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Dutch name two Russian speakers in MH17 probe

Den Haag - Dutch prosecutors, for the first time in their long inquiry, on Wednesday released the names of two Russian-speaking men in connection with the MH17 disaster after investigators found the missile to down the plane had been transported from Russia.

MH17 probe 'biased', Moscow 'disappointed': foreign ministry

Moscow - Moscow on Wednesday described as "biased" and "politically motivated" the Dutch-led inquiry into the downing of Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine, which concluded the plane was shot down by a missile transported from Russia.

MH17 shot down by missile brought into Ukraine from Russia

Nieuwegein - The missile that downed flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine was transported from Russia, a criminal inquiry revealed Wednesday, announcing about 100 people were being investigated for playing "an active role" in the disaster.

Kiev's last survivor of Nazi 'path to death' at Babi Yar

Kiev - "We were gathered here, and sent along 'the path to death'," says Raisa Maistrenko, pointing to a Kiev ravine that 75 years ago witnessed one of the worst atrocities of World War II.

Russia accuses Kiev over MH17 ahead of Dutch probe release

Moscow - Russia on Monday sought to deflect blame over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, accusing Kiev just days before the results of a Dutch criminal probe into the mass-killing are released.

Lithuania eyes Norway air defence deal amid Russia fears

Vilnius - Lithuania said Monday it is in talks to buy Norwegian anti-aircraft missile systems to address the defence gap on NATO's eastern flank, amid concerns over Russia.

Ukraine leader rails against Russia at UN

New York - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko railed against Russia at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, urging Moscow to give peace a chance in a more than two-year conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine, rebels agree troop pullbacks in three areas: OSCE

Minsk - Negotiators sent by Kiev and pro-Russian rebels on Wednesday for the first time agreed to pull back troops from three areas along the battered frontline in east Ukraine.

US condemns Russian elections in Crimea

Washington - The United States "does not recognize the legitimacy" of upcoming Russian parliamentary elections planned for Crimea, the State Department said.

Kosovo expels Russian, Ukrainian journalists

Pristina - Kosovo police said Friday they had expelled two journalists, a Russian and a Ukranian, who did not have entry visas.

Ukraine hands back stolen Dutch masterpieces

Den Haag - Five stolen 17th and 18th-century masterpieces were handed back to the Netherlands on Friday, foreign ministry officials said, and will soon return to a Dutch museum from where they disappeared 11 years ago.

EU court upholds sanctions against ex Ukraine leader

Luxembourg - An EU court on Thursday upheld a decision by Brussels to freeze the funds of Ukraine's ousted pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych as well as those of a son and top aide.

German, French FMs push peace bid in war-torn Ukraine

Slavyansk-na-kubani - The German and French foreign ministers made their first visit to Ukraine's war-torn east on Thursday, saying they wanted to push a new bid for peace after a recent surge in violence.

In Moscow's grip, Crimea holds first vote to Russian parliament

Simferopol - Shaded by cypress trees on Crimea's Black Sea shore, a group of locals watch as folk singers in tall headdresses boom out a patriotic song about Russia with the lyrics: "I have no other motherland.

IMF approves $1 billion in Ukraine aid after long delay

Washington - The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday resumed its bailout of war-torn Ukraine, approving disbursement of $1 billion from an aid package that had been held up in part on corruption concerns.

France tells Ukraine 'no plan B' to ending war

Kiev - The French foreign minister told Ukraine on Wednesday there was "no plan B" to a tattered blueprint for ending a 29-month pro-Russian revolt that has destabilised the European Union's backyard.

Six fighters killed in Ukraine ahead of new EU push for peace

Kiev - Ukraine suffered one of its deadliest days in weeks Tuesday as both government forces and pro-Russian rebels each reported the deaths of three fighters on the eve of a new peace push by Germany and France.

Stolen Dutch masterpieces due back 'soon' from Ukraine

Den Haag - Five stolen 17th and 18th-century masterpieces will soon be returned from the Ukraine to the Dutch museum where they disappeared from more than a decade ago, officials announced on Monday.

Russia flaunts military might in Crimea drills

Yalta - Under a blazing sun, Sukhoi jets zoomed across the sky and dropped explosives, as Russian warships sailed right up to the shore.And beyond on a dusty steppe, paratroopers made a mass landing while ground forces ignited a wall of fire with napalm.

New Ukraine truce jeopardised by first combat death

Kiev - Ukraine on Friday reported its first combat death since a new ceasefire with pro-Russian rebels went into effect on September 1 before the new school year.

Russia's $3bn court case against Ukraine scheduled for January

Moscow - Britain's High Court will next year hear a case Moscow has filed against Ukraine over a $3 billion eurobond loan, a deputy finance minister said Thursday."The court hearing has been set for 17-20 January.

Russia frees Crimea Tatar activist Umerov from psychiatric hospital

Simferopol - Authorities in Russian-annexed Crimea on Wednesday released prominent Crimean Tatar activist Ilmi Umerov from a psychiatric hospital, where he was forcibly detained for three weeks as he faces extremism charges.

Ukraine leader calls joining NATO 'strategic goal'

Kiev - President Petro Poroshenko said Tuesday that Ukraine's membership in NATO remained a "strategic goal" even though the Western military alliance remained sceptical about enlisting the former Soviet state.

Ukraine draws Western ire for attack on 'pro-Russia' TV

Kiev - Ukraine drew rare Western anger Monday after the studio of one of its most popular TV channels was set ablaze by protesters unhappy with its alleged support for Russia.

Russia launches major military drills set to rattle Kiev

Moscow - Russia on Monday launched large-scale military drills on Ukraine's eastern border and around the Crimean peninsula, in the latest exercises set to rattle Kiev and the West.

Beatings and a lost kidney: life in Ukraine's 'secret prisons'

Ukraine - Secretly detained by Ukrainian authorities for almost 600 days, Mykola Vakaruk suffered repeated beatings, battled the freezing cold and lost a kidney in an ordeal he described as pure hell.

Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels say truce holding

Kiev - Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels on Thursday said their forces were respecting a ceasefire aimed at halting a recent spike in violence in time for the start of the new school year.

Wary of Russia, Lithuania builds fake town to practice warfare

- Lithuania on Tuesday opened a fake town featuring a school, sports stadium and shopping mall to practice urban warfare amid concerns over a militarily resurgent Russia next door.

Protests as Russia holds Crimea Tatar activist in psych ward

Simferopol - International rights groups and Ukrainian officials protested Friday against the incarceration in a psychiatric hospital of a prominent Crimean Tatar activist charged with calling for extremism in the Russian-annexed peninsula.

Ukraine marks 25th independence day with show of force

Kiev - Tanks rumbled across Kiev on Tuesday as Ukraine marked 25 years of independence with a show of force against an increasingly assertive Russia and a war simmering in the pro-Kremlin separatist east.
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