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Ukraine ratifies EU deal, offers special status to rebels

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine ratified a sweeping agreement with the European Union on Tuesday - an issue at the heart of the Russia-West crisis over its future - and sought to blunt the independence drive of Russian-backed separatists by offering them temporary and limited self-rule.<p>Ukraine's President …

Russia warns Ukraine over 'historic deal' with the EU

Russia has warned of serious consequences following Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s signing of a deal with European Parliament President Martin Schultz.<p>The agreement known as the EU-Ukraine association agreement should deepen economic and political ties with the European Union.<p>Lawmakers in …

Ukraine PM tells army to be on full battle alert despite ceasefire

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine’s prime minister told government forces to remain on full battle alert on Wednesday as fighting in the rebel-held eastern city of Donetsk killed at least two civilians and further strained a ceasefire with Russian-backed separatists.<p>A pro-Russian rebel checks his rifle …

Ukraine to screen civil servants for loyalty

<b>Ukraine will screen about one million civil servants to root out corrupt practices from the past, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk has said.</b><p>The parliament passed a law on Tuesday, allowing the removal of government officials from their posts.<p>All those who worked under ousted President Viktor …

Ukraine crisis: Obama praises 'excellent' Poroshenko

<b>President Barack Obama has given his support to Petro Poroshenko, describing himself as a "strong friend" to Ukraine's leader.</b><p>Mr Obama condemned what he called Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine.<p>He called for the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territory and the closure of the border …

Russia Is Desperate To Save Its $27 Billion Gas Mega-Project From Failing Due To Sanctions

The Yamal plan, a $27 billion investment to tap vast natural gas reserves in northwest Siberia, aims to double Russia's stake in the fast-growing market for liquefied natural gas. If it stays on track, it will also show the West that the world's largest energy industry is not cracking under …

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Baltic states wary as Russia takes more strident tone with neighbours

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, anxious that battle of wits with Kremlin may escalate, look to Nato for back-up pledge<p>The 23rd floor of the Hotel Viru in Tallinn has been carefully preserved as a reminder of Estonia's past. Like much else in the Soviet era, it did not officially exist even though …

Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania form joint military unit

<b>Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania have agreed to set up joint military unit of several thousand soldiers.</b><p>Defence ministers from the three countries signed the deal on Friday.<p>Poland's defence ministry said the brigade would be based in the eastern Polish city of Lublin but the soldiers would remain in …

U.S. jets intercept six Russian planes - CNN Video

Ukraine deal with pro-Russian rebels

<b>Ukraine's government and pro-Russia rebels have agreed a memorandum on a peace plan for the eastern conflict.</b><p>The nine-point deal includes setting up a 30km (19-mile) buffer zone, a ban on overflights of part of eastern Ukraine by military aircraft and the withdrawal of "foreign mercenaries" on both …

Report: Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels agree to new ceasefire deal

Ukrainian authorities and pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine agreed on a complete ceasefire and buffer zone early Saturday in talks in Belarus, Russia's state-run RIA-Novosti news agency reported.<p>Both sides also agreed to move heavy weaponry back from the front lines of the conflict, which had …

Ukraine leader gets support in U.S., but not lethal aid

American leaders offered Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko a high-profile platform Thursday to advocate for greater support to his besieged military, though the levels of assistance ultimately offered by the United States fell short of his requests.<p>After an address to a joint session of …

Buffer zone agreed on in Ukrainian peace talks

NATO says Russian forces 'still inside Ukraine'

"As to Russian forces on the ground, yes, they are still inside Ukraine," US General Philip Breedlove told reporters in Lithuania, without providing precise numbers.

Ukraine munitions factory hit after new peace plan adopted

The factory was hit just hours after Kiev and separatist leaders reached a new peace plan aimed at shoring up a two-week old ceasefire.<p>No casualties were reported in the blasts at the state-owned Soviet-era plant, which is located near Donetsk airport, a key battleground in the five-month conflict …

NATO chief: Ukraine has cease-fire 'in name only'

Ukraine: rebels and government troops to retreat following peace deal

Agreement calls for creation of a 30km (19 mile) buffer zone between opposing sides with each moving its troops back by 15km<p>Pro-Russian rebels and government forces in Ukraine are expected to retreat from frontline positions on Saturday after a new peace plan was signed following overnight …

Ukraine crisis: Thousands march in Moscow anti-war rally

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1110000/1110152_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534420875_e76dd1fc8121a4d9aca85aea4a7d8719<p><b>Thousands of people have marched in Moscow to protest against Russia's involvement in the Ukraine conflict.</b><p>People carrying Russian and Ukrainian flags …

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Ukraine says ceasefire violations hold up creation of buffer zone

KIEV (Reuters) - The Ukrainian military accused separatists and Russian troops on Sunday of continuing to shoot at government forces despite a Sept. 5 ceasefire and said Kiev would not go ahead with setting up a proposed buffer zone until the truce violations stopped.<p>A Ukrainian serviceman is …

Putin Is Getting Most Of What He Wants In Ukraine

It had no official start and no formal end. Russia never admitted that it was in the conflict, which it fanned and fought both directly and through proxies, so has not celebrated victory as it did after the annexation of Crimea. Ukraine never formally declared itself under attack, so it cannot …

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Thousands protest in Moscow over Russia's involvement in Ukraine

Thousands of people gathered in central Moscow on Sundayto protest against their country's involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine at an All-Russian March for Peace, the first large anti-Kremlin rally since the conflict started in April.<p>The march for an "end to the Russian regime's …

The Scattering of Ukraine's Jews

War threatens a community that has survived the Holocaust and the Soviet era.<p>Aleksandr Zadov recalls the last time war forced him out of his home in Donetsk. The year was 1941, and Nazi troops were occupying the eastern Ukrainian city. He and his parents escaped under the cover of darkness to …