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Biden urges unity in face of Russian 'aggression'

Kiev - Outgoing US Vice President Joe Biden on Monday urged the international community to remain united in the face of Russian "aggression", insisting sanctions on Moscow should stay over its actions in Ukraine.

Ukraine army and rebels say new truce in east disrupted

Kiev - Ukrainian government forces and the pro-Russian separatist rebels fighting in eastern Ukraine on Saturday accused each other of disrupting a fragile truce declared late December.

Ukraine freeze kills 40 people in two weeks

Kiev - Sub-zero temperatures across Ukraine have claimed 40 lives since late December, officials said Friday as the death toll from the cold snap hitting Europe keeps rising.

Ukraine's military denies Russian hack attack

Kiev - Ukraine's military on Friday denied reports claiming Russia may have hacked targeting software for its heavy artillery in a breach that could have helped Moscow track and destroy Kiev's big guns.

OSCE says displeased with 'status quo' in Ukraine conflict

Kiev - The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, which has been monitoring the pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine, said Wednesday it was displeased with the "status quo" in the 32-month conflict.

Ukraine slashes gas use as subsidies phased out

Kiev - Ukraine on Monday reported a one-third drop in its use of natural gas and general energy savings that will be cheered by its financial backers from the International Monetary Fund.

Ukraine bans books promoting Russia

Kiev - Ukraine on Friday banned Russian books glorifying the Kremlin and its leaders or espousing what it views as "totalitarian views" in a move certain to further sour relations between the two foes.

Seeking investment, Ukraine calls off its tax police

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday tried to bring in foreign investment and slash corruption by temporarily banning the tax police from conducting unannounced checks on companies' operations.

Ukraine reports first combat death since new truce

Kiev - Ukraine on Thursday reported its first combat death since Kiev agreed a new "indefinite" ceasefire deal with pro-Russian insurgents in the separatist east last week.

Hero pilot Savchenko launches Ukraine opposition movement

Kiev - A popular Ukrainian female combat pilot who served time in a Russian prison gave President Petro Poroshenko a new headache Tuesday by launching her own opposition movement."This is meant to ...

Ukraine insurgents release two women thanks to Savchenko

Donetsk - Ukraine's pro-Moscow insurgents on Tuesday released two women they had held captive thanks to the intervention of Nadya Savchenko -- a Kiev-born female combat pilot who spent nearly two years in a Russian jail.

Fragile new Ukraine truce holds for third day

Kiev - A new indefinite truce in Ukraine held by a thread for a third day Monday as both pro-Russian insurgents and Kiev reported clashes near a prized railroad hub but no deaths.

Ukraine rebels agree to new indefinite truce

Kiev - A top Ukrainian insurgent said Friday the rebels had agreed to an indefinite ceasefire negotiated by Moscow and Kiev that would go into effect this weekend.

Ukraine monitor warns of 'massive upsurge in violence'

Kiev - A top monitor for the conflict in Ukraine warned Thursday that a "massive upsurge in violence" has pushed fighting between Kiev's forces and pro-Russian rebels to levels not seen in months.

Ukraine pours $500 mn into nationalised bank

Kiev - Ukraine's central bank on Tuesday poured more than half a billion dollars into the country's largest bank after nationalising it in a bid to avert its collapse and a financial meltdown.

Ukraine says five troops killed in worst clash in months

Donetsk - Ukraine said five of its troops were killed Sunday by pro-Russian insurgents in the bloodiest clash in the war-scarred ex-Soviet republic in months.

Kiev to free 15 east Ukraine prisoners in 'goodwill gesture'

Kiev - Kiev said Thursday it would unilaterally release 15 prisoners captured in war-torn eastern Ukraine in a bid to encourage a prisoner swap with pro-Russian rebels. "Ukraine is handing over 15 people on a list of 228 people...

Ukrainian schoolchildren learn to the echoes of shelling

- Two long bells mean children must pack their blankets and clothing and run into a bomb shelter at this dilapidated school on the frontline of Ukraine's smouldering war.

Wounded in east Ukraine struggle for artificial limbs

Donetsk - Yulia Mikhailova considers herself lucky after surviving a shell strike on a trolley last year that killed 15 people in war-scarred east Ukraine's pro-Russian rebel-held territory.

Five Ukraine police killed in friendly fire mix-up

Kiev - Five Ukrainian police were killed by friendly fire in a tragic accident in which officers mistook colleagues for burglars, officials said Sunday.
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