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Op-Ed: Putin ‘wanted to split Ukraine with Poland’

Warsaw - In what can only be described as a major added splash in the murky puddle of Ukraine/Russian relations, it’s been revealed by Polish sources that Vladimir Putin proposed splitting Ukrainian territory between Russia and Poland in 2008.

Op-Ed: Putin's Russian victimhood on Voice of America

Western media both expose, but often just report, Putin's Russian victimhood propaganda claims, while poor management at Voice of America and insufficient funding from Congress prevent U.S. broadcaster from effectively countering Kremlin's disinformation.

Ukraine says goodbye Lenin as Communists face poll wipeout

Zaporizhzhya - Ever since Oleksiy Baburin's Stalin statue in southeastern Ukraine was bombed, he has been hiding it behind heavy metal blinds. Now the Communist lawmaker says his entire party is under attack.

Ukraine set to cement shift West in wartime vote

Kiev - War-weary Ukrainians pick a powerful new parliament next Sunday set to be dominated by pro-Western and nationalist forces who will determine if President Petro Poroshenko can make peace with the Kremlin while holding on to the separatist east.

Ukraine, Russia see imminent end to latest gas war

Kiev - Ukraine and Russia stood on the verge on Sunday of resolving their latest gas war in time to keep the war-scarred nation and EU clients warm through the winter months.

Four people killed in east Ukraine fighting: Kiev

Donetsk - Two Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in combat with pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine, Kiev's military said Saturday, as violence rocked a truce after talks between Kiev and Moscow ended without a breakthrough.

Shelling adds to MH17 nightmare for east Ukraine village

Torez - Three months after debris and bodies from doomed flight MH17 rained down on them, residents of the village of Grabove in eastern Ukraine still look fearfully to the sky.

Seven soldiers 'missing', 3 dead in east Ukraine: military

Kiev - Seven Ukrainian soldiers were missing in action after getting caught in an ambush in the conflict-torn east, while another three were killed in fighting, Kiev's military said Friday.

Pro-Russian rebel hits campaign trail in east Ukraine

Ilovaysk - He may be more used to military than electoral campaigns, but Ukraine's top rebel chief has swapped the battlefield for kissing babies ahead of controversial elections in the separatist-held east.

'Rogue rebels' surround Ukraine troops near Lugansk

Kiev - A "rogue" band of pro-Russian rebels was surrounding more than 100 Ukrainian troops in the eastern Lugansk region on Wednesday, the local governor said.

New Ukraine defence chief vows to stand up to Russia

Kiev - Ukraine's new defence minister vowed on Tuesday to build an army capable of withstanding Russia as sparks flew ahead of talks between Moscow and Washington over their worst standoff since the Cold War.

Ukraine turns to new defence chief ahead of Russia talks

Kiev - US Secretary of State John Kerry will on Tuesday lock horns with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the crisis in Ukraine, as a week of high-stake talks get into full swing.

In Donetsk theatre, a refuge from Ukraine's tragedy

Donetsk - After the bombs, the fur coats. After the air raids, the air kisses. After six months of war, even the fighters attending an opening night at the Donetsk theatre traded in weapons for a rare moment of refinement.

Ukraine hands popular general tricky defence job

Kiev - Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko on Monday turned to the head of his frontline forces to become his new defence minister ahead of a crunch general election and high-stakes talks with Russia.

Ukraine turns to new defence chief ahead of Russia talks

Kiev - President Petro Poroshenko was set on Monday to name Ukraine's fourth defence minister of the year as he positions himself for a crunch general election and high-level talks with Russia.

Op-Ed: ‘Ban Putin’ G20 uproar in Australia, Pravda sneers

Sydney - The attendance of Russian Federation president Vladimir Putin at the G20 meeting in Brisbane isn’t popular with many sections of the Australian public. The Australian government isn’t too happy, either.

West to learn if sanctions softened Russia on Ukraine

Kiev - Western allies should learn in the next few days if their punishing sanctions on Russia have softened its stance on Ukraine enough to justify lifting the drag on Europe's increasingly fragile economic recovery.

Ukraine leader sacks defence minister ahead of Russia talks

Kiev - President Petro Poroshenko dismissed Ukraine's third defence minister of the year Sunday in a surprise decision ahead of high-level talks with Moscow on bringing peace to the Western-backed former Soviet republic.

Ukraine, Russia leaders to meet in a bid to rescue truce

Kharkiv - The Ukraine crisis and its fragile truce will be the focus of high level talks this week, culminating in a rare meeting between President Petro Poroshenko and Russia's Vladimir Putin.

Poll shows Petro Poroshenko poised to win Ukrainian Presidency

Kiev - New elections in the Ukraine are set for October 26. The bloc that supports President Petro Poroshenko appears to be heading for a big win according to a new poll by the GfK research group on Friday.
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