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Ukraine News

Tensions over Russian aid convoy as Merkel heads to Kiev

Kiev - Parts of a mammoth aid convoy from Moscow on Saturday crossed back from rebel-held east Ukraine to Russian territory, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel jetted into Kiev for crisis talks.

No surrender: Ukraine rebels confident despite losses

Donetsk - Ukrainian forces may be pummelling them daily and key leaders might have just quit but defiant pro-Russian rebels say any talk of them being on the back foot is just crude propaganda from Kiev.

NATO says Russian convoy move 'only deepens crisis'

Brussels - NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen sharply criticised the Russian decision to advance a "so-called" aid convoy into Ukraine on Friday as a "blatant breach" of international commitments that "only deepens the crisis".

Kiev, West slam Russian aid convoy to east Ukraine

- The West rebuked Russia for sending scores of trucks Friday from a controversial aid convoy to east Ukraine's rebel-held Lugansk in a move Kiev decried as an "invasion.

In somber homecoming, Malaysia lays MH17 dead to rest

Kuala Lumpur - Millions of black-clad Malaysians fell silent Friday in tribute to their 43 countrymen killed in the MH17 disaster as the first remains were brought home and laid to rest amid deep sorrow and anger.

Split loyalties in rocket-hit town in east Ukraine

- Three days after a hail of rocket fire shook their homes, residents in Olenivka are still digging out casings from their gardens and arguing over which side shot at them.

Malaysia in mourning as MH17 remains return home

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia will drape itself in black for a national day of mourning Friday as it welcomes home the remains of 20 citizens killed on downed Flight MH17.

Ukraine president pledges to 'talk peace' with Putin

Donetsk - Ukraine's president said he will "talk peace" with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin by demanding the withdrawal of pro-Kremlin militants from the war-torn east when they meet next week for the first time in months.

Russian aid trucks undergo Ukraine border checks

Kiev - Ukraine said Thursday border guards had begun checking a Russian humanitarian aid convoy at the crossing in eastern Ukraine's restive Lugansk region.

Ukraine's economy minister announces resignation

Kiev - Ukraine's economy minister announced his resignation on Thursday following conflicts within the government on how to turn around the dire national economic situation.

Ukraine warplane shot down as clashes kill dozens

Donetsk - A Ukrainian warplane was blown out of the sky over rebel-held territory Wednesday as fierce clashes between government troops and pro-Russian insurgents left dozens of civilians dead.

Dozens killed in Ukraine as army battles to break rebels

Donetsk - Fierce fighting between government forces and pro-Russian rebels left dozens of civilians dead on Wednesday with artillery pounding central Donetsk as Ukrainian troops pushed on with a bloody offensive.

Ukraine says battles rage in heart of rebel-held Lugansk

Kiev - Ukraine said Tuesday fighting had erupted in the heart of major rebel stronghold Lugansk, as the bodies of 17 civilians fleeing the city were recovered from wreckage of their destroyed convoy.

Russia vows to strengthen navy to ward off NATO

Moscow - Russia announced plans Tuesday to bolster its navy with more advanced weapons in response to NATO's vow to halt the Kremlin's push into Ukraine and feared expansion into eastern Europe.

Ukraine says battles raging in heart of rebel-held Lugansk

Luhansk - Ukraine said Tuesday fighting had erupted in the heart of major rebel stronghold Lugansk, as the bodies of 17 civilians fleeing the city were recovered from wreckage of their destroyed convoy.

Donetsk queues for water as fighting shuts off supply

Donetsk - Anastasiya clutches two empty five-litre bottles as she joins a queue of Donetsk residents buying water in the rebel-held east Ukrainian city where supplies were abruptly cut off by shelling damage.

Germany's Merkel to visit Ukraine on August 23: Kiev

Donetsk - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Ukraine Saturday amid international tensions over fighting in the east of the country, Ukraine's foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin said.

Women bearing aid desperate to enter Ukraine as thousands flee

- Heads resting on their bags as they wait in stifling heat in their van, 11 women sit stranded at the Ukrainian border as a dispute over a mammoth Russian aid convoy blocks their mission to reach relatives stuck inside besieged Lugansk.

Ukraine, Russia hold talks amid fears of direct clashes

Donetsk - Germany warned Sunday that direct military clashes between Russia and Ukraine must be avoided at all costs as Kiev and Moscow's top diplomats joined crisis talks with only faint hope of a breakthrough.

Shelling brings terror to leafy suburbs of besieged Donetsk

Donetsk - After shelling ended overnight in a suburb of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, Konstantin Luchkin emerged from his cellar to find his beehives smashed, the facade of his house blown off and his car burnt and puckered with shrapnel holes.

Scramble to defuse Ukraine tensions as deal nears on aid convoy

Donetsk - European leaders on Saturday scrambled to ease tensions over claims that Ukrainian forces had destroyed Russian military vehicles as Kiev inched closer to allowing a mammoth aid convoy from Moscow over its border.

Operation transparency for Russian aid convoy

- Two men lift the tarp of a Russian truck near the border with conflict-ridden Ukraine, showing the cargo to around 25 journalists with cameras and microphones in hand.

Donetsk rebel leader appeals for Russian aid

Donetsk - The head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, said Friday that the inhabitants desperately need Russian humanitarian aid and accused Ukraine of deliberately stalling its arrival.

Russian defence ministry denies military convoy entered Ukraine

Moscow - The Russian defence ministry denied Friday that it had sent a military convoy into Ukraine after officials in Kiev said they destroyed part of the armoured column.

EU ministers 'alarmed' by Russian troops in Ukraine

Brussels - EU ministers urged Russia on Friday to put an "immediate stop" to all forms of hostilities near the Ukrainian border after reports that a Russian armoured convoy had entered conflict-torn eastern Ukraine.

Tensions soar as Ukraine says destroyed Russian armour

Donetsk - Ukraine said on Friday it had destroyed part of a Russian armoured column that entered onto its territory in an incursion that has sent cross-border tensions rocketing.

Rebel forces unravel as Ukraine military cuts off key stronghold

Donetsk - Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have suffered dramatic setbacks after top military chiefs quit and Kiev's forces pummelled their strongholds, cutting off a key rebel-held city from the Russian border.

Rebel forces unravel as Ukraine military cuts off key stronghold

Donetsk - Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine suffered dramatic setbacks Thursday as top military chiefs quit and Ukraine's forces pummelled their strongholds, cutting off a key rebel-held city from the Russian border.

Igor Strelkov: mysterious Russian who led Ukraine rebels

Kiev - An alleged Russian intelligence colonel with an obsession for reenacting historical battles, Igor Strelkov, who quit as a key rebel chief on Thursday, was a driving force behind the brutal pro-Moscow insurgency tearing apart east Ukraine.

Russian convoy rolls on towards Ukraine as fighting intensifies

Donetsk - A massive Russian "humanitarian" convoy closed in on Ukraine's border Thursday despite doubts over whether the trucks would be allowed across, and as deadly fighting rocked rebel-held strongholds.
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Anti-government protesters whose tents were burning, throw missiles during clashes with riot police at the Independence Square in Kiev January 18, 2014
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A building destroyed by the Ukrainian Air Force in Snezhnoye, 80 km east of Donetsk, pictured on July 16
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Refugees from southeastern Ukraine wait after arriving at a refugee camp in the Russian border city of Donetsk near Rostov on Don, on August 6, 2014
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Anti-government protesters rest near an open fire, as temperatures reach minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit) at a barricade near Independence Square in Kiev, January 30, 2014
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An injured reporter is escorted in Kiev, Ukraine
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Hanna Sinkova has a fry up at Kiev War Memorial in protest at treatment of war veterans in Ukraine. She was arrested shortly afterwards.
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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.
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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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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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Anti-government protesters clashed with riot police at the Independence Square in Kiev January 18, 2014
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Local residents of the small eastern Ukrainian city of Nikolayevka, near Slavyansk, clear the rubble of a building destroyed during fighting with pro-Russian militants, on June 5, 2014
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UKRAINE CRISIS: European Union representative Catherine Ashton, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius discussed the turmoil in Ukraine at their March 5 meeting in Paris.
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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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The city of Pripyat, a "Ghost Town" now, with a view of Chernobyl in the background. Jan. 20, 2007.
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A Klitchko sports school for Ukraine
A Klitchko sports school for Ukraine
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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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