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EU extends Russia sanctions to January 2017

Brussels - The European Union on Friday formally extended damaging economic sanctions against Russia by six months due to a lack of progress in resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine will join EU within 10 years: Groysman

Berlin - Ukraine will join the EU within the next decade, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said Friday, adding that his country still believed strongly in the bloc despite Britain's vote to leave.

Putin extends Western food embargo to end of 2017

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday extended to the end of 2017 Moscow's embargo on food items from the West imposed in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine.

Ukraine launches joint military drills with NATO

Kiev - Ukraine on Monday launched joint military exercises with the United States and a string of other NATO countries as tensions with Moscow remain high over the pro-Kremlin insurgency in the country's east.

France's Hollande sees Ukraine summit next month

Paris - France believes a new four-way summit on Ukraine is possible next month in the light of "progress" in the crisis, the French government said Wednesday.At a weekly cabinet meeting, President Francois Hollande said "progress has been made and a (summit)....

EU approves 6-month Russia sanctions rollover

Brussels - EU ambassadors agreed to roll over damaging economic sanctions against Russia for six months in the absence of any progress on resolving the Ukraine conflict, European sources said Tuesday.

Three Ukrainian soldiers killed in separatist east: military

Kiev - Three Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and another injured in fresh clashes between pro-Russian rebels and government forces in the country's separatist east, the military said Sunday.

Back in the USSR? Ukraine rebels aim to 'bring up patriots'

Donetsk - In camouflage uniforms and red caps, a group of young people gather in the Ukrainian rebels' de facto capital of Donetsk to sing patriotic songs and discuss the conflict.

EU extends sanctions against Russia over Crimea

Brussels - The European Union on Friday rolled over for another year sanctions imposed to protest Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, which the bloc deems illegal.

Putin makes pitch for better Europe ties as economy suffers

Sanktpeterburg - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said he was willing to reach out to Europe to mend relations shattered by the Ukraine crisis but insisted the West was responsible for the bad blood.

Russia building military 'zone of influence': NATO

Berlin - Moscow is seeking to create a "zone of influence through military means", NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday, adding that the alliance has observed major and aggressive manoeuvres on the Russian side.

NATO demands Russia withdraw from Ukraine

Brussels - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday demanded that Russia withdraw its forces and military hardware from Ukraine, and halt its support for pro-Moscow separatists battling Kiev.

Russia, Ukraine in new prisoner swap

Kiev - Russia and Ukraine swapped prisoners for the second time in less than a month Tuesday as relations between the sworn foes showed rare signs of calming in the midst of war.

NATO boosts eastern presence ahead of key summit

Brussels - NATO defence ministers on Tuesday approved sending battalions to the three Baltic states and Poland just weeks before a landmark summit in Warsaw endorses a major build-up to counter a more assertive Russia.

NATO to deploy 4 'robust' battalions in Baltics, Poland

Brussels - NATO will deploy four international battalions to Poland and the three Baltic states as part of the wider pushback against Russia's intervention in Ukraine, alliance head Jens Stoltenberg said Monday.

Hundreds attend tightly-policed gay pride march in central Kiev

Kiev - More than 700 gay rights activists held a peaceful march through central Kiev on Sunday amid an unprecedented security operation in the ex-Soviet country where homophobia remains widespread.

Crimea unveils gun-toting statue to celebrate Russian annexation

Simferopol - The authorities in Crimea on Saturday unveiled a bronze statue of a heavily armed Russian soldier to celebrate the peninsula's 2014 annexation from Ukraine.

OSCE staffer 'returned' after going missing in Ukraine

Kiev - A local staffer for European monitors observing Ukraine's flaring separatist conflict was returned Wednesday, a day after going missing in the country's pro-Russian east.

Ukraine leaves France guessing about Euro terror plot

Kiev - Ukraine has raised a number of questions over its arrest of a Frenchman who was allegedly plotting to attack the Euro 2016 football championship opening this week in his home country.

Raids in Germany, Switzerland in MH17 probe

Den Haag - German and Swiss authorities have carried out raids seizing documents after learning a German private detective had investigated the MH17 air disaster, Dutch officials and media said Tuesday.

French 'far-right extremist' was model employee

Nant-le-petit - A suspected far-right French extremist who was allegedly planning to attack the Euro 2016 football championships never aroused suspicion amongst his neighbours, with his employer describing him as an "exemplary" worker.

Frenchman held in Ukraine 'planned Euro 2016 attacks'

Kiev - Ukraine said Monday it had arrested a suspected far-right French extremist with a huge arsenal of weapons who allegedly planned to attack the European Championships in France this week.

MH17 criminal probe results due within months

Den Haag - Initial results from a criminal inquiry into the downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight over war-torn eastern Ukraine nearly two years ago will be available within months, Dutch prosecutors have said.

Monitors lose second drone in a week over rebel Ukraine

Kiev - Foreign monitors observing Ukraine's bloody eastern separatist conflict said on Friday they had lost their second surveillance drone over pro-Russian territory in a week.

U.S. guarantees major new Ukraine loan

Kiev - The United States said on Friday it had signed a major new loan guarantee with Ukraine aimed at helping the war-scarred former Soviet republic stabilise its floundering economy.

UN accuses Ukrainian authorities and rebels of torture

Kiev - The United Nations on Friday accused both the Ukrainian authorities and pro-Russian rebels of torturing fighters and their sympathisers captured in the separatist east.

Ukraine adopts major Western-backed judicial reforms

Kiev - Ukraine on Thursday overhauled its long-criticised legal system by adopting Western standards that limit the immunity of judges and establish an anti-corruption court.

Pro-Russian rebels accuse Ukraine of fresh offensive

Donetsk - Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday accused government soldiers of launching a new offensive near a prized but obliterated airport in the separatists' de facto capital of Donetsk.

Expect no sanctions reprieve from Russia visit — Juncker

Paris - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday warned against expecting any announcement on the lifting of EU sanctions on Russia when he visits the country in mid-June.

Ukraine's released pilot assumes parliament seat

Kiev - Ukraine's defiant pilot Nadiya Savchenko sang the national anthem Tuesday in a strident first appearance in parliament since her release in a prisoner swap with Russia last week.
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