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Clashes resume ahead of Ukraine peace talks

2014-12-19 21:49

Ukrainian forces lost five soldiers in a sudden resurgence of clashes ahead of peace talks aimed at ending the separatist conflict and mending East-West ties.

Poroshenko: Ukraine is a new, changing country

2014-12-17 20:54

Ukraine's president has urged Poland's politicians and business people to intensify ties with his country as it reforms to follow European standards.

Merkel calls Putin over Ukraine, amid ruble plunge

2014-12-17 10:30

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss possible steps to secure a comprehensive cease-fire in eastern Ukraine.

US Congress passes fresh sanctions on Russia

2014-12-14 11:15

The US Congress has unanimously approved fresh economic sanctions against Russia and lethal weapons for Kiev, defying President Obama.

Ukraine says 11 attacks despite truce

2014-12-13 13:00

The Ukrainian army has reported 11 attacks against its positions in the east where a ceasefire is holding and has said a drone was spotted over the last major town under its control.

MH17: More victims being identified

2014-12-11 16:11

Dutch authorities have identified two more victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash in Ukraine, with just four of the 298 dead still unidentified, all of them Dutch.

Ukraine army, rebels to pull back heavy weapons

2014-12-10 14:53

The Ukrainian army and pro-Russian rebels are due to start pulling back heavy weapons from the frontline, after an agreed ceasefire.

France's Hollande meets Putin

2014-12-06 20:10

French President Francois Hollande has met Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the Ukraine crisis during a brief stopover at a Moscow airport.

Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels agree truce

2014-12-04 21:28

Ukraine and the pro-Russian rebels have agreed to a ceasefire across the eastern war zone.

Ukraine government, rebels agree on new cease-fire

2014-12-02 16:10

Ukrainian government troops and Russian-backed separatist forces in the Luhansk region have agreed on a new cease-fire, international monitors say.

Ukraine soldiers killed at Donetsk airport

2014-12-01 18:17

At least three Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 14 injured in the past 24 hours as fighting has intensified for control of Donetsk airport.

Large convoy enters Ukraine from Russia

2014-11-30 16:05

Ukraine says a convoy of more than 100 vehicles has entered its eastern territory from Russia and accused Moscow of once again using humanitarian aid shipments to send weapons and ammunition to separatis

Six coffins of MH17 remains flown out of Ukraine

2014-11-28 16:08

Six more coffins holding remains of the victims from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 were flown out of east Ukraine for The Netherlands, officials say.

West wants Russian regime change, says Kremlin

2014-11-22 22:06
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Russia has accused the West of seeking regime change in Moscow, raising tensions over the conflict in Ukraine in the worst crisis in relations since the end of the Cold War.

Almost 1 000 killed in Ukraine since September

2014-11-20 22:25

Nearly 1 000 people have been killed in conflict-torn Ukraine since a tattered truce was signed in September while the number of people displaced has nearly doubled, the UN says.

Ukraine rebel challenges president to duel

2014-11-19 16:29

A rebel leader in east Ukraine has challenged President Petro Poroshenko to a duel, claiming it could bring peace to the war-torn region.

Grim prognosis for stricken Ukraine hospital

2014-11-17 19:50

Facing frequent shelling and desperate conditions, staff and patients at Donetsk's Hospital 21 in eastern Ukraine say they have no choice but to hunker down, stay put and cling to life as best they can.

Nine soldiers, police die in Ukraine

2014-11-17 16:29

Six Ukrainian soldiers and three police officers have been killed in eastern Ukraine in the past 24 hours, security officials say.

New video of MH17 downing shows alarm in Ukraine

2014-11-16 22:29

Four months after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down in Ukraine, a new video has surfaced showing how close the burning passenger jet came to hitting village homes.

Ukraine to close bank services in east

2014-11-16 15:15

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has issued several decrees to shut banking services and state institutions in pro-Russian eastern regions.

Russian TV claims it has photo of downing of MH17

2014-11-15 20:18
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Russian state television has released a satellite photograph that it claims shows that a Ukrainian fighter jet shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

Putin gets cold shoulder, plans to leave G20 early

2014-11-15 14:25

Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly plans to leave the G20 summit early after Western leaders blasted him for the crisis in Ukraine and threatened more sanctions.

Russia gas flows still frozen

2014-11-13 18:00

Ukraine has signalled it may hold off paying Russia's big gas invoice in the hope mild weather can help it last out longer as it grapples with near-bankruptcy.

Ukraine redeploys troops, fears new offensive

2014-11-13 05:10

Ukraine has said it was redeploying troops in the east because of fears that separatists will launch a new military offensive, despite Russia's denials it has sent troops.

Observers fear rising violence in Ukraine

2014-11-11 21:11

International observers have issued a stark warning over escalating violence in eastern Ukraine, as Dutch investigators left the MH17 crash site empty-handed.

 

Merkel: Russian sanctions remain unavoidable

2014-12-18 13:53

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that sanctions against Russia over Ukraine remain unavoidable as long as Moscow does not respect Ukrainian sovereignty.

Putin holds late-night Ukraine talks with EU

2014-12-17 13:16

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his French, German and Ukrainian counterparts have agreed in a phone call that talks surrounding eastern Ukraine are to resume as soon as possible.

Lawmakers press Obama to back Russian sanctions

2014-12-16 14:35

Republicans and Democrats have spoken with one voice in pressing President Obama to sign legislation that would slap new sanctions on Russia while providing weapons and other assistance to Ukraine.

Russia threatens response if US sets new sanctions

2014-12-13 16:34
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Russia has responded angrily to news that US senators had passed a bill calling for fresh sanctions against Moscow and the supply of lethal military aid to Ukraine.

Ukraine: Truce results in first casualty-free day

2014-12-12 08:33

Ukraine's president says a fragile truce between his government’s troops and Russian-backed separatists in east Ukraine has resulted in the first day free of deaths or injuries for his soldiers.

Truce holds in Ukraine, but next steps uncertain

2014-12-10 21:58

A day-old ceasefire has largely held along the bloodied frontline in eastern Ukraine, but hopes of peace talks and pulling back heavy weaponry still hung in the balance.

Ukraine buckles under gas pressure

2014-12-08 11:14

Ukraine expects Russia to resume supplies of gas after Kiev transferred a pre-payment of $378m to Gazprom, says the energy minister.

Soldiers dying as Ukraine creeps towards truce

2014-12-05 19:21

Ukraine has lost another six soldiers in the past day amid fresh reports of intense fighting for control of a flashpoint eastern airport despite tentative steps towards a comprehensive truce.

US to discuss new Russia sanctions with Europe

2014-12-02 17:46

US Secretary of State John Kerry will talk to European allies this week about imposing further sanctions on Russia if pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine do not halt violence.

Russia's pipeline falls victim to Ukraine crisis

2014-12-02 09:30

Russia's $40bn South Stream gas pipeline project has fallen victim to plunging energy prices and the political standoff between the European Union and Moscow.

Coal shortage presents Ukraine with dilemma

2014-12-01 09:09

With eastern Ukraine's rich seams of coal under rebel control and Russia cutting off supplies, Kiev faces the awkward prospect of turning to its enemies for help.

EU imposes sanctions on Ukraine's rebels

2014-11-29 14:49

The EU has imposed sanctions on the organisers of rebel elections in eastern Ukraine, hitting the separatists with asset freezes and travel bans.

Dutch complete MH17 wreckage recovery in Ukraine

2014-11-23 19:55

Dutch experts have completed the recovery of wreckage from the crash site of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine.

Kiev says Russia has 7 500 troops in Ukraine

2014-11-22 10:42

Russia has 7 500 troops in the east of the country, where pro-Moscow separatists have been fighting government troops for months, Ukraine's defence minister says.

International monitors shot at in east Ukraine

2014-11-20 18:14

A convoy of international monitors from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has been shot at by "uniformed personnel" in east Ukraine, the organisation says.

Isolated at G20, Putin will do it his way

2014-11-18 09:30

It may have looked like Russian President Vladimir Putin has fled this weekend's G20 summit early with his tail between his legs, but it was a different story.

Russian airlines face deeper losses

2014-11-17 17:45

Russian airlines are facing a drop in passenger numbers because of the Ukraine crisis, prompting some analysts to expect fleet reductions.

Barloworld posts profit on after-market sales

2014-11-17 11:21

Barloworld has been hit by slack demand from the mining sector and in Russia the ongoing Ukraine crisis has also put pressure on demand.

Work starts to collect MH17 wreckage

2014-11-16 18:26

Recovery workers in eastern Ukraine have started collecting debris from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, four months after the plane was brought down.

Putin extends olive branch to Ukraine

2014-11-16 09:46

Russia does not intend to demand early repayment of $3bn that it lent to Ukraine last year, says President Vladimir Putin.

Putin: Western sanctions could backfire

2014-11-15 18:30

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that Western sanctions against his country could backfire.

Cameron: Russia sanctions could increase over Ukraine

2014-11-14 07:36

Russia's actions in eastern Ukraine are unacceptable and could draw greater sanctions from the US and EU, British Prime Minister David Cameron says.

Russian troops in Ukraine may cause of all-out war: Nato

2014-11-13 10:37
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Nato has accused Russia of sending tanks, troops and military hardware to east Ukraine, raising fears of renewed all-out fighting and calling into question the Minsk peace deal.

Italy couple can't keep child born to surrogate mom - court

2014-11-12 17:14

Italy’s supreme court has ruled that a baby born to a surrogate mother in Ukraine cannot be kept by the Italian couple who paid for it and must be put up for adoption, reports say.

Obama, Putin meet amid tensions

2014-11-11 16:52

US President Barack Obama has met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin three times on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific summit, with conversations covering Iran, Syria and Ukraine.

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