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Gunfire around Ukraine's Donetsk after NATO warns on truce

Donetsk - Heavy gunfire erupted around the eastern Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Sunday, just hours after NATO's top military commander said there was a ceasefire "in name only" on the ground.

NATO cautiously welcomes Ukraine buffer zone deal

Kiev - NATO's top military commander expressed cautious optimism Saturday that a tenuous Ukrainian ceasefire whose details were thrashed out in marathon overnight negotiations would help end a bloody pro-Kremlin uprising that has inflamed East-West ties.

Rival Ukraine forces ready pullback under new peace plan

Kiev - Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian militias were due Saturday to pull back their troops from a demilitarised zone created under a new peace plan agreed in marathon overnight talks.

Russia evicts Crimean Tatars from assembly

Simferopol - Russian authorities have ordered Crimean Tatars to leave their assembly building, in a move that the leader of the ethnic minority -- which opposed Russia's annexing of Crimea from Ukraine -- called a return to Soviet oppression.

Russia 'moves troops in Crimea' ahead of Ukraine-US meet

Kiev - Kiev accused Moscow on Thursday of massing its troops in annexed Crimea on the Ukraine border, rattling nerves just as President Petro Poroshenko prepared to meet US counterpart Barack Obama.

Deadly gunbattles in east Ukraine despite autonomy offer

Donetsk - Fierce gunbattles erupted around the Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Wednesday, with two civilians killed just a day after lawmakers in Kiev held out an offer of self-rule to the pro-Russian separatists.

Op-Ed: The anatomy of perpetual deception in a post-9/11 world

After all we've been through since 9/11 — after fighting a prefabricated enemy created by Washington — Americans still haven't learned a thing. Another illegal war predicated on deception will only make things worse.

Ukraine's self-rule offer slows rebel independence drive

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's push for peace with pro-Russian insurgents appeared to pass its first test Tuesday when most agreed to study his limited self-rule offer while defending their demands for full independence.

Op-Ed: Ukraine and IMF loans

Kiev - Back in April of this year after the February uprising against president Yanukovych in the Ukraine, the IMF approved a loan of $17 billion to the new Ukrainian government.

Ukraine to ratify EU pact, offer rebels self-rule

Kiev - Ukraine is set to ratify a disputed EU agreement and offer limited self-rule to parts of the separatist east as it moves to turn the page on the bloodiest chapter of its post-Soviet history.

Op-Ed: NATO will not allow another Crimea stealth caper

Moscow - NATO is warning Russian President Vladimir Putin that his “hybrid war” strategy has become transparent, and will result in intervention if he seeks to pull off another Crimean caper.

Traders in shelled Donetsk market left to 'eat ash'

Donetsk - Oleksandr picks up a handful of rusty screws and nails, all that is left of his market stall that was ripped apart in a volley of mortar fire in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk.

Ukraine outrage over delay on EU trade deal

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is facing a backlash from his staunchest supporters for bowing to Russian pressure and postponing the implementation of an EU trade deal the two sides plan to ratify Tuesday.

Ukraine rivals trade blame after bloodiest day since truce

Donetsk - Ukraine's shaky truce was rattled further on Monday as warring rivals traded blame over the bloodiest day in the restive east since a ceasefire was signed on September 5.

JP Morgan the victim of an 8-week long cyber attack

New York - This summer's hackers discovered a way into the servers of mega-bank JP Morgan Chase, exposing the backdoor vulnerability to access copious amounts of customer and company data.

Aid reaches the hardy and hungry of Ukraine's Lugansk

Lugansk - After months of bombardments that left them short of water, power and basic supplies, many residents of the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk breathed a sigh of relief at the arrival of desperately needed aid.

Ukraine truce under threat as heavy fighting erupts

Donetsk - Heavy fighting erupted around the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, piling further pressure on a precarious nine-day-old truce between the government and separatist fighters.

Some flee, others head home at Ukraine-Russia border crossing

Kiev - Thousands of Ukrainians congregate every day at the border post of Izvaryne, one of the main crossing points between Russia and the breakaway eastern region of Lugansk, shellshocked by months of fighting.

Russia, Ukraine trade blame as fighting tests truce

Kiev - Tensions over Ukraine festered after Kiev accused the Kremlin of seeking to "eliminate" the pro-Western former Soviet nation while Moscow charged Washington with orchestrating the entire crisis.

Russia, Ukraine trade blame as fighting tests truce

Kiev - Tensions over Ukraine festered on Saturday after Kiev accused the Kremlin of seeking to "eliminate" the pro-Western former Soviet nation while Moscow charged Washington with orchestrating the entire crisis.
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