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Belarus strongman looks to revive Ukraine peace talks

Kiev - The authoritarian leader of Belarus visits Kiev on Sunday hoping to revive stalled Ukrainian peace talks he has been hosting in order to calm Europe's volatile eastern edge.

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Russia brands new sanctions roadblock to Ukraine peace

Kiev - Russia accused the West on Saturday of fuelling unrest in Ukraine by adopting anti-Kremlin sanctions that further erode the prospects of peace talks to end the separatist war.

US imposes new Russia sanctions ahead of Ukraine peace talks

Kiev - The United States imposed sanctions Friday on Russian-controlled Crimea as Ukraine announced the loss of five soldiers ahead of peace talks meant to end a war against Russian-backed insurgents.

New U.S. sanctions law could undermine relations with Russia: Lavrov

Moscow - New U.S. legislation authorising sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis could undermine relations between Moscow and Washington for a long time, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Friday.

EU needs years-long Russia strategy, new leader warns

Brussels - The European Union must thrash out a strategy for Russia that lasts for many years, and looks past sanctions that have hammered Moscow's economy, the bloc's new leader Donald Tusk warned Thursday.

EU leaders press Russia, urge new investment

Brussels - European Union leaders urged Vladimir Putin to make a "radical change" in his stance on Ukraine Thursday as they boosted sanctions against Crimea despite fears of economic blowback from Russia's spiralling financial crisis.

EU approves new Crimea sanctions

Brussels - The EU imposed additional sanctions Thursday on Crimea, banning all investment and cruise ships from its ports to force home the message the bloc will not recognise Russia's "illegal annexation" of Ukraine territory.

Merkel says Russia sanctions remain 'unavoidable'

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed Thursday that Europe's goal remains a free and whole Ukraine and that Western sanctions against Russia remain unavoidable until that goal is reached.

EU summit to discuss crisis-hit Russia, economic plan

Brussels - EU leaders on Thursday will discuss tense relations with Russia and punishing sanctions imposed over Moscow's actions in Ukraine at a summit led for the first time by Poland's Kremlin-wary former premier Donald Tusk.

Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels agree to resume peace talks

Kiev - Ukraine's pro-European leaders and Kremlin-backed rebels agreed Wednesday to hold long-delayed peace talks that were backed by Russia in the heat of its devastating currency crisis.

Some quiet but little peace on Ukraine frontline

Donetsk - Rebel commander Tikhii holds a finger in the air as the sound of an explosion echoes in the distance."That's them shelling our position again, that's the ceasefire," he says. "It was a howitzer cannon.

Op-Ed: No ringtones for ruble in Russia

Moscow - The Russian economy is collapsing and more sanctions are ahead. Apple halted online sales in Russia and Moscow began selling off reserve foreign currency.

Putin holds late-night talks on Ukraine with European leaders

Moscow - Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his French, German and Ukrainian counterparts agreed in a phonecall early Wednesday that they wanted talks between Kiev, Moscow and rebels controlling parts of eastern Ukraine to resume as soon as possible.

EU 'united' on Ukraine despite split over Russia sanctions

Kiev - The European Union's foreign policy chief said Tuesday the 28-nation bloc would stay united on Ukraine despite pressure from some members to drop or ease its sanctions on Russia.

Up to 10,000 Russian soldiers still in Ukraine: Kiev

Kiev - Up to 10,000 Russian soldiers and their heavy weapons are still deployed in rebel-held eastern Ukraine despite a new ceasefire, a top Ukrainian military commander said Tuesday.

Ukraine ministers pledge corruption fight to win aid

Brussels - Top Ukraine ministers vowed Tuesday to root out graft in what they called the most corrupt country in Europe to meet the demands made by international partners before they stump up more aid.

Ukraine presses EU for more aid, blasts Russia

Brussels - Ukraine used the first meeting Monday of a landmark council with the EU to press for more financial support as it pushed ahead with reforms in the face of Russian "aggression.

UN accuses Ukraine forces, pro-Russia rebels of 'torture'

Kiev - The United Nations on Monday released a damning report accusing Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed rebels of torturing and indiscriminately shelling civilians in the bloody conflict in the separatist east.

France, Germany discuss Ukraine crisis with Poroshenko

Paris - The leaders of France and Germany discussed a shaky ceasefire deal and economic reforms for Ukraine in a telephone call with President Petro Poroshenko on Sunday.

Kerry, Lavrov meet as tensions soar over Ukraine

- Top US diplomat John Kerry met his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov Sunday, amid anger in Moscow over the prospect of new US sanctions and possible lethal military aid for Ukraine.

Kerry, Lavrov to meet as tensions soar over Ukraine

Moscow - Top US diplomat John Kerry is set to meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Rome on Sunday, amid anger in Moscow over the prospect of new US sanctions and possible supply of lethal military aid to Ukraine.

Kerry, Lavrov to meet as tensions soar over Ukraine

Moscow - Top US diplomat John Kerry is set to meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Rome on Sunday, amid anger in Moscow over the prospect of new US sanctions and possible supply of lethal military aid to Ukraine.

Baltics up defence spending as Russia buzzes borders

Riga - Russia's meddling in Ukraine has delivered a wake-up call on defence spending to small Baltic states which spent half a century under Soviet occupation and now fear the Kremlin's territorial ambitions.

Desperate shortages leave Ukraine ill-prepared for trauma of war

Kiev - With Ukraine still trapped in a Soviet-era approach to mental health and psychiatric hospitals so under-funded that some have less than 10 cents a day to feed patients, the country has been left ill-prepared for the trauma of war.

Russia threatens response if US sets new sanctions over Ukraine

Moscow - Russia responded angrily on Saturday to news that US senators had passed a bill calling for fresh sanctions against Moscow and the supply of lethal military aid to Ukraine.

Prisoners of war put to work in east Ukraine

Ilovaysk - On the snowy roof of a music school in eastern Ukraine, workers are busy fixing damage from artillery shelling. When their shift ends, they line up in single file to return to their cells.

Poroshenko says ceasefire in Ukraine is now 'real'

Sydney - President Petro Poroshenko on Friday said a "real" ceasefire was in place in Ukraine after the first 24 hours in seven months without a military casualty, although he admitted the truce was fragile."I have positive news.

Ukraine truce under pressure as Europe raises Russia fears

Donetsk - A three-day-old ceasefire in eastern Ukraine was under pressure on Thursday after three government soldiers were killed, while European nations raised new fears about Russia's "unprecedented" military build-up.

Three Ukraine soldiers dead in first casualties since ceasefire

Kiev - Three soldiers were killed and eight injured in the past 24 hours, a Ukraine military spokesman said on Thursday, marking the first casualties since a ceasefire was introduced earlier this week.
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(TV screen shot) The Spanish after the final game of EURO 2012, Kiev, Ukraine.
The global community actively discusses a financial aid to Ukraine. The issue of financial aid to Uk...
The global community actively discusses a financial aid to Ukraine. The issue of financial aid to Ukraine was one of the topical at the G-20 summit in Sydney. Ukrainian issue stirred up all international politicians. Such a potential grantors of Ukraine as the EU, the USA and the IMF expressed willingness to help Ukraine. The EU proposes to organize a conference of grantors for financial aid to Ukraine and to coordinate measures in order to lend economic aid to Ukraine from the USA, Japan, China
The global community is ready to grant a financial aid to Ukraine
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An event to protest the ongoing genocide in both Ukraine and Palestine was held on the beachfront in Fuengirola, Spain on July 22, 2014.
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A man sifts through rubble in his home wrecked by shelling in the besieged city of Slavyansk, on June 24, 2014
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Aid was promised, but where is the money? At the end of February of this year the EU leaders in reply to changing of State power in Ukraine promised to give financial help, aimed at financial system stabilization and different investment projects realization directed on development of the country economy. Then Elmar Brok, chairman of the EP Committee on Foreign Affairs announced a sum in 20 billion Euros, which will be received by Ukraine for the reform implementation as soon as a new governme
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A stray dog in Ukraine (screenshot from RT news report)
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A Ukrainian armoured convoy heads towards the eastern city of Lysychansk, in the region of Lugansk, on July 25, 2014
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Guards from Ukraine's Berkut security force guard a checkpoint at the entrance to the Crimea Peninsula in March.
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Car rally in solidarity with protests in Ukraine.
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Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
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TV screen shot after the game Greece and Russia (1-0) as part of 2012 EURO Football Tournament in Warsaw, Poland.
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A pro-Russian militant stands guard outside the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, on May 15, 2014
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An event to protest the ongoing genocide in both Ukraine and Palestine was held on the beachfront in...
An event to protest the ongoing genocide in both Ukraine and Palestine was held on the beachfront in Fuengirola, Spain on July 22, 2014.
An event to protest the ongoing genocide in both Ukraine and Palestine was held on the beachfront in...
An event to protest the ongoing genocide in both Ukraine and Palestine was held on the beachfront in Fuengirola, Spain on July 22, 2014.
Volodymyr Litvyn shielded by umbrellas in the Ukraine parliament as eggs are hurled at him
Volodymyr Litvyn shielded by umbrellas in the Ukraine parliament as eggs are hurled at him
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A resident of Kiev throws a tyre as he cleans up a Maidan activists camp where tents were burning in Kiev on August 9, 2014 as thousands of people came to remove barricades
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Hundreds of Ukrainians rally in August at defense ministry offices in Kiev to protest the government's handling of the war with pro-Russia rebels in the eastern half of the country.
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