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Ukraine Crisis

Kiev, West slam Russia's convoy 'invasion'

The West yesterday blasted Moscow for unilaterally sending a controversial aid convoy to east Ukraine's rebel-held Lugansk in a move Kiev decried as an "invasion". The European Union said it "deplored" Russia's decision to order in the convoy, which local officials said had arrived in Lugansk, without consent and called on Moscow to withdraw the trucks Meanwhile, the UN Security Council was to hold snap consultations on the issue later yesterday and NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen called Moscow's decision an...

Ukraine crisis: Russia aid trucks 'an invasion'

Ukraine crisis: Russia aid trucks 'an invasion'

A senior official in Kiev has accused Russia of invading Ukraine after Russian humanitarian aid lorries crossed the border without permission. Security chief Valentyn Nalyvaychenko said it was a "direct invasion" but no force would be used against the convoy. Russia began sending in its lorries, stranded at the border for more than a week,...

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,"...

Russia defies West

Russia defies West

A convoy of 262 Russian trucks rolled toward the Ukrainian border yesterday as Kiev vowed to block the aid mission from its territory over fears it was a ploy to bolster pro-Kremlin rebels. The convoy of what Russia says is humanitarian aid has sparked fears of an escalation in a conflict that has left...

Russia sends 280 trucks with humanitarian aid to Ukraine

Russia sends 280 trucks with humanitarian aid to Ukraine

A Russian convoy of 280 trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine set off on Tuesday amid Western warnings against using help as a pretext for an invasion. With Ukraine reporting Russia has massed 45,000 troops on its border, Nato said there was a "high probability" that Moscow could intervene militarily in the country's east,...

Putin mourns launch capsize deaths

Putin mourns launch capsize deaths

Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed deep shock and sorrows at the loss of lives in a tragic launch capsize in the Padma river in Bangladesh. In separate messages sent to President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday, the Russian President expressed profound condolences at the loss of lives in the launch...

Putin mourns launch capsize deaths

Putin mourns launch capsize deaths

Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed deep shock and sorrows at the loss of lives in a tragic launch capsize in the Padma river in Bangladesh. In separate messages sent to President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday, the Russian President expressed profound condolences at the loss of lives in the launch...

Snowden receives three-year Russian residence permit

Snowden receives three-year Russian residence permit

Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has received a three-year residence permit from Russia, his Russian lawyer told reporters on Thursday. "The decision on the application has been taken and therefore starting Aug 1, 2014 Edward Snowden has received a three-year residential permit," Anatoly Kucherena said. The former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor received temporary...

'Heavy fighting' in Ukraine rebel stronghold of Donetsk

'Heavy fighting' in Ukraine rebel stronghold of Donetsk

Heavy fighting has erupted in a suburb of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, local officials say. There are reports of civilian casualties as government forces battle to retake the city from pro-Russia separatists, the city council said. Reports say powerful blasts and shooting were heard in the city. Ukrainian government forces have made...

West is Russia's adversary again

VLADIMIR Putin's contrived emphasis on self-reliance is at best an attempt to put up a brave face before the world, an academic response to the stringent cache of sanctions on Russia imposed by the USA and the European Union. The apparent nonchalance can scarcely camouflage the severity of the economic reprisal in the aftermath of the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner, suspected to be the handiwork of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The latest round of sanctions is...

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