Ukraine

  • Experts comb MH17 crash site as Ukraine fighting rages 16 hours 51 minutes ago

    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 Yesterday

    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 2 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 5 days ago

    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 5 days ago

    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...
  • Ukraine rebels go to museum and make off with a World War II tank and two howitzers! 6 days ago

    Donetsk: Visiting a museum may be the last thing on the minds of hardened insurgents in east Ukraine, but a group of them turned up at one in Donetsk -- only to make off with a World War II tank and two howitzers. "They had written authorisation to take them away,"...
  • UK journalist for Russian TV says Ukraine deported him 6 days ago

    Moscow: A British reporter for Russia's RT television in conflict-torn eastern Ukraine said on Saturday that Kiev had deported and banned him from the country for three years. Graham Phillips, a journalist who was freelancing for Kremlin-backed RT, wrote on Twitter that he is in Poland and had been deported after...
  • Breathe deeply, it is safe to go on a plane, travellers told 6 days ago

    After three major air disasters in one week, with planes coming down in Ukraine, Taiwan and then Mali without a single survivor, passengers can be forgiven for feeling a little pang of panic boarding their flights. Waiting to check in at Paris's Charles De Gaulle airport on Friday, Thai athlete Thapanat...
  • Defending champ Svitolina makes Baku semis 1 week ago

    Baku: Elina Svitolina of Ukraine moved her Baku Cup title defense into the semi-finals by dispatching Pauline Parmentier of France 6-4, 6-4 on Friday. Svitolina won her maiden title here last year, and became the only teenager to triumph on the WTA tour in 2013. She could yet repeat the feat,...
  • Securing MH17 site a 'dangerous tightrope act': experts 1 week ago

    Hague: Sending Western forces to secure the MH17 crash site in rebel-held Ukraine and protect investigators will be a perilous balancing act involving unpredictable separatists and Russian pride. "It's going to be a dangerous tightrope act," defence analyst Justin Bronk said, referring to a Dutch and Australian push to put troops...
  • US says Russia firing artillery over border at Ukraine military 1 week ago

    Washington: The United States said on Thursday that Russia was firing artillery across its border with Ukraine to target Ukrainian military positions in the conflict with pro-Russian separatists. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf also said there was evidence that the Russians intended to deliver heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers...
  • MH17: Planes with Ukraine bodies arrive in Netherlands 1 week ago

    Kharviv (Ukraine): Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a UN team to secure the crash site which has been controlled by pro-Russian rebels. Human remains continue to...
  • Russia says will cooperate with MH17 probe led by Netherlands July 25, 2014

    Kuala Lumpur: Russia will cooperate with the investigation into the downing of a Malaysian airliner a week ago and is satisfied that the Netherlands, rather than Ukraine, is leading the effort, the country's ambassador to Malaysia said on Thursday. Liudmila Vorobyeva also rejected suggestions that the pro-Russian separatists blamed by Western...
  • "Weeks or months" until Malaysian remains from MH17 can be returned home: PM July 24, 2014

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Thursday it might take "weeks or months" before remains of his compatriots who perished in the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine can be brought home. Malaysia, a majority Muslim country, had initially sought to have the remains returned by...
  • MH17 tragedy: Who is the real culprit? July 24, 2014

    The MH17 tragedy has several roadblocks in the investigation. The blame game continues with Russia denying any direct involvement in the attack. Instead, Russia continues to suggest a Ukrainian fighter jet responsible for the tragedy. ...
  • Two planes carrying 40 bodies of MH17 passengers arrives in Netherlands July 23, 2014

    Two military planes carrying 40 bodies of MH17 passengers has arrived in Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the Dutch royal family received the planes at the airport. Of the 298 people who died, 193 were Dutch citizens. The bodies have been taken to the Netherlands...
  • Ukraine says pro-Russia rebels shoot down two fighter jets July 23, 2014

    Kiev: Pro-Russian rebels shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets on Wednesday, not far from where a Malaysian airliner was brought down last week in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers on board. A spokesman for Ukraine's military operations said the planes were downed near Savur Mogila, a burial mound in the...
  • Black boxes of downed MH17 arrive in UK for examination July 23, 2014

    London: The black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines in eastern Ukraine arrived in the UK on Wednesday for expert analysis by air accident investigators. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said that the black boxes of Flight MH17 which crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17 had been delivered to...
  • A Kiss, A Prayer: The Last Hours of MH17's Victims July 23, 2014

    In a bedroom in a townhouse near Amsterdam, Miguel Panduwinata reached out for his mother. "Mama, may I hug you?" Samira Calehr wrapped her arms around her 11-year-old son, who'd been oddly agitated for days, peppering her with questions about death, about his soul, about God. The next morning, she would...
  • Young MH17 victim has eerie premonition of crash July 23, 2014

    In a bedroom in a townhouse near Amsterdam, Miguel Panduwinata reached out for his mother. "Mama, may I hug you?" Samira Calehr wrapped her arms around her 11-year-old son, who'd been oddly agitated for days, peppering her with questions about death, about his soul, about God. The next morning, she would...
  • Twin air disasters threaten Malaysian tourism push July 23, 2014

    Kuala Lumpur: An unprecedented second major aviation disaster in four months could further associate Malaysia with calamity in the eyes of travellers, observers warn, putting the tropical destination's vital tourism sector at risk. Even before Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down on Thursday over rebel-held eastern Ukraine in an apparent...
  • MH17 black boxes to be sent to UK for analysis: Malaysia July 23, 2014

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia on Wednesday said the black boxes from Flight MH17, which was shot down over Ukraine last week, will be sent to British aviation investigators for forensic analysis. The international investigation team led by the Netherlands has decided to pass the black boxes, which record cockpit activity and flight...
  • MH17 air crash: 282 bodies reach Kharkiv in Ukraine July 23, 2014

    A train carrying the 282 bodies recovered from the crash site reached Kharkiv in Ukraine on Tuesday. Authorities are now working to try and fly the bodies to their families in Netherlands. ...
  • Rebels likely downed Malaysian jet MH17 'by mistake': US officials July 23, 2014

    Washington: The US government believes that pro-Russian separatists most likely shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet "by mistake," not realising it was a civilian passenger flight, US intelligence officials said on Tuesday. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the "most plausible explanation" for the destruction of the...