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NATO urged to ward off 'serious' Russian challenge

Tirana - NATO's parliamentary assembly on Monday called on members of the Western military alliance to be ready to respond to the "potential threat" of Russian aggression against them.

Ukranian art buyer hands back stolen Dutch masterpiece

Den Haag - A Ukranian art buyer has handed back a missing 18th-century painting stolen a decade ago from a Dutch museum, bringing the total number of masterpieces retrieved from the heist to five, officials said on Monday.

Three Ukrainian soldiers killed in upsurge in east

Kiev - Three Ukrainian soldiers were killed and eight wounded in a fresh "escalation" of fighting between pro-Russian rebels and government forces, Kiev said Monday.

Five Ukrainian soldiers killed, four wounded in separatist east

Kiev - Five Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and four wounded in fresh clashes with pro-Russian separatists in the country's east, the military said Sunday, the army's second deadliest toll this year.

Museum of Russian impressionist art opens in Moscow

Moscow - A museum of Russian impressionist art opened in Moscow on Saturday amid efforts to promote the country's little-known art movement to a global audience.

Putin wraps up Greek trip with Russian monastery visit

Rent - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday visited the monastic community of Mount Athos, one of Orthodox Christianity's holiest sites, on the last leg of a two-day visit to Greece.

Russia activists struggle to raise HIV awareness as epidemic grows

Moscow - Vadim Pokrovsky stunned hundreds of students at a conference in Moscow last week when he reached into his pocket and took out a condom."And you, the young generation, how do you protect yourselves from HIV?

Russian artist Pavlensky gives prize money to anti-police guerrillas

Moscow - Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky, who is on trial for torching the door of the security service headquarters, said Friday he would give his prize money from a prestigious award to a group of vigilantes serving life sentences.

German FM floats possible 'step by step' easing of Russia sanctions

Tallinn - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Friday floated the possibility of a "step by step" reduction of EU sanctions against Russia if there is headway on ending the conflict in Ukraine.

Russia to extend Western food ban to 2018: PM

Moscow - Russia plans to extend its embargo on Western food products by a year and a half, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Friday, as the European Union prepares to debate renewing sanctions against Moscow.

Ukraine pilot Savchenko 'ready to negotiate with pro-Moscow separatists'

Kiev - Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, freed from a Russian jail this week, said on Friday she is ready to negotiate with pro-Russian separatists on releasing prisoners.

Russia to raise military presence on disputed Kuril islands

Moscow - Russia said Friday it was taking unprecedented measures to upgrade its military presence on the far-eastern Kuril islands claimed by Japan, including plans to set up a new base on an uninhabited island.

Putin in Greek trip as EU sanctions talks loom

Atenas - Russian President Vladimir Putin signed several economic deals with Athens on Friday during a visit to Greece aimed at reinforcing a relationship with one of his few friends in the EU amid tensions with the West.

Georgia's rebel region to vote on joining Russia in 2017: Official

Moscow - Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia will hold a referendum on joining Russia next year, its president and parliament speaker said in a statement Thursday.

Ukraine bans Gorbachev for backing Crimea annexation

Kiev - Ukraine's security service said Thursday it had banned the last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev for backing Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Putin says EU needs Russia to stay on global stage

Atenas - Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed in an article published Thursday that the EU would not be a global player without his country's help as he prepared for his first visit to the bloc this year.

EU faces 'difficult' talks on Russia sanctions: Germany

Riga - Germany said Thursday the EU was facing difficult talks on extending sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine due to the increased resistance of some member states, and denied that a new Cold War was afoot.

G7 needs 'clear and tough stance' on territorial disputes: Tusk

Ise - The Group of Seven needs to take a "clear and tough stance" on China's controversial maritime claims and the Russian annexation of Crimea, European Council President Donald Tusk said Thursday.

Central European NATO members to send troops to Baltics

Liblice - Four central European states said Wednesday they would send troops to three Baltic NATO allies starting next year as tensions with their Soviet-era master Russia rise to levels not seen since the Cold War.

Poroshenko vows to take back Crimea following pilot's release

Kiev - President Petro Poroshenko vowed on Wednesday that Ukraine would take back the annexed peninsula of Crimea and rebel-held territory in the east of the country following pilot Nadiya Savchenko's return from Russia.

Putin says relatives of killed journalists asked for Savchenko pardon

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said the relatives of two Russian journalists killed in eastern Ukraine had asked him to pardon Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, convicted of complicity in their deaths.

Two Russian prisoners, swapped for Ukrainian pilot, land in Moscow

Moscow - Two alleged Russian soldiers who were sentenced to 14 years in prison by Kiev for fighting alongside rebels in eastern Ukraine landed in Moscow on Wednesday in a swap for Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, Russian television showed.

Savchenko: Ukraine's 'symbol of defiance' to Russia

Kiev - Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, freed by Russia in a prisoner exchange on Wednesday, has been condemned by Moscow as a murderer but was rapturously received as a national hero back home.

Ukraine's Savchenko gets hero's welcome after prisoner swap with Russia

Kiev - Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko returned home to a hero's welcome Wednesday after nearly two years in a Russian jail following a prisoner swap with Moscow that drew a line under a major diplomatic spat.

Seven Ukrainian soldiers killed in war-torn east

Kiev - Seven Ukrainian soldiers have died in the country's war-torn east over the past 24 hours, the biggest casualty toll in a single day this year, Kiev said on Tuesday.

Russia in first raids on Syria's Aleppo since truce: Monitor

Birut - Russian warplanes hit a key rebel supply route to Aleppo on Sunday in Moscow's first strikes on Syria's battleground second city since a February ceasefire, a monitoring group said.

MH17 victim families sue Putin, Russia in European rights court

Sydney - Families of victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was shot down over Ukraine in 2014, are suing President Vladimir Putin and Russia for Aus$10 million each in the European Court of Human Rights, The Sydney Morning Herald reported Saturday.

US rejects Russian proposal for joint air strikes on Syria

Moscow - Moscow on Friday proposed that Russia and United States, which have been flying separate bombing campaigns in Syria, launch joint air strikes against jihadists from next week, a proposal the Pentagon swiftly rejected.

NATO to hold talks with Russia before alliance summit

Brussels - NATO said Friday it will hold formal talks with Russia before a landmark July summit in Warsaw endorses the alliance's biggest military build-up since the end of the Cold War, to counter a more assertive Russia.

Orbita, a ghost of Chernobyl in the heart of Ukraine

Ukraine - Missing from maps, a ghost town hides in the pine forests of central Ukraine, abandoned after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster but now filling with families fleeing the pro-Russian eastern separatist war.
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