arms.

Russia has options if West shuns its energy

2014-04-10 12:36

Russia is a reliable energy supplier to Western countries, but it has other potential partners if they turn elsewhere for oil and gas.

Nato may send troops to European allies

2014-04-09 21:41

Nato's top military commander in Europe has said that they could include sending American troops to alliance nations in Eastern Europe feeling at risk.

Dozens leave offices seized by separatists

2014-04-09 16:53

Ukrainian authorities have warned that they are prepared to use force to clear several government buildings seized by pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country.

Kerry blames Russia for unrest in eastern Ukraine

2014-04-08 21:53

US Secretary of State John Kerry squarely blamed Russian forces for separatist unrest in eastern Ukraine, saying Moscow could be trying to lay the groundwork for military action.

Russia warned against intervention in Ukraine

2014-04-08 14:59

Nato's chief has warned Russia it would be committing a "historic mistake" if it intervenes further in Ukraine.

Gazprom to honour gas deals with Germany

2014-04-07 09:31

Gazprom will honour its deals to supply gas to Germany, a newspaper has reported a senior executive of the Russian exporter as saying.

Ukraine arrests 15 alleged coup plotters

2014-04-05 22:50

Ukraine's security service says it has arrested 15 men for allegedly plotting to stage an armed revolt in an eastern region neighbouring Russia.

McDonald's to go: closes in Crimea

2014-04-04 22:34

Crimeans have to live without Big Macs for a while after McDonald's suspended operations on the Ukrainian peninsula due to its annexation by Russia.

McDonald's quits Crimea as trade fears grow

2014-04-04 16:16

McDonald's has closed its restaurants in Crimea, prompting fears of a backlash as a politician called for all the US fast food chain's outlets in Russia to be shut.

Russia arrests 25 Ukrainians for sabotage

2014-04-03 22:31

Russia has arrested 25 Ukrainian citizens on suspicion of plotting acts of sabotage according to media reports.

Syria says Russia re-establishing multipolar world

2014-04-02 18:30

Syrian President Bashar Assad says key ally Moscow had helped re-establish a multipolar world, as he met with a high-level Russian delegation in Damascus.

Russia incursion possible in 3-5 days - Nato

2014-04-02 13:05

Russia has massed all the forces it needs on Ukraine's border if it were to decide to carry out an "incursion" into the country and it could achieve its objective in three to five days.


Ukraine will restrict entry of Russian men

2014-04-17 21:10

Ukraine has said it will impose stricter border controls on Russian men trying to enter the country, where pro-Moscow rebellions have broken out.

Putin speeds up Crimea's switch to rouble

2014-04-17 12:26

Russian president Vladimir Putin says the country would speed up the process of switching Crimea's banking system to the rouble.

Russia, Ukraine sit down for crisis talks

2014-04-17 10:46

Russia and Ukraine will sit down for talks in Geneva, seeking to ease the crisis in the former Soviet republic after the US warned Moscow it must make concessions or face fresh sanctions.

EU lays out impact of sanctions on Russia

2014-04-16 20:26

The European Commission handed documents to member states explaining the potential impact on their economies of imposing stricter sanctions on Russia.

Ukraine on the verge of civil war, Putin warns

2014-04-16 13:26

Russian leader Vladimir Putin has warned that Ukraine is on the verge of civil war, the Kremlin says after the Kieve government sent in troops against pro-Moscow separatists in the east of the country.

Russia says Ukraine on brink of civil war

2014-04-15 16:25

Russia has declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war as Kiev said an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Moscow separatists was under way.

Ukraine to deploy 12 000 in 'anti-terror' operation

2014-04-14 00:22

Ukraine is deploying troops in a "large-scale anti-terrorist operation" to resist attacks by armed pro-Russian forces, says acting president Oleksandr Turchynov.

Ukraine: Russia waging 'war' in separatist east

2014-04-13 20:01

Ukraine's acting president has accused Russia of waging war in his country's separatist eastern rust belt and declared the launch of a "full-scale anti-terrorist operation".

Ukraine PM: Regions should have more powers

2014-04-11 19:22

Ukraine's prime minister has gone on a charm offensive as he visited the country's southeast, pledging to give regions more powers and to defend the rights of Russian speakers.

Arctic gas project backs political strategy

2014-04-11 11:54

On the Arctic tundra far to the north of Moscow, Russia is charting a course away from the West and towards Asia.

US threatens tougher sanctions on Russia

2014-04-11 08:29

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is warning Russia that it could face tougher economic sanctions because of its actions in Ukraine but so far other economic power reluctant.

Nato shows 'proof' of Russian build-up

2014-04-10 19:10

Nato has unveiled satellite photographs it says shows Russian deployments of about 40 000 troops near the Ukrainian frontier, along with long lines of tanks, armoured vehicles, artillery and aircraft.

BP to act as bridge between Russia, West

2014-04-10 16:12

BP will use its presence in Russia to help enhance relations between Moscow and the West, says its chief executive Bob Dudley.

Ukrainians in Russia torn between two sides

2014-04-10 10:27

Ukrainians in Russia have found themselves thrust into the heart of the standoff between Moscow and Kiev, confronting their often divided loyalties.

Putin warns Ukraine against irreversible steps

2014-04-09 18:53

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he hoped Kiev would not take any irreversible steps amid the crisis in Ukraine and Russia's diplomatic efforts would be successful.

Sanctions trump patriotism for Russian banks

2014-04-09 13:46

In the rush to serve clients keen to open rouble accounts, staff at the first Russian bank to open in Crimea have yet to find time to put up a proper sign.

IMF: Crisis a shock for Ukraine

2014-04-08 19:14

Ukraine is facing a severe contraction in its economy due to the country's political turmoil and tension with Russia, the International Monetary Fund says.

Russia trying to dismember Ukraine - PM

2014-04-07 14:43

Ukraine's embattled prime minister accused Russia of trying to "dismember" his country by plotting seizures of government buildings in eastern regions that are seeking to break away from Kiev.

Russia seeks over $11bn from Ukraine

2014-04-06 13:36

Russia's Gazprom says Ukraine must pay back the full discount it has been granted on Russian gas over the past four years, which amounts to about $11.4bn.

Ukraine threatens to take Russia to court

2014-04-05 16:20

Ukraine says it rejected Russia's latest gas price hike and threatened to take its neighbour to arbitration court over a dispute that could imperil deliveries to Western Europe.

Ukraine eyes coal after gas price hike

2014-04-04 19:00

Ukraine's Western-backed leaders scrambled to find new sources of energy after Russia hiked its gas price by 80%.

Ukraine in 'emergency' talks over gas

2014-04-04 14:44

Ukraine is in emergency talks with European neighbours on the possibility of importing natural gas from the West, its prime minister says.

Russia hikes gas price for Ukraine

2014-04-03 16:15

Russia has increased the gas price for Ukraine and urged Kiev to pay its debt, stepping up pressure on an economy already on the brink of bankruptcy.

Russian bank warns of high inflation

2014-04-02 13:45

Russia's central bank says economic growth would "most probably" fall below 1% in 2014 and is also concerned about inflation.

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