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‘Putin’s tiger’ swims to China

‘Putin’s tiger’ swims to China

Virile, canny and possessed with a boundless appetite for red meat, Kuzya, a 23-month-old Siberian tiger, would seem the perfect mascot for President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, who had a personal hand in reintroducing Kuzya to the wild in the Russian Far East in May. It turns out that Kuzya, like Putin, has...

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...

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,...

Nato leaders to meet Ukraine president

Nato leaders to meet Ukraine president

World leaders are due to meet Ukraine's president before the Nato summit gets under way in Wales. President Petro Poroshenko will update US and EU leaders after discussions with Russia's President Vladimir Putin. France has ramped up the pressure on Putin by axing its contract to deliver two navy assault ships to Russia. The two-day Nato...

Ukraine agrees 'ceasefire process'

Ukraine agrees 'ceasefire process'

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko says he has agreed with Russian President Putin by phone on a "ceasefire process" for the east. His office initially reported that a "permanent ceasefire" had been agreed but later revised its statement. The Kremlin stressed Putin had not agreed to a ceasefire as Russia was not party to the conflict. US...

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...

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