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Ukraine rebels defiant over new law

Ukraine rebels defiant over new law

A senior Ukrainian rebel leader has told the BBC a new law granting self-rule to parts of the east will not sway the demand for independence. Andrei Purgin said there were no plans to develop any political relationship - federal or otherwise - with Ukraine. But he said there were "positives" in the move by...

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...

Russian aid convoy crosses border into Ukraine: reports

Russian aid convoy crosses border into Ukraine: reports

A convoy of more than 200 trucks that Russia says is carrying humanitarian aid has crossed the border into Ukraine without permission, a senior Ukrainian Border Service official said yesterday. Col Serhiy Astahov, assistant to the Ukrainian Border Service chief, told CNN that 217 trucks have crossed the Ukrainian border. Ukrainian border guards and customs...

UN begins food aid to Ukraine's war-torn east

The UN's World Food Programme announced yesterday the launch of its first food aid operation in Ukraine, saying it had begun distributing rations in the country's conflict-torn east. "In its first operation in Ukraine, the United Nations World Food Programme is rolling out food assistance for vulnerable people affected by the conflict, distributing food in transit centres and public shelters in Donetsk and Lugansk in East Ukraine," WFP said in a statement. The UN agency said it was responding to a...

Dutch to publish first MH17 report

Dutch to publish first MH17 report

Dutch experts are due to publish the first report into what caused the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to crash in eastern Ukraine in July. The Dutch Safety Board is leading an international probe to try to piece together evidence on what happened. All 298 people on board, most of them from the Netherlands, died when...

EU adopts fresh sanctions on Russia

EU adopts fresh sanctions on Russia

European Union member states have formally adopted new sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis. The new measures include restrictions on large Russian state-owned oil companies raising money on European financial markets. However, the new measures will come into effect "in the next few days", not on Tuesday as some had expected. Russia denies accusations by...

Numerous objects hit MH17: Dutch experts

Numerous objects hit MH17: Dutch experts

Dutch experts say Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 broke up in mid-air after being hit by "objects" that "pierced the plane at high velocity" in July. The new report also said there was "no evidence of technical or human error". Correspondents say this matches claims that MH17 was hit by missile shrapnel. Investigators relied on cockpit data,...

Ukraine Crisis

Fighting threatens truce

Fighting around two flashpoint cities in eastern Ukraine yesterday rattled a tenuous truce between government troops and pro-Russian rebels less than 48 hours after it came into force. Insurgent militias bombarded a government-held checkpoint on the eastern edge of the port city of Mariupol overnight, local officials said, killing one woman and triggering panic among residents. Artillery fire was also heard near the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk, AFP correspondents said, with the Ukrainian government accusing separatist gunmen of trying to...

Ukraine shelling rattles ceasefire

Ukraine shelling rattles ceasefire

Explosions have been heard near the south-eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, a day after the government and rebels agreed a ceasefire. A BBC correspondent in the city says intense blasts from the eastern edges have rippled across the city. Earlier, the Ukrainian and Russian presidents said the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine was "largely holding". The Red...

Ukraine truce pact signed

Ukraine and pro-Kremlin rebels signed up to a truce yesterday that could stem nearly five months of bloodshed but is unlikely to quell the separatist drive in the east. The warring parties also reached an agreement to pull back troops, swap hostages and send humanitarian aid to war-ravaged eastern Ukraine. Sceptical Western governments said they still planned to impose tough new sanctions on Moscow over what they claim is Russian aggression in the former Soviet state. But US President Barack Obama said...

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