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Russia orders end to huge military drills near Ukraine

Moscow - Russia's defence minister on Friday ordered an end to military drills near Ukraine involving tens of thousands of troops and dozens of warships that had exacerbated tensions with the West.

Ukraine leader Zelensky urges Putin to meet in war-torn east

Kiev - President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday invited Russian leader Vladimir Putin to meet in war-torn eastern Ukraine, stressing that millions of lives were at stake from fresh fighting in the separatist conflict.

Russia block of Black Sea would be 'escalation': Washington

Washington - The US State Department on Monday branded as an "unprovoked escalation" reported Russian plans to block parts of the Black Sea, which could ultimately impact access to Ukrainian ports.

US says Russian build-up on Ukraine border is bigger than in 2014

Washington - Moscow's military build-up on the border with Ukraine is even bigger than in 2014 when Russia invaded Crimea, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday, describing the deployment as "very seriously concerning.

Russia moves Navalny to prison hospital under Western pressure

Moscow - Russia's penitentiary service on Monday said it was transferring ailing Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to prison hospital, as the EU warned it would hold Moscow "responsible" for the state of his health.

Macron urges 'clear red lines' with Russia amid buildup near Ukraine

Washington - French President Emmanuel Macron said the international community has to "define clear red lines with Russia," in an interview extract released Saturday, adding that countries must be ready to impose sanctions in case of "unacceptable behavior.

Russia, Ukraine expel diplomats as tensions soar

Sanktpeterburg - Russia on Saturday said it would expel a Ukrainian diplomat, prompting an immediate pledge of retaliation from Kiev, further escalating tensions over Moscow's troop build-up on Ukraine's eastern flank.

Ukraine's battle-hardened troops say ready to repel Russia

Korop - On the frontline in Ukraine's east, battle-weary soldiers are sceptical that US sanctions against Moscow and Kiev's appeal for NATO help will deter Russian strongman Vladimir Putin.

Ukraine urges Putin summit, ceasefire after Russia build-up

Paris - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday called for a summit with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and a new ceasefire, as France and Germany urged Moscow to pull back troops after a build-up on borders raised fears the Kremlin was planning t...

Ukraine-Russian tensions on menu at Paris talks

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold talks on Friday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a show of support for the former Soviet state, which fears a Russian invasion.

Ukraine slams Russia's 'open' threats ahead of France, Germany meeting

Kiev - Kiev on Thursday accused Russia of flagrantly threatening Ukraine with destruction ahead of President Volodymyr Zelensky's meeting with the leaders of Germany and France.

US cancels Black Sea deployment of two warships: Turkey

Ankara - The United States has cancelled this week's planned deployment of two warships to the Black Sea, Turkish officials and media said Wednesday, amid high tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

Biden summit offer hailed in Moscow as win for Putin

Moscow - US President Joe Biden's invitation to Vladimir Putin to hold a summit was being hailed in Moscow Wednesday as a sign that Washington had blinked first in the showdown with Russia over Ukraine.

Biden urges Putin to ease Ukraine tensions

Washington - US President Joe Biden urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to ease mounting tensions with neighboring Ukraine Tuesday, joining a pushback against a build-up of troops along their border that has alarmed NATO allies.

G7 urges Russia to stop 'provocations,' de-escalate on Ukraine

Paris - The Group of Seven leading economic powers on Monday called on Russia to stop its "provocations" and "de-escalate tensions" following its troop build-up on the border with Ukraine.

Two Ukrainian soldiers killed in war-torn separatist east

Kiev - Two Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in clashes with pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine's war-torn east, its military said Monday, as Kiev again accused Moscow of massing tens of thousands of soldiers on its border.

Ukraine rules out offensive against pro-Russia separatists

Kiev - Ukraine's army said Friday it would not launch an offensive against pro-Russian separatists controlling two regions in the east, as fears grow of a major escalation in the long-running conflict.

US 'increasingly concerned' over Russian troop build up at Ukraine border

Kiev - The US on Thursday said it was increasingly concerned over Russian militarisation along Ukraine's border, as Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky travelled to the eastern frontline.

Ukraine's Zelensky on frontline as Merkel urges Putin to pull back troops

Kiev - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky travelled to the country's eastern frontline on Thursday, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Vladimir Putin to reduce Russia's troop buildup near Ukraine.

Ukraine's Zelensky on frontline as Merkel urges Putin to pull back troops

Kiev - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky travelled to the country's eastern frontline on Thursday, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Vladimir Putin to reduce Russia's troop buildup near Ukraine.

Ukraine's Zelensky on frontline as Merkel urges Putin to pull back troops

Kiev - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky travelled to the country's eastern frontline on Thursday, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Vladimir Putin to reduce Russia's troop buildup near Ukraine.

Ukraine's Zelensky to visit frontline after surge in clashes

Kiev - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was travelling to the country's eastern frontline on Thursday, after a surge in clashes with separatist forces and a spike in tensions with Moscow.

Pentagon urges Russia to explain troop buildup near Ukraine

Washington - The US Defense Department called Tuesday for Russia to make clear its intentions regarding a buildup of military forces along Ukraine's southeast border and in Crimea.

Ukraine urges NATO to speed up membership in 'signal' to Moscow

Kiev - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday urged NATO to speed up his country's membership into the alliance, saying it was the only way to end fighting with pro-Russia separatists.

Ukrainian soldier killed amid fresh tensions in east

Kiev - Russian-backed separatists accused Ukrainian forces of killing a child in a drone attack on Saturday, as Kiev reported the death of one of its soldiers in a mine explosion.

Russia warns West against sending troops to back Ukraine

Moscow - Russia warned the West on Friday against sending troops to Ukraine to buttress its ally, after Kiev accused Moscow of building up a military presence on its border.

Ukraine says Russia massing troops on border, US warns Moscow

Kiev - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday accused Moscow of building up troops on his country's border as the United States warned Russia against "intimidating" Ukraine.

Iran report on downed Ukrainian jet absolves armed forces

Tehran - Iran on Wednesday released its final report on the Ukrainian passenger jet it shot down last year killing 176 people, devoting two paragraphs to causes and absolving the armed forces.

Iran report on downed Ukrainian jet absolves armed forces

Tehran - Iran on Wednesday released its final report on the Ukrainian passenger jet it shot down last year killing 176 people, devoting two paragraphs to causes and absolving the armed forces.

AstraZeneca fears fuel vaccine scepticism in Ukraine

Kiev - Ukraine's inoculation drive has already been plagued by problems and now faces an alarming new roadblock: vaccine scepticism, fuelled by reports of side effects from AstraZeneca's jab.Even hospital workers are not immune to the jitters.
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