Russia

  • US welcomes proposed EU sanctions on Russia 26 minutes ago

    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 5 hours 56 minutes ago

    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 Yesterday

    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...
  • Don't mess with nuclear Russia, Vladimir Putin says Yesterday

    Washington: President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russia's armed forces, backed by its nuclear arsenal, were ready to meet any aggression, declaring at a pro-Kremlin youth camp that foreign states should understand: "It's best not to mess with us." Putin told the assembly, on the banks of a lake near Moscow,...
  • Russian interference in Ukraine is intolerable: US Yesterday

    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 Yesterday

    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 Yesterday

    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: Obama 2 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 2 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...
  • North Korea calls US 'human rights graveyard' over Ferguson 3 days ago

    Seoul: North Korea has joined the ranks of America's foes who have seized on riots in Missouri, saying the nation is the "graveyard of human rights" and should mind its own business rather than criticise others. The police shooting of an unarmed black teenager and subsequent crackdown on protesters in the...
  • Shuttlers Manu Attri- B. Sumeeth Reddy progress at World Championships 4 days ago

    Copenhagen: Indian men's doubles shuttlers Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth won their opener at the World Championships. The duo proceeded to the second round by defeating Russian pair Nikita Khakimov and Vasily Kuznetsov 21-19, 21-23, 21-19 in exactly an hour at the Ballerup Super Arena late Tuesday evening. They will take on...
  • 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...
  • US seeks clarification from Russian on its humanitarian convoy August 16, 2014

    Washington: The United States has sought clarification from Russia on its "humanitarian convoy" in Ukraine and stated that the escalation in Russian activity designed to destabilise the war-torn nation is dangerous and provocative. In a telephonic conversation with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Shoygu, the US Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel, "requested clarification...
  • No ruling on whether Putin will be banned from G-20: Tony Abbott August 11, 2014

    Melbourne: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday said that it was too early to decide whether Russian President Vladimir Putin should be barred from 2014's G20 summit to be held this November in Brisbane. Abbott said the G20 summit was still three months away and hoped that Russia would wake...
  • Edward Snowden can stay 3 more years in Russia: Lawyer August 8, 2014

    Moscow: Former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden, who is wanted by the US for leaking details about once-secret surveillance programs, has been granted permission to stay in Russia for three more years, his lawyer said Thursday. Snowden last year was granted temporary asylum of one year in Russia, but that expired...
  • Sanctions putting enormous pressure on Russian economy: Barack Obama August 7, 2014

    Washington:US President Barack Obama has said the tough sanctions imposed on Russia by his administration and the European Union are putting enormous pressure and strain on Russian economy. "Sanctions are working as intended in putting enormous pressure and strain on the Russian economy," Obama said on Tuesday. "That's not my estimation, if...
  • 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...
  • Svetlana Kuznetsova beats Kurumi Nara to win Citi Open August 4, 2014

    Washington: Two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia ended her four-year WTA title drought on Sunday, beating Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the Citi Open. Asked if it felt like so much time had passed since she won a tournament, Kuznetsova smiled broadly and replied: "It feels like...
  • 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...
  • Indo-Russia pact planned for new BrahMos missile version August 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Supersonic cruise missile manufacturer BrahMos Aerospace on Friday said it is hopeful that a pact to develop a sleeker and faster 'mini' version of the missile will be signed during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to India in December this year. "We are hoping to sign a tripartite agreement...
  • 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...
  • I will quit if Russia lose belief in me, says coach Fabio Capello July 30, 2014

    Fabio Capello would quit as head coach of Russia if his employers and the squad lost belief in him, he told reporters in Moscow on Wednesday. Speaking at a news conference for the first time since Russia failed to progress from the group stages at the World Cup, the former England...
  • Barack Obama says strains over Ukraine not leading to new Cold War with Russia July 30, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama escalated US economic sanctions against Russia on Tuesday for its aggression against Ukraine but dismissed suggestions the growing chill in US-Russian relations marked the start of a new Cold War. The United States and the European Union, in a carefully coordinated action, announced targeted new sanctions against...
  • 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...
  • 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...