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Ukraine death toll mounts after truce hopes dashed

Kiev - At least 19 soldiers and civilians were killed in clashes across east Ukraine as fierce fighting raged Sunday between government forces and pro-Russian rebels following the collapse of ceasefire talks.

Framing ties with Russia in a 'post' post-Cold War era

Washington - Whatever happened to that reset button Hillary Clinton gave her Russian counterpart in 2009 as a sign of renewed ties? No doubt gathering dust, while the West figures out how to handle Moscow now.

A million rare documents damaged in Moscow library blaze

Moscow - A fire that ripped through one of Russia's largest university libraries is believed to have damaged over one million historic documents, with some describing the fire as a cultural "Chernobyl.

Scramble to treat wounded at last Ukraine frontline hospital

Art - A constant stream of ambulances, lorries and civilian cars screeches to a halt outside the last working hospital in this area of the Ukrainian frontline, delivering a growing number of those wounded in intense clashes.

Why is mother of 7 Svetlana Davydova imprisoned now in Russia?

Vyazma - As Russia continues to deny troop deployments in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, a mother of seven is arrested on suspicion of treason for a phone call made nine months ago.

Ukraine peace talks collapse as fighting rages

Minsk - Peace talks aimed at halting rising bloodshed in eastern Ukraine ended in failure Saturday, with Kiev's envoy saying pro-Russian separatists wrecked a deal by refusing to discuss an immediate ceasefire.

Fifteen Ukrainian soldiers killed in latest fighting

Kiev - Fighting between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian forces in the east of the country has left 15 government soldiers dead and 30 wounded over the past 24 hours, Ukraine's defence minister said Saturday.

Hungary under pressure to pick sides in Russia-EU standoff

Budapest - Hungary's maverick Prime Minister Viktor Orban has spent the past year straddling the divide between Russia and his European Union counterparts on the crisis in Ukraine.But he may soon be forced to pick sides.

Fifteen troops killed as Ukraine peace talks begin

Minsk - Kiev representatives and pro-Russian separatists finally met on Saturday to thrash out a "binding" truce despite Ukraine suffering one of its bloodiest days yet in the nine-month conflict with 15 troops killed.

In Ukraine's rebel capital daily life is fraught with deadly danger

Donetsk - Civilians queuing for aid handouts in Ukraine's rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday became the five latest casualties of a conflict which makes daily life a gamble, for those who haven't already fled.

Twelve people, including seven civilians, killed in east Ukraine

Kiev - Twelve people, including seven civilians, were killed in the past 24 hours in clashes between government forces and pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine, officials said Friday.

Ukraine rebels vow to push offensive if talks fail

Kiev - Pro-Russian separatists vowed on Friday to push their latest offensive in eastern Ukraine further if truce talks with Kiev's pro-Western leaders fail as the bitter conflict killed another 19 civilians.

Russian mother of seven accused of treason over Ukraine

Moscow - A mother of seven has been accused of treason for calling the Ukrainian embassy about Russian troop movements in the latest sign of Moscow attempting to cover up its intervention in its neighbouring state.

Ukrainians flee frontline town under daily crossfire

Verbovka - Wheeling suitcases and hauling bags, residents of Svitlodarsk peered into a bus departing from this heavily shelled east Ukrainian town. "Is there still room?" one woman asked, anxious to send her teenage son to safety.

EU to expand Russia blacklist, ready for more measures over Ukraine

Brussels - The EU agreed Thursday to add new names to a sanctions blacklist over Russia's involvement in Ukraine and will start work on possible further measures, foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said.

New Ukraine peace talks to take place Friday

Minsk - Belarus said that a new round of Ukrainian peace negotiations involving the warring sides and overseen by European and Russian envoys would be held on Friday in Minsk.

Gorbachev warns of risk of armed conflict in new Cold War

Moscow - The last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Friday accused the United States of drawing Russia into a new Cold War and said he feared hostilities could escalate into armed conflict.

Woman eats pig to avoid paying child support

A woman in Russia faces up to two years in jail because she ate her own pig in an attempt to avoid paying child support.

Which North Korean leader is visiting Moscow?

Moscow - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has accepted an invitation from Moscow to visit Russia in May for the celebration of the Soviet victory over Germany in WWII. This will be Kim Jong Un's first visit outside his country.

EU set to add to sanctions blacklist over Ukraine

Brussels - EU foreign ministers will add names to a blacklist of individuals sanctioned over the Ukraine crisis when they meet Thursday but stop short of new measures targeting Russia's economy, sources said.

Greece-EU clash spreads to Russia sanctions

Brussels - Greece has created a new headache for the EU by questioning sanctions against Russia over Ukraine but is unlikely to block them for fear of harming its own debt negotiations, analysts and sources say.

Autopsy on Russian ex-spy 'one of most dangerous ever'

London - The autopsy on the body of poisoned Russian former spy Alexander Litvinenko was described as one of the most dangerous ever on day two of an inquiry into his death Wednesday.

Poroshenko and US press Putin on Ukraine violence

Kiev - Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko appealed to Russia's Vladimir Putin while Washington threatened tougher measures should Moscow fail to rein in separatists mounting a new offensive in the east of the ex-Soviet republic.

U.S. threatens tougher action against Russia over Ukraine

Kiev - U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Wednesday that Washington was ready to increase sanctions on Russia over its actions in war-torn Ukraine.

Syria talks start in Moscow as West's approach alters

Moscow - Syrian opposition figures and representatives of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad began talks in Moscow Wednesday but there was little hope that they would make a breakthrough in ending the country's brutal war.

Kremlin confirms North Korea's Kim to visit Moscow in May

Moscow - The Kremlin on Wednesday confirmed that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un will attend World War II ceremonies in Moscow in May, in what would be his first foreign trip since taking power in 2011.

Moscow blasts U.S. spy arrest as part of 'anti-Russian campaign'

Moscow - Moscow on Tuesday blasted the United States over the arrest of an alleged Russian spy, condemning the move as a "provocation" that would further damage already tattered ties.

EU threatens new Russia sanctions over Ukraine violence

Brussels - European Union leaders on Tuesday threatened new sanctions against Russia over a bloody offensive by pro-Kremlin Ukrainian rebels, the latest bid to pressure a defiant President Vladimir Putin.

Putin lauds Soviet army at Moscow's Auschwitz ceremony

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday slammed what he called attempts to rewrite history and lauded the Red Army at a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

Russian ex-spy may have been poisoned twice, inquiry told

London - An inquiry into the radiation poisoning of a former Russian spy opened on Tuesday with claims that there may have been an earlier assassination bid in the most sensational espionage case since the Cold War.
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