Ukraine

  • Ukraine accuses Russia of launching 'direct and open aggression' 11 hours 42 minutes ago

    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 19 hours 40 minutes ago

    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 Yesterday

    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...
  • Crisis with Russia close to full-scale war Yesterday

    Brussels: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday that his country is "close to the point of no return" and "point of no return is full-scale war". "I think that we are very close to the point of no return," Poroshenko said at a press conference at a European Union summit...
  • UN human rights report on Ukraine distorts facts: Russia 2 days ago

    Moscow: The latest report of office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights distorts the situation on the Russia-Ukraine border, Russia's foreign ministry said on Friday. "The authors of the document continue to follow their selective approach to the tragedy in the east of Ukraine and bluntly spin facts concerning...
  • Russian interference in Ukraine is intolerable: US 2 days ago

    Washington: The United States on Saturday accused Russia of moving across the border and targeting the Ukrainian military positions. "Based on Russia's effort to escalate the situation militarily, we have seen the continued movement of equipment and material across the border from Russia into Ukraine," the White House Press Secretary Josh...
  • Ukraine seeks to join NATO; defiant Putin compares Kiev to Nazis 3 days ago

    Kiev: Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help after accusing Russia of sending in armoured columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels. Russian President Vladimir Putin, defiant as ever, compared Kiev's drive to regain control of...
  • Nearly 2,600 killed in east Ukraine conflict: UN 3 days ago

    Kiev: The conflict in eastern Ukraine has killed nearly 2,600 people since mid-April, the United Nations said today in their latest report, explaining the sharp increase by fighting in densely populated areas between Kiev's army and pro-Russian rebels. "At least 2,593 people have been killed in Ukraine between mid-April and 27...
  • Russia responsible for violence in eastern Ukraine: Barack Obama 3 days ago

    Washington: Blaming Russia for the escalating violence in eastern Ukraine, US President Barack Obama has said that Moscow was deliberately and repeatedly violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. "If there was ever any doubt, that Russia is responsible for the violence in eastern Ukraine. The violence is encouraged...
  • Russia responsible for violence in eastern Ukraine: Obama 3 days ago

    Washington: Blaming Russia for the escalating violence in eastern Ukraine, US president Barack Obama has said that Moscow was deliberately and repeatedly violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. "If there was ever any doubt, that Russia is responsible for the violence in eastern Ukraine. The violence is encouraged by...
  • More than 1,000 Russian troops operating in Ukraine: NATO 4 days ago

    Belgium: Well over 1,000 Russian troops are operating inside Ukraine, marking a significant escalation of Moscow's military involvement in the country, NATO said on Thursday. The alliance released satellite images it said showed Russian combat forces, armed with heavy weapons, engaged in military operations inside Ukrainian territory. "Over the past two weeks...
  • MH17 bodies returned as Malaysia battles fallout August 23, 2014

    Kuala Lumpur: Carried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, coffins carrying Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 returned home Friday to a country still searching for those onboard another doomed jet and a government battling the political fallout of both tragedies. The bodies and ashes of 20 victims from the...
  • Obama, Merkel warn of dangerous escalation in Ukraine August 23, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have warned that the presence of Russian military personnel and its shelling in Ukrain's territory was triggering a "dangerous escalation" of the conflict in the region. Obama spoke with Merkel over phone on Friday, regarding the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, which...
  • Dozens killed in attack on convoy, Ukraine says; rebels deny firing rocket August 19, 2014

    Kiev: Dozens of people, including women and children, were killed as they fled fighting in eastern Ukraine on Monday when their convoy of buses was hit by rocket fire, military spokesmen said. Ukraine accused pro-Russian rebels of targeting the convoy, which it said was bearing white flags when it was hit...
  • Ukraine says its troops make breakthrough in rebel stronghold August 18, 2014

    Kiev: Ukrainian forces have raised their national flag over a police station in the city of Luhansk that was for months under rebel control, Kiev said on Sunday, in what could be a breakthrough in Ukraine's efforts to crush pro-Moscow separatists. Ukrainian officials said, however, the rebels were fighting a desperate...
  • Indian men held by Argentina, women lose to Ukraine at Chess Olympiad August 12, 2014

    Tromso: Indian men were held to a draw by Argentina on all four boards while the eves suffered a 1.5-2.5 defeat against Ukraine in the ninth round of the ongoing 41st Chess Olympiad. It was a day of missed opportunity for in-form S P Sethuraman, who let go of a winning...
  • Russia bans all US food; NATO fears it may attack Ukraine August 7, 2014

    Moscow: Russia will ban all imports of food from the United States and all fruit and vegetables from Europe, the state news agency reported on Wednesday, a sweeping response to Western sanctions imposed over its support for rebels in Ukraine. The measures will hit consumers at home who rely on cheap...
  • MH17 search suspended over security concerns: Dutch PM August 7, 2014

    The Hague: International experts have suspended their search for body parts at the MH17 crash site because of deteriorating security in eastern Ukraine, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said. "It doesn't make sense to continue with the repatriation in this manner," the Dutch leader told a press conference in The Hague...
  • Ukrainian forces advance in east as Russia, West squabble August 3, 2014

    Kiev: Government forces tightened the noose around the main stronghold of pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine on Saturday and, with diplomacy stalled, Moscow and the West stepped up their war of words. The seizure of Krasnogorovka and Staromikhailovka, towns just outside Donetsk, brought the army to the edge of one of...
  • Experts comb MH17 crash site as Ukraine fighting rages August 1, 2014

    Kirovske: Dutch and Australian experts finally got to work at the crash site of downed flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine on Friday, after fighting between government troops and pro-Russian rebels killed 14 people. Seventy police investigators -- by far the largest number to reach the location so far -- were...
  • Ukraine announces halt to offensive over MH17 probe July 31, 2014

    Donetsk: Kiev on Thursday announced a day-long halt to its deadly offensive to oust pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine after fighting had stalled efforts by international investigators to kickstart a probe into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. International fallout from the crisis tearing apart the ex-Soviet nation rumbled on...
  • G7 warns Russia, faces more sanctions July 31, 2014

    London: The G7 leaders in a joint statement on Wednesday said Russia will face further economic sanctions if it continued to support rebels in Ukraine. The warning came after the EU added eight more Russians to its sanctions. The G7 nations of economic powers, comprising the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan...
  • European Union imposes new sanctions in 'a strong warning' to Russia July 30, 2014

    Brussels: After months of hesitation, the EU agreed on Tuesday to impose economic sanctions against Russia, hoping this "strong warning" would make it change course in Ukraine as fighting intensified around cities held by pro-Russian rebels. But at the same time the European Union told Moscow that should it reconsider its...
  • EU agrees first broad sanctions on Russia; Ukraine fighting kills dozens July 29, 2014

    Brussels: The European Union agreed for the first time on Tuesday to impose broad sanctions against Russian oil companies, banks and defence firms, by far the strongest international action yet over Moscow's support for rebels in eastern Ukraine. The measures mark the start of a new phase in the biggest confrontation...
  • Some MH17 victims may 'never be found': Police July 28, 2014

    Hague: All remains of the 298 people who died on downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in rebel-held east Ukraine may never be recovered, Dutch police chief Gerard Bouman said on Monday. "I would love to give a guarantee that all the remains will come back, and all possessions, but I believe...
  • Emirates airline says will not fly over Iraq after MH17 July 28, 2014

    London: Emirates will stop flying over Iraq due to concerns over jihadist missile attacks following the MH17 air disaster in Ukraine, the airline's president Tim Clark said on Monday. Almost 300 people aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 died when it came down in eastern Ukraine nearly two weeks ago, with Washington...
  • 1,129 killed in eastern Ukraine crisis: UN report July 28, 2014

    Geneva/Kiev: At least 1,129 people have been killed and 3,442 others wounded in the violent conflicts in eastern Ukraine since mid-April, the UN said on Monday. According to a report released by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, the conflicts have also displaced over 1,00,000 people. It also voices concern...
  • Downing of flight MH17 'may amount to a war crime': UN July 28, 2014

    Kiev: The downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 "may amount to a war crime", the UN said Monday, adding that fighting in east Ukraine has claimed over 1,100 lives with both government and rebel forces using heavy weaponry in built-up areas. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay condemned the...
  • US mulling helping Ukraine target deadly rebel missile systems July 27, 2014

    Washington: The Pentagon and American intelligence agencies are developing plans that would enable the US to provide specific locations of deadly surface-to-air missiles with pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine that could be targeted and destroyed by the Ukrainian government, according to a media report. Since the downing of Flight MH17 on...
  • Ukraine fighting prevents crash site visit despite international deal July 27, 2014

    Donetsk: Fighting around the site of the Malaysian airliner downed in Ukraine prevented a visit by international experts on Sunday, although Malaysia said separatists had agreed to allow in international police and investigators. The Ukrainian government said its forces were advancing towards the crash site to try to free it from...