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Ukraine claims gas deal with Russia

Ukraine and Russia yesterday stood on the verge of resolving their latest gas war in time to keep the war-scarred nation and EU clients warm through the winter months. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin had reached a price deal at high-stakes talks in Milan on Friday that otherwise focused on the six-month pro-Kremlin revolt convulsing the ex-Soviet state's separatist east. Two meetings mediated by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande -- as...

Ukraine warns West against lifting Russia sanctions

Ukraine warns West against lifting Russia sanctions

Ukraine's prime minister has urged the West not to lift sanctions on Russia until his country regains control of all its territory. Arseniy Yatsenyuk told the UN General Assembly that Russian troops were still operating in eastern Ukraine. Earlier, US President Barack Obama said  sanctions could be lifted if Russia supported a ceasefire between Ukraine...

Ukraine truce 'in name only': Nato

Ukraine truce 'in name only': Nato

Nato's most senior military commander has said the ceasefire between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists currently exists 'in name only'. Gen Philip Breedlove said the numbers of artillery rounds fired recently was comparable to periods before the truce came into effect two weeks ago. He added, however, that he was "hopeful" about a new agreement signed...

Ukraine deal with pro-Russian rebels

Ukraine deal with pro-Russian rebels

Ukraine's government and pro-Russia rebels have agreed a memorandum on a peace plan for the eastern conflict. The deal includes setting up a 30km (19-mile) buffer zone, a ban on overflights of part of eastern Ukraine by military aircraft and the withdrawal of "foreign mercenaries" on both sides. The agreement was announced at talks in...

Ukraine rebels defiant over new law

Ukraine rebels defiant over new law

A senior Ukrainian rebel leader has told the BBC a new law granting self-rule to parts of the east will not sway the demand for independence. Andrei Purgin said there were no plans to develop any political relationship - federal or otherwise - with Ukraine. But he said there were "positives" in the move by...

Ukraine rebels to get self-rule

Ukraine rebels to get self-rule

Rebel-controlled regions of eastern Ukraine have been granted self-rule and fighters have been given an amnesty, under a new law adopted by parliament. The measures are in line with the 5 September ceasefire agreement signed by President Petro Poroshenko. The amnesty affects rebels in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, but does not cover the shooting down...

Russian aid convoy crosses border into Ukraine: reports

Russian aid convoy crosses border into Ukraine: reports

A convoy of more than 200 trucks that Russia says is carrying humanitarian aid has crossed the border into Ukraine without permission, a senior Ukrainian Border Service official said yesterday. Col Serhiy Astahov, assistant to the Ukrainian Border Service chief, told CNN that 217 trucks have crossed the Ukrainian border. Ukrainian border guards and customs...

UN begins food aid to Ukraine's war-torn east

The UN's World Food Programme announced yesterday the launch of its first food aid operation in Ukraine, saying it had begun distributing rations in the country's conflict-torn east. "In its first operation in Ukraine, the United Nations World Food Programme is rolling out food assistance for vulnerable people affected by the conflict, distributing food in transit centres and public shelters in Donetsk and Lugansk in East Ukraine," WFP said in a statement. The UN agency said it was responding to a...

Dutch to publish first MH17 report

Dutch to publish first MH17 report

Dutch experts are due to publish the first report into what caused the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to crash in eastern Ukraine in July. The Dutch Safety Board is leading an international probe to try to piece together evidence on what happened. All 298 people on board, most of them from the Netherlands, died when...

EU adopts fresh sanctions on Russia

EU adopts fresh sanctions on Russia

European Union member states have formally adopted new sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis. The new measures include restrictions on large Russian state-owned oil companies raising money on European financial markets. However, the new measures will come into effect "in the next few days", not on Tuesday as some had expected. Russia denies accusations by...

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