UKRAINE

  • Russia has lied about its activities in Ukraine: John Kerry February 25, 2015

    Washington: Accusing Russia of "lying" about its activities in Ukraine, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Moscow is engaged in the most overt and extensive propaganda exercise since the very height of the Cold War. Asked if Russia is lying when it says that there are no Russian weapons...
  • Two killed as Ukraine truce gets off to fragile start February 15, 2015

    Ukraine: Two civilians were killed by rebel rocket fire shortly after the start of a ceasefire in east Ukraine on Sunday, a pro-Kiev official said, but fighting reportedly died down across most of the conflict zone. An elderly man and woman died after Grad missile fire hit the town of Popasna...
  • IMF, World Bank to provide financial assistance to Ukraine February 13, 2015

    Washington: The IMF and the World Bank have agreed to provide massive financial assistance to strife-torn Ukraine US dollar 19.5 billion in all to bail it out of an economic crisis. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Ukraine on Thursday agreed on a US dollar 17.5 bailout package with the World...
  • Former Ukraine and Liverpool forward Andrei Voronin quits February 10, 2015

    Kiev: Former Ukraine and Liverpool forward Andrei Voronin has announced his retirement from football at the age of 35. "It's difficult to talk about this but I have finished my career as a professional," he said in an interview with Sport Express. "It was not an easy decision to make. I made...
  • Deadly clashes rage in east Ukraine after peace talks fail February 2, 2015

    Kiev: Fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Sunday as pro-Russian separatists used artillery fire to try to dislodge government forces from a strategic rail hub after peace talks collapsed. Hopes of easing the situation evaporated on Saturday with Ukraine's representative and separatist envoys accusing each other of sabotaging negotiations. "Fighting continues across...
  • Ukraine: Rebels blow up part of Donetsk airport, many wounded January 20, 2015

    Kiev: Pro-Russian rebels blew up part of a ceiling at the battered Donetsk airport in war-torn eastern Ukraine, causing a section of it to collapse and wounding many soldiers, an adviser to the president said. Further details of the incident were unclear, but the airport has been hit by heavy...
  • Russia says NATO turning Ukraine into 'frontline of confrontation' December 24, 2014

    Moscow: Russia said on Wednesday NATO was turning Ukraine into a "frontline of confrontation" and threatened to sever remaining ties with the Atlantic military alliance if Ukraine's hopes of joining it were realised. The Kiev parliament's renunciation of Ukraine's neutral status on Tuesday in pursuit of NATO membership has outraged Moscow...
  • Vladimir Putin: Russia military modernisation plan to go on December 19, 2014

    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 December 17, 2014

    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...