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Ukraine soldiers to government: We're coming for you next

Dnipropetrovsk - Vitaliy Feshchenko, one of thousands of Ukrainian volunteers fighting pro-Russian rebels, has this message for government leaders back in the capital Kiev: his battle-hardened men might come for them next.

Back to Cold War as Russia probes NATO defences

Brussels - Nuclear-capable Russian bombers in European airspace, NATO intercepts, a foreign submarine in Swedish waters -- the fall-out from the Ukraine crisis feels like a return to Cold War days.

Ukraine, France, Germany urge Putin not to recognise rebel polls: Kiev

Kiev - The leaders of Ukraine, Germany and France on Friday urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to not recognise leadership polls that pro-Russian separatists are planning to hold at the weekend in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine rebel vote drives further wedge between Russia and West

Donetsk - Pro-Russian separatists controlling swathes of east Ukraine are set to hold leadership polls on Sunday that Moscow has backed despite condemnation from Kiev and the West.

EU will 'play its role' to support Ukraine-Russia gas deal

Paris - The European Union will "fully play its role" to implement the gas deal signed by Ukraine and Russia on Thursday, the French and German leaders said in a joint statement.

EU, Russia, Ukraine seal breakthrough gas accord

Brussels - Russia agreed to resume gas deliveries to war-torn Ukraine through the winter in an EU-brokered, multi-billion dollar deal signed by the three parties in Brussels on Thursday.

Ukraine-Russia gas talks resume with hopes of breakthrough

Brussels - Hopes of a breakthrough rose Thursday as the EU opened the latest round of talks aimed at persuading Russia to resume gas deliveries to war-torn Ukraine in time for winter.

Thousands mourn victims of Stalin-era purges in Moscow

Moscow - Thousands of Russians on Wednesday gathered outside the former KGB headquarters in central Moscow for an annual ritual commemorating the tens of thousands killed in Stalin-era repressions.

No date 'confirmed' for warship delivery to Russia

Paris - No date has been "confirmed at this stage" for the delivery of a Mistral-class warship to Russia, French manufacturer DCNS said Wednesday, after Moscow said the controversial handover was due on November 14.

Putin spokesman tells press to 'shut trap' on cancer rumours

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin's spokesman on Wednesday ridiculed US media reports that the Russian strongman may be suffering from cancer, saying he was fine and that journalists should "shut their trap".

UN, EU condemn rebel vote in Ukraine amid NATO-Russia tensions

Brussels - The international community on Wednesday condemned Moscow over its plans to recognise separatist polls in Ukraine as NATO warned of "unusual" Russian military manoeuvres in European airspace.

Russia offers U.S. space station help after rocket explodes

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday offered to help the United States with deliveries to the International Space Station after an unmanned American supply rocket exploded on lift-off.

In ravaged Ukraine rebel city, one man dreams of heat this winter

Donetsk - Winter is coming to war-torn east Ukraine and 90-year-old Vasily Semyonovich is getting increasingly worried. His home is close to the bombed out ruins of the airport in rebel-held Donetsk where separatist fighters still battle government troops daily....

Ukraine tensions spike as Russia backs rebel vote

Moscow - Moscow and Kiev are set to crunch hold talks over a gas dispute Wednesday, a day after Russia ratcheted up tensions by saying it will recognise separatist polls in east Ukraine.

Rebels let besieged Ukraine troops retreat from checkpoint

- More than 100 besieged Ukrainian soldiers, surrounded for nearly a fortnight at their checkpoint near Lugansk, were allowed to retreat after an agreement with pro-Russian insurgents, a rebel leader said Tuesday."We gave them an ultimatum.

Russia angers West by backing rebel polls as EU uphold sanctions

Moscow - Russia announced Tuesday it will recognise separatist polls in Ukraine next weekend, sparking an angry reaction from Washington and Kiev's newly elected pro-Western leaders.

Ukraine's pro-West parties in coalition talks

Kiev - Coalition talks intensify Tuesday between the pro-Western winners of Ukraine's parliamentary poll, while attacks by pro-Russian insurgents in the east highlight the obstacles to their promises of peace and deeper EU ties.

Poroshenko faces hurdles despite big Ukraine vote win

Kiev - Grad rockets roaring from the pro-Russian rebel bastion of Donetsk the day after Ukrainian voters backed President Petro Poroshenko's high-stake talks with Moscow underscored the deadly obstacles facing his search for peace in the separatist east.

Supporters of peace process won Ukraine elections: Moscow 

Moscow - Parties backing a peace process to end the conflict with pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine won a clear victory at Sunday's parliamentary polls, Russia's deputy foreign minister said Monday.

Heavy shelling erupts near rebel-held Ukraine town after poll

Donetsk - Heavy shelling erupted Monday near the separatist held town of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, ending a calm period during weekend parliamentary elections.

Ukraine picks moderates over radicals in war-time vote

Kiev - Ukraine's parliamentary election saw war-weary voters shunt aside pro-Russian and radical nationalists and pick moderates who favour a mix of market economics and eastern European conservative values.

Ukraine votes for pro-West parties, peace talks

Kiev - Pro-Western and nationalist parties swept Ukraine's parliamentary election Sunday, exit polls showed, in a boost for President Petro Poroshenko's anti-corruption reforms and his promise to make peace with pro-Russian rebels.

Fear and loathing as Ukraine's frontline city votes

Mariupol - Ukraine's parliamentary polls Sunday were meant to help bring a shattered nation together, but in the frontline city of Mariupol, interior designer Natalia is in no mood for reconciliation. "There is nobody to vote for.

Austrian drones fly high, over Ukraine and beyond

- In the middle of the Austrian countryside, a few sleek, high-tech drones sit in a bright production hall, ready for missions over Ukraine, the Mediterranean or the Middle East.

Ukraine votes against backdrop of war, corruption

Kiev - A divided Ukraine voted Sunday in parliamentary elections that President Petro Poroshenko hopes will show support for his pro-Western reforms and plans to negotiate with pro-Russian insurgents.

Russia turns back clocks to permanent Winter Time

Moscow - Russia on Sunday is set to turn back its clocks to winter time permanently in a move backed by President Vladimir Putin, reversing a three-year experiment with non-stop summer time that proved highly unpopular.

Bitter mood on eve of Ukraine's election

Kiev - The mood in Maidan Square, epicentre of Ukraine's democracy revolution, was as bitter on the eve of Sunday's parliamentary elections as the suddenly freezing October wind.

Allies of deposed leader struggling in Ukraine vote

Kramatorsk - As he campaigned for Ukraine's parliamentary polls, to be held Sunday, Nestor Shufrych was pelted with eggs and injured in a scuffle with nationalists.It's not easy for one-time allies of ousted leader Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine these days.

Ukraine set to vote for pro-Western future

Kiev - Ukrainians were to vote Sunday in parliamentary elections overshadowed by a bloody pro-Russian uprising in the east, but described by President Petro Poroshenko as a historic chance to set the country on a pro-Western path.

War-scarred Ukraine counts down to key vote

Kiev - Ukraine wraps up campaigning Friday for a weekend vote that will dramatically reshape parliament after a year of upheavals in which a deadly pro-Russian uprising has threatened to splinter the ex-Soviet state.
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