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German push to ease Ukraine crisis

German push to ease Ukraine crisis

Germany's foreign minister is due to arrive in Kiev amid fresh attempts to find a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis. Frank-Walter Steinmeier could also visit the east of the country where pro-Russian activists held referendums on self-rule on Sunday, reports say. Earlier, a separatist leader called on Russia to "absorb" the eastern Ukrainian region...

East Ukraine braced for more unrest

East Ukraine braced for more unrest

East Ukraine is braced for more unrest, as troops from Kiev prepare to continue "anti-terror" operations and pro-Russian gunmen reinforce barricades. Ukrainian soldiers advanced on several cities on Saturday to regain control of buildings seized by the gunmen. But in at least one city, Luhansk, the rebels made further gains, storming a security services base. Clashes...

Kiev 'breaking Geneva accord' on Ukraine: Russia

Kiev 'breaking Geneva accord' on Ukraine: Russia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the Kiev authorities of breaking last week's Geneva accord on resolving the Ukraine crisis. He said the Kiev government - not recognised by Moscow - had not moved to disarm illegal groups, especially the ultra-nationalist Right Sector. "Extremists are calling the tune," he alleged, condemning a fatal shooting...

IMF throws Ukraine financial lifeline, Russian economy to slump

IMF throws Ukraine financial lifeline, Russian economy to slump

Ukraine won a $27-billion international financial lifeline on Thursday, rushed through in the wake of Russia's annexation of Crimea, as Moscow's economy minister spoke of the cost of military action in its former Soviet neighbour. The International Monetary Fund announced agreement on a $14-18 billion standby credit for Kiev in return for tough economic...

Crimea declares independence

Crimea declares independence

Crimea's parliament has formally declared independence from Ukraine and asked to join the Russian Federation. It follows Sunday's controversial referendum which officials say overwhelmingly backed leaving Ukraine. The government in Kiev has said it will not recognise the results. The US and EU say the vote was illegal and have vowed to impose sanctions on...

West prepares sanctions as Russia presses on with Crimea takeover

West prepares sanctions as Russia presses on with Crimea takeover

Dozens of Russians linked to Russia's gradual takeover of Crimea could face US and EU travel bans and asset freezes on Monday, after six hours of crisis talks between Washington and Moscow ended with both sides still far apart. Moscow shipped more troops and armor into Crimea on Friday and repeated its threat to...

Ukraine crisis: US and Russia in key London talks

Ukraine crisis: US and Russia in key London talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry is holding talks on Ukraine with his Russian counterpart in London, in an attempt to defuse tensions two days before a disputed referendum in Crimea. Kerry is expected to tell Sergei Lavrov that the referendum and Russia's military intervention in Crimea could trigger concerted US and EU sanctions. He...

Ukraine ex-minister hurt in clashes

Ukraine ex-minister hurt in clashes

Several people have been injured in clashes between protesters and riot police in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. Former interior minister and leading opposition figure Yuriy Lutsenko was among those wounded. The violence broke out after three activists were earlier jailed over an alleged terror plot.

US considers sanctions against Ukraine

The US state department has said it is considering all options, including sanctions, towards Ukraine as the political crisis there continues. It follows attempts by riot police to dislodge anti-government protesters from their strongholds in the capital. The president said on Wednesday force would not again be used against peaceful protesters. But his offer of talks to resolve the crisis was swiftly rejected by opposition leaders. The weeks of demonstrations in the centre of Kiev have paralysed this country of 46 million people. Both...

Ukraine president to discuss crisis with former leaders

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is expected to hold talks with three former presidents over the political crisis which began when Ukraine decided not to sign an EU free-trade deal. The talks come as protesters remain encamped in a central square in the capital Kiev. On Monday, security forces cleared some activists from government buildings. The stand-off follows weeks of unrest. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will also be in Kiev. Baroness Ashton will hold talks with government officials, opposition activists and civil...

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