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  • NATO reviews ties with Russia as new truce reached in Ukraine 20 hours 45 minutes ago

    Vilnius: NATO's top military commanders are meeting in Lithuania on Saturday to discuss relations with Russia as the warring sides in Ukraine agreed to pull back troops under a new peace plan reached overnight in Belarus. General Knud Bartels, who chairs NATO's Military Committee, said defence chiefs from the 28 nation...
  • Ukraine signs buffer zone deal with rebels 22 hours 57 minutes ago

    Kiev: Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian militias were due on Saturday to pull back their troops from a demilitarised zone created under a new peace plan agreed in marathon overnight talks. A nine-point agreement thrashed out in the early hours of on Saturday in the Belarussian capital Minsk also requires the withdrawal...
  • Ukraine PM tells army to be on full battle alert despite ceasefire 3 days ago

    Kiev: Ukraine's prime minister told government forces to remain on full battle alert on Wednesday as fighting in the rebel-held eastern city of Donetsk killed at least two civilians and further strained a ceasefire with Russian-backed separatists. "Russia definitely will not give us either peace or stability. It is not their...
  • Mail.Ru takes over 'Russia's Facebook' VKontakte 4 days ago

    Moscow: A media company owned by Kremlin-friendly oligarch Alisher Usmanov has splashed out $1.5 billion to gain full control of Russia's most popular social network, VKontakte, referred to as 'Russia's Facebook', bringing an end to a months-long dispute that saw the original investors sue each other in court. London-listed Mail.Ru Group...
  • US wants to cut economic ties between EU and Russia: Lavrov 1 week ago

    Moscow: The United States is using the Ukraine crisis to cut economic ties between the EU and Russia and force Europe to pay more for its gas, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday. "The US is trying to use the crisis in Ukraine to break economic ties between the...
  • Ukraine PM says country still in "state of war" 1 week ago

    Kiev (Ukraine): Ukraine is "still in a state of war" with neighboring Russia despite a cease-fire between Kiev's forces and Moscow-backed rebels in the east, the country's prime minister said on Saturday shortly after a second convoy of Russian trucks rolled into Ukraine. Speaking at a conference with politicians and business...
  • US intensifies sanctions on Russia over Ukraine September 13, 2014

    Washington: The United States hit Russia's largest bank, a major arms maker and arctic, deepwater and shale exploration by its biggest oil companies with new sanctions on Friday to punish Moscow for its intervention in Ukraine. The sanctions, coordinated with similar European Union steps, were triggered by what the West sees...
  • Sushma Swaraj meets Russian counterpart; discusses bilateral ties September 12, 2014

    Dushanbe (Tajikistan): India and Russia on Friday reviewed entire gamut of their bilateral relationship including cooperation in crucial sectors of defence, energy security, trade and investment and agreed to inject fresh vigour in the strategic and time-tested ties. In a meeting on the sidelines of annual summit of SCO, External Affairs...
  • Russia faces new US, EU sanctions over Ukraine crisis September 12, 2014

    Brussels: European Union governments agreed on Thursday to begin their new sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis on Friday but could lift them next month if Moscow abides by a fragile truce, while the United States prepared its own fresh sanctions. The steps are the latest by the United States...
  • US, EU to intensify sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, says Barack Obama September 11, 2014

    Washington: The US and the European Union have decided to "intensify" their coordinated sanctions on Russia in the defence, finance and energy sectors as punishment for its illegal actions in Ukraine, President Barack Obama said on Thursday. "I have said from the very beginning of this crisis that we want to...
  • EU agrees to introduce new sanctions on Russia September 11, 2014

    Brussels: The European Union has decided to slap new economic sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, diplomats said on Thursday. The sanctions will further curb access to European capital markets for Russian firms and banks, limit exports of certain high-technology goods and target several officials with travel bans and...
  • Russia tests nuclear Bulava missile from a submarine September 11, 2014

    Moscow: The Russian Navy has successfully test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile from one of its nuclear submarines, the Defence Ministry said on Wednesday. The Bulava-class SBLM (submarine-launched missile) was fired by the submarine Vladimir Monomakh from a position in the White Sea and hit its designated target at the Kura test...
  • Ukraine says Russia withdrawing, EU delays sanctions September 11, 2014

    Kiev: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday that Russia had withdrawn the bulk of its forces from his country and he pledged greater automony for the separatist east in moves that could help sustain a fragile truce. The pro-Western leader's comments were soon followed by a European Union decision to...
  • Putin promises new weapons to fend Western threats September 11, 2014

    Moscow: Russia is developing an array of new nuclear and conventional weapons to counter recent moves by the US and NATO, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday as the military successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile launched from a nuclear submarine. Putin accused the West of using the crisis in...
  • High-energy objects penetrated MH17 before crash: report September 9, 2014

    The Hague: The Dutch team investigating the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Eastern Ukraine says the crash was likely caused by the plane being hit by multiple "high-energy objects from outside the aircraft." The preliminary report published Tuesday by the Dutch Safety Board stopped short of saying the Boeing...
  • Two own goals help Russia sweep past Liechtenstein September 9, 2014

    Moscow: Russia were helped by two own goals as they began their Euro 2016 Group G qualifying campaign with a 4-0 drubbing of Liechtenstein at the Arena Khimki on Monday. The first own goal came after four minutes, Sergei Ignashevich's free kick from long range taking a big deflection off Martin...
  • Canadian Navy ship buzzed by 3 Russian jets September 9, 2014

    Toronto: A Canadian navy frigate taking part in a NATO exercise in the Black Sea was buzzed by three Russian military jets off the southern coast of Ukraine. Defense Minister Rob Nicholson said on Monday it was "unnecessarily provocative." He said while the incident on Sunday did not pose a threat,...
  • Ukraine's leader rallies for unity in key city September 9, 2014

    Mariupol, (Ukraine): Seeking to rally national unity, President Petro Poroshenko visited a southeastern port on Monday that has been assaulted for days by Russian-backed separatists and declared the city would remain a part of Ukraine. After a series of military defeats to increasingly confident rebel forces in the country's eastern regions,...
  • EU to unveil new Russia sanctions as Ukraine truce teeters September 8, 2014

    Mariupol (Ukraine): Ukraine accused pro-Russian rebels of waging fresh attacks in the restive east on Monday, further imperilling a fragile truce as EU leaders prepared to approve punishing new sanctions on Moscow. Russia warned it would retaliate against the new measures, which the EU has nevertheless said could be suspended if...
  • Vladimir Putin is 'self-centred', says Dalai Lama September 8, 2014

    Berlin: Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama criticised Russia's President Vladimir Putin as "self-centred" in a German newspaper interview on Sunday, saying Putin seems to want to "rebuild the Berlin Wall". "His attitude is: 'I, I, I'," the Dalai Lama said, pointing out that Putin had served as Russian President,...
  • Civilian killed in Ukraine shelling despite truce September 7, 2014

    Donetsk, Ukraine (AP): One civilian was killed in shelling in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol and large explosions were heard near the airport in Donetsk early on Sunday, raising fears that a cease-fire signed two days ago is on the verge of collapse. Blasts from the area near the airport...
  • Ceasefire in east Ukraine frays, woman killed by shelling September 7, 2014

    Donetsk: A woman died and at least four people were wounded on Sunday when fighting flared again in eastern Ukraine, jeopardising a ceasefire struck less than two days earlier between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists. The accord, brokered by envoys from Ukraine, the separatist leadership, Russia and Europe's OSCE security...
  • Artillery attack challenges ceasefire in east Ukraine September 7, 2014

    Kiev: Ukrainian government forces came under artillery fire late on Saturday near the strategic port of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine, in the first serious violation of a ceasefire declared only about 30 hours earlier. The presidents of Russia and Ukraine had earlier said the ceasefire, part of a peace road-map intended...
  • Russia vows to react to new European Union sanctions September 6, 2014

    Moscow: Russia will "certainly" react if the European Union (EU) imposes new sanctions against it for allegedly "destabilising eastern Ukraine", Russia's foreign ministry said on Saturday. The EU on Friday expressed its intention to formally adopt a new package of restrictive measures Monday against Russia, Xinhua reported. The statement also said the...
  • Mixed views in East Europe on higher NATO defense September 6, 2014

    Warsaw, Poland: Leaders in most Eastern European nations are just short of jubilant after NATO created a rapid-reaction "spearhead" force to protect the region from Russian bullying. They have long sought a commitment to allay their fears, especially following Russia's recent aggression in Ukraine. But not all share in the joy....
  • Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels reach ceasefire deal September 6, 2014

    Minsk: Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels reached a ceasefire agreement on Friday, the first step toward ending fighting in eastern Ukraine that has caused the worst standoff between Moscow and the West since the Cold War ended. The ceasefire deal was struck in the Belarussian capital Minsk along with a deal allowing...
  • Ukrainian government, pro-Russia insurgents sign ceasefire deal September 5, 2014

    Minsk: Representatives of Ukraine's government and the pro-Russian insurgent leadership inked here Friday a ceasefire agreement slated to take effect later in the day, media reported. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), also a party in the Minsk talks along with Russia, has confirmed the development, saying that...
  • Ukraine set to sign peace plan with rebels September 5, 2014

    Minsk: Ukraine was set on Friday to sign a Kremlin-backed truce with insurgents that could halt nearly five months of bloodshed but whose failure would unleash new Western sanctions against Russia. But even before the peace talks opened in the Belarussian capital Minsk, renewed combat was erupting on the edge of...
  • Putin unveils Ukraine ceasefire plan, France halts warship September 4, 2014

    Kiev: President Vladimir Putin outlined plans for a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday but Ukraine's prime minister dismissed the proposal, while France expressed its disapproval of Moscow's support for separatist forces by halting delivery of a warship. After speaking to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko by phone, Putin said he believed...
  • Ukraine PM rejects Putin ceasefire plan as bid to deceive West September 3, 2014

    Kiev: Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Wednesday rejected a ceasefire plan unveiled by Russian President Vladimir Putin as an attempt to deceive the West about Moscow's real intentions. "This latest plan is another attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of the international community ahead of the NATO summit...