UKRAINE

  • Kerry says Russian troops withdrawing from Ukraine 6 days ago

    Paris: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday said that Russian troops were withdrawing from Ukraine, one of several key steps needed for Western sanctions to be lifted against Moscow. "There are four to five principal requirements with respect to lifting the sanctions: release of hostages, release of all prisoners,...
  • Dutch experts help recover MH17 crash items despite nearby clashes October 14, 2014

    Hrabove: Four Dutch experts visited the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in east Ukraine on Monday to help recover personal belongings of victims despite fighting between government troops and separatist rebels nearby. The experts said they were on hand to advise a local Emergencies Ministry team combing the wreckage...
  • German Chancellor Merkel voices 'cautious optimism' for Russia-Ukraine gas deal October 9, 2014

    Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced "cautious optimism" on Thursday that the EU will broker an end to the Russian-Ukrainian gas standoff despite the "fragile" situation in the conflict-torn country. She pointed to ongoing violations of a ceasefire agreed early last month in Minsk between the Western-leaning government in Kiev and...
  • Russia's Putin may have talks with Ukraine leader next week: Kremlin October 9, 2014

    Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin could hold talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko next week on the sidelines of a summit of Asian and European leaders in Milan, the Kremlin said on Thursday. Kremlin foreign policy adviser Yuri Ushakov confirmed Putin would attend the ASEM (Europe-Asia Meeting) summit in the northern...
  • MH17 victim found with oxygen mask, says Dutch Foreign Minister October 9, 2014

    The Hague (Netherlands): One of the people on the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 shot down in Ukraine in July was found wearing an oxygen mask, the Dutch foreign minister and prosecutors said, raising the possibility that some passengers might have known their plane was doomed. "You know that somebody was discovered...
  • 12 killed in Ukraine as fighting rages despite truce October 7, 2014

    Kiev: Seven Ukrainian civilians and five government soldiers have been killed in the past day of clashes with pro-Russian insurgents despite a truce between the two sides, officials said on Tuesday. The toll was one of the highest reported since the signing of the September 5 truce agreement, and brings the...
  • US, Russia discuss Ukraine situation October 4, 2014

    Moscow: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the situation in Ukraine in a telephone conversation. "Lavrov emphasised the need of strict observance by the conflict parties of the ceasefire deal, the withdrawal of heavy weapons, as well as the monitoring of the situation by...
  • Ukraine to UN: 'We know what terrorism means' September 25, 2014

    United Nations: Ukraine's prime minister is urging countries not to lift sanctions against Russia until his country regains control over its entire territory, including Crimea. Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Wednesday night told the annual UN General Assembly of world leaders that "we know what terrorism means." He demands that Russia pull back its...
  • More than 3,500 killed in Ukraine conflict: UN September 24, 2014

    Berlin: The UN human rights office says the death toll from the conflict in eastern Ukraine has reached at least 3,543 if the 298 victims of the downing of Malaysian airlines flight 17 are included. UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Right Ivan Simonovic says the actual figure "is likely to...
  • German families to sue Ukraine over MH17 crash September 21, 2014

    Berlin: German relatives of three people killed in the downing of Malaysia Airline Flight 17 plan to sue Ukraine for negligence, a lawyer for the families said on Sunday. Weekly Bild am Sonntag reported that lawyer Elmar M Giemulla intends to file a suit at the European Court of Human Rights...
  • Ukraine says ceasefire violations hold up creation of buffer zone September 21, 2014

    Kiev: The Ukrainian military accused separatists and Russian troops on Sunday of continuing to shoot at government forces despite a September 5 ceasefire and said Kiev would not go ahead with setting up a proposed buffer zone until the truce violations stopped. Ukraine's warring sides agreed on Friday to withdraw artillery...
  • Everyone needs to sit and resolve the issue: PM Modi on RussiaUkraine crisis September 21, 2014

    Speaking to CNN's Fareed Zakaria, Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks about the India's views on the ongoing crisis between Ukraine and Russia. "Everyone needs to sit and resolve the issue," he said. ...
  • NATO chief: Ukraine has ceasefire 'in name only' September 21, 2014

    Vilnius: NATO's top general said on Saturday the twoweekold truce between Ukraine and proRussian militants fighting in the country's east is a "ceasefire in name only," and he said that by enabling a free flow of weapons and fighters across the border Russia has made it nearly impossible for outsiders...
  • NATO reviews ties with Russia as new truce reached in Ukraine September 20, 2014

    Vilnius: NATO's top military commanders are meeting in Lithuania on Saturday to discuss relations with Russia as the warring sides in Ukraine agreed to pull back troops under a new peace plan reached overnight in Belarus. General Knud Bartels, who chairs NATO's Military Committee, said defence chiefs from the 28 nation...
  • Ukraine signs buffer zone deal with rebels September 20, 2014

    Kiev: Ukrainian forces and proRussian militias were due on Saturday to pull back their troops from a demilitarised zone created under a new peace plan agreed in marathon overnight talks. A ninepoint agreement thrashed out in the early hours of on Saturday in the Belarussian capital Minsk also requires the withdrawal...
  • Ukraine PM tells army to be on full battle alert despite ceasefire September 18, 2014

    Kiev: Ukraine's prime minister told government forces to remain on full battle alert on Wednesday as fighting in the rebelheld eastern city of Donetsk killed at least two civilians and further strained a ceasefire with Russianbacked separatists. "Russia definitely will not give us either peace or stability. It is not their...
  • Watch: Angry protesters in Ukraine throw an MP into a waste bin outside Ukraine's parliament building September 17, 2014

    A group of angry protesters in Ukraine threw MP Vitaly Zhuravsky in a waste bin right outside Ukraine's parliament building. A YouTube video shows a mob screaming insults while pushing the MP into a large rubbish container in Kyiv. Protesters repeatedly pinned down the Zhuravsky by his head and his...
  • Residents emerge in shellshocked Ukrainian city September 15, 2014

    Luhansk: Months of daily shelling reduced the east Ukraine city of Luhansk to a ghost town, silent but for the explosions. On Sunday, following a ceasefire agreement signed September 5, residents in the secondlargest city held by proRussian rebels in east Ukraine emerged in a rare show of jubilation that was...
  • US wants to cut economic ties between EU and Russia: Lavrov September 13, 2014

    Moscow: The United States is using the Ukraine crisis to cut economic ties between the EU and Russia and force Europe to pay more for its gas, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday. "The US is trying to use the crisis in Ukraine to break economic ties between the...
  • Pope urges world to shed apathy toward new threats September 13, 2014

    Redipuglia (Italy): Pope Francis urged the world on Saturday to shed its apathy in the face of what he sees as a third world war, intoning "war is madness" at the foot of a Fascistera monument to soldiers killed in World War I. Francis' aim in recalling those who died in...
  • Vladimir Putin trying to destroy Ukraine, says its PM September 13, 2014

    Kiev: Ukraine's prime minister said on Saturday Russian President Vladimir Putin aimed to destroy Ukraine as an independent country and said only NATO could defend the exSoviet republic from external aggression. Kiev and its Western backers accuse Moscow of sending troops and tanks into eastern Ukraine in support of proRussian separatists...
  • Ukraine warns of painful winter due to Russian gas cut September 13, 2014

    Kiev: Ukraine warned that it will have to adopt deeply unpopular energy savings measures this winter should Russia fail to lift its suspension of natural gas sales to the Westleaning exSoviet neighbour. Russia in June halted gas exports to Ukraine after Kiev balked at paying higher prices that Moscow demanded...
  • US intensifies sanctions on Russia over Ukraine September 13, 2014

    Washington: 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 on Friday to punish Moscow for its intervention in Ukraine. The sanctions, coordinated with similar European Union steps, were triggered by what the West sees...
  • Russia faces new US, EU sanctions over Ukraine crisis September 12, 2014

    Brussels: European Union governments agreed on Thursday 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. The steps are the latest by the United States...
  • EU agrees to introduce new sanctions on Russia September 11, 2014

    Brussels: The European Union has decided to slap new economic sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, diplomats said on Thursday. The sanctions will further curb access to European capital markets for Russian firms and banks, limit exports of certain hightechnology goods and target several officials with travel bans and...
  • Ukraine says Russia withdrawing, EU delays sanctions September 11, 2014

    Kiev: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday that Russia had withdrawn the bulk of its forces from his country and he pledged greater automony for the separatist east in moves that could help sustain a fragile truce. The proWestern leader's comments were soon followed by a European Union decision to...
  • Highenergy objects penetrated MH17 before crash: report September 9, 2014

    The Hague: The Dutch team investigating the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Eastern Ukraine says the crash was likely caused by the plane being hit by multiple "highenergy objects from outside the aircraft." The preliminary report published Tuesday by the Dutch Safety Board stopped short of saying the Boeing...
  • Ukraine's leader rallies for unity in key city September 9, 2014

    Mariupol, (Ukraine): Seeking to rally national unity, President Petro Poroshenko visited a southeastern port on Monday that has been assaulted for days by Russianbacked separatists and declared the city would remain a part of Ukraine. After a series of military defeats to increasingly confident rebel forces in the country's eastern regions,...
  • EU to unveil new Russia sanctions as Ukraine truce teeters September 8, 2014

    Mariupol (Ukraine): Ukraine accused proRussian rebels of waging fresh attacks in the restive east on Monday, further imperilling a fragile truce as EU leaders prepared to approve punishing new sanctions on Moscow. Russia warned it would retaliate against the new measures, which the EU has nevertheless said could be suspended if...
  • Civilian killed in Ukraine shelling despite truce September 7, 2014

    Donetsk, Ukraine (AP): One civilian was killed in shelling in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol and large explosions were heard near the airport in Donetsk early on Sunday, raising fears that a ceasefire signed two days ago is on the verge of collapse. Blasts from the area near the airport...