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US, Russia spar over Ukraine

US, Russia spar over Ukraine

US Vice President Joe Biden yesterday told Russia it faced paying an ever-higher price over Ukraine as tensions ratcheted up on the first anniversary of mass protests which unleashed a year of turmoil. On its part, Russia warned against the US arming Ukrainian forces, with the secretary of its national security council, Nikolai Patrushev,...

5 Ukrainian soldiers killed, German foreign minister visits Kiev

5 Ukrainian soldiers killed, German foreign minister visits Kiev

Five Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in the conflict in eastern Ukraine in the past 24 hours, the military said on Tuesday, as Germany's foreign minister prepared to hold talks on the crisis in both Kiev and Moscow. The trip by Frank-Walter Steinmeier will be one of the first visits by a senior German...

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...

There is good chance of Ukraine resolution: Putin

There is good chance of Ukraine resolution: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that there was a "good chance of resolution" in the Ukraine conflict, rejecting Western condemnation of Russia's role in the southeast of the country. "Today the situation (on Ukraine) in my view has good chances for resolution, no matter how strange it may sound, but certain structures...

G20 summit: Putin leaves before final communique

G20 summit: Putin leaves before final communique

Russian President Vladimir Putin has left the G20 summit in Australia before it officially ends. He faced fierce criticism from Western leaders on Saturday over the Ukraine conflict but described the summit as constructive and useful. World leaders are focusing on economic growth on the second and final day of the summit in Brisbane. They have...

Obama warns of Asia 'intimidation'

Obama warns of Asia 'intimidation'

US President Barack Obama has said that Asia's security must not be based on intimidation where big nations bully small ones. Obama told students in Brisbane, Australia - where he is attending the G20 summit - that security in the region must depend on mutual alliances. He said there was "no question" over US commitment...

Russia under pressure at G20 summit over Ukraine

Russia under pressure at G20 summit over Ukraine

Russia has been rebuked by Western leaders about its role in the Ukraine crisis, at a G20 summit in Australia. Canadian PM Stephen Harper told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russia needed to "get out of Ukraine". US President Barack Obama said Moscow's "aggression" in Ukraine was a "threat to the world", while Britain threatened...

Ukraine crisis: US accuses Russia over 'incursion'

Ukraine crisis: US accuses Russia over 'incursion'

The US has accused Russia of undermining a ceasefire in Ukraine after reports of Russian troops and military hardware entering the country. The US envoy to the UN, Samantha Power, also accused Russia of pursuing war in Ukraine while talking peace. Russia's deputy ambassador to the UN, Alexander Pankin, dismissed the allegations as propaganda. More than...

Russian troops enter Ukraine: Nato

Russian troops enter Ukraine: Nato

Nato has seen columns of Russian military equipment and Russian combat troops entering Ukraine this week, its top commander said. "Russian tanks, Russian artillery, Russian air defence systems and Russian combat troops" were sighted, US Gen Philip Breedlove said in Bulgaria. Russia has consistently denied sending troops into eastern Ukraine to bolster pro-Russian separatist rebels...

China wins support for Asia-Pacific trade plan

China wins support for Asia-Pacific trade plan

    Leaders of Asia-Pacific economies agreed Tuesday to begin work toward possible adoption of a free-trade pact proposed by China, the Chinese president announced, giving Beijing a victory in its push for a bigger role in making trade policy. After a two-day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, leaders agreed to launch a two-year study of the...

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