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Russia brands new sanctions roadblock to Ukraine peace

Kiev - Russia accused the West on Saturday of fuelling unrest in Ukraine by adopting anti-Kremlin sanctions that further erode the prospects of peace talks to end the separatist war.

Op-Ed: George Soros may be appointed head of National Bank of Ukraine

Kiev - There are several reports about billionaire American business tycoon and philanthropist, George Soros, possibly being the next president of the Ukrainian National Bank (NBU).

US imposes new Russia sanctions ahead of Ukraine peace talks

Kiev - The United States imposed sanctions Friday on Russian-controlled Crimea as Ukraine announced the loss of five soldiers ahead of peace talks meant to end a war against Russian-backed insurgents.

Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels agree to resume peace talks

Kiev - Ukraine's pro-European leaders and Kremlin-backed rebels agreed Wednesday to hold long-delayed peace talks that were backed by Russia in the heat of its devastating currency crisis.

Some quiet but little peace on Ukraine frontline

Donetsk - Rebel commander Tikhii holds a finger in the air as the sound of an explosion echoes in the distance."That's them shelling our position again, that's the ceasefire," he says. "It was a howitzer cannon.

EU 'united' on Ukraine despite split over Russia sanctions

Kiev - The European Union's foreign policy chief said Tuesday the 28-nation bloc would stay united on Ukraine despite pressure from some members to drop or ease its sanctions on Russia.

Up to 10,000 Russian soldiers still in Ukraine: Kiev

Kiev - Up to 10,000 Russian soldiers and their heavy weapons are still deployed in rebel-held eastern Ukraine despite a new ceasefire, a top Ukrainian military commander said Tuesday.

Review: 'The Nutcracker' shines and shimmers in Toronto Special

Toronto - Wonder, whimsy, delight, and fantasy — The National Ballet of Canada’s annual production of 'The Nutcracker' is sheer delight. The production retains its splendor and beauty close to two decades years after making its debut.

UN accuses Ukraine forces, pro-Russia rebels of 'torture'

Kiev - The United Nations on Monday released a damning report accusing Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed rebels of torturing and indiscriminately shelling civilians in the bloody conflict in the separatist east.

Op-Ed: Economic conditions may help preserve Ukraine ceasefire

Kiev - On Friday the fragile ceasefire extended after the recent "Day of Silence" called for by the Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, appeared to be holding for the most part.

Desperate shortages leave Ukraine ill-prepared for trauma of war

Kiev - With Ukraine still trapped in a Soviet-era approach to mental health and psychiatric hospitals so under-funded that some have less than 10 cents a day to feed patients, the country has been left ill-prepared for the trauma of war.

Prisoners of war put to work in east Ukraine

Ilovaysk - On the snowy roof of a music school in eastern Ukraine, workers are busy fixing damage from artillery shelling. When their shift ends, they line up in single file to return to their cells.

Watch Julien Dupont do motorcycle back-flips on roller coaster

When it comes to extreme sports Red Bull has long set the precedent. Watch Julien Dupont reach new heights while doing back flips while navigating a high-rise rollercoaster.

Ukraine truce under pressure as Europe raises Russia fears

Donetsk - A three-day-old ceasefire in eastern Ukraine was under pressure on Thursday after three government soldiers were killed, while European nations raised new fears about Russia's "unprecedented" military build-up.

Three Ukraine soldiers dead in first casualties since ceasefire

Kiev - Three soldiers were killed and eight injured in the past 24 hours, a Ukraine military spokesman said on Thursday, marking the first casualties since a ceasefire was introduced earlier this week.

Ukraine leader pleads with Russia to withdraw as truce holds

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday pleaded with Russia to withdraw its troops from his country and close the border, saying doing so would create peace in the war-torn region within weeks.

Ceasefire in Ukraine extended in spite of violations

Kiev - Although both sides accuse the other of violating a ceasefire during a supposed "Day of Silence" called for by Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, the shaky truce appears likely to continue.

Truce holds in Ukraine but next steps uncertain

Kiev - A day-old ceasefire largely held along the bloodied frontline in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday but hopes of peace talks and pulling back heavy weaponry still hung in the balance.

Mysterious spate of bombings hit Ukraine military hub

Kharkiv - The city of Kharkiv in Ukraine's industrial east has stayed out of rebel hands but a mysterious spate of bombings has triggered fears that Russia is trying to destabilise this key defence hub.

New Ukraine finance minister was U.S. State Department officer

Kyiv - Natalie Jaresko was granted Ukrainian citizenship just this week. Jaresko was president and CEO of Western NIS Enterprise Fund(WNISEF) a project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
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