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Ukraine rebels in land grab, says US

Ukraine rebels in land grab, says US

US Secretary of State John Kerry has accused pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine of a "blatant land grab". He was speaking after reports that the rebels had extended the area they control, violating a ceasefire plan. Ukraine says Russia has more than 9,000 soldiers fighting alongside the rebels, a claim it denies. Meanwhile, foreign ministers from...

Ukraine bus stop shelling kills 9

Ukraine bus stop shelling kills 9

At least nine people have been killed by shelling at a bus stop in the rebel-held city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, local authorities say. The victims reportedly included bus passengers and someone in a nearby car. The deaths come after Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany issued a joint call to end fighting in the...

Hospital, university hit as Ukraine clashes flare

Hospital, university hit as Ukraine clashes flare

Deadly clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels threatened civilians in central Donetsk on Monday, with shelling hitting a hospital and warnings of insurgents launching attacks from residential areas. Ukraine also made fresh accusations of Moscow backing the separatists, alleging that hundreds of Russian troops along with heavy weaponry crossed the border to join...

Obama suggests Putin 'not so smart'

Obama suggests Putin 'not so smart'

President Barack Obama has said Vladimir Putin made a "strategic mistake" when he annexed Crimea, in a move that was "not so smart". That thinking his Russian counterpart was a "genius" had been proven wrong by Russia's economic crisis, he said. International sanctions had made Russia's economy particularly vulnerable to changes in oil price, Obama...

AIRLINER TRAGEDIES

AIRLINER TRAGEDIES

MISSING MH370: Travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with veteran captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, with 18,365 flying hours to his name, Malaysia Airlines’ flight 370 vanished on March 8 with 239 people on board. Relatives of the missing passengers were left in angry and distraught as the largest search in aviation history slowly...

Ukraine awaits fresh prisoner swaps

Ukraine awaits fresh prisoner swaps

More prisoner exchanges are expected between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels in the east - a day after the two sides swapped hundreds of captives. Ukrainian officials say they are hoping that four soldiers will be freed. The number of militants due to be released has not been confirmed. On Friday, Ukraine said 146 of its...

UN accuses Ukraine forces of torture

The United Nations yesterday released a damning report accusing Ukranian forces and Russian-backed rebels of torturing and indiscriminately shelling civilians in the bloody conflict in the separatist east. The UN estimates the eight-month conflict has killed at least 4,634 and wounded 10,234 people -- although yesterday's survey said "the actual numbers of casualties is likely to be considerably higher." And it said the lives of 5.2 million residents living in the devastated region was deteriorating further with the onset of winter...

Ukraine truce largely holds

Planned peace talks between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels were postponed yesterday but a ceasefire appeared to be largely holding along the frontline in the ex-Soviet republic's war-shattered east. The Ukrainian foreign ministry said negotiations with the insurgents involving Russian and European envoys in the Belarussian capital Minsk had been delayed and would probably not be held until Friday. AFP reporters said fighting in the main rebel-held city of Donetsk had stopped abruptly at dawn after a night of artillery exchanges. While observers...

Ukraine hands foreigners top government posts

Ukraine handed foreigners -- including a US citizen -- top posts in a new reformist government on Tuesday aimed at rooting out endemic corruption amid a new push for a general ceasefire in the separatist east. President Petro Poroshenko told a marathon parliament hearing that Ukraine had to learn from "foreign experience" as it tries to climb out of bankruptcy that many blame on decades of political gridlock and graft. He then signed decrees awarding Ukrainian citizenship to US national Natalie...

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,...

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