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Greenaway to shoot Russia film backed by sanction-hit Putin ally

London - British director Peter Greenaway is to direct a film about Russia backed by a billionaire businessman and ally of President Vladimir Putin who has come under US sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.

Ukraine court orders arrest of two 'Russian soldiers'

Kiev - A Kiev court on Friday ordered two suspected Russian soldiers who were captured by Ukrainian troops in the separatist east to be placed in pre-trial detention until July 19.

Ukraine truce talks make no breakthrough in Minsk

Minsk - A top pro-Russian rebel said on Friday that a new round of Ukraine crisis talks had resulted in no breakthrough but would continue in the coming weeks.

'War crimes' rampant in Ukraine: Amnesty

Kiev - Amnesty International on Friday accused Ukrainian forces of torture and pro-Russian rebels of even more serious war crimes such as summary executions committed both before and after a February truce deal.

Kremlin seeking to free Russians held by Kiev

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said Friday the Kremlin was doing all it could to secure the release of two men that Ukraine says are captured Russian soldiers.

Ukrainians don embroidered shirts to show unity

Mariupol - Ukrainians led by President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday donned the country's traditional embroidered dress -- a yearly celebration that has become a manifestation of national identity and unity.

Moscow bans Gay Pride march, again

Moscow - Moscow's town hall announced Thursday that it would not allow a Gay Pride march in the Russian capital that activists wanted to hold later this month -- a ban that it repeats every year.

Fighters captured in Ukraine admit to serving in Russia's army: OSCE

Kiev - European mediators in the Ukrainian crisis said Thursday that two men captured by Kiev's troops had confessed to being members of the Russian armed forces sent in to back up pro-Moscow separatist fighters.

Apple plans major international launch for new streaming service

Apple is planning an early launch in Russia for its upcoming music streaming service, according to a report in Billboard — indicating that it is likely to see a large-scale global launch.

Ukraine rips up key cooperation deals with Russia

Kiev - Kiev lawmakers on Thursday annulled five crucial security agreements with Moscow that had allowed Russia to transport troops to a separatist region of Moldova and purchase weapons that are only produced in Ukraine.

Poroshenko says Ukraine waging 'real war' with Russia

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko sparked fresh Kremlin fury by warning that his crisis-torn country was fighting a "real war" against Russian aggressors that could escalate at any time.

Russian activists say find fresh graves of soldiers killed in Ukraine

Moscow - Russian opposition activists investigating the deaths of three special forces soldiers said Wednesday their findings indicate that elite Russian army reconnaissance units are operating in Ukraine.

Ukraine charges two suspected Russian soldiers with 'terrorist activity'

Kiev - Ukraine has charged two suspected Russian soldiers who were captured during a gun battle in the separatist eastern region of Lugansk with involvement in "terrorist activity", a security official said Wednesday.

Poroshenko says Ukraine waging 'real war' with Russia

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko sparked fresh Kremlin fury on Wednesday by warning that his crisis-torn country was fighting a "real war" against Russian aggressors that could escalate at any time.

Ex-Soviet Georgia urges EU progress, despite Russian pressure

Tbili - Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has warned European Union leaders against letting Russian aggression in Ukraine undermine the bloc's project of building closer links with ex-Soviet nations.

EU, ex-Soviet states meet in Putin's shadow

Varsovia - European Union leaders and six ex-Soviet states hold a summit Thursday focussed on the bloc's Eastern Partnership project, which was designed to bolster mutual ties but has been undermined by Russia's intervention in Ukraine.

UN, U.S. condemn Russian embassy attack in Damascus

New York - The United Nations and the United States condemned a mortar attack on the Russian embassy in Damascus that did not, however, cause any known injuries.

Russian parliament passes bill on 'undesirable' foreign NGOs

Moscow - Russian lawmakers on Tuesday passed a controversial bill allowing authorities to ban foreign NGOs deemed "undesirable" for the state, the latest step in a crackdown condemned by rights activists.

Ukraine takes first step toward debt payment freeze

Kiev - Ukraine's cash-starved government took the first step Tuesday toward freezing the payment of billions of dollars in sovereign and state-backed debt owed to some of the world's most powerful creditors.

Russian deputy PM attacks space industry with reform bill

Moscow - Russia's deputy prime minister on Tuesday lambasted the country's beleaguered space industry as inefficient and corrupt, as he presented proposed reform measures to parliament.

NATO urges Russia to be more 'transparent' on military exercises

Brussels - NATO head Jens Stoltenberg urged Russia on Tuesday for full transparency during snap military exercises in order to avoid potentially catastrophic misunderstandings as the Ukraine crisis stokes tensions.

Kiev shows off captured 'Russian soldiers' to media

Kiev - Kiev on Tuesday showed off two purported Russian soldiers it captured during a gun battle in the separatist east that Ukraine's pro-Western leadership says proves the Kremlin's direct involvement in the war.

Sweden's Carl Bildt advises Ukraine President and Russian group

Stockholm - Sweden's former foreign minister Carl Bildt has been appointed as an advisor to Russian-controlled investment group LetterOne, the company said Monday, just days after he joined an advisory group to Ukraine's President.

Russia indicts extradited tycoon for theft

Moscow - Russian authorities on Monday issued an indictment for fraud against tycoon Sergei Polonsky, less than a day after flying him in from Cambodia, the interior ministry said Monday.

Russia drops opposition to EU-Ukraine trade deal starting 2016: EU

Brussels - Russia has dropped its demands for a further delay in a landmark EU-Ukraine trade deal at the heart of the Ukraine crisis and accepts that it will now begin next year, the EU said Monday.

Ukraine vows to show off 'captured Russian soldiers'

Kiev - Ukraine vowed on Monday to show off two Russian soldiers it claimed to have captured while fighting Moscow-backed forces in the separatist east.

Russia restarts spacecraft after embarrassing failures

Moscow - Russia on Monday managed on a second attempt to restart the engines of a Progress spacecraft attached to the International Space Station (ISS) and shift the station's orbit.

Russia unveils bust of Putin as Roman emperor

Saint Petersburg - A group of supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday presented a bust of the strongman depicting him in the heroic guise of a Roman emperor.

Ukraine says two Russian soldiers captured in east

Kiev - Ukraine has captured two Russian soldiers in its conflict with separatists in the country's east, Kiev said Sunday.Military spokesman Andriy Lysenko simply named those captured as "Russian soldiers", while giving no further details.

Russia probes space failures after rocket falls to Earth

Moscow - Russia on Sunday began investigating the loss of a commercial satellite and a separate glitch on the International Space Station, sparking fears over the industry's safety.
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