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UN accuses Ukraine forces of torture

The United Nations yesterday released a damning report accusing Ukranian forces and Russian-backed rebels of torturing and indiscriminately shelling civilians in the bloody conflict in the separatist east. The UN estimates the eight-month conflict has killed at least 4,634 and wounded 10,234 people -- although yesterday's survey said "the actual numbers of casualties is likely to be considerably higher." And it said the lives of 5.2 million residents living in the devastated region was deteriorating further with the onset of winter...

Ukraine truce largely holds

Planned peace talks between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels were postponed yesterday but a ceasefire appeared to be largely holding along the frontline in the ex-Soviet republic's war-shattered east. The Ukrainian foreign ministry said negotiations with the insurgents involving Russian and European envoys in the Belarussian capital Minsk had been delayed and would probably not be held until Friday. AFP reporters said fighting in the main rebel-held city of Donetsk had stopped abruptly at dawn after a night of artillery exchanges. While observers...

Ukraine hands foreigners top government posts

Ukraine handed foreigners -- including a US citizen -- top posts in a new reformist government on Tuesday aimed at rooting out endemic corruption amid a new push for a general ceasefire in the separatist east. President Petro Poroshenko told a marathon parliament hearing that Ukraine had to learn from "foreign experience" as it tries to climb out of bankruptcy that many blame on decades of political gridlock and graft. He then signed decrees awarding Ukrainian citizenship to US national Natalie...

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...

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