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US, Russia spar over Ukraine

US, Russia spar over Ukraine

US Vice President Joe Biden yesterday told Russia it faced paying an ever-higher price over Ukraine as tensions ratcheted up on the first anniversary of mass protests which unleashed a year of turmoil. On its part, Russia warned against the US arming Ukrainian forces, with the secretary of its national security council, Nikolai Patrushev,...

Russian troops enter Ukraine: Nato

Russian troops enter Ukraine: Nato

Nato has seen columns of Russian military equipment and Russian combat troops entering Ukraine this week, its top commander said. "Russian tanks, Russian artillery, Russian air defence systems and Russian combat troops" were sighted, US Gen Philip Breedlove said in Bulgaria. Russia has consistently denied sending troops into eastern Ukraine to bolster pro-Russian separatist rebels...

Ukraine in talks over rebel polls

Ukraine in talks over rebel polls

Ukraine's president is to chair a crisis meeting of his security chiefs, following elections in rebel-held areas which Kiev describes as a "farce". In a TV address, Petro Poroshenko said Sunday's polls in parts of the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions could derail the "entire peace process". Two pro-Russian leaders were declared the winners of...

EU condemns Ukraine rebel poll

EU condemns Ukraine rebel poll

The European Union has condemned as "illegal" elections held by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the polls were "a new obstacle on the path towards peace". The central government in Kiev also described as a "farce" the polls in the two self-proclaimed people's republics in the Donetsk and...

Russia, Ukraine agree gas deal

Russia, Ukraine agree gas deal

Russia has agreed to resume gas supplies to Ukraine over the winter in a deal brokered by the European Union. The deal will also ensure gas supplies to EU countries via Ukraine are secure. "There is now no reason for people in Europe to stay cold this winter,'' said European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. European...

Ukraine's President seeks coalition talks

Ukraine's President seeks coalition talks

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko plans to start talks on forming a coalition government after exit polls showed his bloc emerge strongest in Sunday's parliamentary elections. He said talks might last up to 10 days. PM Arseniy Yatseniuk's People's Front party could be a key partner, he added. Pro-Western parties look set to dominate parliament after the...

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...

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