December 19, 2014
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  • 29/08/2011 | Argentina

    Ukraine celebrates 20th independence anniversary in BA

    Ukraine celebrated the 20th independence anniversary of the Eastern European nation, and the celebrations will extend to Argentina as Ukrainian artists will exclusively come to Buenos Aires to take part of a event that will take place at the Coliseo theatre on September 2.

  • 19/03/2014 | Argentina

    CFK blasts world powers' 'double standard' in Crimea, Malvinas

    The Ukraine question must be settled through political negotiations and peace, President Kirchner said in a press conference in France where she arrived this week to meet with her French counterpart Francois Hollande. A “sad paradox,” CFK added, if the Crimea crisis triggers violence as the world readies to mark the centenary of World War I this year.

  • 25/03/2014 | Argentina

    Putin calls CFK, praises Argentina's 'double standard' concerns

    Russia’s Vladimir Putin has called President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and praised Argentina’s position against the “double standard” of world powers in the resolution of conflicts.

  • 10/12/2014 | World

    Soprano Netrebko sparks outcry by posing with Ukrainian rebel flag

    Russian soprano Anna Netrebko, one of the biggest names in international opera, has stirred controversy by posing with the flag of Ukraine's pro-Russian rebels and making a donation to the opera house in the separatists' main stronghold, Donetsk.

  • 07/11/2014 | World

    Kiev reports tanks cross from Russia into Ukraine

    A column of 32 tanks, 16 howitzer artillery systems and trucks ammunition and fighters has crossed into eastern Ukraine from Russia, Kiev said.

  • 09/11/2014 | World

    Worst east Ukraine shelling for month as ceasefire looks in doubt

    East Ukraine's rebel stronghold Donetsk was pummelled by the heaviest shelling in a month, and the OSCE said it spotted an armoured column of troops without insignia in rebel territory that Kiev said proved Moscow had sent reinforcements.

  • 15/11/2014 | World

    Russian delegation member says Putin might leave G20 earlier

    Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to leave the G20 summit early, a member of his delegation said, after Western leaders blasted Moscow today for the crisis in Ukraine and threatened more sanctions. The official said Putin planned to skip a working session.

  • 02/11/2014 | World

    Russia respects will of Ukraine's rebel regions

    Russia has said it "respects the will of the people of southeast" Ukraine following elections for rebel leadership in the separatist regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, Interfax reported the foreign ministry as saying.

  • 03/11/2014 | World

    Ukraine crisis deepens after rebel vote in east

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called an emergency meeting of his security chiefs to discuss new ways of dealing with the separatist challenge in the east after rebel elections that were denounced by Kiev and the West.

  • 06/11/2014 | World

    Putin discusses 'deterioration' in east Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has held talks with top security chiefs over a "deterioration of the situation" in eastern Ukraine, after pro-Russian rebels there accused Kiev of launching a new offensive in violation of a ceasefire.

  • 21/10/2014 | World

    Russia, Ukraine, EU energy chief seek gas deal in Brussels

    Energy ministers of Russia and Ukriane were meeting in Brussels for talks brokered by the European Union's energy commissioner, aiming to resolve an impasse over natural gas supplies.

  • 22/10/2014 | World

    Russia: Ukraine should find money to pay for gas within a week

    Ukraine should be able to find ways of paying for Russian gas supplies within a week, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak has said, suggesting a standoff would end once Moscow received financial guarantees from Kiev.

  • 26/10/2014 | World

    Pro-Europe parties enjoy big election win in Ukraine

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has hailed a sweeping victory for pro-Europe parties in an election, saying the vote showed people backed his plan to end a separatist conflict, his pro-Western course and democratic reforms.

  • 12/10/2014 | World

    Putin orders Russian troop withdrawal from Ukrainian border

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian troops to withdraw to their permanent bases after military exercises in Rostov region near the border with Ukraine, the Kremlin said, in a sign of some tension easing before a key meeting next week.

  • 12/10/2014 | World

    Ukraine president accepts embattled defence minister's resignation

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has accepted the resignation of his defence minister who has been under fire over a rout of government forces in the east which led to Kiev calling a ceasefire with pro-Russian separatists.

  • 18/10/2014 | World

    Ukraine's Poroshenko says it's agreed interim gas price with Russia

    Ukraine's and Russia's leaders have reached a preliminary agreement on a price for gas supplies this winter but Kiev may need international help to pay, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said today.

  • 01/10/2014 | World

    At least 10 people killed in shelling on and near school in east Ukraine

    At least 10 people were killed today when shells hit a school playground and a mini-van in a nearby street in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, city authorities and witnesses said.

  • 02/10/2014 | World

    Swiss Red Cross worker killed by shell in Ukraine's Donetsk

    A Swiss Red Cross worker was killed by a shell that landed near the international organisation's office in Ukraine's separatist-held city of Donetsk, a Red Cross spokeswoman said.

  • 04/10/2014 | World

    Ukraine says its forces killed 12 rebels at Donetsk airport

    Pro-Russian separatists have suffered their worst casualties since a ceasefire officially began on September 5, losing 12 men in attacks on buildings at Donetsk airport, Ukrainian military officials have said.

  • 20/09/2014 | World

    Ukraine ceasefire is 'in name only', says NATO

    Fighting in Ukraine is continuing and the truce there is a ceasefire "in name only", NATO's top military commander has said.

  • 21/09/2014 | World

    Russians protest against war in Ukraine

    Thousands of Russians marched in protest against the armed conflict in Ukraine in the first major anti-war rally since the start of the standoff between Kiev and pro-Russian rebels.

  • 25/09/2014 | World

    Ukraine prime minister Yatseniuk says Russians 'want us to freeze'

    The prime minister of the Kiev government accused Russia of attempting to freeze Ukraine in the coming winter by using natural gas as a weapon to subjugate the former Soviet Republic.

  • 17/09/2014 | World

    Ukraine PM tells army to be on full battle alert

    Ukraine's prime minister has told government forces to remain on full battle alert as fighting in the rebel-held eastern city of Donetsk killed at least two civilians and further strained a ceasefire with Russian-backed separatists.

  • 18/09/2014 | World

    Ukraine president secures US military aid but not weapons

    Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko has secured $53 million in assistance from the US but Barack Obama for now turned down his appeals for weapons to fight Russian-backed separatists.

  • 19/09/2014 | World

    Kiev, rebels agree to extra measures to ensure Ukraine ceasefire

    Pro-Russian separatists and representatives from Kiev and Moscow agreed today on further measures to ensure a cease-fire between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists.

  • 13/09/2014 | World

    Already fragile ceasefire under strain in east Ukraine

    Fighting flared near an airport in eastern Ukraine in breach of a fragile eight-day ceasefire as the prime minister accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of planning to destroy his country.

  • 14/09/2014 | World

    Ukraine says NATO countries have begun arms deliveries

    Ukraine's defence minister said today that NATO countries were delivering weapons to his country to equip it to fight pro-Russian separatists and "stop" Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • 16/09/2014 | World

    Ukraine ratifies landmark EU association pact

    Ukraine's parliament has ratified a landmark agreement on political association and trade with the European Union, the rejection of which last November by then President Viktor Yanukovich led to his downfall.

  • 11/09/2014 | World

    Russia faces new sanctions over Ukraine crisis

    European Union governments agreed to begin their new sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis on Friday but could lift them next month if Moscow abides by a fragile truce, while the United States prepared its own fresh sanctions.

  • 12/09/2014 | World

    US intensifies sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

    The United States hit Russia's largest bank, a major arms maker and arctic, deepwater and shale exploration by its biggest oil companies with new sanctions to punish Moscow for its intervention in Ukraine.

  • 12/09/2014 | World

    Russia wins delay in EU, Ukraine trade pact

    The European Union and Ukraine agreed today to delay the implementation of their free-trade pact until the end of next year in a concession to Russia, which had complained its industry would be hurt by the deal.

  • 07/09/2014 | World

    Woman killed by shelling as Ukraine ceasefire frays

    A woman died and at least four people were wounded when fighting flared again in eastern Ukraine, jeopardising a ceasefire struck less than two days earlier between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists.

  • 08/09/2014 | World

    Ukraine says rebels have handed over 1,200 prisoners of war so far

    Pro-Russian separatists have so far handed over about 1,200 prisoners-of-war to the Ukrainian side under the terms of a ceasefire agreement, President Petro Poroshenko said.

  • 09/09/2014 | World

    Malaysia: Dutch report suggests MH-17 shot down from ground

    Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 broke apart over Ukraine due to impact from a large number of fragments, the Dutch Safety Board said today, in a report that Malaysia's prime minister and several experts said suggested it was shot down from the ground.

  • 06/09/2014 | World

    Exchange of POWs planned as Urkaine ceasefire holds

    An uneasy calm prevailed in eastern Ukraine today after Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists signed a ceasefire as part of a drive to end a war that has triggered a deep crisis in relations between Russia and the West.

  • 06/09/2014 | World

    Putin, Poroshenko say ceasefire holding, more steps needed

    The presidents of Russia and Ukraine have said that a ceasefire between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists was holding up fairly well and they discussed urgent humanitarian aid for the shattered region.

  • 06/09/2014 | World

    Artillery attack challenges ceasefire in east Ukraine

    Ukrainian government forces came under artillery fire today near the strategic port of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine, in the first serious violation of a ceasefire declared only about 30 hours earlier.

  • 04/09/2014 | World

    Ukraine and rebels to seek peace plan, ceasefire tomorrow

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the main pro-Russian rebel leader said they would both order ceasefires tomorrow, provided that an agreement is signed on a new peace plan to end the five month war in Ukraine's east.

  • 05/09/2014 | World

    Despite start of talks, fighting rages between Ukraien forces and rebels

    Fighting raged between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels just east of the strategic port of Mariupol despite the start of talks between envoys in Minsk on a ceasefire and a peace plan.

  • 05/09/2014 | World

    Ukraine's Poroshenko orders army ceasefire

    Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko said he had ordered the army to observe a ceasefire from 1500 GMT on Friday in its conflict with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine after envoys in Minsk agreed a peace plan for the region.

  • 03/09/2014 | World

    France says cannot deliver first helicopter carrier to Russia

    France will not deliver the first of two helicopter carriers to Russia for now because of Moscow's actions in eastern Ukraine, the French president's office said.

  • 03/09/2014 | World

    Putin unveils Ukraine ceasefire plan

    President Vladimir Putin outlined plans for a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine but Ukraine's prime minister dismissed the proposal, while France expressed its disapproval of Moscow's support for separatist forces by halting delivery of a warship.

  • 04/09/2014 | World

    White House: Key NATO leaders say Russia should face more sanctions

    Key NATO leaders agreed during a summit meeting today that Russia should faced increased sanctions for its actions in eastern Ukraine, the White House said.

  • 02/09/2014 | World

    Internally displaced number more than doubles in Ukraine

    The number of internally displaced people in eastern Ukraine amid the fighting around Donetsk, Luhanks and neighbouring towns has more than doubled in the past month, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said.

  • 03/09/2014 | World

    Obama says NATO must help strengthen Ukraine's military

    US President Barack Obama urged NATO today to help strengthen Ukraine's military and said the alliance must leave the door open to new members to counter what he called Russian aggression.

  • 03/09/2014 | World

    Confusion as Ukraine and Russia announce progress towards peace

    Ukraine said today its president had agreed with Russia's Vladimir Putin on steps towards a "ceasefire regime" in Kiev's conflict with pro-Russian rebels, but the Kremlin denied any actual truce deal, sowing confusion on the eve of a NATO summit.

  • 31/08/2014 | World

    Putin calls for 'statehood' talks between rebels, Kiev

    President Vladimir Putin called for meaningful talks between pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine and the Kiev government on issues including "political organisation and statehood" to protect people.

  • 31/08/2014 | World

    Pro-Russian rebels claim first attack on Ukrainian ship

    Ukraine said one of its naval vessels came under artillery attack from the shore, in what pro-Russian rebels claimed as the first sea victory of their separatist war.

  • 01/09/2014 | World

    Ukraine accuses Russia of 'open aggression' as rebels advance

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia today of "direct and open aggression" which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev's forces suffer major reverses in the war with pro-Moscow separatists.

  • 30/08/2014 | World

    EU readies fresh Russia sanctions over Ukraine

    At a summit in Brussels that may hand one of the Union's top jobs to Poland's premier and give hawkish Kremlin critics in ex-communist Eastern Europe new influence in the bloc, EU officials gave Ukraine's Poroshenko a warm welcome and assurances of further economic and other support.

  • 30/08/2014 | World

    EU vows fresh sanctions, Kiev says Russian tanks flatten town

    Ukraine said Russian tanks had flattened a border town and rebels had made fresh gains in its east, as EU leaders signalled today they would threaten more sanctions against Moscow over the crisis.

  • 31/08/2014 | World

    Moscow, Kiev agree on troops swap

    Ukraine and Russia swapped soldiers who had entered each other's territory near the battlefield in eastern Ukraine, where Kiev says Moscow's forces have come to the aid of pro-Russian insurgents advancing for an assault on a major port.

  • 28/08/2014 | World

    Crisis deepens as Ukraine says Russia moves into southeast region

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said today that Russian forces had entered his country and the military conflict was worsening after Russian-backed separatists swept into a key town in the east.

  • 28/08/2014 | World

    Obama stops short of calling Russia actions in Ukraine an invasion

    President Barack Obama said the United States and its allies would look for ways to expand economic sanctions on Russia after Kiev accused Moscow of moving troops into southeastern Ukraine, but he stopped short of calling the recent Russian aggression an invasion.

  • 30/08/2014 | World

    Putin compares Kiev to Nazis as Ukraine pushes for NATO membership

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has compared Kiev's drive to regain control of its rebellious eastern cities to the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in World War Two.

  • 25/08/2014 | World

    Ukraine accuses Russian forces of opening new front in separatist war

    The Ukrainian military said today a group of Russian forces, in the guise of separatist rebels, had crossed into south-east Ukraine with ten tanks and two armored infantry vehicles, aiming to open a new front in the separatist war.

  • 26/08/2014 | World

    Captured Russian soldiers video clouds Putin-Poroshenko first meeting

    Ukraine released a video of captured Russian soldiers today, only hours before the two countrie's presidents were due to meet for the first time, sharply escalating a dispute over Moscow's alleged backing for separatist rebels in the east of the former Soviet republic.

  • 27/08/2014 | World

    Breakthrough hopes dented as Ukraine accuses Russia of new incursion

    Ukraine accused Russia of launching a new military incursion across its eastern border, as hopes quickly faded that Tuesday's talks between their two presidents might mark a turning point in a five-month-old crisis.

  • 22/08/2014 | World

    Ukraine accuses Russia of invasion after aid convoy crosses border

    Ukraine declared today that Russia had launched a "direct invasion" of its territory after Moscow sent a convoy of aid trucks across the border into eastern Ukraine where pro-Russian rebels are fighting government forces.

  • 23/08/2014 | World

    In Kiev, Merkel says tightening border control is key to peace deal

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the standoff over Ukraine could be solved but only if control was tightened over the Ukraine-Russia border across which, the West alleges, Russia has been funnelling arms to help a separatist rebellion.

  • 24/08/2014 | World

    Defiant Ukraine celebrates national day as war rumbles on

    Armoured vehicles and soldiers paraded in Kiev in a defiant national day display of military power that President Petro Poroskenko said was being mobilised for an historic war of independence from Russia.

  • 18/08/2014 | World

    Kiev accuses rebels of attacking civilian convoy, killing dozens

    Dozens of people, including women and children, were killed fleeing fighting in eastern Ukraine when their convoy of buses was hit by rocket fire, military spokesmen said.

  • 19/08/2014 | World

    Kiev recovers bodies from civilian convoy attacked by artillery strike

    Fifteen bodies have been recovered from the site of an artillery strike on a refugee bus convoy in east Ukraine, but further operations have been suspended due to renewed fighting in the area, a Ukrainian military spokesman said.

  • 20/08/2014 | World

    Dow, S&P 500 rise after Federal Reserve minutes reassure on rates

    US stocks ended mostly higher, with the S&P 500 just missing a record close, after minutes from the Federal Reserve's July meeting gave investors reason to believe that the central bank is in no rush to raise interest rates.

  • 15/08/2014 | World

    Russian armor in Ukraine destroyed, Kiev says

    Ukraine said its artillery destroyed part of a Russian armored column that entered its territory overnight and said its forces came under shellfire from Russia today in what appeared to be a major military escalation between the ex-Soviet states.

  • 16/08/2014 | World

    Ukraine foreign minister calls on NATO, EU to give military support

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has called on NATO and the European Union to provide military support for Ukrainian troops fighting pro-Russian separatists and said the Western military alliance needed to come up with a new strategy towards Kiev.

  • 17/08/2014 | World

    Ukraine makes breakthrough in Luhansk

    Ukrainian forces have raised their national flag over a police station in the city of Luhansk which was for months under rebel control, Kiev said, in what could be a breakthrough in Ukraine's efforts to crush pro-Moscow separatists.

  • 12/08/2014 | World

    Tension mounts as Russia sends aid convoy to Ukraine despite warnings

    A Russian convoy carrying food, water and other aid set off for eastern Ukraine, where government forces are closing in on pro-Russian rebels, but Kiev said it would not allow the vehicles to cross onto its territory.

  • 13/08/2014 | World

    EU to hold on Friday emergency meeting on Iraq and Ukraine

    European Union foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss the conflicts in Iraq and Ukraine, the EU said today.

  • 14/08/2014 | World

    Putin makes dovish remarks in Crimea

    President Vladimir Putin said Russsia would stand up for itself but not at the cost of confrontation with the outside world. "We must calmly, with dignity and effectively, build up our country, not fence it off from the outside world," he said in a conciliatory note after months of tough rhetoric over the crisis in Ukraine.

  • 10/08/2014 | World

    Kiev closes in on rebel-held Donetsk as talks of ceasefire collapse

    Artillery shells slammed into the outskirts of the Ukrainian city of Donetsk as government forces tightened the noose around the rebel-held redoubt and called on pro-Russian separatists to surrender.

  • 11/08/2014 | World

    As Ukraine says close to taking Donetsk, rebels mull counter-attack

    Rebels in east Ukraine, which were encircled by government forces, are planning a major counter attack in the next 2-3 days, the new rebel leader, Alexander Zakharchenko, told reporters.

  • 11/08/2014 | World

    Russia sends aid convoy to Ukraine despite 'invasion pretext' warnings from west

    President Vladimir Putin said that Russia is sending an aid convoy to eastern Ukraine despite urgent Western warnings against using humanitarian help as a pretext for an invasion.

  • 06/08/2014 | World

    Russia to ban US, EU food imports in sanctions retaliation

    Russia will ban all imports of US food products as well as fruit and vegetables from the European Union after President Vladimir Putin ordered retaliation for Western sanctions against Moscow, a state news agency reported today.

  • 06/08/2014 | World

    Obama: no need yet for more US military aid to Ukraine

    US President Barack Obama said Ukraine did not need additional military assistance to help fight insurgents in the eastern part of the country but a Russian invasion would raise "a different set of questions."

  • 07/08/2014 | World

    Moscow sets total ban on Western food imports in sanctions retaliation

    Russian share prices fell after the announcement of Moscow's one year ban on all meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables from the United States, the 28 European Union countries, Canada, Australia and non-EU member Norway.

  • 30/07/2014 | World

    EU reveals sanctions against Russian individuals, firms

    The European Commission published the names of eight Russians, including some of President Vladimir Putin's associates, and three companies which will have their assets frozen as part of sanctions against Russia's actions in eastern Ukraine.

  • 02/08/2014 | World

    Ukrainian forces advance in east as Russia

    Government forces tightened the noose around the main stronghold of pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine and, with diplomacy stalled, Moscow and the West stepped up their war of words.

  • 03/08/2014 | World

    Ukraine steps up attacks on rebel-held Donetsk

    Pro-Russian separatists battled to keep advancing Ukrainian government forces at bay in heavy fighting on the outskirts of Donetsk, the rebels' main stronghold in eastern Ukraine.

  • 27/07/2014 | World

    Ukraine fighting prevents expert crash site visit

    Fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine where a Malaysian airliner was downed further complicated an investigation today as Europe and the United States prepared economic sanctions on Russia over the conflict.

  • 28/07/2014 | World

    White House: US reconstruction aid to go to parts of east Ukraine

    Vice President Joe Biden told Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk that the United States would provide almost US$7 million in reconstruction aid to parts of eastern Ukraine, including US$1 million in new support, the White House said.

  • 29/07/2014 | World

    EU agrees economic sanctions on Russia

    The European Union has reached agreement on the bloc's first broad economic sanctions on Russia over its role in Ukraine, diplomats said, marking a new phase in the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cold War.

  • 26/07/2014 | World

    Ukrainian city mayor Gerashchenko shot dead

    The mayor of the central Ukrainian town of Kremenchuk has been shot dead while the house of another mayor in Lviv to the West has been hit by fire from a grenade launcher, the Interior Ministry said.

  • 26/07/2014 | World

    Moscow warns EU sanctions will hamper cooperation, raps US over Ukraine role

    Russia reacted angrily today to additional sanctions imposed by the European Union over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, saying they would hamper cooperation on security issues and undermine the fight against terrorism and organized crime.

  • 27/07/2014 | World

    Pope Francis' plea: 'Please stop!'

    Pope Francis made an emotional plea for peace in an impromptu addition to comments delivered at his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter's Square.

  • 23/07/2014 | World

    Pro-Russian rebels shoot down Ukrainian fighters near Donetsk

    Pro-Russian rebels have shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets in the self-proclaimed independent republic of Donetsk, less than 20 kilometers away from the site where the Malaysian airliner MH17 was shot down last Thursday killing its 298 passengers.

  • 23/07/2014 | World

    First MH17 bodies flown in the Netherlands

    The bodies of the first victims from a Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine last Thursday arrived back in the Netherlands amid grief tinged with anger.

  • 24/07/2014 | World

    US says Russia firing across border at Ukraine

    The United States has claimed that Russia was firing artillery across the border into Ukraine to target Ukrainian military positions in the conflict against pro-Russian separatists, charges denied by representatives of the country.

  • 21/07/2014 | World

    Bodies, black boxes handed over from Ukraine crash site

    The remains of some of the nearly 300 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine were making their way to the Netherlands today as a senior Ukrainian separatist leader handed over the plane's black boxes to Malaysian experts.

  • 22/07/2014 | World

    Train carrying MH17 bodies reaches Ukraine city Kharkiv

    A train carrying the remains of many of the 298 victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived in a Ukrainian government-held city on the first leg of their final journey home to be reclaimed by their families.

  • 22/07/2014 | World

    Obama vows US will seek justice in downing of Malaysian jet

    The United States will not rest until justice is done in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-17 over eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama vowed in a condolence book for the nearly 300 victims today.

  • 20/07/2014 | World

    France, Germany, Britain to press Russia on opening MH17 crash site

    France, Germany and Britain will press Russian President Vladimir Putin to ensure that separatists in Ukraine allow investigators free access to the site of the Malaysian Airlines MH17 crash, the French president's office said.

  • 20/07/2014 | World

    Francis calls for peace in Ukraine, Middle East

    Pope Francis called for peace in the Middle East and Ukraine, speaking after the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square. He also expressed his concern for the plight of Christian communities in the Iraqi town of Mosul.

  • 20/07/2014 | World

    Kerry makes US case against Russia over MH17 downing

    Secretary of State John Kerry laid out what he said was overwhelming evidence of Russian complicity in the downing of a Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine as he made the US case against Moscow in the most emphatic and explicit terms yet.

  • 18/07/2014 | World

    Obama says Ukraine plane hit by separatists

    President Barack Obama said today that a surface-to-air missile fired from territory controlled by Russian-backed separatists was responsible for shooting down a Malaysian passenger plane on Thursday.

  • 18/07/2014 | World

    Gunmen prevent OSCE monitors to access Ukraine crash site

    Gunmen prevented monitors from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe from observing the site where a Malaysian airliner crashed in rebel-held eastern Ukraine today, the rights and security watchdog said.

  • 19/07/2014 | World

    Kiev accuses Moscow of destroying MH17 evidence

    Ukraine has accused Russia and rebels of destroying evidence of "international crimes" from the wreckage of the Malaysian airliner that Kiev says militants shot down with a missile, killing nearly 300 people.

  • 17/07/2014 | World

    Pro-Russian rebels deny any involvement in Malaysia crash

    Prorrusian rebels in Ukraine denied any involvement in the crash of the Malaysia airlines Boeing 777 saying they do not have the military equipment to take down an airplane flying at 10,000.

  • 17/07/2014 | World

    Ukraine President Poroshenko 'does not exclude' Malaysia plane was shot down

    The official website of the President of Ukraine has released a statement confirming the head of state has initiated the “establishment of the State commission with the involvement of experts from ICAO and other international structures to investigate the tragedy with the plane of Malasya airlines Boeing 777.”

  • 17/07/2014 | World

    Top Russian firms struck by US sanctions

    President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on some of Russia's biggest firms for the first time, striking at the heart of Vladimir Putin's powerbase by targeting companies closest to him over Moscow's failure to curb violence in Ukraine.

  • 17/07/2014 | World

    Wall Street tumbles on Malaysian airliner crash

    US stocks fell sharply lower today, with the S&P 500 posting its biggest one-day percentage drop since April 10 on news that a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet crashed near the Ukraine-Russia border.

  • 12/07/2014 | World

    US encourages Ukraine President Poroshenko

    Vice President Joe Biden encouraged Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko today, to pursue talks that could lead to a ceasefire with rebels and said Washington continued to pursue efforts to raise pressure on Russia, the White House said.

  • 14/07/2014 | World

    Ukraine claims Russian officers fighting alongside separatists

    Ukraine has accused Russian army officers of fighting alongside separatists in the east of the country and said Moscow was once more building up its troops on the joint border.

  • 16/07/2014 | World

    US imposes toughest sanctions on Russia over Ukraine crisis

    The United States today imposed its most wide-ranging sanctions yet on Russia's economy, including Gazprombank and the Rosneft Oil Co, and other major banks and energy and defense companies.

  • 05/07/2014 | World

    Ukraine government forces recapture separatist stronghold

    Ukrainian forces routed pro-Russian rebels in a flashpoint area of eastern Ukraine today and raised the country's blue and yellow flag again over what had for months been the separatist redoubt of Slaviansk.

  • 06/07/2014 | World

    Ukraine seizes rebel stronghold of Slaviansk

    Ukrainian security officials said they were in full control of the former rebel stronghold of Slaviansk after re-taking it in a victory which President Petro Poroshenko said could mark a turning point in the fight against rebels.

  • 10/07/2014 | World

    More Ukrainian soldiers killed in rebel clashes

    Ukrainian forces regained more ground but sustained further casualties today in clashes with separatists, while two Western allies urged Russia's Vladimir Putin to exert more pressure on the rebels to find a negotiated end to the conflict.

  • 03/07/2014 | World

    Families caught in crossfire in eastern Ukraine

    When the daily shelling starts in this besieged city in eastern Ukraine, those who have not yet fled the fighting grab their children and head underground.

  • 04/07/2014 | World

    Kiev says 13 military personnel killed in fighting in east Ukraine

    At least 13 Ukrainian military personnel were killed in separate incidents today in fighting against pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, a statement from the headquarters of Ukraine's "anti-terrorist operation" said. Nine others were wounded.

  • 04/07/2014 | World

    Ukraine's president seeks new crisis talks on Saturday

    Ukraine's president has proposed a time and place for holding talks on the crisis in eastern Ukraine tomorrow but is waiting for a response from the other side, his web site said today.

  • 29/06/2014 | World

    Poroshenko urges Putin to tighten borders after Ukraine violence

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has urged President Vladimir Putin to strengthen Russian control over its borders to prevent militants and arms entering Ukraine after violence broke a truce there.

  • 30/06/2014 | World

    Ukraine's Poroshenko ends ceasefire, vows to 'attack, free our lands'

    The Ukrainian leader has affirmed he would renew operations against pro-Russian rebels, a statement on his website said, hours after a ceasefire to make way for peace talks with the rebels had expired.

  • 02/07/2014 | World

    Russia and Ukraine closer to resuming ceasefire

    The foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine agreed in Berlin to hold three-way talks involving pro-Moscow rebels by Saturday to pave the way for a new ceasefire, despite continued fighting that Kiev says has now killed 200 of its troops.

  • 23/06/2014 | World

    Obama calls on Putin to support Ukraine peace

    The US president urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to support peace in Ukraine and said Moscow would face further sanctions if it did not take steps to reduce tensions in the country, the White House said.

  • 24/06/2014 | World

    Putin renounces right to send troops to Ukraine

    Russian president Vladimir Putin asked the nation's upper house to revoke the right it had granted him to order a military intervention in Ukraine in defence of Russian-speakers there.

  • 25/06/2014 | World

    Russian parliament revokes right to send troops to Ukraine

    The Russian parliament has revoked the right it had granted President Putin in March to order a military intervention in Ukraine, where Kiev is struggling with a rebellion by Russian speakers in the east.

  • 18/06/2014 | World

    Ukraine's Poroshenko sets out 14-step peace plan proposal

    After a late-night telephone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has set out proposals for a peace plan for eastern Ukraine involving a unilateral ceasefire by government forces.

  • 21/06/2014 | World

    Separatists attack Ukraine forces; ceasefire under pressure

    Pro-Russian separatists attacked Ukrainian posts on the border with Russia and a military base, and tried to storm an airforce base overnight into Saturday, government forces said, putting a Ukrainian unilateral ceasefire under pressure.

  • 22/06/2014 | World

    Putin urges Kiev to stop fighting, begin dialogue

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said today that artillery was used in overnight fighting in eastern Ukraine and urged Kiev to cease fighting and begin dialogue with the rebels.

  • 14/06/2014 | World

    49 dead as pro-Russia separatists down Ukraine army plane

    Pro-Russian separatists shot down a Ukrainian army transport plane with an anti-aircraft missile as it came in to land early on Saturday in the eastern city of Luhansk, killing all 49 military personnel on board. The toll is the highest suffered by government forces.

  • 15/06/2014 | World

    Ukraine, Russia hold last-ditch gas talks

    Ukraine and Russia made a last-ditch attempt to reach a deal in a gas pricing dispute, hours before a deadline for Kiev to pay a $1.95 billion debt or have its gas supplies cut off.

  • 16/06/2014 | World

    Russia cuts off gas to Ukraine as talks fail

    Russia has cut off gas supplies to Ukraine in a dispute over unpaid bills that could disrupt supplies to the rest of Europe and set back hopes for peace between the former Soviet neighbours.

  • 06/06/2014 | World

    Obama urges Putin to seize chance on Ukraine

    US President Barack Obama urged Russia's Vladimir Putin during a brief informal meeting in France today to seize the opportunity to ease tensions in Ukraine after the election of Petro Poroshenko as president, a White House official said.

  • 07/06/2014 | World

    Ukraine's new leader stands up to Moscow over Crimea and Europe

    Ukraine's new president Petro Poroshenko said his country would never give up Crimea and would not compromise on its path towards closer ties with Europe, spelling out a defiant message to Russia in his inaugural speech.

  • 09/06/2014 | World

    Russia, Ukraine hold last-minute gas talks

    Officials from Ukraine and Russia met late in last-minute talks brokered by the EU to resolve a dispute that could halt the flow of gas from Russia.

  • 04/06/2014 | World

    G7 willing to step up sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

    The world's leading industrialised nations threatened today to impose harder-hitting sanctions on Russia if it does not help restore stability to eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian militias continue to operate at will.

  • 04/06/2014 | World

    Putin: ‘US has the most aggressive foreign policy’

    Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized today Unites States foreign policies for its “aggressiveness” and hoped the Ukrainian crisis doesn’t become a “new Cold War stage.”

  • 05/06/2014 | World

    G7 with absent Russia condemns Moscow's 'violation of Ukraine's sovereignty'

    The United States and its allies used the first Group of Seven meeting without Russia in 17 years to condemn Moscow's actions in Ukraine and threaten hard-hitting sanctions if President Vladimir Putin does not help restore stability.

  • 02/06/2014 | World

    Russia and Ukraine analyse gas dispute plan while fighting continues

    Russia and Ukraine have agreed to consider a proposal for Kiev to pay off a multi-billion-dollar gas bill that has soured relations between Moscow and Kiev, while fighting raged all day in eastern Ukraine.

  • 03/06/2014 | World

    US presses allies to raise defence spending after Ukraine dispute

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urged NATO allies to raise their defence budgets due to the Ukraine crisis, saying a spending slide could pose as big a threat to the alliance's future as any enemy.

  • 04/06/2014 | World

    Obama backs Ukraine’s Poroshenko, reassures east European allies

    US President Barack Obama endorsed Ukraine's president-elect Petro Poroshenko, pledged financial and security help, and assured east European NATO allies that the United States would defend their territorial integrity.

  • 29/05/2014 | World

    Poroshenko to take oath on June 7

    The inauguration ceremony of Ukraine’s newly elected president Petro Poroshenko will be held on June 7 in Kiev's Independence Square (Maidan).

  • 30/05/2014 | World

    Ukraine vows to push on with army offensive

    Ukraine's government vowed to press ahead with a military offensive against separatists, despite a deadly attack on an army helicopter, amid increasing reports that volunteer fighters from Russia were involved in rebellions in the east.

  • 31/05/2014 | World

    Six pro-Russian rebels reported killed around Donetsk airport

    Ukrainian separatist leader Denis Pushilin said six rebels had been killed while trying to collect the bodies of comrades who had died under Ukrainian army fire earlier this week close to Donetsk airport.

  • 27/05/2014 | World

    At least 50 rebels killed in unprecedented assault by Ukraine gov't

    The government said it suffered no losses in the assault, which began with air strikes hours after Ukrainians voted to elect a 48-year-old billionaire confectionary magnate as their new president.

  • 28/05/2014 | World

    Poroshenko ready to sign Ukraine-EU trade deal

    Ukraine's newly elected president, Petro Poroshenko, wants to sign a landmark trade deal with the European Union soon after his inauguration as head of state, his office said today, after EU officials suggested there might be some delay.

  • 29/05/2014 | World

    Pro-Russian rebels take down Ukrainian helicopter, 14 killed

    Pro-Russian separatists shot down a Ukrainian army helicopter, killing 14 soldiers including a general, as government forces pressed ahead with an offensive to crush rebellions in the east swiftly following the election of a new president.

  • 25/05/2014 | World

    Italian journalist killed in Slaviansk

    An Italian journalist and his Russian translator have been killed in fighting between pro-Russian forces and Ukrainian government troops in eastern Ukraine.

  • 26/05/2014 | World

    Ukraine launches airstrike, paratroops against rebel-held airport

    Ukrainian security spokesmen said government jets and a helicopter carried out air strikes against pro-Russian rebels who seized parts of the main airport in the eastern city of Donetsk today.

  • 26/05/2014 | World

    Boxing champion Vitali Klitschko elected mayor of Kiev

    Former world heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko has claimed victory in an election to become mayor of Kiev, clinching a major role in Ukraine's emerging new political order after presidential election.

  • 21/05/2014 | World

    'Putin is doing just about the same as Hitler'

    The heir to the British throne has reportedly likened Russian President Vladimir Putin to German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler over his stance on Ukraine.

  • 24/05/2014 | World

    Ukraine prepares to vote after bloodshed

    Candidates in Ukraine's presidential election were staying out of the public eye, observing a ban on campaigning on the eve of a vote that Kiev hopes can help end a bitter confrontation with Russia.

  • 25/05/2014 | World

    Poroshenko claims victory in Ukraine presidential election

    Billionaire Petro Poroshenko claimed Ukraine's presidency after exit polls gave him an absolute majority in a first round of voting and, vowing to end a conflict with pro-Russian rebels, he pledged to align his country with Europe.

  • 19/05/2014 | World

    Putin pulls troops back from Ukraine borders

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered military forces to return to their permanent bases after drills in three regions bordering Ukraine, the Kremlin said. However, NATO sees no sign of troops returning.

  • 20/05/2014 | World

    Biden in Bucharest to reassure allies over Ukraine crisis

    US Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Bucharest today as part of Washington's campaign to reassure east European allies of American backing in the West's confrontation with Russia over Ukraine.

  • 21/05/2014 | World

    Russia says troops preparing to leave Ukraine border

    Russian said that troops deployed for exercises near the Ukrainian border had now dismantled equipment and were moving to train stations and airfields for return to their permanent bases, but NATO said it saw no sign of a pullout.

  • 14/05/2014 | World

    Kiev holds peace talks without the rebels

    Ukraine's interim leaders pushed a plan to allow the regions a greater say over their affairs, but the exclusion of separatists from round table talks cast doubt over whether the move could defuse the crisis.

  • 15/05/2014 | World

    US, EU agree on more sanctions if Russia disrupts Ukrainian elections

    The United States and its European allies have found broad unity that Russia should face sectoral sanctions if the Kremlin tries to disrupt Ukrainian elections later this month, a senior US official said.

  • 17/05/2014 | World

    Separatists recapture their leader on the eve of peace talks in Ukraine

    Pro-Russian separatist leader Valery Bolotov was detained by Ukrainian border guards today then freed by armed supporters in a firefight at the checkpoint, a Ukrainian spokesman said.

  • 12/05/2014 | World

    Pro-Russians declare victory on self-rule referendum

    Separatists in the industrial Donetsk region claimed 90 percent support in the referendum, and appealed to Moscow to consider its absorbtion into the Russian Federation to "restore historic justice".

  • 13/05/2014 | World

    Six Ukrainian soldiers killed by pro-Russians

    Six Ukrainian soldiers were killed and eight wounded in an ambush by pro-Russian separatists near the eastern Ukrainian town of Kramatorsk, the Defence Ministry said.

  • 13/05/2014 | World

    Kiev urges Russia not to use natural gas as a "weapon"

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk urged Russia not to use natural gas as a "weapon" against his country, and accused Moscow of seizing tens of billions of dollars' worth of its assets and resources in Crimea.

  • 10/05/2014 | World

    Kiev warns self-rule vote 'a step into the abyss'

    Ukrainian acting President Oleksander Turchinov told eastern regions gripped by a pro-Russian uprising that they would be courting catastrophe if they voted "yes" in a separatist referendum on Sunday.

  • 11/05/2014 | World

    Pro-Russians hold independence votes in Eastern Ukraine

    Pro-Moscow rebels expressed confidence that eastern Ukraine had chosen self-rule in a referendum today, with some saying that meant independence and others eventual union with Russia as fighting flared in a conflict increasingly out of control.

  • 11/05/2014 | World

    Merkel, Hollande ready for further sanctions against Russia

    Germany and France are ready to agree more extensive sanctions against Russia if a planned presidential election in Ukraine on May 25 is foiled, Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Francois Hollande said.

  • 08/05/2014 | World

    Despite Putin's call, pro-Russia separatists ratify self-rule vote

    Pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine ignored a public call by Russia's Putin to postpone a referendum on self-rule, declaring they would go ahead on Sunday with a vote that could lead to war.

  • 08/05/2014 | World

    Russia retaliates with US, Canada sanctions

    "Sanctions are not our method in general, but unfriendly actions force us to respond. The most recent sanctions [imposed by] Washington and Ottawa are no exception," Russian ministry spokesman said.

  • 06/05/2014 | World

    Kerry: Ukraine referendum 'contrived and bogus'

    US Secretary of State John Kerry rejected efforts by pro-Russian forces to hold a referendum in eastern Ukraine, but he suggested that fresh sanctions against Russia now could be counterproductive.

  • 07/05/2014 | World

    Kiev forces make progress in key city of Mariupol

    Ukrainian forces seized the rebel-held city hall in the eastern port city of Mariupol overnight, driving out pro-Russian activists, then withdrew, making no attempt to hold onto the building.

  • 07/05/2014 | World

    Putin pulls troops from Ukrainian border and asks rebels to put off referendum

    Russian President Vladimir Putin called on pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine to postpone a vote on secession just five days before it was to be held and announced he was pulling Russian troops back from the Ukrainian border, in what appears to be a breakthrough in the worst crisis between East and West since the Cold War.

  • 05/05/2014 | World

    Petrified in Ukraine

    By Ivan Briscoe

    Conflict reeks of foreign-meddling but do powers still control the forces that have been set into motion?

  • 05/05/2014 | World

    Kiev sends new special forces to Odessa

    Pro-Russian rebels shot down a Ukrainian helicopter in fierce fighting near the eastern town of Slaviansk, and Kiev drafted police special forces to the southwestern port city of Odessa to halt a feared westward spread of rebellion.

  • 06/05/2014 | World

    Ukraine and Russia far from peace talks

    The Ukraine crisis has led to a confrontation between Moscow and the West unseen since the darkest days of the Cold War and peace talks seem to be moving further away.

  • 03/05/2014 | World

    Russia urges US to use 'influence' to stop Kiev's military operations

    Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has told his US counterpart John Kerry that the US should use its influence to make Ukraine's government immediately stop military operations in south-east Ukraine, the Russian foreign ministry has said.

  • 04/05/2014 | World

    Pro-Russians storm police station, free nearly 70 militants

    Pro-Russian militants stormed a Ukrainian police station in Odessa on Sunday and freed nearly 70 fellow activists as the country's leaders lamented a police force they said was widely undermined by graft or collaboration with separatists.

  • 04/05/2014 | World

    Francis appeals for Ukraine and Afghanistan

    Pope Francis appealed once more for peace in Ukraine and asked for prayers for the victims of the massive landslide that killed over 2,000 people in Afghanistan last Saturday.

  • 02/05/2014 | World

    Dozens die in Odessa blaze, rebels down Ukraine helicopters

    Dozens of people were killed in a fire and others were shot dead when fighting between pro- and anti-Russian groups broke out on the streets of Odessa on Ukraine's Black Sea coast. In the country's east, pro-Russian separatists brought down two Ukrainian military helicopters.

  • 02/05/2014 | World

    Wall Street dips on Ukraine concern though jobs data upbeat

    US stocks eased today as an upbeat jobs report was offset by concerns about more violence in Ukraine.

  • 03/05/2014 | World

    Ukraine conflict escalates, at least 42 killed in riot

    At least 42 people were killed in street battles between supporters and opponents of Russia in southern Ukraine that ended with dozens of pro-Russian protesters incinerated in a burning building, bringing the country closer to war.

  • 01/05/2014 | World

    Ukraine detains Russian military attaché for spying

    Ukraine said it had detained Russia's military attaché to Kiev on suspicion of spying and ordered him to leave, as the ex-Soviet republic wrestles with an armed uprising it says is orchestrated by Moscow.

  • 01/05/2014 | World

    Moscow May Day parade lauds Putin as rebels seize more Ukraine buildings

    Russia staged a huge May Day parade on Moscow's Red Square for the first time since the Soviet era today, with workers holding banners proclaiming support for President Vladimir Putin after the seizure of territory from neighbouring Ukraine.

  • 02/05/2014 | World

    Rebels down two Ukraine helicopters

    Pro-Russian rebels shot down two Ukrainian helicopters, killing two crew, as troops tightened their siege of separatist-held Slaviansk and Moscow accused Kiev of launching a "criminal" assault that wrecked hopes of peace.

  • 29/04/2014 | World

    Ukraine: Pro-Russians storm government HQ in Luhansk

    Hundreds of pro-Russian separatists stormed the regional government headquarters in Ukraine's eastern city of Luhansk today, gaining access by breaking windows and facing no resistance from police.

  • 30/04/2014 | World

    Kiev on full military alert as separatists gain control of eastern Ukraine

    Ukraine's armed forces went on full military alert to face the threat of a Russian invasion, the government said. Meanwhile, pro-Russian separatists have seized government offices in another Ukrainian town in a further sign that pro-Western authorities in Kiev are losing control.

  • 30/04/2014 | World

    IMF approves $17 billion bailout for Ukraine

    The International Monetary Fund's board signed off on a $17 billion two-year aid program for Ukraine to help the ex-Soviet republic's economy recover after months of turmoil.

  • 28/04/2014 | World

    US and EU to intensify sanctions against Russia

    The United States froze assets and imposed visa bans on seven powerful Russians close to President Vladimir Putin and also sanctioned 17 companies in reprisal for Moscow's actions in Ukraine. European Union governments reached a preliminary agreement on similar sanctions.

  • 28/04/2014 | World

    Russia condemns 'Cold War-like' US sanctions

    A senior Russian diplomat sharply criticised a new round of US sanctions, saying the measures were illegitimate and uncivilised and that restrictions on high-tech exports from the United States marked a return to Cold War practices.

  • 29/04/2014 | World

    EU broadens sanctions, Ukraine separatists halt talks on detainees

    The European Union released details of broadened sanctions imposed on Russia today. The Union froze assets and banned visas on 15 Russian officials and Ukrainian rebel leaders. In response, Ukraine separatist refused talks on detained European observers if sanctions remain.

  • 27/04/2014 | World

    Obama urges united response against Russia in Ukraine stand-off

    US President Barack Obama urged the United States and Europe to join forces to impose sanctions on Russia to stop it destabilising Ukraine, where armed pro-Russian separatists freed a Swedish observer today, but said they had no plans to release seven other European monitors they have been holding for three days.

  • 27/04/2014 | World

    Separatists seize control of TV HQ in Donetsk

    Pro-Russian separatists have seized control of the offices of regional state television in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk and said they would take it off air and broadcast a Kremlin-backed Russian channel instead.

  • 28/04/2014 | World

    Ukraine: Pro-Russian mayor shot in the back

    Gennady Kernes, the pro-Russian mayor of Ukraine's second-biggest city, Kharkiv, was in a serious condition today after being shot in the back while riding his bicycle.

  • 23/04/2014 | World

    East Ukraine militants confirm they are detaining US reporter

    Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have confirmed they are detaining a US journalist working with Vice News.

  • 24/04/2014 | World

    Ukrainian forces move East, Russia responds with military drills

    After the re-launching of an anti-terrorist operation, Ukrainian forces killed up to five separatists in the east of the country. In response, Russia started military drills near the Ukrainian border.

  • 26/04/2014 | World

    G7 okays sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

    Leaders of the Group of Seven major economies agreed to impose extra sanctions on Russia over its intervention in Ukraine, where armed pro-Moscow separatists detained a group of international observers and accused them of being NATO spies.

  • 22/04/2014 | World

    US offers Ukraine $50 million aid package

    The United States has offered Ukraine a new $50 million aid package to help with economic and political reform, the White House said today during a visit to Kiev by Vice President Joe Biden.

  • 22/04/2014 | World

    Kiev relaunches anti-terrorist operation after politician killed

    Ukraine's acting president accused Russia of aiding "terrorists" who killed a politician from his own party, urging a crackdown in the east that could hamper international efforts to defuse the crisis.

  • 23/04/2014 | World

    Russia ready to respond to Ukraine crisis ‘like in Georgia’

    Russian is ready to respond to the Ukrainian crisis as it did in Georgia in 2008 –sending troops- if its 'legitimate' interests are attacked, Foreign Minister Serghiei Lavrov said.

  • 21/04/2014 | World

    US could hit Putin with sanctions

    The United States could potentially impose sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin himself over the crisis in Ukraine, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Monday, but she suggested such a step would not be taken soon.

  • 22/04/2014 | World

    Biden to Russia: It’s time to ‘stop talking and start acting’

    US Vice President Joe Biden, on a visit to Kiev, called Moscow to remove troops built up on the borders of Ukraine and to "stop talking and start acting" on the surrender of pro-Russian separatist militants in the east of the country.

  • 22/04/2014 | World

    Francis to meet with Ukrainian Prime Minister

    The Pope will meet with Premier Arseni Yatseniuk next Saturday in the Vatican.

  • 18/04/2014 | World

    Ukraine separatists reject diplomatic deal

    Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and were looking for more assurances about their security before leaving the public buildings they are holding.

  • 20/04/2014 | World

    Ukraine: Deadly clash threatens Geneva accord

    At least four people were killed in a gunfight early today near Slaviansk, a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking a fragile international accord that was designed to avert a wider conflict.

  • 21/04/2014 | World

    Biden offers Ukraine US help on energy, aid allocation

    US Vice President Joe Biden will announce a package of technical assistance focused on energy and economic aid distribution during a two-day visit to Ukraine, a senior administration official has said.

  • 16/04/2014 | World

    Transnitria moves toward secession from Moldova

    The Supreme Council of Transnistria, a breakaway region of Moldova, urged Russia, the UN and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to recognize its independence, in a first step towards a future annexation to Russia.

  • 16/04/2014 | World

    Separatists seize army vehicles, humiliating Ukraine forces

    Separatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army today, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro-Moscow partisans.

  • 17/04/2014 | World

    US, EU, Russia, Ukraine call for end to violence

    The US, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union have called together for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine, where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement.

  • 14/04/2014 | World

    Separatists tighten grip on east Ukraine, EU agrees more Russia sanctions

    Armed pro-Russian separatists seized more buildings in eastern Ukraine today, expanding their control after the government failed to follow through on threatened military crackdown leaving Moscow's partisans essentially unopposed.

  • 15/04/2014 | World

    Ukraine launches 'gradual' operation against Russian militia

    Ukrainian forces launched a "special operation" against separatist militia in the Russian-speaking East, authorities said, although aside from a landing by airborne troops the action was limited.

  • 16/04/2014 | World

    NATO reinforces its presence while pro-Russians expand to the south of Ukraine

    The military alliance said it had decided on a series of immediate steps to reinforce its forces in Eastern Europe because of the Ukraine crisis amid increasing tensions. Today, pro-Russian militants in the South proclaimed the creation of an independent "People's Republic of Odessa".

  • 13/04/2014 | World

    Ukraine to rebels: Disarm or face military operation

    Ukraine has given pro-Russian separatists a Monday morning deadline to disarm or face a "full-scale anti-terrorist operation" by its armed forces, raising the risk of a military confrontation with Moscow.

  • 14/04/2014 | World

    Ukrainian president open to referendum on federalization amid increasing tensions

    In a rather surprising statement, Ukrainian acting President, Olexandre Turchinov, said he wasn’t opposed to the possibility of a national referendum to change to a federalized system, offering greater autonomy to the regions, a key demand of pro-Russian militants in the East of the country.

  • 09/04/2014 | World

    Ukraine: Separatists build barricades in the east; Kiev warns of force

    Pro-Russian separatists reinforced barricades around the state security building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk today and called on President Vladimir Putin for help after the government warned it could use force to restore order.

  • 10/04/2014 | World

    Satellite photos show Russian military buildup near Ukraine, says NATO

    NATO presented satellite photographs today that showed Russian deployments of 40,000 troops near the Ukrainian frontier along with tanks, armoured vehicles, artillery and aircraft ready for action.

  • 12/04/2014 | World

    Pro-Russia militants raise flags in east Ukraine, risk of 'gas war' looms

    Pro-Russian militants raised their flags over official buildings in two eastern Ukrainian cities on Saturday, deepening a stand-off with Moscow which, Kiev warned, was dragging Europe closer to a "gas war" that could disrupt supplies across the continent.

  • 07/04/2014 | World

    Pro-Moscow protesters seize arms in Ukraine, declare republic

    Pro-Moscow protesters in eastern Ukraine have seized arms in one city and declared a separatist republic in another, in moves Kiev described as part of a Russian-orchestrated plan to justify an invasion to dismember the country.

  • 08/04/2014 | World

    Kiev moves against pro-Russian protesters in Eastern Ukraine

    After pro-Russians protesters in Donetsk yesterday seized in arms and declared the region independent from Kiev, Ukrainian police detained 70 demonstrators occupying a regional administration building in eastern Ukraine overnight.

  • 08/04/2014 | World

    US, Russia, Ukraine and EU to meet on Ukraine crisis, EU says

    The United States, the European Union, Russia and Ukraine will meet at ministerial level next week to discuss the Ukraine crisis, the EU said today, offering a glimpse of possible diplomatic progress in the conflict.

  • 01/04/2014 | World

    NATO interrupts cooperation with Russia over Crimea annexation

    Foreign ministers from the 28-nation, US-led alliance were meeting for the first time since the Russian occupation of Ukraine's Crimea region touched off the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.

  • 03/04/2014 | World

    Russia protests over German minister's Nazi-Crimea comparison

    Russia protested to Germany over remarks by Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble likening Russia's annexation of Crimea to Nazi Germany's expansion under Adolf Hitler. "We consider such pseudo-historical references by the German minister provocative," the Russian foreign ministry said.

  • 06/04/2014 | World

    Pro-Russia protesters seize Ukraine buildings, Kiev blames Putin

    Pro-Russian protesters seized state buildings in three east Ukrainian cities today, triggering accusations from the pro-European government in Kiev that President Vladimir Putin was orchestrating "separatist disorder".

  • 30/03/2014 | World

    Russia's Lavrov says Moscow, Washington to work with Ukraine

    Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said today that Moscow and Washington had agreed to work with the Ukrainian government and the country's people to overcome the crisis, after meeting US Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian agencies reported.

  • 31/03/2014 | World

    Russian prime minister visits Crimea

    Dmitry Medvedev flaunted Russia's grip on Crimea by flying to the region and holding a government meeting there , angering Ukraine and defying Western demands to hand the peninsula back to Kiev.

  • 01/04/2014 | World

    No sign of Russian pullback from Ukraine, says NATO

    NATO studied new steps to bolster its military presence in eastern Europe while saying it saw no sign that Russia was withdrawing tens of thousands of troops from the Ukrainian border.

  • 26/03/2014 | World

    Obama urges EU to reduce dependency on Russian energy

    US President Barack Obama has told the European Union it cannot rely on the United States alone to reduce its dependency on Russian energy, as relations with Moscow chill over its seizure of Crimea from Ukraine.

  • 27/03/2014 | World

    US Congress passes bills for Ukraine aid, sanctions

    The US Senate and House of Representatives easily passed bills to provide aid to Ukraine, back a $1 billion loan guarantee for the Kiev government and impose sanctions on Russians and Ukrainians over Russia's annexation of Crimea.

  • 29/03/2014 | World

    Russia says it has 'no intention, interest' in crossing Ukraine's borders

    Russia has said it had no intention of sending its armed forces into Ukraine, signaling Moscow wants to ease tensions in the worst East-West standoff since the Cold war.

  • 23/03/2014 | World

    US Congress Republicans want small arms sent to help Ukraine

    Republicans in the US Congress have urged the Obama administration to dispatch small weapons and other military equipment to aid Ukraine as Russian troops amassed at that country's eastern border.

  • 24/03/2014 | World

    Ukraine announces military pull-out from Crimea

    Ukraine announced the evacuation of its troops and their families from Crimea today, effectively acknowledging defeat in the face of Russian forces, who stormed one of the last remaining Ukrainian bases on the peninsula.

  • 24/03/2014 | World

    G7 warns of more Russia sanctions if crisis in Ukraine escalates

    US President Barack Obama and major industrialised allies have warned Russia it faced damaging economic sanctions if President Vladimir Putin takes further action to destabilise Ukraine following the seizure of Crimea.

  • 20/03/2014 | World

    Standard & Poor's sees 'negative' Russia outlook following sanctions

    International rating agency Standard & Poor's have lowered the outlook on Russia to "negative", due to a torrent of sanctions slapped on the nation from the United States and European Union during the current crisis in Crimea.

  • 21/03/2014 | World

    Putin signs laws annexing Crimea

    President Vladimir Putin signed laws completing Russia's annexation of Crimea today, as investors took fright at a US decision to slap sanctions on his inner circle of money men and security officials.

  • 23/03/2014 | World

    Russia says flag now flying over 189 Crimea military sites, complying with limits

    Russia said its flag is now flying over 189 Ukrainian military installations in the Crimea, the defence ministry said on Sunday, two days after President Vladimir Putin signed laws completing Russia's annexation of the Black Sea peninsula.

  • 19/03/2014 | World

    Russian forces seize two Ukrainian bases in Crimea

    The United States warned Moscow it was on a "dark path" to isolation as Russian troops seized two Ukrainian naval bases, including a headquarters in the Crimean port of Sevastopol where they raised their flag.

  • 20/03/2014 | World

    Ahead of summit, Europe weighs Russia sanctions

    European leaders were analyzing how to tighten the screws on Russia following its seizure of Crimea, how to support Ukraine's stricken economy and how best to wean themselves off Russian energy in years to come.

  • 20/03/2014 | World

    Obama hits closest Putin allies with further Russia sanctions over Crimea

    US President Barack Obama raised the stakes in an East-West confrontation over Crimea by targeting some of Russian President Vladimir Putin's closest long-time political and business allies with personal sanctions.

  • 18/03/2014 | World

    Ukrainian serviceman killed, PM decries 'war crime'

    A Ukrainian serviceman was killed today at a Ukrainian base that came under attack in Crimea's main town Simferopol, the first death on the peninsula from a military clash since the region came under Russian control three weeks ago.

  • 18/03/2014 | World

    White House promises new Russia sanctions

    The White House has condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and said it was preparing a fresh round of sanctions in response to the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.

  • 19/03/2014 | World

    Russian forces seize two Ukrainian bases in Crimea

    The US warned Moscow it was on a "dark path" to isolation as Russian troops seized two Ukrainian naval bases, including a headquarters in the Crimean port of Sevastopol where they raised their flag.

  • 17/03/2014 | World

    Ukraine parliament backs mobilising 40,000 reservists against Russia's 'blatant aggression'

    Ukraine's parliament endorsed today a plan to mobilise 40,000 reservists to counter Russia's "blatant aggression" in Crimea and guard against what a senior official described as further incursions in the south and east of the country.

  • 18/03/2014 | World

    Putin signs Crimea treaty, while foreign minister slams sanctions

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, defying Ukrainian protests and Western sanctions, signed a treaty today making Crimea part of Russia but said he did not plan to seize any other regions of Ukraine.

  • 16/03/2014 | World

    Crimeans vote on union with Russia as troops build up rapidly

    Crimeans voted in a referendum today on whether to break away from Ukraine and join Russia, with Kiev accusing Moscow of rapidly building up its armed forces on the peninsula in "crude violation" of an international treaty.

  • 16/03/2014 | World

    US warns of Russia sanctions over Crimea

    The White House has warned President Vladimir Putin that Moscow would face sanctions in coming days and international isolation that will hurt Russia's economy, as Washington fumed over a referendum in Ukraine's Crimea region that it was powerless to stop.

  • 16/03/2014 | World

    Crimeans vote in referendum for union with Russia

    Russian state media said Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to break with Ukraine and join Russia today, as Kiev accused Moscow of pouring forces into the peninsula and warned separatist leaders "the ground will burn under their feet".

  • 14/03/2014 | World

    Draft UN resolution declares Crimea referendum invalid

    A draft UN Security Council resolution declares that Sunday's planned referendum on Crimea's status "can have no validity" and urges nations and international organizations not to recognize it, according to a copy obtained by Reuters.

  • 14/03/2014 | World

    Kerry and Lavrov fail to reach breakthrough

    The US and Russia found no middle ground on the Ukraine crisis, with the Russians saying they would respect an independence referendum in Crimea and the Americans vowing to impose sanctions if they do.

  • 13/03/2014 | World

    Kerry: US, EU ready to act if Crimea vote held

    The United States and the European Union will take serious steps against Russia if a referendum planned for Sunday in Ukraine's Crimea region results in Russian annexation, US Secretary of State John Kerry said today.

  • 13/03/2014 | World

    Russia vows to veto US draft at UN declaring Crimea vote illegal

    The United States circulated a draft resolution to the UN Security Council that would declare Sunday's planned referendum on independence for Ukraine's Crimea region illegal, but Russia has vowed to veto it, council diplomats said.

  • 14/03/2014 | World

    More Russian troops shipped into Crimea as Ukraine crisis escalates

    Russia has shipped more troops into Crimea and repeated its threat to invade other parts of Ukraine, showing no sign of listening to Western pleas to back off from the worst confrontation since the Cold War.

  • 12/03/2014 | World

    US Senate bill seeks sanctions on Russia

    US lawmakers will consider legislation that would impose strict sanctions on Russia over its intervention in Ukraine, implement reforms of the International Monetary Fund and provide aid to the new government in Kiev.

  • 12/03/2014 | World

    US Senate panel approves sanctions for Ukraine

    A US Senate panel approved legislation today that would impose strict sanctions on Russians involved in Moscow's intervention in Ukraine, provide aid to the new government in Kiev, and implement reforms of the International Monetary Fund.

  • 13/03/2014 | World

    Russia intensifies military activity near Ukraine

    Russia has launched new military exercises near its border with Ukraine, showing no sign of backing down in its plans to annex its neighbor's Crimea region despite a stronger than expected drive for sanctions from the EU and United States.

  • 11/03/2014 | World

    Crimea's Parliament asks to join Russian Federation, Ukraine calls for US, UK assistance

    The Parliament in Crimea have asked Moscow today to allow the southern Ukrainian region to become part of the Russian Federation and closed its airspace to commercial flights.

  • 11/03/2014 | World

    EU to offer Ukraine trade benefits to boost economy

    The European Commission has agreed to give nearly 500 million euros ($685 million) worth of trade benefits to Ukraine, which had been teetering towards default even before pro-Western unrest in Kiev revived Cold War tensions.

  • 12/03/2014 | World

    G7 leaders tell Russia to halt Crimea referendum

    Leaders of the Group of Seven economies told Russia to stop its work on a referendum in Ukraine's Crimea region and "cease all efforts to change the status of Crimea" or face action.

  • 09/03/2014 | World

    Putin defends Crimea's decision to hold referendum

    Russian President Vladimir Putin defended breakaway moves by the pro-Russian leaders of Crimea in a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

  • 09/03/2014 | World

    US won't recognize Crimea annexation

    The United States will not recognize the annexation of Crimea by Russia if residents of the region vote to leave Ukraine in a referendum next week, US national security official Tony Blinken said.

  • 10/03/2014 | World

    Pro-Russian groups open fire in Ukraine as diplomacy stalls

    A pro-Russian force opened fire in seizing a Ukrainian military base in Crimea and NATO announced reconnaissance flights along its eastern frontiers as confrontation around the Black Sea peninsula showed no sign of easing.

  • 07/03/2014 | World

    Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates

    President Vladimir Putin rebuffed a warning from US Barack Obama over Moscow's military intervention in Crimea, saying today that Russia could not ignore calls for help from Russian speakers in Ukraine.

  • 08/03/2014 | World

    Moscow warns sanctions will 'boomerang'

    Russia has said any US sanctions imposed on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine will boomerang back on the United States and that Crimea has the right to self-determination as armed men tried to seize another Ukrainian military base on the peninsula.

  • 08/03/2014 | World

    Moscow warns sanctions will 'boomerang'

    Russia has said any US sanctions imposed on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine will boomerang back on the United States and that Crimea has the right to self-determination as armed men tried to seize another Ukrainian military base on the peninsula.

  • 06/03/2014 | World

    US Obama: Crimea referendum would violate international law

    President Barack Obama said today that a proposed referendum in Crimea to join Russia would violate international law and said US sanctions were aimed at punishing Moscow for its intervention in Ukraine.

  • 06/03/2014 | World

    Crimea: Tymoshenko calls for tough action from west

    Leading Ukrainian politician Yulia Tymoshenko called for Europe to take strong action over Crimea's attempt to join Russia, warning that otherwise Moscow would move to take over the rest of Ukraine and destabilise the continent.

  • 06/03/2014 | World

    US Congress steps into action on Ukraine

    The US House of Representatives approved a bill backing $1 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine, the first formal response by US lawmakers to the worst crisis in US-Russia relations since the Cold War.

  • 05/03/2014 | World

    Little progress made in diplomatic efforts to solve Ukraine crisis

    High-level diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Ukraine made little apparent headway at talks in Paris with Moscow and Washington at odds and Russia's foreign minister refusing to recognise his Ukrainian counterpart.

  • 05/03/2014 | World

    Obama and Cameron consult on Ukraine

    President Barack Obama spoke to British Prime Minister David Cameron about the situation in Ukraine, the White House said.

  • 06/03/2014 | World

    Crimea votes to join Russia, accelerating Ukraine crisis

    Crimea's parliament voted to join Russia today and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum within 10 days on the decision in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula.

  • 05/03/2014 | World

    Russia says can't control Crimea troops; NATO, Moscow to hold talks

    Russian forces remain in control of Crimea, where Interfax reported they seized control of two Ukrainian missile defence sites overnight, and Putin gave no sign of backing down.

  • 05/03/2014 | World

    Britain to freeze assets of 18 Ukrainians

    Britain's finance ministry said it would join other European Union countries in freezing the assets of 18 Ukrainians suspected of misappropriating state funds, in line with an agreement reached by the EU earlier in the day.

  • 04/03/2014 | World

    Putin says use of military force in Ukraine choice of last resort

    Vladimir Putin has said that Russia saw no need to use military force in the Crimea region of Ukraine for now and that ousted leader Viktor Yanukovich was still the legitimate leader of Ukraine.

  • 04/03/2014 | World

    Russia says it would retaliate for US sanctions as Kerry visits Kiev

    Russia warned the United States from taking unilateral sanctions against its country, while Secretary of State John Kerry visited Ukraine’s capital, Kiev.

  • 04/03/2014 | World

    China's Xi says Russia can push for political solution in Ukraine

    Chinese President Xi Jinping told Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that he believes Russia can push for a political settlement to the Ukraine crisis in coordination with other parties, China's foreign ministry said.

  • 02/03/2014 | World

    Medvedev warns Ukraine's new leaders they won't last

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Facebook that Ukraine's leaders had seized power illegally, and predicted their rule would end with "a new revolution" and new bloodshed.

  • 03/03/2014 | World

    Ukrainian leader urges to stop aggression

    Russia took a financial hit over its military intervention in neighboring Ukraine, with its markets and currency plunging as President Vladimir Putin's forces tightened their grip on the Russian-speaking Crimea region.

  • 03/03/2014 | World

    US prepares sanctions against Russia

    The United States is preparing to impose sanctions on Russia for its military intervention in Ukraine's Crimea region although no decisions have yet been made, the US State Department said.

  • 02/03/2014 | World

    Kerry condemns Russia's 'incredible act of aggression' in Ukraine

    US Secretary of State John Kerry condemned Russia's "incredible act of aggression" in Ukraine and threatened "very serious repercussions" from the United States and other countries, including sanctions to isolate Russia economically.

  • 02/03/2014 | World

    NATO meets on Ukraine, says Russia risks destabilizing Europe

    NATO's secretary-general warned Moscow it was threatening peace in Europe with its seizure of Crimea and should "de-escalate tensions", but diplomats said the alliance was unlikely to agree on major steps to rein Russia in.

  • 02/03/2014 | World

    German foreign minister Steinmeier against excluding Russia from G8

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier urged world leaders to work to calm the crisis in Ukraine and defended Russia's membership of the Group of Eight leading economies, which enabled the West to talk directly with Moscow.

  • 28/02/2014 | World

    Barack Obama warns Russia against intervention in Ukraine

    US President Barack Obama warned Russia that any military intervention in Ukraine would lead to unspecified "costs," and expressed deep concern about reports of Russian military movements.

  • 02/03/2014 | World

    Ukraine mobilises after Russia's 'declaration of war'

    Ukraine mobilised for war, after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade, creating the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cold War.

  • 28/02/2014 | World

    Ukraine will seek Yanukovich extradition if he is in Russia

    Ukraine will ask Russia to extradite ousted President Viktor Yanukovich if it is confirmed that he is in Russia, the general prosecutor's office said today.

  • 28/02/2014 | World

    EU calls for political solution in Crimea, urges restraint

    The European Commission called today for a political solution to tensions in the Ukrainian region of Crimea and urged all sides to show restraint.

  • 28/02/2014 | World

    Yanukovich says will 'continue struggle for Ukraine's future'

    Viktor Yanukovich, appearing in public for the first time since he was ousted as Ukraine's president, said in Russia today he would not give up the fight for his country's future.

  • 26/02/2014 | World

    Ukraine crisis: Putin puts Russian troops on alert

    President Vladimir Putin put 150,000 Russian combat troops on high alert for war games near Ukraine today, the Kremlin's boldest gesture yet after days of sabre rattling since its ally Viktor Yanukovich was toppled as president in Kiev.

  • 27/02/2014 | World

    Armed standoff in pro-Russian region raises Ukraine tension

    The United States told Russia to demonstrate in coming days that it was sincere about its promise not to intervene in Ukraine, after armed men seized the regional parliament in a mainly ethnic Russian region and raised the Russian flag.

  • 28/02/2014 | World

    Armed men seize main regional airport in Ukraine's Crimea

    A group of armed men in military uniforms have seized the main regional airport in Simferopol, Crimea.

  • 23/02/2014 | World

    Russian gov't accuses Ukraine opposition of seizing power

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told US Secretary of States John Kerry opponents of Ukraine's Viktor Yanukovich had failed to abide by a peace deal they signed on Friday and had seized power, the ministry said.

  • 24/02/2014 | World

    Ukraine's fugitive president wanted for mass murder

    Fugitive Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, ousted after bloody street protests in which demonstrators were shot by police snipers, is wanted on an arrest warrant for mass murder, authorities announced today.

  • 25/02/2014 | World

    Ukraine assembly wants Yanukovich tried in international court

    Ukraine's parliament voted today to send fugitive President Viktor Yanukovich to be tried for 'serious crimes' by the International Criminal Court once he has been captured.

  • 22/02/2014 | World

    US welcomes release of Ukraine's Tymoshenko

    The United States on Saturday welcomed the release from prison of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and pledged to work with its allies, Russia and international organizations to support a unified and democratic Ukraine.

  • 23/02/2014 | World

    Ukraine parliament names acting president

    Ukraine's parliament, exercising power since mass protests put the president to flight, has named its new speaker as acting head of state to replace Viktor Yanukovich and worked to form a new government.

  • 23/02/2014 | World

    EU ready for Ukraine trade deal with new gov't

    The European Commission has said it was ready to conclude a trade deal with Ukraine and offer aid once a new government was formed, and that it believed a deal was in both parties' interests and would be signed.

  • 22/02/2014 | World

    Ukraine opposition leader freed

  • 22/02/2014 | World

    Ukrainians gawp as Yanukovich's luxury estate is opened to public

    When the dream ended and Yanukovich's staff fled the Gatsby-like mansion in the early hours of Saturday, the Kiev protest movement that had opposed him invited Ukrainians to go to see the opulence Yanukovich lived in.

  • 21/02/2014 | World

    Ukraine president calls for elections, protesters' council backs deal

    Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich announced plans for early elections today in a series of concessions to his pro-European opponents, as a council representing anti-government protesters in Kiev backed a draft agreement on ending the country's crisis but set conditions, an opposition leader was quoted as saying.

  • 21/02/2014 | World

    Pope Francis pledges for peace, harmony in Kiev

    Ahead of Saturday's official appointment of 19 cardinals for the first time of his pontificate, Pope Francis appealed for peace in Ukraine saying he hopes for “all violent action to end” and for “peace and harmony” to be resumed soon.

  • 21/02/2014 | World

    US assures Ukraine support in IMF talks

    The United States has assured Ukraine it will have "strong support" from Washington in seeking an IMF-backed economic program to stabilize the country's economy after months of crippling street violence, a State Department official said.

  • 19/02/2014 | World

    Ukraine President agrees truce, US introduces travel ban

    Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said he had reached agreement with opposition leaders on a "truce" to halt fighting that has killed 26 people, even as the United States stepped up pressure by imposing travel bans on 20 senior Ukrainian officials.

  • 20/02/2014 | World

    Ukraine truce shattered; at least 75 people killed today in protests

    Fresh fighting broke out in central Kiev today, shattering a truce declared by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, as the Russian-backed leader met European ministers demanding he compromise with pro-EU opponents.

  • 20/02/2014 | World

    EU hits Ukraine with sanctions, threatens more

    The European Union agreed to impose sanctions on those responsible for deadly violence in Ukraine and warned it would ratchet up the pressure if the situation there got worse.

  • 19/02/2014 | World

    Ukraine leader denounces coup bid, West weighs sanctions

    Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich accused pro-European opposition leaders today of trying to seize power by force after at least 26 people died in the worst violence since the former Soviet republic gained independence.

  • 19/02/2014 | World

    Obama warns Ukraine against military violence

    President Barack Obama warned today that there would be consequences if violence continues in Ukraine, saying the Ukrainian military should not step into a situation that could be resolved by civilians.

  • 09/02/2014 | World

    Ukraine places security forces on alert

    Ukraine's state security service has placed anti-terrorist units on alert in response to a sharp rise in unspecified threats against sensitive installations including atomic power stations, airports and gas and oil pipelines.

  • 09/02/2014 | World

    Ukraine protesters increase pressure on president Yanukovich

    Ukrainian protesters, now in their third month of action, kept up pressure on President Viktor Yanukovich with a mass rally where opposition leaders called for an end to his "dictatorial" powers.

  • 17/02/2014 | World

    Russia boosts Ukraine with new credit

    Russia said today it would give Ukraine a fresh cash injection of $2 billion to support its heavily indebted economy in a boost to the embattled president in Kiev, who has been forced onto the back foot by 12 weeks of unrest.

  • 03/02/2014 | World

    EU plays down Ukraine aid reports

    The European Union has played down reports that it was working on a large aid package to help Ukraine through its economic crisis, saying it had no intention of getting into a bidding war with Moscow.

  • 06/02/2014 | World

    Moscow accuses US of fomenting Ukraine coup

    An east-west struggle over Ukraine turned nastier as Moscow accused the United States of fomenting a coup and Washington pointed a finger at Russia for leaking a recording of US diplomats discussing how to shape a new government in Kiev.

  • 07/02/2014 | World

    US warns of cybersecurity, privacy threats at Sochi Olympics

    The United States issued a fresh travel alert for Americans attending the Sochi Winter Olympics, citing cybersecurity threats and warning them to have "no expectation of privacy" using Russian communications networks.

  • 01/02/2014 | World

    West offers treatment to Ukrainian injured activist

    Western governments pressed Ukraine's president to compromise with protesters camped on the streets, prompting a war of words with Russia and offering treatment to an opposition activist who says he was tortured.

  • 02/02/2014 | World

    Ukraine's Yanukovich to return, opposition demands change

    Ukraine's embattled president Viktor Yanukovich announced he would return to work after four days' sick leave, as protesters filled Kiev's main square demanding he give up power.

  • 03/02/2014 | World

    Ukraine president Yanukovich warns 'radicals' on return

    Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich returned to work today after four days of sick leave, issuing a warning about rising "radicalism" after more than two months of unrest but giving no word on a new prime minister.

  • 30/01/2014 | World

    Ukraine's Yanukovich goes on sick leave in midst of political crisis

    Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich went on sick leave today after a bruising session of parliament, leaving a political vacuum in a country threatened with bankruptcy and destabilized by anti-government protests.

  • 26/01/2014 | World

    Protesters clash with police in Ukraine after Yanukovich compromises

    Police have clashed with protesters in central Kiev and the fate of Ukraine's government was uncertain after embattled President Viktor Yanukovich offered important posts to opposition leaders, including the role of prime minister.

  • 27/01/2014 | World

    Yanukovich, Ukraine opposition agree to scrap anti-protest laws

    Ukraine's Viktor Yanukovich, in talks with opposition leaders, agreed to the repeal of some anti-protest laws and to discuss the fate of the present government at a crunch session of parliament, called to end two months of unrest against his rule.

  • 28/01/2014 | World

    Ukraine parliament repeals anti-protest laws to calm street unrest

    Ukraine's parliament, in a concession which drew wild cheers of 'Hurrah' from protesters on the streets of Kiev, voted to repeal a set of anti-protest laws which had triggered violent unrest in the capital.

  • 23/01/2014 | World

    Ukraine opposition meet protesters after Yanukovich talks

    Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich called for an emergency session of parliament to end the country's political crisis and violent unrest, in a sign he might be ready to soften his hardline stance and strike a compromise.

  • 24/01/2014 | World

    Ukraine protesters occupy gov't building after talks fail

    Ukrainian protesters have erected more street barricades and occupied a ministry building after the failure of crisis talks with President Yanukovich.

  • 25/01/2014 | World

    Ukraine opposition seek more after offer of top government posts

    Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich offered the opposition several top government posts, hoping to coax his opponents into ending protests that threaten to bring the country to a standstill.

  • 17/01/2014 | World

    Ukraine leader signs laws against protests

    Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich signed into force a set of tough new laws that would ban virtually all forms of anti-government protests despite an outcry from Western governments which have criticised them as anti-democratic.

  • 19/01/2014 | World

    Protesters clash with police at Ukraine protest

    Protesters attacked riot police with sticks in Kiev and tried to overturn a bus blocking their path to parliament, as up to 100,000 Ukrainians massed in defiance of sweeping new laws aimed at stamping out anti-government demonstrations.

  • 22/01/2014 | World

    Ukraine protest leaves 3 dead, PM takes hard line

    Ukraine's prime minister has assured that anti-government protests had brought "terrorists" onto the streets of Kiev and pledged to punish all "criminal action", even as protesters confronted police near government headquarters.

  • 11/12/2013 | World

    US to consider sanctions on Ukraine but no decision yet

    The US State Department said it is considering all options, including sanctions, toward Ukraine, where riot police moved against demonstrators overnight after weeks of protests against Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich.

  • 15/12/2013 | World

    Ukrainians rally against govt, EU suspends talks

    Thousands rallied today against Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich just days before he heads for a meeting in the Kremlin and opposition leaders told him not to bother coming back if he "sells out" Ukraine.

  • 17/12/2013 | World

    Russia agrees $15-bn Ukraine bailout, intensifying protests

    Russia has agreed a $15-billion bailout for Ukraine and slashed the price of gas exports, in a deal that keeps the cash-strapped country in Moscow's orbit but fuelled street protests in Kiev.

  • 09/12/2013 | World

    Ukraine's Klitschko ready for talks with Yanukovich, fears police action

    Ukrainian opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko said today he was ready, with other opposition leaders, to hold compromise talks with President Viktor Yanukovich but added he feared that police action to break up peaceful protests was imminent.

  • 10/12/2013 | World

    Ukrainian police enter square occupied by pro-EU protesters

    Ukrainian riot police reoccupied part of the square in central Kiev where protesters have been demonstrating against the government's decision to pull out of negotiations on a trade pact with the EU and rebuild economic ties with Russia.

  • 11/12/2013 | World

    Ukraine protesters defy police, leaders reject talks with president

    Ukrainian protesters stood their ground after an overnight sweep by riot police and their leaders dismissed an offer of talks from a president they say must quit for favouring ties with Russia over the European Union.

  • 03/12/2013 | World

    Amid growing unrest, Ukraine's Yanukovich heads to China

    Embattled Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich flew to China with his government facing uproar in parliament and turmoil on the streets over a decision to spurn closer ties with the European Union under pressure from Russia.

  • 03/12/2013 | World

    US urges Ukraine to listen to people

    US Secretary of State John Kerry urged the Ukrainian government to "listen to the voices of its people" after President Viktor Yanukovich's decision to spurn a pact with the European Union sparked mass protests.

  • 08/12/2013 | World

    Ukrainian protesters topple Lenin statue in challenge to Yanukovich

    Crowds toppled a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin in the Ukrainian capital and attacked it with hammers in the latest mass protests against President Viktor Yanukovich and his plans for closer ties with Russia.

  • 05/11/2012 | World

    Opposition urges Ukraine vote recounts as crowds rally

    Ukraine's opposition demanded a recount or a re-run in 13 constituencies on today, stepping up its campaign against the results of last month's parliamentary election which it says was rigged by President Viktor Yanukovich's ruling party.

  • 01/12/2013 | World

    Ukrainians hold mass protest against Yanukovich's EU U-turn

    Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians shouting "Down with the Gang!" rallied against President Viktor Yanukovich's U-turn on Europe and some used a building excavator to try to break through police lines at his headquarters.

  • 02/12/2013 | World

    Ukraine opposition blocks government offices in call for general strike

    Ukrainian protesters blockaded the main government building today, trying to bring down President Viktor Yanukovich with a general strike after hundreds of thousands demonstrated against his decision to abandon an EU integration pact.

  • 11/10/2011 | World

    Court jails Ukraine ex-Prime Minister for 7 years

    A Ukrainian court today sentenced former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko to seven years in prison for abuse of office in relation to a 2009 gas deal with Russia which she brokered.

  • 28/10/2012 | World

    Ukraine votes, Yanukovich's party expected to keep majority

    Ukrainians voted in an election that President Viktor Yanukovich's pro-business ruling party seemed likely to win, but it may now face a re-energized opposition which has promised to fight growing authoritarianism and corruption.

  • 05/11/2012 | World

    Hundreds rally in protest over 'stolen' Ukraine election

    Hundreds of people rallied in central Kiev to protest against what the Ukrainian opposition says was vote-rigging by President Viktor Yanukovich's ruling party in the October 28 parliamentary election.

  • 07/07/2011 | World

    Ukrainians protest before pension vote, reforms key to IMF lending

    Thousands of protesters rallied outside Ukraine's parliament today before a final vote on a pension reform that would raise the retirement age for women and is key to unfreezing a $15 billion IMF lending programme.

  • 05/08/2011 | World

    Court orders detention of former Ukraine Prime Minister

    A Ukrainian court ordered the detention of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko following a state prosecutor's motion to take her into custody during her trial on charges of abuse of office.

  • 08/08/2011 | World

    Ukraine judge refuses to free ex-Prime Minister from custody

    A judge rejected today requests by former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's lawyers to free her from police detention during her trial on a charge of abuse of office.

  • 22/07/2014 | Sports

    Ukraine: Exodus of Argentine football players continues

    José Sosa, Alejandro Gómez and Jonatan Cristaldo decided to join teammate Sebastián Blanco confirming their decision to stay in Argentina saying their safety is not granted in Ukraine.

  • 15/06/2012 | Sports

    France storm past Ukraine in wet Donetsk

    Sparkling attacking football and goals from Jeremy Menez and Yohan Cabaye earned France a 2-0 win over Ukraine in their Euro 2012 Group D match after the game was halted for 55 minutes due to a thunderstorm.

  • 11/09/2012 | Sports

    Late Lampard penalty rescues point for England

    Frank Lampard rescued a point for England when he scored an 87th minute penalty to force a 1-1 draw with Ukraine in their Group H World Cup qualifier at Wembley.

  • 20/02/2014 | Sports

    Ukraine athletes leave Sochi Olympics in protest support

    Two members of Ukraine's Olympics team have decided to pull out of the Sochi Winter Games in support of demonstrators back home after widespread anti-government protests left dozens dead and hundreds injured.

  • 17/07/2014 | Multimedia

    Malaysian plane down in Ukraine - video

    A Malaysian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine by militants, killing all 295 people aboard, a Ukrainian interior ministry official said.

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