Ukraine

  • Residents emerge in shell-shocked Ukrainian city Yesterday

    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 cease-fire agreement signed September 5, residents in the second-largest city held by pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine emerged in a rare show of jubilation that was...
  • US wants to cut economic ties between EU and Russia: Lavrov 3 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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 Fascist-era 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 3 days ago

    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 ex-Soviet republic from external aggression. Kiev and its Western backers accuse Moscow of sending troops and tanks into eastern Ukraine in support of pro-Russian separatists...
  • Ukraine warns of painful winter due to Russian gas cut 3 days ago

    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 West-leaning ex-Soviet 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 3 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 5 days ago

    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 high-technology goods and target several officials with travel bans and...
  • Ukraine says Russia withdrawing, EU delays sanctions 5 days ago

    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 pro-Western leader's comments were soon followed by a European Union decision to...
  • High-energy objects penetrated MH17 before crash: report 1 week ago

    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 "high-energy 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 1 week ago

    Mariupol, (Ukraine): Seeking to rally national unity, President Petro Poroshenko visited a southeastern port on Monday that has been assaulted for days by Russian-backed 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 pro-Russian 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 cease-fire signed two days ago is on the verge of collapse. Blasts from the area near the airport...
  • Ceasefire in east Ukraine frays, woman killed by shelling September 7, 2014

    Donetsk: A woman died and at least four people were wounded on Sunday when fighting flared again in eastern Ukraine, jeopardising a ceasefire struck less than two days earlier between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists. The accord, brokered by envoys from Ukraine, the separatist leadership, Russia and Europe's OSCE security...
  • Artillery attack challenges ceasefire in east Ukraine September 7, 2014

    Kiev: Ukrainian government forces came under artillery fire late on Saturday near the strategic port of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine, in the first serious violation of a ceasefire declared only about 30 hours earlier. The presidents of Russia and Ukraine had earlier said the ceasefire, part of a peace road-map intended...
  • Putin, Poroshenko discuss eastern Ukraine peace September 6, 2014

    Moscow/Kiev: Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko on Saturday discussed ways to make the new ceasefire in eastern Ukraine durable. The two leaders noted that the ceasefire protocol reached Friday in the Belarusian capital of Minsk "was generally being observed", Xinhua reported citing a statement from Poroshenko's...
  • Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels reach ceasefire deal September 6, 2014

    Minsk: Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels reached a ceasefire agreement on Friday, the first step toward ending fighting in eastern Ukraine that has caused the worst standoff between Moscow and the West since the Cold War ended. The ceasefire deal was struck in the Belarussian capital Minsk along with a deal allowing...
  • NATO agrees on plan to strengthen collective defence September 5, 2014

    Cardiff: NATO leaders on Friday agreed on a readiness action plan to strengthen the bloc's collective defence and deal with any challenge, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said. The NATO allies face a security environment which is more unpredictable than ever, including Russia's "aggression" against Ukraine, violent extremism in the...
  • Ukrainian government, pro-Russia insurgents sign ceasefire deal September 5, 2014

    Minsk: Representatives of Ukraine's government and the pro-Russian insurgent leadership inked here Friday a ceasefire agreement slated to take effect later in the day, media reported. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), also a party in the Minsk talks along with Russia, has confirmed the development, saying that...
  • Ukraine, Pro-Russian rebels sign cease-fire deal September 5, 2014

    Minsk: Pro-Russian rebels say on their Twitter that they have signed a cease-fire deal with Ukraine that starts in less than two hours. The announcement on Friday comes as representatives of Ukraine, Russia, pro-Russian rebels and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe were meeting in the Belarusian capital of...
  • Ukraine set to sign peace plan with rebels September 5, 2014

    Minsk: Ukraine was set on Friday to sign a Kremlin-backed truce with insurgents that could halt nearly five months of bloodshed but whose failure would unleash new Western sanctions against Russia. But even before the peace talks opened in the Belarussian capital Minsk, renewed combat was erupting on the edge of...
  • Putin unveils Ukraine ceasefire plan, France halts warship September 4, 2014

    Kiev: President Vladimir Putin outlined plans for a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday 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. After speaking to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko by phone, Putin said he believed...
  • Ukraine PM rejects Putin ceasefire plan as bid to deceive West September 3, 2014

    Kiev: Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Wednesday rejected a ceasefire plan unveiled by Russian President Vladimir Putin as an attempt to deceive the West about Moscow's real intentions. "This latest plan is another attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of the international community ahead of the NATO summit...
  • Confusion as Ukraine, Russia announce progress towards peace September 3, 2014

    Kiev: Ukraine said on Wednesday 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. "The parties reached mutual understanding on the steps that...
  • Ukraine says Putin, Poroshenko agree on 'permanent ceasefire' in Donbass region September 3, 2014

    Kiev: Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko reached agreement with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday on a "permanent ceasefire" in eastern Ukraine's Donbass region, Poroshenko's press office said. There was no immediate sign on the ground of a halt in the fighting between Kiev's forces and pro-Russian separatists in the mainly...
  • Obama to Europe: NATO to oppose Russian aggression September 3, 2014

    Washington:Confronted by a Kremlin-backed military offensive in Ukraine, President Barack Obama and Western allies will approve plans this week to position at least 4,000 troops and military equipment in Eastern Europe, bolstering NATO's security commitments to nervous member states near the Russian border. Ahead of a high-stakes NATO summit that begins...
  • Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks September 2, 2014

    Moscow: Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy - a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks. The insurgents' platform, released at the start of Monday's negotiations in Minsk, the...
  • Ukraine accuses Russia of launching 'direct and open aggression' September 1, 2014

    Kiev: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of launching "direct and open aggression" which he said had radically changed the balance on the battlefield against Kiev in its fight against pro-Russian separatists. "Direct and open aggression has been launched against Ukraine from a neighbouring state. This has changed the...
  • Putin calls for talks on east Ukraine 'statehood'; rebels fire on ship September 1, 2014

    Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Sunday for immediate talks on the "statehood" of southern and eastern Ukraine, although his spokesman said this did not mean Moscow now endorsed rebel calls for independence for territory they have seized. The Kremlin leader's remarks, two days after a public appearance in which...
  • US welcomes proposed EU sanctions on Russia August 31, 2014

    Washington: The United States has welcomed the European Union's decision to impose fresh sanctions on Russia if it continues to escalate the conflict in Ukraine, giving it a week's time to dissipate the tensions. "We welcome the European Council's consensus today to show strong support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity...