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Ukraine Crisis

Ukraine president urges US support

POROSHENKO IN KEY US VISIT

Ukraine president urges US support

  Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has urged the US to provide military assistance to his country to counter pro-Russian eastern separatists. In an address to a joint session of Congress, he said ill-equipped young Ukrainian servicemen were fighting a "war for the free world". President Obama - along with many other Western leaders - has condemned...

Russia must boost Crimea forces: Defence Minister

Russia must boost Crimea forces: Defence Minister

Russia needs to boost forces in Crimea because of the Ukraine crisis and a foreign military build-up, Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu says. He said Russia must deploy "a full and self-reliant" military force in Crimea, which it annexed in March. Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine launched their bid for separation shortly after the annexation. Since...

Ukraine Crisis

EU approves new sanctions on Russia

The European Union agreed to a new wave of sanctions against Russia on Monday, but said their entry into force would take a few days, giving time to recent peace moves by Moscow. "Depending on the situation on the ground, the EU stands ready to review the agreed sanctions in whole or in part," said Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council in a statement, after a last-minute meeting of EU envoys in Brussels. Russia has warned West against new...

Ukraine crisis: Ceasefire is 'largely holding'

Ukraine crisis: Ceasefire is 'largely holding'

The Ukrainian and Russian presidents have agreed that a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is "largely holding". Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko said he spoke by phone to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to discuss steps to make Friday's truce durable. Some 2,600 people have died in fighting after pro-Russian rebels seized towns in eastern Ukraine in April. Meanwhile,...

Both sides agree Ukraine ceasefire

Both sides agree Ukraine ceasefire

The Ukrainian government and pro-Russia rebels have signed a truce deal to end almost five months of fighting. The two sides, meeting in the Belarusian capital Minsk, agreed to stop firing at 15:00 GMT. President Petro Poroshenko said he would do "everything possible" to end the bloodshed. The rebels said the truce had not changed...

Europe drafts emergency energy plan with eye on Russia gas shut-down

The European Union could ban gas exports and limit industrial use as part of emergency measures to protect household energy supplies this winter, a source told Reuters, as it braces for a possible halt in Russian gas as a result of the Ukraine crisis. Russia is Europe's biggest supplier of oil, coal and natural gas, and its pipelines through Ukraine are currently the subject of political manoeuvering - not for the first time - as Europe and Moscow clash over...

Nato to oppose Russian aggression: Obama

Nato to oppose Russian aggression: Obama

Confronted by a Kremlin-backed military offensive in Ukraine, President Barack Obama and Western allies will approve plans this week to position at least 4,000 troops and military equipment in Eastern Europe, bolstering Nato's security commitments to nervous member states near the Russian border. Ahead of a high-stakes Nato summit that begins Thursday, Obama will...

Ukraine Crisis

Russia poised for invasion

Russia has amassed around 20,000 combat-ready troops on Ukraine's eastern border and could use the pretext of a humanitarian or peace-keeping mission to invade, Nato said yesterday. Stating the conflict in Ukraine was fueled by Russia, Nato said in a statement that the troop build-up had further escalated "a dangerous situation". "We're not going to guess what's on Russia's mind, but we can see what Russia is doing on the ground – and that is of great concern. Russia has amassed...

Obama urges Putin to stop Ukraine arms flow

Obama urges Putin to stop Ukraine arms flow

US President Barack Obama has urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to stop the flow of weapons into Ukraine and halt support for separatists. The White House said that in the phone call Obama warned of further sanctions if Moscow failed to act. The Kremlin says Putin urged direct talks between Kiev and the rebels...

Ukraine Crisis

Rebels down military plane; 49 killed

Pro-Russian rebels shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane yesterday in the separatist east, killing all 49 troops on board in the biggest single loss of life in the two-month insurgency. The attack came hours before top Moscow and Kiev officials were expected to meet in the Ukrainian capital for 11th-hour gas negotiations aimed at averting an imminent cut in Russian supplies that would also impact large swathes of Europe. The early morning downing near the airport of the rebel stronghold...

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