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Poroshenko says 'real truce' has begun in Ukraine

Kiev - President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday a "real truce" had begun in Ukraine but that a long-lasting peace with pro-Russian insurgents would still take some time."There has not been a single shot fired. This is still not peace.

In key concession, Ukraine rebels delay polls until 2016

Donetsk - Ukraine's pro-Russian insurgents took a big step toward political reconciliation Tuesday by announcing they will push back disputed local elections into next year in line with Western demands.

Ukraine insists Russia must cede border by end of year

Kiev - President Petro Poroshenko has stressed that Ukraine must regain control of its eastern border by the end of December even if full implementation of a February peace deal with Russia is delayed until 2016.

Ukraine warring sides announce start of small arms withdrawal

Kiev - Warring sides in Ukraine on Saturday announced the start of smaller weapons withdrawal from a buffer zone as the West admitted that securing long-lasting peace would take longer than expected.

Ukraine, rebels agree full small weapons withdrawal

Kiev - Kiev and pro-Russian insurgents struck a vital agreement on Wednesday to withdraw their entire arsenal of smaller weapons from the buffer zone splitting eastern rebel-held lands from the rest of Ukraine.

Ukraine opens high-stakes trial of captured Russians

Kiev - Ukraine on Tuesday launched the criminal trial of two captured Russian soldiers it claims will prove Moscow's direct but covert involvement in the conflict in the war-torn former Soviet state.

Deontay Wilder targets winner of Klitshko-Fury fight

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder could face the winner of the upcoming fight between Vladimir Klitshko and Tyson Fury. The match was originally scheduled for Oct. 24 but is postponed to a later date due to Klitshko's training injury.

Russia and Ukraine agree on gas prices for six month period

Kiev - After several months of disagreement over prices, Russia and Ukraine have agreed to resume gas shipments. With $500 million received from the EU, Ukraine can purchase 2 billion cubic meters of gas for the winter.

Global aid groups voice outrage at ban by Ukraine rebels

Kiev - Global relief organisations voiced shock and disbelief on Friday over Ukrainian separatists' decision to ban 10 Western health groups for "grave violations" of local laws.

Ukraine rebels ban 10 Western health relief groups

Kiev - Ukraine's pro-Russian rebels in the separatist Lugansk region on Thursday banned 10 Western health relief groups for "grave violations" of local laws.

Ukraine's pro-Russia rebels stage rare tank exercises

Ukraine - Ukraine's pro-Moscow insurgents showed off their military prowess on Thursday by launching exercises involving heavy tanks that Kiev claims they had covertly received from Russia.

IMF chief urges holdouts to join Ukraine debt deal

Kiev - IMF chief Christine Lagarde on Tuesday pressed Ukraine's hold-out creditors such as Russia and a handful of Western investment houses to write off some of the crisis-wrecked country's massive debt.

NATO chief stops short of backing Ukraine membership

Kiev - The head of NATO said Tuesday that "Ukraine can rely on" the Western military alliance but stopped short of infuriating Russia by backing the ex-Soviet republic's membership in the Cold War-era bloc.

Russia still arming Ukraine rebels despite truce: NATO chief

Yavoriv - Russia is still sending weapons to separatist rebels battling the Ukrainian government despite a fresh truce in the war-torn east of the country, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Monday."The ceasefire is mainly holding.

Crimea Tatars seek to block peninsula to protest Russian annexation

- Hundreds of pro-Kiev activists from Crimea's Tatar community on Sunday launched a blockade of roads from Ukraine to the Crimean peninsula to protest Russia's seizure of their home region.

Ukraine soldier killed by landmine in separatist east

Kiev - A Ukrainian soldier was killed, and another injured, after stepping on a land mine in the war-torn separatist east, but a new ceasefire deal remains in place, a military spokesman said Saturday.

East Ukraine faces winter water shortage threat

Kiev - European monitors warned Friday that war-scarred eastern Ukraine faced a severe water shortage this winter because shelling had destroyed much of the industrial region's distribution pipelines.

Ukraine parliament backs crucial debt write-off deal

Kiev - Ukraine's parliament on Thursday backed a crucial debt restructuring agreement that will save Kiev billions of dollars and keep the war-torn country from falling into an unmanaged default.

Ukraine slammed for banning dozens of foreign reporters

Kiev - Ukraine faced widespread condemnation Thursday for blacklisting dozens of foreign reporters as it expanded sanctions against Russia for its actions in the war-torn former Soviet state.

Ukraine expands list of sanctions against Russia

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday expanded a list of sanctions against Russian companies and individuals held responsible for the ex-Soviet state's eastern uprising and for Moscow's annexation of Crimea.
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