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US senators urge arms for Ukraine

US senators urge arms for Ukraine

Leading American senators have called for the US to send weapons to help Ukraine fight what they say is "a Russian invasion". Robert Menendez, head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Russia's President Vladimir Putin must face a cost for his "aggression". Senator John McCain said: "This is not an incursion. This is an...

EU sets Russia sanctions ultimatum

EU sets Russia sanctions ultimatum

The European Union has given Russia one week to reverse course in Ukraine or face new sanctions. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said the EU was working urgently on further restrictive measures. Earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said his country was "close to a point of no return - full scale-war" with Russia. Russia denies...

Putin defends action in Ukraine

Putin defends action in Ukraine

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has hit back at accusations that he has effectively invaded Ukraine, accusing Ukrainian forces of behaving like Nazis in the conflict in the east and ominously threatening to take his standoff with the west into the disputed Arctic. Hours after Barack Obama accused Russia of sending troops into Ukraine...

More than 100 Russian troops killed in battle'

Moscow More than 100 Russian soldiers were killed in eastern Ukraine in a single battle this month while helping pro-Russian separatists fight Ukrainian troops, two members of the Russian presidential human rights council said on Thursday, citing accounts from eyewitnesses and relatives of the dead. Ella Polyakova and Sergei Krivenko, both members of the council - an advisory body with no legal powers and an uneasy relationship with the Kremlin - said around 300 people were wounded in the same...

EU mulls fresh response to Russia

EU mulls fresh response to Russia

EU leaders are to meet in Brussels to consider fresh sanctions against Russia following accusations that its troops are fighting inside Ukraine. Russia denies that its regular forces are backing a rebel offensive in eastern Ukraine. But ahead of the summit, EU officials said a clear message must be sent to Russia to de-escalate the...

Ukraine says fighter jet shot down

Ukraine says fighter jet shot down

Ukrainian forces say one of their fighter jets has been shot down by a Russian missile in combat against Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. A brief statement posted Saturday on the Facebook page for the so-called operation against separatists said the Su-25 was hit on Friday, and that the pilot ejected and was uninjured....

Russia pressed over Ukraine fighting

Russia pressed over Ukraine fighting

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has demanded an explanation from Russia's President Vladimir Putin amid reports that Russian troops have launched an incursion into south-east Ukraine. Ukraine said Russian forces had crossed the border and were supporting separatist attacks. The US State Department said it suspected a Russian-directed counter-offensive was under way. Russia has repeatedly denied arming...

Ukraine president vows peace 'roadmap'

Ukraine president vows peace 'roadmap'

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says a "roadmap" will be prepared to end fighting between troops and pro-Russian separatists in the east. He was speaking after holding his first direct talks on the crisis with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Belarus. Putin said Russia would assist a dialogue, but stopping the fighting was a matter for...

Leaders to hold Ukraine-Russia talks

Leaders to hold Ukraine-Russia talks

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is due to take part in talks with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, at a summit in Minsk, capital of Belarus. The meeting comes amid rising tension between the two countries over Ukraine's military campaign against pro-Russian separatists. Ukraine said on Monday that its troops had captured 10 Russian servicemen in...

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...

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