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MH17: Minute of silence observed as Malaysia mourns

MH17: Minute of silence observed as Malaysia mourns

Malaysians observed a moment of silence following the arrival in Kuala Lumpur of the bodies of 20 Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 that crashed in Ukraine in July. A specially chartered plane took off from Amsterdam and landed around 10:00 local time (02:00 GMT). National flags are flying at half-mast for the day of mourning. Flight...

Ukraine crisis: Russia aid trucks 'an invasion'

Ukraine crisis: Russia aid trucks 'an invasion'

A senior official in Kiev has accused Russia of invading Ukraine after Russian humanitarian aid lorries crossed the border without permission. Security chief Valentyn Nalyvaychenko said it was a "direct invasion" but no force would be used against the convoy. Russia began sending in its lorries, stranded at the border for more than a week,...

Russia has no right to send vehicles to Ukraine: White House

Russia has no right to send vehicles to Ukraine: White House

The White House said on Friday it could not confirm reports that Ukraine had disabled vehicles in a Russian convoy inside Ukraine and warned Moscow that any intervention into Ukraine without Kiev's permission was unacceptable. "Even as we work to gather information, we reiterate our concern about repeated Russian and Russian-supported incursions into Ukraine,"...

Russia defies West

Russia defies West

A convoy of 262 Russian trucks rolled toward the Ukrainian border yesterday as Kiev vowed to block the aid mission from its territory over fears it was a ploy to bolster pro-Kremlin rebels. The convoy of what Russia says is humanitarian aid has sparked fears of an escalation in a conflict that has left...

Russia sends 280 trucks with humanitarian aid to Ukraine

Russia sends 280 trucks with humanitarian aid to Ukraine

A Russian convoy of 280 trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine set off on Tuesday amid Western warnings against using help as a pretext for an invasion. With Ukraine reporting Russia has massed 45,000 troops on its border, Nato said there was a "high probability" that Moscow could intervene militarily in the country's east,...

'MH17 crash: Unlikely that air-to-air missile used'

'MH17 crash: Unlikely that air-to-air missile used'

Based on military intelligence and the remains found of MH17, it was impossible that an air-to-air missile was used to take down the plane said Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein. "It was a surface-to-air missile and in that area, such a system could be available to the Ukrainian side or the rebel forces," Hishammuddin told...

'Heavy fighting' in Ukraine rebel stronghold of Donetsk

'Heavy fighting' in Ukraine rebel stronghold of Donetsk

Heavy fighting has erupted in a suburb of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, local officials say. There are reports of civilian casualties as government forces battle to retake the city from pro-Russia separatists, the city council said. Reports say powerful blasts and shooting were heard in the city. Ukrainian government forces have made...

West is Russia's adversary again

VLADIMIR Putin's contrived emphasis on self-reliance is at best an attempt to put up a brave face before the world, an academic response to the stringent cache of sanctions on Russia imposed by the USA and the European Union. The apparent nonchalance can scarcely camouflage the severity of the economic reprisal in the aftermath of the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner, suspected to be the handiwork of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The latest round of sanctions is...

EU adopts sanctions against Russia

The European Union formally adopted broad economic sanctions against Russia yesterday, aiming to make it pay a price over the Ukraine crisis in the hope Moscow will reverse course. A defiant Russia said Wednesday that Western sanctions over Ukraine would backfire on the United States and lead to energy price hikes in Europe after Brussels and Washington unveiled the toughest punitive measures against Moscow since the Cold War. Russia's response came as the Ukrainian military pushed on with its offensive against...

Air crash investigators get to work at Ukraine MH17 site

Air crash investigators get to work at Ukraine MH17 site

A team of 70 Dutch and Australian forensic experts has finally got to work at the site of the flight MH17 crash in east Ukraine. They arrived in a convoy with Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) monitors and began setting up a base in a farm. Australia believes that around 80 bodies...

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