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  • Ukraine accuses Russia of launching 'direct and open aggression' Yesterday

    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...
  • Ukraine seeks to join NATO; defiant Putin compares Kiev to Nazis 4 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...
  • 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...
  • MH17 recovery operation stumbles forward July 21, 2014

    Hrabove, Ukraine: The chaotic Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 recovery effort stumbled again on Monday, with more bodies found at the sprawling crash site but a worrisome power outage in the refrigerated train holding over 200 of the dead. The shambolic attempts to investigate by the pro-Russia separatists who control the verdant...
  • Ukraine accuses rebels of hiding MH17 plane crash evidence July 21, 2014

    Kiev: Ukraine on Sunday accused separatist rebels of hiding evidence that a Russian missile was used to shoot down a Malaysian airliner, while Britain said Moscow faced "pariah" status and the threat of further economic sanctions. At the biggest crash site, where emergency workers had bagged dozens of bodies on Saturday,...
  • Outraged world leaders heap pressure on Russia over MH17 probe July 20, 2014

    Grabove: Outraged world leaders heaped pressure on Russia Sunday to press Moscow-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine to allow investigators proper access to the crash site of the Malaysian MH17 jet. Rescue efforts were in disarray as armed gunmen in fatigues and balaclavas refused to allow international monitors full access and the...
  • MH17 black boxes not found: Ukraine rebel leader July 19, 2014

    Kiev: Aleksandr Borodai, the pro-Russian rebel leader in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region, denied on Saturday that black boxes of the Malaysian passenger plane that crashed on Thursday had not been found. Borodai said they had not touched the site where the passenger flight crashed but they reserved the right to begin...
  • West Brom Albion sign Brown Ideye for club-record fee July 19, 2014

    West Bromwich Albion have signed Nigeria forward Brown Ideye from Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev for a club-record transfer fee on a three-year deal, the Premier League team said on Friday. The fee was undisclosed but the club said on their website (www.wba.co.uk) that they exceeds the amount they paid Sunderland for...
  • MH17 probe: Armed men deny full access to international monitors July 19, 2014

    Kuala Lumpur: A Malaysian disaster response team including two air accident investigators was due in Kiev on Saturday, after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to help them gain access to the MH17 crash site. Razak on Friday said that he spoke to Putin by phone...
  • World leaders call for probe into downed MH17 jet that left 298 dead July 18, 2014

    Hrabove: World leaders demanded an international investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner with 298 people on board over eastern Ukraine in a tragedy that could mark a pivotal moment in the worst crisis between Russia and the West since the Cold War. One US official said Washington strongly...
  • Malaysian plane MH17's second 'black box' found in Ukraine July 18, 2014

    Hrabove: Rescue workers recovered a second flight recorder on Friday from the Malaysian airliner brought down in eastern Ukraine, a Reuters cameraman on the scene said. Pro-Russian separatists in the region said on Thursday they had found one of the "black box" recorders on Thursday when the Malaysian airliner came down,...
  • Plane did not make a distress call, says Malaysian PM; probe ordered July 18, 2014

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Friday confirmed that the Airlines jetliner that went down in war-torn Ukraine did not make any distress call. He said that they will not leave any stone unturned in finding out what went wrong with the jetliner that killed 298 people. Razak also...
  • Malaysian airliner downed in Ukraine war zone, 295 reported dead July 18, 2014

    Hrabove: A Malaysian airliner was brought down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard and sharply raising the stakes in a conflict between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels in which Russia and the West back opposing sides. Ukraine accused "terrorists" - militants fighting to unite eastern Ukraine with Russia...
  • Ukraine's Poroshenko says Kiev will destroy rebels behind missile attack July 11, 2014

    Kiev: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that Kiev would "find and destroy" the pro-Russian separatists responsible for a high-powered missile attack that possibly killed 30 Ukrainian servicemen on Friday. "For every soldier's life, the militants will pay with scores and hundreds of their own. Not a single terrorist will avoid responsibility,...
  • Ukraine claims rebels flushed from main stronghold July 5, 2014

    Kiev: Ukraine's interior minister said on Saturday that most pro-Russian rebels and their top commander had fled their main eastern stronghold in what would be Kiev's biggest success of the nearly three-month campaign. "This morning, intelligence reported that Girkin (Igor Strelkov) and a substantial part of the rebels had fled...
  • Ukraine President Poroshenko declares week-long ceasefire, warns rebels June 21, 2014

    Kiev: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday ordered a seven-day ceasefire in the fight against pro-Russian separatists, but also warned them they could face death if they did not use the time to put down their guns. In Moscow, the Kremlin, whose support Poroshenko needs for his plan to end...
  • New battles as Ukraine says 300 separatists killed in fighting June 20, 2014

    Kiev: Fighting raged for a second successive day in the east of Ukraine on Friday, a day after clashes in which Ukrainian government forces said about 300 separatists were killed. The casualty figures for the pro-Russian separatists could not be independently confirmed though a rebel commander said on Thursday the rebels...
  • NATO reports new Russian troop build-up near Ukraine June 20, 2014

    Kiev: NATO today reported another build-up of Russian forces near Ukraine as its new president put in place key pieces of his pro-Western government and embraced an EU trade pact that has been bitterly fought by the Kremlin. Ukraine's parliament unanimously confirmed as foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin -- a charismatic 46-year-old...
  • Russian embassy protesters in Kiev 'wanted to see blood': Lavrov June 15, 2014

    Moscow: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov claimed today that a Ukrainian mob that attacked Moscow's embassy in Kiev trying to take over the compound and see "blood spilt". "Our diplomats feel that the attackers wanted to physically seize the embassy," news agencies quoted Lavrov as saying. "There are also reasons to...
  • Rebels shoot down Ukrainian military plane, 49 killed June 14, 2014

    Kiev: Pro-Russian separatists shot down an Ukrainian army transport plane with an anti-aircraft missile as it came in to land early on Saturday in the eastern city of Luhansk, killing all 49 military personnel on board. The toll is the highest suffered by government forces in a single incident since they...
  • Indian students leave east Ukraine, on way home June 4, 2014

    The first batch of 500 Indian students has arrived safely in Kiev from Ukraine's restive eastern region of Lugansk and will be returning to India after the Indian mission facilitated their evacuation. According to external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin, the students from Lugansk region arrived in Kiev "responding to the...
  • Pro-Russia militia attack Ukraine border post June 2, 2014

    Kiev: A fierce battle was underway on Monday in Ukraine's rebellious east after a pro-Russian militia attacked a Ukrainian border post with automatic weapons and grenade launchers in the early hours. Security sources said that a force of separatists had occupied the upper floors of a nearby apartment block and were...
  • Ukraine separatists down army helicopter, 14 killed May 29, 2014

    Donetsk: Pro-Russian separatists shot down a Ukrainian army helicopter on Thursday, killing 14 soldiers including a general, as government forces pressed ahead with an offensive to crush rebellions in the east swiftly following the election of a new president. After weeks of accusations from Kiev of Russian involvement in the uprising,...
  • Ukraine prepares to vote after bloodshed May 24, 2014

    Candidates in Ukraine's presidential election stayed out of the public eye on Saturday, observing a ban on campaigning on the eve of a vote that Kiev hopes can help end a bitter confrontation with Russia. On Friday, armed pro-Russian separatists and a Ukrainian militia group clashed in the east of Ukraine,...
  • Putin orders Russian troops back to bases after drills near Ukraine May 19, 2014

    Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered military forces to return to their permanent bases after drills in three regions bordering Ukraine, the Kremlin said on Monday. Putin's office said that he had issued the order because the spring manoeuvres were over. The move could also be intended to ease...
  • Kiev rejects east Ukraine referendums May 12, 2014

    Ukrainian acting President Alexandr Turchynov on Monday rejected referendums in eastern towns of Donetsk and Luhansk, in which around 90 per cent of people voted in favour of independence from the central government in Kiev. "The propagandistic farce, which terrorists qualify as the referendum, will have no legal consequences except the...
  • IMF says Ukraine would need modified bailout if eastern region lost May 2, 2014

    Washington: The International Monetary Fund warned on Thursday it would be forced to re-design its $17 billion bailout for Ukraine and require additional financing if the country lost territory in its restive eastern region. The Fund also said a deterioration in relations between Ukraine and Russia, which buys about a quarter...
  • Russia seeks World War Three, says Ukraine PM April 25, 2014

    Kiev: Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk accused Russia on Friday of wanting to start World War Three by occupying Ukraine "militarily and politically". "The world has not yet forgotten World War Two, but Russia already wants to start World War Three," Yatseniuk told the interim cabinet in remarks broadcast live. "Attempts...
  • Russia says it will respond if Ukraine interests attacked April 23, 2014

    Kiev: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine and said Moscow would respond if its interests came under attack. Lavrov's comments came a day after US Vice President Joe Biden was in the Ukrainian capital with promises of support for the...
  • Russia has 'days, not weeks' to follow accord: US April 22, 2014

    Russia has "days, not weeks" to abide by an international accord aimed at stemming the crisis in Ukraine, the top US diplomat in Kiev warned Monday as Vice President Joe Biden launched a high-profile show of support for the pro-Western Ukrainian government. Russia in turn accused authorities in Kiev of flagrantly...