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Ten killed in Ukraine's Donetsk on back-to-school day

Donetsk - Ukraine's largest rebel-controlled city of Donetsk was rocked by shelling Wednesday as 10 people were killed, some of them teachers and parents showing up for the first day of school.

EU keeps Russia sanctions as clashes resume in Ukraine

Brussels - The European Union on Tuesday decided to keep in place biting economic sanctions on Russia over its alleged backing of pro-Kremlin insurgents who have largely ignored a four-week Ukrainian truce.

Ukraine truce in tatters as election season kicks off

Kiev - Ukraine's tenuous truce and troop withdrawal deal lay in tatters on Tuesday after the deadliest wave of attacks by pro-Russian insurgents in more than a month killed nine government soldiers.

Back to school in Donetsk to sound of mortar fire

Donetsk - Students returning for the new school year in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday will get real-life conflict lessons as they take their seats in battle-scarred classrooms.

Thirteen killed in Ukraine fighting

Kiev - Thirteen soldiers and civilians have died in Ukraine, officials said Monday, in the deadliest surge of violence since the government and pro-Russian insurgents struck a shaky truce in their five-month conflict.

Echoes of the past at Ukraine's rebel-held WWII monument

Snizhne - The Savur-Mohyla memorial in east Ukraine, commemorating thousands of Russian and German soldiers who perished in World War II, stood for decades as testament to the strategic hill's bloodstained history.

Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels eye troop pullback

Kiev - Ukraine waited Sunday to see if a Russian-backed truce lasted through the day before starting to withdraw forces from a frontline against pro-Moscow separatist rebels stretching across the war-torn east.

Ukraine backs off from EU-backed Russia gas deal

Kiev - War-torn Ukraine has distanced itself from an EU-brokered agreement with Russia that would have restored its gas supplies during winter and helped rebuild trust between the neighbouring foes.

Russia's Lavrov slams U.S. 'military interference'

New York - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday accused the United States of resorting to "military interference" to defend its interests, in a veiled reference to the air campaign in Syria.

Op-Ed: Turkey ready to fight ISIS/ISIL

Ankara - With even Russia offering to help, the biggest player near the battlefield is finally ready to intervene against Muslim terrorists. And it has a powerful Army.

Ukraine backs off from EU-backed Russia gas deal

Kiev - War-torn Ukraine on Saturday distanced itself from an EU-brokered agreement with Russia that would have restored its gas supplies during winter and helped rebuild trust between the neighbouring foes.

Russian MPs pass law limiting foreign media ownership

Moscow - Russian lawmakers on Friday hurried through a law limiting foreign ownership of media to 20 percent, threatening some of the country's most respected independent media that still dares to criticise the Kremlin.

Ukraine's border to Russia wide open in rebel-held zone

- Ukraine's president may have ordered the closure of his nation's border with Russia but, when asked about it, the rebel commander of this crossing point just smiles and points to the snaking queue of cars traversing the international line.

Six Russians die, 36 in hospital after smoking designer drug

Moscow - Six Russians have died and dozens have been hospitalised after they smoked a legal synthetic drug in the far northern city of Surgut, prosecutors said Friday.

Ukraine leader sees end to war, eyes EU membership by 2020

Kiev - President Petro Poroshenko has proclaimed an end to the "most dangerous" part of Ukraine's pro-Russian uprising and the start of a post-war recovery that would lead to an EU membership bid in 2020.

G7 leaders warn Russia of more sanctions

New York - Leaders of the world's most developed economies Thursday warned Russia of more sanctions unless all fighting stops in Ukraine and vowed to stand by the war-torn country as winter approaches.

Ukraine's Maidan movement wins Lech Walesa freedom prize

Warsaw - The Lech Walesa foundation on Thursday awarded its annual freedom prize to the Euromaidan protest movement that helped topple Ukraine's pro-Moscow government earlier this year.

Ukraine leader sees end to war, eyes EU membership by 2020

Kiev - President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday proclaimed an end to the "most dangerous" part of Ukraine's pro-Russian uprising and the start of a post-war recovery that would lead to an EU membership bid in 2020.

Moscow court confirms house arrest of billionaire Yevtushenkov

Moscow - A Moscow court on Thursday ordered billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov to remain under house arrest, throwing out his appeal as he is investigated in a money-laundering probe.

Ukraine to shut Russia border, seek EU membership

Kiev - President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday ordered a temporary closure of Ukraine's porous border with Russia and voiced plans to apply for EU membership in 2020 as part of his ex-Soviet country's Westward shift.

China expresses opposition to further sanctions on Russia

Moscow - China has been careful in its responses to the Ukrainian situation. While it wants to retain Russia as an ally it is concerned that the Crimea referendum could set a precedent for areas such as Tibet, which is part of China.

Obama will lift sanctions if Russia 'changes course' on Ukraine

New York - US President Barack Obama slammed Russia's "aggression" in Ukraine but offered to lift sanctions against Moscow if it threw its weight behind an unraveling peace deal with Kiev.

Ukraine PM asks West to keep sanctions on Russia

New York - Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk called on the West not to ease sanctions on Russia, in his address to the UN General Assembly. "We ask our partners not to lift sanctions until Ukraine takes control of its entire territory," Yatsenyuk said.

Op-Ed: Will Russia be next ISIS target?

New York - Despite being proposed by President Barack Obama, Russia supported a Security Council resolution condemning the Islamic jihadist group ISIS.

Obama offers to lift sanctions if Russia 'changes course' on Ukraine

New York - US President Barack Obama on Wednesday slammed Russia's "aggression" in Ukraine but offered to lift sanctions against Moscow if it threw its weight behind an unravelling peace deal with Kiev.

Russia announces 'full-scale Moon exploration' by early 2030s

Moscow - Officials with the Russian Federal Space Agency have announced plans to begin full-scale Moon exploration within the next 15 to 20 years.

Op-Ed: Russia’s first line vegetable gardens, Internet firewall

Russian President Vladimir Putin is counting on the 40 percent of food produced by “dacha gardens” to fend off food sanctions. Yes, Russia claims 40 percent of its food and animals from such gardens.

Ukraine conflict death toll soars past 3,000: UN

Geneva - The death toll in Ukraine's conflict has soared past 3,000, likely by a significant margin, top UN human rights official Ivan Simonovic said Tuesday.

Syrian fighter jet shot down after entering Israeli airspace

Officials with the Israeli Deference Forces (IDF) say they have shot down a Syrian fighter jet after it entered Israeli air space over the Golan Heights.

Ukraine rebels plan votes in blow to Poroshenko truce

Donetsk - Pro-Russian rebels defiantly announced Tuesday they will stage their own elections in just six weeks, raising the stakes in a standoff with Kiev despite both sides moving to end five months of deadly fighting.
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