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With rebels at the door, Ukrainian children start school

Volnovakha - "What are the first words of the Ukrainian anthem?" teacher Yulia Likhoshva asks her students. It is Monday, the first day back at school for children across the country, and Likhoshva is kicking things off with a patriotic lesson on "United Ukraine.

Ukraine tension sparks questions over French warship sale to Russia

Paris - Fresh tensions with Russia over Ukraine have sparked renewed agonising in France about the sale of two Mistral-class warships to Moscow that has already drawn sharp criticism from London and Washington.

'Up to 15,000 Russian soldiers' sent to Ukraine say rights groups

Moscow - Up to 15,000 Russian soldiers have been sent to Ukraine over the past two months, and at least 200 may have died in combat there, rights groups told AFP on Monday.

Russia has 'severed' partnership with Europe, says Germany

Gdansk - Russia has "effectively severed its partnership" with Europe and wants to establish a new order, German President Joachim Gauck said Monday.

War could spread beyond Ukraine, warns Poland's Tusk

Warsaw - Poland's Prime Minister Donald warned on Monday that the war in eastern Ukraine risks spreading if NATO does not toughen its stance quickly.

Kiev warns of 'great war' with Russia as its forces retreat

Kiev - Ukrainian forces ceded a strategic eastern airport to pro-Russian insurgents on Monday as the government in Kiev accused Moscow of launching a "great war" that could claim tens of thousands of lives.

Putin urges Europeans to have 'common sense' over sanctions threat

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin urged the EU on Monday to show "common sense" and not to engage in mutually destructive sanctions, in his first reaction to the threat of additional punitive measures over Ukraine."I hope that common sense will prevail....

Ukraine defence minister warns of 'great war' with Russia

Kiev - Ukraine's defence minister warned on Monday that a "great war" had broken out with Russia over his country's future that could claim tens of thousands of lives.

Poland on edge 75 years after Hitler and Stalin carved it up

Warsaw - Poland marks the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II Monday with one eye on Russia, which invaded it during the war and is now throwing its weight around in neighbouring Ukraine.

Russia's Putin seeks 'statehood' talks on east Ukraine

Moscow - Moscow and Kiev representatives will meet in Minsk Monday after Russian President Vladimir Putin raised the stakes in the Ukraine conflict by calling for statehood to be discussed for the restive east of the former Soviet state.

As Ukrainian troops retreat, separatists celebrate new offensive

- The town of Komsomolske, to the south east of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, has seen two rulers in the last three days.On Friday, it was in the hands of government forces.

Ukraine rebels prepare attack as EU warns Russia of new sanctions

Mariupol - Pro-Russian separatists were preparing a fresh offensive on a key coastal location in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, as EU leaders gave Moscow one week to curb its support for the rebels or face new sanctions.

EU gives Russia new sanctions ultimatum

Brussels - European Union leaders on Sunday gave Russia a week to reverse course in Ukraine or face a new round of sanctions as Kiev warned it was on the brink of "full-scale war" with Moscow.

Op-Ed: Sanctions threat won't stop bully Putin

Moscow - Russian President Vladmir Putin has a long history of instability, starting when he was an undersized thug on the streets of Leningrad to when he was denied a promotion in the KGB because his behavior was seen as too risky. No one doubts he is a bully.

Russian train-surfers, extreme sport or social problem?

Moscow - Since he was 10, Sasha has taken the train everyday between Moscow and his home in the suburbs. Only instead of sitting inside with the other passengers, he runs on its rooftop as the train hurtles along.

EU readies new Russia sanctions as Ukraine war fears grow

Brussels - The European Union readied a fresh wave of sanctions against Russia on Saturday with warnings that the escalating crisis in Ukraine was putting all of Europe at risk of conflict.

EU's Barroso warns Ukraine crisis near 'point of no return'

Brussels - EU Commission head Jose Manual Barroso warned on Saturday that the crisis in Ukraine was reaching the point of no return, after reports Russian troops were fighting in the east of the country."We are in a very serious, I would say, dramatic situation.....

Defiant Putin eyes pro-Russian statelet in Ukraine: analysts

Moscow - Russian strongman Vladimir Putin first used "Novorossiya" -- the loaded Tsarist-era name for what is now southern and eastern Ukraine -- just after annexing Crimea from Ukraine in March, sparking outrage in Kiev.

EU moves towards tougher sanctions on Russia

Milan - European Union foreign ministers on Friday cleared the way for tougher sanctions against Russia over what many of them described as its invasion of neighbour Ukraine.

Mariupol digs in as fears mount of rebel onslaught

Mariupol - Residents in east Ukraine's strategic port Mariupol dug trenches Friday as others packed up and fled over fears the city could be the next target for advancing pro-Russian rebels.

NATO warns Russia over 'blatant violations' in Ukraine conflict

Brussels - NATO warned Russia on Friday over what it described as a "blatant violation" of Ukraine's sovereignty after the West accused Moscow of direct involvement in the escalating conflict.

Death toll in east Ukraine conflict nears 2,600: UN

Kiev - The conflict raging in eastern Ukraine has killed nearly 2,600 people, the United Nations said Friday, voicing concern about atrocities committed by armed groups and the increasing involvement of foreign fighters.

Obama leads condemnation as West rounds on Russia

Kiev - Ukraine and the West said that Russian troops were actively involved in the fighting tearing apart the east of the country, raising fears of a direct military confrontation between Kiev and its former Soviet master.

U.S. rebukes Russia: 'Stop lying about Ukraine'

New York - Washington's envoy to the United Nations told the Security Council Thursday that Russia "must stop lying," accusing Moscow of sending soldiers, tanks and weaponry to support separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Army wives urge Russia to come clean on soldiers in Ukraine

- Several dozen women gathered outside a military base in central Russia on Thursday to demand that commanders come clean about the whereabouts of their husbands after reports of secret funerals for soldiers covertly sent to Ukraine.

Russian troops 'directly involved' in Ukraine conflict

Kiev - Ukraine and the West said Thursday that Russian troops were actively involved in the fighting tearing apart the east of the country, raising fears of a direct military confrontation between Kiev and its former Soviet master.

Russia violates Finnish airspace three times in a week

Helsinki - Finland said on Thursday that its airforce would step-up "reconnaissance flights" after three violations of its airspace by Russian jets in less than a week.

NATO says 'over 1,000 Russian troops' in Ukraine

Donetsk - A senior NATO official said on Thursday that "well over a thousand" Russian troops were operating inside Ukraine.

Russian troops 'directly' involved in Ukraine conflict: US, Kiev

Donetsk - Washington and Kiev said Thursday that Russian troops were actively involved in the fighting tearing apart eastern Ukraine, raising fears of a direct military confrontation on Europe's eastern flank.

Death toll soars from fighting in Ukraine: UN report

New York - Fierce fighting in east Ukraine over the past month has sent the death toll soaring, with at least 36 people killed every day, according to a UN rights report.
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