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Russia opposition politician Nemtsov shot dead

Russia opposition politician Nemtsov shot dead

A leading Russian opposition politician, former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, has been shot dead in Moscow, Russian officials say. An unidentified attacker in a car shot Nemtsov four times in the back as he crossed a bridge in view of the Kremlin, police say. He died hours after appealing for support for a march...

UK 'must prepare for Russian threat'

UK 'must prepare for Russian threat'

Russia has become a danger to Britain and the country must be prepared to take steps to defend itself and its allies, the former head of MI6 says. Sir John Sawers, who recently retired after five years as chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that Russia poses a...

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...

Russia won't bow to West's pressure

President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia will never yield to any external pressure as a top Nato commander warned that West's ongoing tension with the former Cold War foe can turn into an all-out conflict. In a reception to mark the upcoming Defender of the Fatherland Day, Putin shared his confidence in Russia's military to protect the country from outside threats, Xinhua reported yesterday. The Defender of the Fatherland Day is a national holiday celebrated on February 23 in honour...

US warns Russia on Ukraine violence

US warns Russia on Ukraine violence

The US has accused Russia of violating the Minsk agreement on Ukraine, as the UN Security Council voted unanimously to approve the ceasefire deal. Vice-President Joe Biden said "the costs to Russia will rise" if it continued to violate the accord. Fighting is continuing around the strategic town of Debaltseve, with pro-Russian rebels saying they...

Ukraine fighting rages ahead of ceasefire

Ukraine fighting rages ahead of ceasefire

Ferocious fighting raged in Ukraine yesterday, threatening a ceasefire deal as Kiev and the US accused Russia of fuelling a rebel onslaught to grab territory hours before the truce began. Kiev-loyal regional police chief Vyacheslav Abroskin said constant artillery bombardments were razing the strategic railway hub of Debaltseve, where Ukrainian forces were clinging on. Ukraine's...

Ukrainian president orders ceasefire

Ukrainian president orders ceasefire

Ukraine's president has said a truce agreed with pro-Russian rebels in the east must be honoured, as he ordered the army to stop fighting. Petro Poroshenko also warned the rebels against continuing attacks on the besieged strategic town of Debaltseve. Fighting appeared to have died down immediately after the ceasefire took effect at 22:00 GMT. But...

Ukraine peace deal 'in great danger'

Ukraine peace deal 'in great danger'

The Ukrainian president has warned a deal to end the war in the east is in "great danger" after heavy fighting ahead of Saturday night's ceasefire. Petro Poroshenko also accused Russia of "significantly increasing" its offensive in spite of the peace agreement reached in Minsk on Thursday. Meanwhile, the US said it was very concerned...

Ukraine crisis: Leaders agree peace roadmap

Ukraine crisis: Leaders agree peace roadmap

A deal aimed at ending the fighting in eastern Ukraine has been agreed, following marathon talks in Belarus. The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France announced that a ceasefire would begin on 15 February. The deal also involves the withdrawal of heavy weapons from conflict areas, but some issues remain to be settled. The pro-Russian...

US warns Putin ahead of peace talks

US warns Putin ahead of peace talks

US President Barack Obama has warned President Vladimir Putin that Russia will face greater costs if it continues its "aggressive actions" in Ukraine. Obama urged his Russian counterpart to seize the opportunity of fresh talks to find a peaceful solution to the war that has raged since April last year. Putin is due to meet...

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