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Surgeons in Ukraine's rebel Donetsk confirm cluster bomb usage

Donetsk - Surgeons in east Ukraine's rebel hub of Donetsk, where dozens of civilians have died in recent weeks, confirmed on Tuesday that some patients were victims of cluster bombs, as alleged by Human Rights Watch.

Ukraine vows to probe banned 'cluster bomb' charges

Kiev - Ukraine's Western-backed leadership vowed on Tuesday to conduct a full inquiry into allegations the army used banned "cluster bombs" in its push against pro-Russian insurgents in the separatist east.

EU sees less violence in eastern Ukraine

Luxemburg - The European Union said Monday it believed a ceasefire and peace plan have helped reduce fighting between government and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine but condemned continued violations of the accord.

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.

Dutch MH17 relative visits Ukraine crash site

Den Haag - A Dutch relative of a victim of downed flight MH17 has travelled to the crash site in eastern Ukraine to search for the remains of his missing cousin, Dutch television reported Sunday.

Germany says Ukraine rebels downed MH17 'with seized missiles'

Berlin - German intelligence has accused pro-Russian rebels of shooting down a Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine using missiles captured from government forces, a media report said Sunday.

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.

Ukraine-Russia peace hopes rise as gas deal edges closer

Milan - Ukraine and Russia both signalled progress towards settling their festering row over gas, raising hopes of an EU-backed resolution of the broader conflict embroiling the Soviet-era allies.

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.

Putin calls on Europe to help Ukraine pay gas debts  

Milan - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday called on Europe to help Kiev cover its gas debts with Russia following talks with his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko.

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.

Kremlin dismisses EU hopes of Ukraine progress

Milan - European leaders expressed hope Friday of solving the bloody Ukraine conflict following "positive" talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, only for the Kremlin to berate them as out of touch with reality.

'Maximum cooperation' demanded on MH17: Dutch PM

Den Haag - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has met Russian President Vladimir Putin to demand "maximum cooperation" in the probe into doomed Malaysia flight MH17, the Dutch top politician has said.

Europe gas supply faces 'major transit risks': Putin

Belgrade - Europe faces "major transit risks" to gas supplies coming from Russia this winter unless Ukraine resolves a gas dispute with Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Thursday.

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.

Putin accuses Obama of hostility, meddling

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin accused US counterpart Barack Obama of a hostile attitude towards Russia, warning against "attempts to blackmail" Moscow.

'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.

Dutch return to MH17 crash site as search resumes

Den Haag - Dutch officials on Monday returned to the crash site of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine where the search for remains and belongings resumed despite sporadic exchanges of fire.

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.

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.

Putin orders troops back from Ukraine border ahead of talks

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered thousands of troops to withdraw from the border with Ukraine ahead of diplomatic talks 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.

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

Kharkiv - Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday said he will meet with Russia's Vladimir Putin next week as Kiev reported rebel attacks have subsided, signalling the possibility of rescuing a truce in the six-month conflict.
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