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Op-Ed: Russian military commander brags of role in Ukraine

Moscow - A Russian mercenary soldier long suspected of involvement in the Ukrainian rebellion now boasts of his role in an interview.

Russia regime change West's real aim in Ukraine row: Lavrov

Kiev - Russia on Saturday accused the West of seeking regime change in Moscow, raising tensions over the Ukraine conflict in the worst crisis in relations since the end of the Cold War.

Kiev says Russia has 7,500 troops in Ukraine

Kiev - Ukraine said Russia has thousands of troops in its conflict-ravaged east and vowed to boost its own military capacity, ratcheting up tensions Saturday after Kiev's new coalition pledged to make joining NATO a priority.

Germany frees female Russian spy early

Berlin - A Russian spy, jailed in Germany with her husband last year, has been freed early and allowed to return home, media reports said Friday, suggesting a possible prisoner swap.

Yatsenyuk to remain Ukraine PM in coalition: President

Kiev - Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk will keep his post to lead a new coalition government after a deal between the country's pro-Western parties, President Petro Poroshenko said Friday.

Ukraine coalition agrees to make NATO membership a priority

Kiev - Ukraine's pro-Western political parties on Friday agreed to make joining NATO a priority in a coalition deal that will give them a parliamentary majority.

A year after Kiev protests, Ukraine vanishes in rebel east

Donetsk - The symbols of Ukraine have been hidden somewhere in the school in the country's war-torn east -- but the headmistress will not say exactly where.

Ukrainian pro-Western parties sign coalition deal

Kiev - Pro-Western lawmakers in Ukraine announced Friday the creation of a parliamentary coalition which, for the first time, will be able to pass amendments to the constitution.

Ukraine shelled from Russian territory: Kiev

Kiev - Ukraine's military on Friday accused Russia of shelling its territory for the first time since the signing of a nominal ceasefire in early September.

Ukraine declares NATO ambition on protests anniversary

Kiev - Ukraine's new coalition government declared joining NATO a priority Friday in a move likely to provoke fresh Russian anger as thousands gathered in Kiev to mark the first anniversary of protests which unleashed a year of turmoil.

Tackling a giant of the dance world Special

Toronto - Embodying one of the most famous dancers in history is scary — but American-born, Toronto-based dancer Skylar Campbell doesn’t let the fear get to him: "I'm letting the experience kind of take me over."

NATO reports 400 intercepts of Russian aircraft in 2014

Tallinn - NATO said Thursday there have been around 400 intercepts of Russian military flights near its member countries this year, amid heightened tension between Moscow and the West over the Ukraine crisis.

Nearly 1,000 killed during Ukraine ceasefire, UN says

Kiev - Almost 1,000 people have been killed in Ukraine since a truce came into effect in September, an average of 13 people a day, the United Nations said Thursday, as the conflict in the east drags on.

International monitors shot at in east Ukraine: OSCE  

Kiev - A convoy of international monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) was shot at by "uniformed personnel" in east Ukraine, the organisation said Thursday.

No regrets for protesters who sparked Ukraine revolution

Kiev - When Igor Romanenko's friend suggested heading to a gathering on Kiev's Independence Square a year ago Friday, he had no idea he was about to witness the birth of a movement that would change his country forever.

Russia urges Ukraine not to join NATO

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday called for Ukraine to stay out of the NATO alliance, insisting that a "non-aligned status" was in the interests of the ex-Soviet country.

Video: Mysterious blast 'turns night to day' over Russia's Urals

Yekaterinburg - A massive explosion which lit up the sky over Russia's Urals has become the subject of speculation after the authorities declined comment on it although several locals captured it on camera. According to an eyewitness, the explosion "turned night to day."

Ukraine rebel leader Plotnitsky challenges president to duel

Kiev - A rebel leader in east Ukraine on Wednesday challenged President Petro Poroshenko to a duel, claiming it could bring peace to the war-torn region.

How to identify a Russian tank in Ukraine — By British embassy

Kiev - Britain's embassy in Kiev risked provoking fresh Russian ire Wednesday by posting a diagram on Twitter "to help the Kremlin spot its tanks" in Ukraine."#Putin still denying #Russia's troops & hardware are in #Ukraine.

Ukraine rebels fight boredom of war with tanks and guns

Ilovaysk - Bored of war and dreaming of peace, pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine pass the time firing off weapons as months of conflict drag on with no resolution in sight.

Teachers, doctors struggle on without pay in eastern Ukraine

Donetsk - With Kiev cutting off their salaries and pro-Moscow rebels struggling to set up their statelets, teachers and doctors in eastern Ukraine are left wondering where their next pay cheque will come from.

Grim prognosis for sick and dying in hospital on Ukraine frontline

Donetsk - Facing frequent shelling and desperate conditions, staff and patients at Donetsk's Hospital 21 in eastern Ukraine say they have no choice but to hunker down, stay put and cling to life as best they can.

Ukraine PM calls for talks with Russia on 'neutral territory'

Kiev - Ukraine's prime minister on Tuesday called for fresh talks with Russia on "neutral territory" as deadly fighting rumbled on in the country's east."We invite the Russian Federation to hold serious negotiations on a neutral territory.

Germany sees 'no grounds for optimism' in Ukraine conflict

Moscow - Germany's foreign minister said Tuesday he was not optimistic about an end to the conflict in Ukraine because of a "dangerous" escalation of fighting in the east.

EU sanctions separatists as Ukraine crisis deepens

Brussels - The EU agreed to blacklist more Ukrainian separatists Monday but stopped short of fresh sanctions against Russia, saying there was hope of restarting dialogue with Moscow to end the worst standoff since the Cold War.

Exclusive: Ukraine minister urges EU to send 'clear message' to Russia

Brussels - The EU must speak with one voice to Russia over Ukraine and be ready to send a "clear message" it will impose more sanctions if necessary, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin told AFP in an interview Monday.

Ten Ukrainian soldiers, police killed in east in last 24 hours

Donetsk - Seven Ukrainian soldiers and three police officers were killed in eastern Ukraine in the past 24 hours, security officials in Kiev said Monday.The officers were killed in shelling while out on patrol near Makarove in the Lugansk region.

Russia expels diplomats as EU set for new Ukraine sanctions

Moscow - Russia expelled several Polish diplomats for spying on Monday, deepening the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War as the EU eyed fresh sanctions against Moscow over the violence in Ukraine.

Russia-West tensions soar as Putin quits G20 summit

Moscow - Vladimir Putin's early exit from a G20 summit in Australia after an icy reception from world leaders may further stoke Russia-West tensions and lead to renewed fighting in Ukraine, analysts said.

MH17 wreckage removal starts in east Ukraine

Torez - Workers started winching debris from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on to trucks in eastern Ukraine Sunday, paving the way for its eventual return to the Netherlands four months after it was downed, killing 298 people.
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