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Kiev 'failed' to probe protest violence: Council of Europe

Kiev - The Council of Europe on Tuesday blasted Kiev for failing to properly investigate deadly violence against demonstrators in last year's Maidan protests that ended with pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych's downfall.

Dutch seek BUK missile witnesses in MH17 crash probe

Den Haag - Dutch and international experts probing the MH17 plane crash in eastern Ukraine appealed Monday for witnesses who saw the transport or firing of a BUK surface-to-air missile around the time of the disaster."Investigators are looking at all scenarios.

Ukraine leader says he will not let oligarchs sow 'chaos'

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday pledged to stop oligarchs from sowing "chaos" after the governor of a key industrial region quit following a row over a state oil firm.

EU-Ukraine summit to take place on April 27: Poroshenko

Kiev - A summit between top European Union officials and Ukraine's leaders will take place in Kiev at the end of April, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko announced on Saturday.

Judge looks to build 'new society' in Ukraine rebel bastion

Donetsk - Even as he breaks down in tears, judge Alexander Klyanoshkin admits no regrets about ending a decade on the bench in his government-held hometown in eastern Ukraine to serve in the pro-Russian breakaway republic of Donetsk.

Ravaged east Ukraine village reveals cost of war

Ukraine - A stuffed toy horse hanging from a gate reminds visitors that the war-ravaged eastern Ukraine village of Logvinove, now held by pro-Russian separatists, was once bustling with life.

Putin's mystery military award points to Ukraine involvement

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded several military units a hugely prestigious title that was given to troops for heroism during WWII, sparking new questions about the Kremlin's involvement in Ukraine.

Ukraine's Russia debt threatens IMF rescue

Washington - A default by Ukraine on $3 billion in debt to Russia this year could threaten the International Monetary Fund's lifeline to the embattled country, an IMF spokesman said.

Passenger bus hits landmine in east Ukraine, four dead

Kiev - Four people were killed and 20 injured when a passenger bus hit a landmine near a government-controlled town in eastern Ukraine, local officials said Thursday.

EU's Juncker to visit Kiev next week

Brussels - European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday said he will visit Kiev next week on his first bilateral trip since taking office in November, in a show of support for Ukraine's embattled government.

Kolomoisky, the ruthless oligarch key to peace in Ukraine

Kiev - Sacked regional governor Igor Kolomoisky is one of Ukraine's richest men with a sprawling business empire whose ruthless methods are admired, feared and denounced in equal measures, making him one of the war-hit country's key players.

Passenger bus hits landmine in east Ukraine, three dead

Kiev - At least three people were killed and six injured in eastern Ukraine when a passenger bus hit a landmine in the government-controlled town of Artemivsk, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the separatist stronghold of Donetsk, a police official told AFP...

Ukraine receives first batch of U.S. Humvees

Kiev - Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday took delivery of ten U.S. armoured vehicles, two days after American lawmakers voted to urge President Barack Obama to provide "lethal" aid to Kiev.

Ukraine arrests officials on live TV, sacks powerful oligarch

Kiev - Ukraine on Wednesday dramatically arrested two top officials on graft charges at a televised cabinet meeting hours after the president sacked a powerful oligarch as regional governor.

Ukraine president dismisses powerful oligarch as regional governor

Kiev - Ukraine's president has dismissed a powerful oligarch from his post as regional governor in a showdown exposing the high-level internal conflicts of a nation already battling pro-Russian separatists.

Russian bombers spark NATO scramble, protest in Baltic

Vilnius - NATO jets were scrambled Tuesday to escort Russian fighters and nuclear-capable bombers flying near the Baltic states and Sweden with their transponders switched off, sparking protests over the danger they posed to civil aviation.

On Ukraine frontline, villagers scramble over bombed bridge

Ukraine - Having trudged 15 kilometres, 75-year-old Stanislav faces a daunting climb as he leaves the war-torn eastern Ukrainian village of Stanytsya Luganska, whose bridge was wrecked by a bomb blast last week.

Russia has 'more right' to Crimea than UK to Falklands, says Moscow

Moscow - Russia has more claim to Crimea than Britain has to the Falkland Islands, a senior Russian lawmaker insisted Sunday as London again denounced Moscow's "illegal annexation" of the peninsula.

In Ukraine, some Russians take up arms against Putin

Odessa - When Andrei Krasilnikov hugged his wife good-bye last week and climbed onto a bus to take him back to the frontline in eastern Ukraine, his motive was typical of those fighting for Kiev -- to defend his family and future from what he perceives as Russi...

Artillery rocks Ukraine rebel bastion Donetsk despite truce

Donetsk - Artillery fire rocked the outskirts of the rebel-held east Ukraine city of Donetsk on Sunday in the latest clashes to rattle an internationally-brokered ceasefire between pro-Russian separatists and Kiev.

Crimea plans to launch own airline

Moscow - Authorities in Crimea said they plan to set up an airline to facilitate connections with Russia and encourage tourism in the picturesque Black Sea peninsula, a year after the Ukrainian territory was annexed by Moscow.

Three killed as clashes rumble on in east Ukraine

Kiev - Two Ukrainian soldiers and one civilian were killed in the country's rebel-held east as clashes rattled an official truce aimed at ending nearly a year of fighting, Kiev and separatists said Saturday.

Russia says ending huge military drills that rattled West

Moscow - Russia said it was ending military drills Saturday that saw over 80,000 troops mobilised from the Pacific to the Black Sea in a show of force amid tensions with the West.

Ukraine, Russia start new talks to supply gas to Kiev

Brussels - Ukraine and Russia launched EU-brokered talks in Brussels on Friday aimed at supplying gas to Kiev through next winter and securing onward deliveries to Europe.

Putin stages military drills in game of 'brinkmanship' with West

Moscow - Mammoth Russian military drills ordered by President Vladimir Putin from the Pacific to the Black Sea are designed to send a message to the West: keep your distance and don't overplay your hand on Ukraine, observers say.

Three rebels dead as clashes intensify near key Ukrainian port

Ukraine - Three pro-Russian separatists have been killed in fresh clashes near the strategic Ukrainian-held port of Mariupol despite a shaky truce aimed at ending nearly a year of fighting, rebels said on Friday.

Dutch visit previously inaccessible MH17 Ukraine crash site

Den Haag - Dutch experts returned to war-ravaged Ukraine on Friday to probe the MH17 crash site, including visiting a location previously considered unsafe because of fighting with pro-Russian separatists.

Mystery bombings muddy waters in Ukraine's divided port city

Odessa - Alina Radchenko lost track after about the 15th bombing in Odessa, where she runs a volunteer centre to support battalions fighting pro-Russian rebels in the east.

British PM creates fund to curb Russian influence

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron is establishing a fund to help Eastern European states resist pressure from Russia, several media outlets reported on Friday.

EU's Russia sanctions extended to end-2015: Tusk

Brussels - EU leaders agreed to effectively extend economic sanctions against Russia until the end of 2015, tying them to full implementation of the Minsk ceasefire accords in Ukraine.
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