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Ukraine bus stop shelling kills 9

Ukraine bus stop shelling kills 9

At least nine people have been killed by shelling at a bus stop in the rebel-held city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, local authorities say. The victims reportedly included bus passengers and someone in a nearby car. The deaths come after Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany issued a joint call to end fighting in the...

Obama suggests Putin 'not so smart'

Obama suggests Putin 'not so smart'

President Barack Obama has said Vladimir Putin made a "strategic mistake" when he annexed Crimea, in a move that was "not so smart". That thinking his Russian counterpart was a "genius" had been proven wrong by Russia's economic crisis, he said. International sanctions had made Russia's economy particularly vulnerable to changes in oil price, Obama...

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...

EU, US seek Putin achilles' heel on Ukraine

EU, US seek Putin achilles' heel on Ukraine

Months after Russia annexed Crimea and stepped up support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Europe and the United States are still searching for a way to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to change course. Targeted economic sanctions and threats of tougher ones have yet to alter what western officials say is Moscow's growing backing...

Ukraine's new defence minister promises Crimea victory

Ukraine's new defence minister promises Crimea victory

New Ukrainian Defence Minister Valeriy Heletey has vowed to hold "a victory parade" in Crimea, restoring the country's territorial integrity. Addressing parliament in Kiev, he said: "Believe me, there will be a victory parade - there will be for sure - in Ukraine's Sevastopol." Russia annexed the peninsula in March after a controversial referendum. In eastern...

Of godfathers and illusions

Of godfathers and illusions

PUTIN, the current Godfather in Russia has annexed Crimea, and by pointing guns at Ukraine has addressed the world in a fevered tone, speaking of a delusional alternative universe, wreaking of Dostoyevsky's Demons, and has managed to appeal to ethnic solidarity, just what Adolph Hitler had done during the Anschluss and the Sudeten...

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Putin takes victory lap to annexed Crimea

Putin takes victory lap to annexed Crimea

President Vladimir Putin took a victory lap yesterday in his first visit to Crimea since its annexation by Russia, as fighting in eastern Ukraine left 21 dead just days ahead of a separatist vote. The visit drew a sharp rebuke from authorities in Kiev, who accused the Russian strongman of stoking tensions with his...

Putin visits annexed Crimea

Putin visits annexed Crimea

President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Crimea, his first visit to the peninsula since Russia annexed it from Ukraine in March. He addressed sailors in Sevastopol harbour as part of celebrations marking the 1945 Soviet victory over the Nazis. The Kiev government protested at the visit, calling it a "gross violation of Ukraine's sovereignty". Meanwhile, reports...

Ukraine in bid to retake buildings

Ukraine in bid to retake buildings

The Ukraine authorities say they have seized back control of the regional administration building in the eastern city of Kharkiv from pro-Russia separatists. They say they hope buildings in Luhansk and Donetsk will be freed shortly as well. On Monday, pro-Russia demonstrators seized government buildings in the three cities. Russia recently annexed the peninsula of Crimea...

Russian Marine Kills Ukraine Navy Officer

Russian Marine Kills Ukraine Navy Officer

A Russian soldier shot dead a Ukrainian naval officer in eastern Crimea, Ukraine's Defence Ministry said on Monday, the second Ukrainian death reported since Russia took control of the Black Sea peninsula. Russian President Vladimir Putin has praised the military's largely bloodless takeover of Crimea after it voted in a referendum last month to...

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