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Ukraine crisis: Fighting in the east 'must end this week'

<b>Deadly fighting in eastern Ukraine must end "this week", Ukraine's new President Petro Poroshenko has pledged.</b><p>He was speaking at talks involving an envoy from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and Russia's ambassador to Ukraine.<p>Meanwhile, fighting has continued in and around …

Ukrainian Separatists Are Sending A World War II-Era Soviet Tank Into Battle

"Our craftsmen have managed to start the engine of the IS-3 tank displayed on a platform in the park. The tank is being prepared and will engage in the combat soon," the press service of the unrecognized Donetsk People's Republic told Interfax.<p>If this is the tank in the video below, it's hard to …

Russia

Pro-Russian Separatists Claim Kidnap of OSCE Monitors in Ukraine

Pro-Russian separatists claimed responsibility on Thursday for kidnapping a team of international military observers who went missing in eastern Ukraine.<p>The four members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) were detained by militants in the Donetsk region, said …

Ukrainian military helicopter shot down; 14 dead, president says

At least 14 people, including a general, were killed Thursday when a Ukrainian military helicopter was shot down by "terrorists" near Slovyansk, acting President Oleksandr Turchynov told Parliament.<p>Turchynov said the chopper, which was carrying soldiers for a troop rotation, was shot down with a …

Ukraine conflict wake-up call for EU's looming fuel and energy crisis – Oxfam

The turmoil in Ukraine should be a wake-up call for Europe's looming fuel and food crisis, campaigners warned on Tuesday.<p>Ahead of the G7 summit, organised by leaders after they decided to boycott a G8 summit originally scheduled this week in Russia, Oxfam said tension with Moscow because of the …

Putin's Plan To Keep Control Of Ukraine

Monday’s attack on a Ukrainian border guard post by hundreds of pro-Russia rebels is the latest evidence that the situation in eastern Ukraine remains dire and extremely volatile.<p>The democratic election of Petro Poroshenko is a good sign that Ukraine is on the path toward real reform, but so far …

General: Russians are staying on Ukraine border

BRUSSELS (AP) — The top NATO commander said Wednesday that the remaining Russian troops on the Ukraine border look like they intend to stay there, …

Kiev calls for martial law in east Ukraine as fighting intensifies

Pro-Russia gunmen overran three eastern Ukrainian military bases on Wednesday, making off with weapons and armored vehicles after ill-equipped government forces ran out of ammunition and fled, Kiev officials and media reported.<p>The setbacks in the Ukrainian government's campaign to retake key …

Russia says U.S. should push Ukrainian leader to halt violence

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The United States should press Ukraine’s new leader to stop violence and talk to separatists, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after meeting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday, Russian media reported.<p>U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) gestures as he …

Kerry, Lavrov: Ukraine shouldn't be 'pawn'

PARIS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday Ukraine should not be a "pawn" in a power …

Obama warns France on Russia Mistral ship deal

<b>President Barack Obama has said he has told France of his concerns about the sale of two warships to Russia in the light of the crisis in Ukraine.</b><p>The first carrier is due for delivery this year in a 1.2bn euro (£1bn; $1.6bn) deal signed in 2011.<p>Mr Obama said while he recognised it was a big deal …

As World Leaders Prepare to Remember D-Day, Diplomacy Over Ukraine Takes Center Stage

There is no formal peace summit in Europe this week, no roundtable discussion to hash out an accord over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. But when …

Rebels down Ukraine army plane on eve of Poroshenko's swearing-in

DONETSK/LUHANSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Pro-Russian separatists shot down a Ukrainian army plane as fighting raged in the eastern town of Slaviansk on Friday, a day before the inauguration of pro-European billionaire businessman Petro Poroshenko as Ukraine’s president.<p>An armed pro-Russian separatist …

Hollande bids to use D-Day encounters for Ukraine thaw

PARIS (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande urged world leaders arriving in France on Thursday to mark the 70th anniversary of World War Two’s D-Day landings to use the occasion to ease tensions over the Ukraine crisis.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and France's President Francois Hollande …

Obama warns Russia of further costs if it continues meddling in Ukraine

U.S. President Barack Obama had stern words for his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over Russia's actions in Ukraine, following a meeting Thursday of G7 leaders in Brussels, Belgium, at which Russia was excluded.<p>Putin "has a chance to get back into a lane of international law," Obama said.<p>But …