UKRAINE

  • Vladimir Putin: Russia military modernisation plan to go on 3 days ago

    Moscow: President Vladimir Putin says Russia will continue its ambitious military modernisation programme with a particular emphasis on nuclear strategic forces. Speaking with top military brass, Putin said the nation's nuclear forces are a "major factor in maintaining global balance," adding that "they effectively include a possibility of large-scale aggression...
  • Russia facing very serious economic situation: US 6 days ago

    Washington: The US on Tuesday said that Russia is facing a serious economic situation in view of a sharp decline in Russian currency and attributed this to a series of international sanctions imposed by Washington after Moscow's actions in Ukraine. "The combination of our sanctions, the uncertainty they've created for themselves...
  • Ukrainian president criticises India over Crimean leader visit December 12, 2014

    Sydney/New Delhi: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko lashed out at India on Friday over a visit by the leader of Crimea, the former Ukrainian territory annexed by Russia, who accompanied President Vladimir Putin's annual summit delegation this week. India does not back Western sanctions against Russia, and the unofficial trip by Sergey...
  • Ukraine: Ceasefire results in first casualty-free day December 12, 2014

    Sydney: Ukraine's president said on Friday that a fragile truce between his government's troops and Russian-backed separatists in east Ukraine had resulted in the first day free of deaths or injuries for his soldiers since the conflict erupted months ago. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, wrapping up a three-day visit to Australia,...
  • Modi, Putin to meet today; pacts on energy, defence among several others likely to be signed December 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Delhi late on Wednesday night for the annual summit talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday that is aimed at building on the already close strategic ties, particularly in the fields of nuclear energy, hydrocarbons and defence. ...
  • Four months after MH17 plane crash, victims' remains arrive in Netherlands November 29, 2014

    The Hague: A Dutch military plane carrying the remains of victims onboard the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived at the Eindhoven Air Base in Netherlands on Friday. After a ceremonial tribute attended by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and relatives of the victims, six coffins onboard the plane were transferred to...
  • Russia sees threat in Ukraine's potential NATO membership November 28, 2014

    Moscow: Russia considers Ukraine's potential NATO membership as a threat to global stability, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov said on Thursday. "Our partners are aware of Russian principal position that Ukraine's NATO membership will undermine European security," Xinhua quoted Meshkov as saying. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said earlier in the day...
  • NATO reports 400 intercepts of Russian aircraft in 2014 November 21, 2014

    Tallinn (Estonia): NATO said on Friday there have been around 400 intercepts of Russian military flights near its member countries this year, amid heightened tension between Moscow and the West over the Ukraine crisis. "If you look at the number of intercepts around NATO, we can talk about 400 intercepts, 50...
  • Ukraine 'ready for total war' says Poroshenko November 17, 2014

    Frankfurt: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko claimed his country was "prepared for total war" as fighting continued on Sunday around the rebel stronghold of Donetsk. After a week in which Kiev said several unmarked armoured convoys of troops crossed the Russian border to reinforce rebels in the east, Poroshenko toughened his rhetoric,...
  • US, Japan and Australia vow to oppose Russian action in Ukraine November 17, 2014

    Brisbane: The leaders of the United States, Japan and Australia lined up together against Russia on Sunday, vowing to oppose Russian efforts to destabilise eastern Ukraine during a rare trilateral meeting held at the G20 summit in Brisbane. President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister Tony...
  • Russia is providing heavy arms to the separatists in Ukraine: Barack Obama November 16, 2014

    President Barack Obama said that Russia would face isolation if it continues to violate international law. "Russia is providing heavy arms to the separatists in Ukraine," said Obama. ...
  • G20 commits to higher growth, fight climate change; Russia isolated over Ukraine November 16, 2014

    Brisbane: Leaders from the G20 group of nations agreed on Sunday to boost flagging global growth, tackle climate change and crack down on tax avoidance but ties between the West and Russia plummeted to a new low over the crisis in Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin left the G20 summit in...
  • Isolated at G20, Putin leaves Summit mid-way November 16, 2014

    Brisbane: Leaders from the G20 group of nations agreed on Sunday to boost flagging global growth, tackle climate change and crack down on tax avoidance but ties between the West and Russia plummeted to a new low over the crisis in Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin left the G20 summit in...
  • Vladimir Putin says good chance of ending Ukraine crisis as he leaves G20 Summit mid-way November 16, 2014

    Brisbane: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday there was a "good chance" of resolving the conflict in Ukraine as Western leaders squarely blamed Moscow and threatened to slap more sanctions if it did not take action to end the crisis. Putin was speaking at a G20 leaders summit in Brisbane...
  • US, EU override Australia to put climate change on G20 agenda November 16, 2014

    Brisbane: The G20 communique will include a significant passage on climate change, EU officials said on Sunday, as the United States and other heavyweight nations override host Australia's attempts to keep the issue off the formal agenda. Much of the meeting of world leaders in Australia has been overshadowed by the...
  • Vladimir Putin plans to leave G20 early after West blasts Russia over Ukraine November 15, 2014

    Brisbane: Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to leave the G20 summit early, a member of his delegation said, after Western leaders blasted Moscow on Saturday for the crisis in Ukraine and threatened more sanctions. The Russian official told Reuters that Putin planned to skip a working session on Sunday at the...
  • Russian TV channel says photos show MH17 shot down by fighter jet November 15, 2014

    Moscow: Russian state-controlled TV has broadcast what it called "sensational" photographs, which it said supported Moscow's theory that Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a Ukrainian fighter jet. Several commentators who have examined the photographs have described them as forgeries, however. The photographs, said to be taken by a Western...
  • Human remains found at MH17 site but no wreckage recovery November 13, 2014

    The Hague: Dutch forensic experts recovered further human remains at the crash site of downed flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, but said they could not yet start salvaging the wreckage. "A small team has recovered body parts at the site after pieces of the wreckage were lifted with a...
  • Over 1,600 relatives remember victims of downed flight MH17 in Ukraine November 11, 2014

    Amsterdam: More than 1,600 family members of the 298 mainly Dutch victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, which was downed in Ukraine, gathered Monday for a memorial ceremony here. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima presided over the ceremony at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Center in Amsterdam. Photos of the dead...
  • Russian President Putin blames Ukraine for obstructing MH17 inquiry November 10, 2014

    Beijing: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday accused Ukraine's government of interfering with the investigation into the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet in July that killed 298 people. Independent investigators have had little access to the wreckage of flight MH17 in territory in eastern Ukraine in the hands of pro-Russian...
  • Ukraine accuses Russia of sending in tanks, escalating crisis November 7, 2014

    Kiev/Moscow: Ukraine's military accused Russia on Friday of sending a column of 32 tanks and truckloads of troops into the country's east to support pro-Russian separatists fighting government forces. Thursday's cross-border incursion, if confirmed, is a significant escalation of a conflict that has killed more than 4,000 people since the separatists...
  • MH17 crash investigators seek local help to reach wreckage in conflict zone November 6, 2014

    Amsterdam: Accident investigators looking into the July crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine said on Thursday they would probably hire local contractors to collect wreckage still beyond their reach because of a continuing pro-Russian insurrection. The crash of flight MH17 as it flew over the conflict zone stirred...
  • Pro-Russian rebels vote for leaders in eastern Ukraine November 3, 2014

    Donetsk: Pro-Russian rebels elected a separatist leadership in eastern Ukraine on Sunday in a vote President Petro Poroshenko called "a farce." Mining electrician-turned-rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko won over 81 percent of the vote, according to the rebels' exit polls of an election that has worsened a standoff between Russia and the...
  • Darth Vader's ambitions slain in Ukraine vote October 27, 2014

    Kiev: Darth Vader is in trouble in Ukraine again. A candidate posing as the iconic villain from the "Star Wars" movies already had his Ukrainian presidential ambitions thwarted by suspicious authorities in May. But the scary man from the dark side of the Force was not going down without a...
  • 'Girlfriend' crack makes Barack Obama voting all laughs October 22, 2014

    Washington: Democrats say stay away from red states. Vladimir Putin says mitts off Ukraine. But "don't touch my girlfriend?" Not the usual admonition heard by President Barack Obama. Let's be clear: It was a joke. It unfolded while Obama cast an early ballot Monday in Chicago. A young woman, Aia (A-ya) Cooper, was voting...
  • Kerry says Russian troops withdrawing from Ukraine October 15, 2014

    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...