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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...

Putin calls for peace in Ukraine after plane crash

Putin calls for peace in Ukraine after plane crash

Emergency workers, police officers and even off-duty coal miners — dressed in overalls and covered in soot — spread out Friday across the sunflower fields and villages of eastern Ukraine, searching the wreckage of a jetliner shot down as it flew miles above the country's battlefield. The attack Thursday afternoon killed 298 people from...

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...

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...

Putin calls Obama to discuss Ukraine

Putin calls Obama to discuss Ukraine

Russia's Vladimir Putin has telephoned President Barack Obama to discuss the US proposal for a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine. Obama suggested that Russia put a concrete response in writing, the White House said in a statement. According to the Kremlin, Putin suggested examining how the situation could be stabilised. Russia's annexation of Crimea...

Ukraine crisis: Russia vows no invasion

Ukraine crisis: Russia vows no invasion

Moscow has no intention of sending troops into Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said. His comments came after the US and Russian presidents discussed a possible diplomatic solution to the crisis. The US-backed plan calls for Russia to halt to its military build-up on the border with Ukraine and withdraw its troops to...

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...

Putin looks to Asia as West threatens to isolate Russia

Putin looks to Asia as West threatens to isolate Russia

When President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty this week annexing Crimea to great fanfare in the Kremlin and anger in the West, a trusted lieutenant was making his way to Asia to shore up ties with Russia's eastern allies. Forcing home the symbolism of his trip, Igor Sechin gathered media in Tokyo the next...

West makes diplomatic push on Ukraine crisis

US and Russian top diplomats yesterday held talks on Ukraine as the EU unveiled an aid package worth at least 11 billion euros to support the country's new pro-Western leaders. The talks in Paris to defuse the worst East-West stand-off since the Cold War came as pro-Moscow forces seized part of two missile bases in Ukraine's Crimea peninsula, although all missiles remained in Ukrainian hands. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia's Sergei Lavrov were meeting for the first time...

US-Russia talks over Ukraine crisis

US-Russia talks over Ukraine crisis

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are due to hold crucial talks to try to ease tensions over the Ukraine crisis. The US accuses Moscow of deploying troops in Ukraine's Crimea region, describing it as an "act of aggression" - a claim denied by the Kremlin. Despite the sharp...

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