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Ukraine leader says troop deaths 'serious breach' of truce

Berlin - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared the killing of three government troops by pro-Moscow rebels a "serious breach of the ceasefire", during a telephone call Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, her office said.

Around Ukraine's Mariupol displaced wary despite lull

Mariupol - Pensioner Alla Troyan shares her room with ten other displaced people in a dilapidated social centre in Ukraine's port city Mariupol, after fighting in their nearby village forced them to flee.

Ukrainian POWs comb ruins of Donetsk airport for dead comrades

Donetsk - Rebel fighters with Kalashnikovs watched over a dust-covered group of captured Ukrainian soldiers as they searched with their hands through the apocalyptic jumble of smashed concrete and twisted metal that is Donetsk airport.

Eight Spanish combatants arrested after returning from Ukraine

Madrid - Police arrested eight Spanish men who returned from fighting alongside pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine, in what they said was the first operation of its kind in Europe.

Ukrainian pilot could 'die within days' in Russian jail

Moscow - A Ukrainian airforce pilot, who has been on hunger strike in a Russian prison for 77 days, "could die within days," a member of the Kremlin's human rights council said Friday.

UN to discuss Ukraine on anniversary of Crimea annexation

Artemivsk - The UN Security Council on Friday was to hold an emergency session on the fragile truce in Ukraine, a year to the day since Russian troops and pro-Moscow forces began seizing ports and cities on the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea.

UN Security Council to meet on Ukraine Friday

New York - The UN Security Council is to hold an emergency session on Friday on the ceasefire deal in eastern Ukraine that is showing tentative signs of taking hold, diplomats said.

Ukraine pass to enter rebel zones spurs corruption

Donetsk - The frontline slicing across east Ukraine is more than a boundary fought over by the army and pro-Russian forces; it is also a partition many Ukrainian civilians in the separatist-held zone need to cross to live their lives.

Tense Ukraine port city braces for feared rebel offensive

Mariupol - Pensioner Anatoliy gestures at a row of burnt out cars as he worries about what might be in store for his east Ukraine hometown -- the frontline port city of Mariupol."People are afraid and don't want this to be repeated," he tells AFP.

Kindergarten kids with 'AK-47s' cause outrage in Russia

Moscow - Pictures of young Russian children posing with mock AK-47 rifles and other weapons at a kindergarten have provoked a storm of controversy, but some defended them as patriotic education.

Kiev says starting withdrawal of heavy weapons from frontline  

Kiev - Ukraine's military said Thursday it was starting the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the frontline with pro-Russian rebels, a key step in a stuttering peace plan.

Putin 'destabilizing' Ukraine, Kerry says

Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of destabilizing Ukraine through "land grabs," warning Moscow and the rebels had failed to meet the terms of a tattered ceasefire.

Russian paratroopers in drills on border with Estonia, Latvia

Moscow - Up to 2,000 Russian soldiers took part in drills in the country's west on Wednesday as Moscow conducted an inspection of its paratrooper units in the latest show of strength likely to alarm its neighbours.

Ukraine truce takes hold but US accuses Russia of land grabs

Kiev - A UN-backed ceasefire showed signs of finally taking hold in Ukraine, even as the United States accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of destabilising the country through land grabs.

Estonia shows off NATO ties at celebrations on Russian border

Narva - Estonia marked its independence day Tuesday with a military parade featuring NATO hardware and troops on its eastern border with Russia amid heightened east-west tensions over Ukraine.

Red Cross warns against 'politicising humanitarian aid' for Ukraine

Moscow - The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross spoke out Tuesday against "politicising" the issue of humanitarian assistance for war-torn eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine rebels fill hospital as clashes flare around Mariupol

Novoazovsk - Wounded rebel fighter Islam Alibaterov limps painfully along the corridor of the hospital in the separatist-held town of Novoazovsk in east Ukraine.

Lithuania to reinstate conscription amid Russia fears

Vilnius - Lithuania announced on Tuesday it would return to limited conscription later this year as concern mounts over Russian military exercises near NATO Baltic states.

Putin rules out war with Ukraine as diplomats urge 'total ceasefire'

Paris - Foreign ministers from Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France called Tuesday for a total ceasefire in eastern Ukraine as Russian President Vladimir Putin ruled out the "apocalyptic scenario" of all-out war.

Ukraine rebels mark Soviet holiday for defenders of 'fatherland'

Donetsk - Thousands of men and women gathered on Lenin square in east Ukraine's main rebel-held city Donetsk on Monday to celebrate a Soviet-era holiday and pay hommage to their fallen fighters.

Fears for truce as attacking rebels mass near Ukraine port city

Kiev - Pro-Russian forces massing near Ukraine's port city of Mariupol are continuing to attack government troop positions, Kiev said on Monday, fuelling concerns for the fate of a UN-backed ceasefire.

Residents of shattered Ukraine town leave shelters in search of aid

Debaltsevo - Soviet-era music, remixed to a modern techno track, thunders across Lenin Square in Debaltseve, where a woman jigs a couple of steps in dance.

West hikes warnings over Ukraine truce as new flashpoint ignites

Debaltsevo - The West sounded more forceful warnings over Ukraine's battered truce Sunday as fighting raged around the port city of Mariupol and the warring sides wrangled over withdrawing heavy weapons.

Blast 'kills three' during pro-govt march in eastern Ukraine

Kharkiv - An explosion killed three people and wounded more than 10 on Sunday in Ukraine's government-controlled eastern city of Kharkiv, officials told AFP.

Britain will not send arms to Ukraine: Minister

London - A senior British minister ruled out sending arms to Ukraine Sunday as the United States and European nations sought ways to pressure Russia over the conflict in the ex-Soviet republic's east.

Blast kills two in east Ukraine as rebels, army wrangle over truce

Kharkiv - A bomb killed two people during a pro-government march in the east Ukraine city of Kharkiv on Sunday, officials said, as Kiev's army and rebels wrangled over a truce requiring them to pull back heavy weapons.

Major prisoner swap in Ukraine bolsters shaky truce

Frunze - Ukrainian forces and rebel separatists traded dozens of prisoners in a frontline eastern town, the first clear sign of progress for an otherwise shaky truce signed a week ago.

Ukraine prisoner swap under way on frontline

Frunze - Ukraine's military and pro-Russian separatists on Saturday began exchanging scores of prisoners each had taken, AFP journalists present in the frontline town where the swap was occurring reported.

40,000 attend Moscow pro-Putin rally

Moscow - Tens of thousands of strongman Vladimir Putin's supporters rallied Saturday near the Kremlin walls, a year after protests in neighbouring Ukraine led to the fall of its pro-Russian president.

Ukraine lost 179 troops in battle for Debaltseve: Advisor

Kiev - Ukraine lost 179 troops in a month-long battle with pro-Russian rebels that ended in defeat over the key eastern town of Debaltseve, an advisor to the country's president said.
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