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Kerry to tackle Lavrov on Ukraine

Kerry to tackle Lavrov on Ukraine

US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet his Russian counterpart later for talks in Geneva on the Ukraine crisis. The talks come ahead of a new UN report documenting human rights violations by Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia rebels.  Kerry is also expected to call for a transparent inquiry into the killing of a Russian...

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...

Ukraine calls for UN peacekeepers

Ukraine calls for UN peacekeepers

President Petro Poroshenko has called for UN peacekeepers to be deployed to eastern Ukraine to enforce a ceasefire. At an emergency security meeting, he said such a force would help guarantee security "in a situation where the promise of peace is not being kept". His comments came after Ukrainian troops withdrew from the strategic city...

Ukraine 'quiter' after ceasefire

Ukraine 'quiter' after ceasefire

Fighting dropped sharply across eastern Ukraine yesterday but there was still sporadic shooting after a ceasefire came into force, the first step in a fragile peace plan aimed at ending 10 months of conflict. An elderly man and woman died after a Grad missile fire hit the town of Popasna in the Lugansk region...

Obama, the Oval Office clown

Obama, the Oval Office clown

Winking, poking out his tongue and firing an imaginary gun in sunglasses, this is the leader of the free world clowning around in the Oval Office. Although some might expect him to have more pressing matters on his plate such as the fighting in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine, Barack Obama found time to pose...

Ukraine Crisis

18 killed despite peace deal

At least 18 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine in new artillery shelling just a day after a peace deal was signed to end the 10-month conflict. Pro-Moscow rebels and government officials yesterday said that seven civilians were killed across the conflict zone during the past 24 hours while Ukraine's military said 11 soldiers lost their lives. The unrest came as Europe warned Russia it risked fresh sanctions if the fighting did not stop. The rebels and Kiev agreed to a...

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...

Kerry denies split between US and Europe on Russia policy

Kerry denies split between US and Europe on Russia policy

Secretary of State John Kerry denied on Sunday that a split has emerged between Washington and Europe over how to handle Russia, after leading US senators sharply criticized Germany and other countries who oppose sending arms to the Ukraine military. "Let me assure everybody there is no division, there is no split – I...

Ukraine Crisis

Talks end with no word of a new peace plan

Talks end with no word of a new peace plan

Five hours of talks between European leaders and Russian president Putin have ended without any word of an agreement to resolve the crisis in Ukraine. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francoise Holland arrived in Moscow to discuss a new Ukraine peace plan with Russia. The joint mission from the two European leaders sent...

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