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Truce upheld for first time in war-torn eastern Ukraine: president

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Saturday that the Western-backed truce signed in Minsk in February had been respected this week for the first time, despite pro-Russian rebels claiming a civilian had been killed."I have some good news.

Two senior nationalists charged over Kiev clashes

Kiev - Ukrainian authorities on Friday charged two senior members of an ultra-nationalist party over violent clashes in Kiev that killed three police this week.

New book shows Russia through the looking glass Special

Edinburgh - “Moscow was an exciting place to be for a 24-year old. It was an oil boom and bust town. You could go around the block and the city would be transformed by the time you came back.”

Putin says Assad agrees to early parliamentary polls

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was willing to hold early parliamentary elections and share power with the "healthy" opposition.

Europe migrant crisis was to be 'expected': Putin

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday called Europe's migrant crisis a predictable result of its policies in the Middle East and said he had personally warned of the consequences.

Putin slams 'tragic' clashes in Kiev over autonomy for rebel east

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday condemned the deadly clashes that took place this week between police and nationalists in Kiev and questioned how long Ukrainians would "put up with" the instability rocking the country.

Premature to talk about Russian military action against IS: Putin

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday it was premature to talk about Russia taking part in military operations against the Islamic State group, as the US said it was checking reports of Russian troops in Syria.

Ukraine says foiled bombing of Kiev apartment block

Kiev - Ukraine's security services said Thursday they had detained four members of a pro-Russian group suspected of plotting to blow up a block of flats in Kiev.

Russia rejects French proposal to limit UN veto

New York - Russia on Wednesday dismissed as "populist" a French proposal to limit the use of the veto at the UN Security Council and said it would oppose it.

U.S. trains in Black Sea with Ukraine's depleted navy

Washington - The United States is co-hosting drills in the Black Sea with what is left of Ukraine's devastated navy, which lost about two thirds of its sailors and ships after Russia seized Crimea last year.

Ukraine ceasefire undermined, EU extends sanctions

Kiev - Two civilians were killed Wednesday in eastern Ukraine, undermining fresh efforts to end simmering violence as the European Union agreed to extend sanctions against individuals deemed responsible for the conflict.

Ukraine ceasefire undermined, EU extends sanctions

Kiev - Two civilians were killed Wednesday in eastern Ukraine, undermining fresh efforts to end continuing violence as the European Union extended sanctions against individuals deemed responsible for the conflict.

Russian, Danish, Kazakh astronauts blast off for ISS

Baikonur - A Soyuz spacecraft with three astronauts on board, including the first Dane to fly into space, blasted off towards the International Space Station on Wednesday.

Ukraine on edge after clashes as third policeman dies

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko defended on Tuesday controversial legislation giving more autonomy to pro-Russian rebels that sparked deadly street battles in Kiev.

Two U.S. Predator drones deployed to Latvia

Washington - The US military has deployed two MQ-1 Predator surveillance drones and 70 airmen to Latvia for a two-week training mission aimed at reassuring European allies wary of Russia.

Ukrainian ultranationalist party Svoboda, a history of violence

Kiev - The Ukrainian ultranationalist party Svoboda, blamed for clashes that killed one person and injured dozens more outside parliament on Monday, has a long-established reputation for violent confrontation.

Ukraine president vows 'severe' punishment for instigators of deadly Kiev clashes

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday said those behind deadly Kiev clashes that erupted after a vote on autonomy for separatist eastern regions deserved severe punishment, calling the violence a "stab in the back.

Syrians take long way round by biking to new life in Arctic

Oslo - A group of intrepid Syrian migrants have found a new, albeit long, way into Europe -- through Russia and into Norway's Arctic, some of them cycling across the border.

Ukraine points finger at ultra-nationalists after Kiev clash

Kiev - A member of Ukraine's National Guard was killed and scores of people were injured Monday in clashes between police and nationalist protesters in Kiev as lawmakers gave initial backing to a contested bill boosting autonomy in the country's breakaway reg...

Ukraine MPs back reform giving more autonomy to pro-Russia east

Kiev - Ukraine's parliament on Monday backed a first reading of draft constitutional reforms demanded by the West which grant greater autonomy to the eastern territories controlled by pro-Russian rebels.

Border fear and betrayal beneath Sino-Russian warmth

Bejing - Savagely beaten and accused of spying for Moscow, Xu Weiyi –- one of China's few citizens of Russian descent -- stared over the river separating his border village from the Soviet Union, longing for escape.

Jailed filmmaker inspires Ukraine with bestselling book

Kiev - Ukrainians are snapping up the autobiography of film director Oleg Sentsov, who was last week sentenced by Russia to 20 years in prison in a shock ruling that sparked global condemnation.

Hundreds protest smashing of 'Mephistopheles' in St Petersburg

Sanktpeterburg - More than a thousand Russians rallied in Saint Petersburg on Sunday after a century-old bas relief of a mythical demon was destroyed amid fears of increasing religious intolerance under President Vladimir Putin.

Russia probes smashing of 'Mephistopheles' figure claimed by Orthodox group

Sanktpeterburg - Russia has launched a probe after a century-old figure of Mephistopheles was ripped down in Saint Petersburg, with Orthodox activists claiming responsibility amid fears of an increasing intolerance in the country.

Organiser of liberal Russian MP's murder jailed for 17 years

Sanktpeterburg - A Russian court on Friday sentenced the organiser of the 1998 killing of prominent opposition politician Galina Starovoitova to 17 years in prison.

Empty chair for Snowden prize ceremony

Oslo - Edward Snowden will be represented by an empty chair next week when he is honoured with a freedom of expression prize in Norway, as he fears extradition to the US, organisers said Friday.

U.S. envoy to Syria visits Moscow in fresh diplomatic push

Moscow - Russia on Friday hosted the newly appointed US special envoy for Syria as world powers intensify efforts to end the four-year civil war raging in the country.

Ukraine clashes kill eight, hurting push for new truce

Kiev - Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels on Thursday reported the death of eight people in fresh clashes that endanger nascent talks on a new truce agreement for the war-torn separatist east.

Former Ukraine rebel head starts support group for Russian fighters

Moscow - A former leader of pro-Russian separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine on Thursday announced he was launching a support network for Russian volunteers who fought in the conflict and the families of those killed.

Final MH17 report due October 13: Dutch investigators

Den Haag - The final report into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over war-torn eastern Ukraine last year will be released in October 13, Dutch investigators said on Thursday.
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