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Travel chaos as Ukraine suspends transport links with Crimea

Thousands of vehicles have been stuck at the border between Ukraine and Crimea, after Kyiv authorities reportedly blocked movements at two out of three crossing points.<p>It comes after Ukraine stopped rail and bus travel between the mainland and the peninsula, which was annexed by Russia in …

Raw: Ukraine Bus Shelled, at Least a Dozen Dead

Ukraine ceasefire deal reached after marathon Minsk talks

<b>(CNN) —</b> Marathon peace talks aimed at ending the bloody crisis in eastern Ukraine concluded Thursday in a breakthrough: A ceasefire that's due to start Sunday and an agreement for both sides to pull back heavy weapons.<p>If the ceasefire holds -- which is far from certain -- it could end a 10-month …

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'Words are our weapon': video mocking Ukrainian separatists goes viral

An art group satirising the anthems of fighters in eastern Ukraine say they are countering Russian propaganda about the conflict, RFE/RL report<p>A Ukrainian group is making waves online with satirical musical parodies decrying Russia’s support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.<br>The group, which goes …

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Ukraine army swaps hundreds of captives with rebel forces

Prisoners of war exchanged as negotiators try to reach broader agreement involving a ceasefire and withdrawal of troops<p>Ukrainian authorities and separatists exchanged hundreds of prisoners of war on Friday, a spokesman for President Petro Poroshenko said, part of a 12-point plan aimed at ending the …

German, French leaders to take Ukraine peace plan to Kiev, Moscow

KIEV (Reuters) - The leaders of Germany and France announced a new peace plan for Ukraine on Thursday, flying to Kiev with a proposal they would then take on to Moscow.<p>The coordinated trip by Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Francois Hollande comes as rebels advanced on a railway hub held by …

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Pro-Russian rebels name leader in Ukraine as crisis deepens

Ukraine crisis: US accuses Russia over 'incursion'

<b>The US has accused Russia of undermining a ceasefire in Ukraine after reports of Russian troops and military hardware entering the country.</b><p>The US envoy to the UN, Samantha Power, also accused Russia of pursuing war in Ukraine while talking peace.<p>Russia's deputy ambassador to the UN, Alexander …

Ukrainian university fights for survival after escape from Donetsk

When Russia-backed separatists took over the Donetsk National University campus in September, ousting the university’s rector, appointing their own replacement and bringing gunmen to guard the building, Tetyana Nagornyak knew it was time to leave.<p>As acting dean of the history faculty, some of the …

Kiev says Russia has 7,500 troops in Ukraine

Four Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 10 others wounded in violence gripping Ukraine’s east, according to security officials in Kiev, who accused Russia of having 7,500 troops deployed on Ukrainian soil to back pro-Moscow separatists.<p>One civilian, a 60-year-old man, was also killed in the …

Putin dismisses talk of Iron Curtain's return

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Moscow will not be isolated on the international scene and has dismissed the risk of "catastrophic consequences" for the Russian economy of Western sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine.<p>Putin told the state-run TASS news agency that Russia was aware of the …

Ukraine's field army digs in for separatist offensive

Forces loyal to Kiev are digging in to withstand an anticipated onslaught from separatist rebels<p>The earth from the trenches is freshly dug and the concrete of the newly-installed pillbox blemishless. The metal cage that protects it from rocket-propelled grenades is already covered in a thick layer …

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Russia announces plans for second aid convoy to Ukraine

Russia Is Already Invading Ukraine

Moscow has pursued one policy throughout the current crisis: escalation.<p>On Friday, Russia sent a supply column of more than 200 trucks rumbling into Ukraine and then, the next day, back out again. Since the Ukraine crisis began, Moscow has done many dangerous and deadly things. But this convoy …

Ukraine fights 'tank column from Russia' at border

Kiev claims Ukrainian border guards in clash with "several dozen" vehicles from Russia including tanks<p>Ukrainian border guards clashed with an armoured column in what Kiev claimed was an incursion from Russia on Monday, in the latest escalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.<p>Fighting erupted …

Ukraine accuses Russia of opening new front before leaders' meeting

MINSK (Reuters) - Divided by mistrust and mutual recriminations, the Russian and Ukrainian leaders will hold rare talks on Tuesday that offer only a slim hope of progress towards ending five months of separatist war in Ukraine.<p>Since Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko last met on June 6 in France, …

Libya crisis: US 'caught off-guard' by air strikes

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1103000/1103653_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524618139_5521939e0070f02c84d25b639388ce0c<p><b>US officials say Egypt and the UAE were behind air strikes in Libya last week that targeted Islamist-linked militia.</b><p>A senior US official told the BBC …

Ukraine president calls snap election as he prepares for Putin meeting

Petro Poroshenko dissolves parliament amid accusations of border intrusions before talks<p>Ukraine's president, Petro Poroshenko, has dissolved parliament and called for early elections in October as his country continues to battle a pro-Russia insurgency in its eastern regions, and Kiev again accused …

Ukraine leader dissolves parliament; Russian tanks reportedly blocked

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko dissolved the country's contentious parliament Monday and set new elections for Oct. 26 in a move likely to deepen Ukraine's bitter east-west divide.<p>Poroshenko's government earlier in the day accused Russia of sending an armored column into eastern Ukraine. It …

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Video purporting to show survivors of Ukraine refugee convoy shelling released

Ukraine’s ministry of defence has released a video which it says features survivors of an artillery strike on a refugee bus convoy in east Ukraine<p><b>Ukraine’s</b> government has released a video which it says featured survivors of an artillery strike on a refugee bus convoy in east Ukraine which killed …

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How Russia sees Ukraine conflict

<i>Tatiana Darie, a recent intern with GPS, speaks with Russian journalist Ilya Barabanov,</i> <i>special correspondent for Kommersant and winner of the Peter Mackler Award for Courageous & Ethical Journalism. The views expressed are his own.</i><p><b>You’ve been reporting from eastern Ukraine and along the</b> …

Ukrainian forces press attacks on rebel-held areas

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Government troops pressed attacks Tuesday in the two largest cities held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, while Kiev …

Ukraine bans 14 Russian TV channels for airing war 'propaganda'

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine has blocked 14 Russian television channels from its cable networks to stop them spreading war propaganda, an Interior Ministry official said on Tuesday.<p>Television news has played a vital role in public perception of the conflict in eastern Ukraine where many of the largely …

Ukraine convoy attack near Luhansk leaves 'no survivors'

<b>Fifteen bodies have been retrieved from the scene of an attack on a convoy of refugees in eastern Ukraine, a Ukrainian military spokesman says.</b><p>Earlier, a rebel source told the BBC no-one had survived an attack on a convoy of refugees in the Luhansk area on Monday.<p>Ukraine has accused pro-Russian …

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Ukrainian troops attack pro-Russia rebels as peace efforts continue

Soldier killed and four wounded as Ukrainian president prepares to hold meetings with Angela Merkel and then Vladimir Putin<p>Government troops carried out attacks on Tuesday in the two largest cities held by pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine, while Kiev also pursued diplomatic efforts to resolve …

Liberia hunts escaped Ebola victims as WHO calls for controls

Liberia struggled on Monday to track down 17 suspected Ebola carriers who fled quarantine at the weekend, while the U.N. health agency urged affected West African nations to screen all departures in a bid to contain the worst outbreak of the virus.<p>In the Liberian capital Monrovia, police awaited a …

Dozens die as Luhansk refugee convoy hit by rocket and mortar fire

Ukraine government and rebels blame each other for attack, which has killed evacuees trying to escape the conflict<p>Dozens of people, including women and children, were killed on Monday when a convoy carrying refugees was hit by rocket fire near the eastern city of Luhansk, a Ukrainian military …