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Ukraine 'cannot start withdrawal'

Ukraine 'cannot start withdrawal'

The Ukrainian military has said it cannot start withdrawing heavy weapons from the front line in the east until the rebels stop shelling its positions. Military spokesman Anatoliy Stelmakh told reporters the rebels had not stopped firing. Both sides agreed at the weekend to begin withdrawing heavy weapons shortly, under this month's ceasefire. The rebels are...

Ukraine peace talks collapse as fighting rages

Ukraine peace talks collapse as fighting rages

Peace talks aimed at halting rising bloodshed in eastern Ukraine ended in failure Saturday, with Kiev's envoy saying pro-Russian separatists wrecked a deal by refusing to discuss an immediate ceasefire. The delayed talks in Minsk were "thwarted" after top rebel leaders stayed away and their negotiators also refused to discuss withdrawing heavy weapons, former...

Artillery explosions shake Donetsk airport in east Ukraine

Artillery explosions shake Donetsk airport in east Ukraine

Loud explosions and artillery fire rocked Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine on Monday, despite attempts to negotiate an end to a battle that is undermining a ceasefire in regions held by separatists. A Reuters reporter near the strategically important airport saw flashes of artillery fire in several places and heard frequent blasts in new...

Ukraine crisis: Ceasefire is 'largely holding'

Ukraine crisis: Ceasefire is 'largely holding'

The Ukrainian and Russian presidents have agreed that a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is "largely holding". Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko said he spoke by phone to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to discuss steps to make Friday's truce durable. Some 2,600 people have died in fighting after pro-Russian rebels seized towns in eastern Ukraine in April. Meanwhile,...

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 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,"...

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...

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