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IS militants want to fight Putin

IS militants want to fight Putin

In a new geopolitical wrinkle, the Islamic State is now eyeing a challenge against Russia and its President Vladimir Putin, The Washington Post reported. The report quotes AFP’s transcription of a video released by the Islamic State last week. The fighters said to have posed on top of Russian military equipment, including a fighter jet...

US senators urge arms for Ukraine

US senators urge arms for Ukraine

Leading American senators have called for the US to send weapons to help Ukraine fight what they say is "a Russian invasion". Robert Menendez, head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Russia's President Vladimir Putin must face a cost for his "aggression". Senator John McCain said: "This is not an incursion. This is an...

Putin defends action in Ukraine

Putin defends action in Ukraine

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has hit back at accusations that he has effectively invaded Ukraine, accusing Ukrainian forces of behaving like Nazis in the conflict in the east and ominously threatening to take his standoff with the west into the disputed Arctic. Hours after Barack Obama accused Russia of sending troops into Ukraine...

Ukraine president vows peace 'roadmap'

Ukraine president vows peace 'roadmap'

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says a "roadmap" will be prepared to end fighting between troops and pro-Russian separatists in the east. He was speaking after holding his first direct talks on the crisis with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Belarus. Putin said Russia would assist a dialogue, but stopping the fighting was a matter for...

Putin mourns launch capsize deaths

Putin mourns launch capsize deaths

Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed deep shock and sorrows at the loss of lives in a tragic launch capsize in the Padma river in Bangladesh. In separate messages sent to President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday, the Russian President expressed profound condolences at the loss of lives in the launch...

Putin mourns launch capsize deaths

Putin mourns launch capsize deaths

Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed deep shock and sorrows at the loss of lives in a tragic launch capsize in the Padma river in Bangladesh. In separate messages sent to President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday, the Russian President expressed profound condolences at the loss of lives in the launch...

Putin blames others for exploiting MH17 crash

Putin blames others for exploiting MH17 crash

Russian President Vladimir Putin lashed out Monday against those who he said were exploiting the downing of a passenger jet in eastern Ukraine for "mercenary objectives." Putin said Russia was doing everything possible to allow a team of experts from the International Civil Aviation Organization, a UN agency, to investigate the scene. He also...

Plane tragedy creates dilemma for Putin

The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 has confronted Vladimir Putin with a dilemma he had sought to avoid: to continue to support the separatist insurgency in Ukraine in the face of a storm of international outrage, or cut the rebels off and allow them to be defeated by the government in Kiev. Until the plane was hit by an anti-aircraft missile on Thursday, killing nearly 300 people, the Russian president had tried to hedge his bets according to...

Putin supports ‘Ukraine’ peace deal

Putin supports ‘Ukraine’ peace deal

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he supports a peace plan tabled by Ukraine - as long as it includes "practical action" to start talks. He said Kiev must negotiate and make compromises with pro-Russian rebels for the plan to be "viable and realistic". Putin also said a week-long truce - declared by President Petro...

Ukraine rebels claim poll victory

Ukraine rebels claim poll victory

Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region have claimed a resounding victory in a "self-rule" referendum, saying 89% voted in favour. In Luhansk, another eastern region, the results - also expected to show a strong backing - will be released soon. BBC reporters at polling stations spoke of chaotic scenes, no voting booths in places...

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