Ukraine

Putin holds phone call with Poroshenko

Russian President Vladimir Putin has held a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. "Yes, the conversation took …

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Director Kira Muratova passes away

Kira Muratova, one of the Russian-speaking world's most influential filmmakers, passes away. She was 83. Muratova died in Odessa, Ukraine, where she had lived and worked for many years, her husband, Yevgeny …

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NATO and Russia resumes dialogue

The first since last October NATO-Russia Council (NRC) convened today in Brussels.  "The Council had an open exchange on several topics, including the situation in and around Ukraine, issues related to military activities, …

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NATO-Russia Council convens in Brussels

The NATO-Russia Council (NRC) convened today in Brussels. The meeting will discuss the situation in eastern Ukraine. It is the first time the council has met since NATO and many of its members expelled Russian diplomats following a …

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Will Naftogas seize Gazprom's European property?

Russian gas giant Gazprom said it was aware of actions by Ukrainian oil and gas firm Naftogaz to enforce an arbitration court ruling. Naftogaz said earlier today it had initiated the enforcement of a $2.6 billion award from the …

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Saakashvili calls on Europe to slap sanctions on Kiev

Ukrainian opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili Tuesday urged European leaders to slap sanctions on President Petro Poroshenko, whom he accused of violating his human rights by expelling him from the country three months ago, …

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Does Ukraine want to destroy Russia using sanctions?

Russia must be "crushed" by sanctions, just like the Soviet Union was destroyed by them at one time, George Tuka, Deputy Minister for the temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons of Ukraine, …

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Ukraine's withdrawal from CIS to take one year

Ukraine's withdrawal from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) will take about a year, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, the correspondent of Vestnik Kavkaza reports. "In …

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Sberbank reducing its presence in Europe

Russia's Sberbank intends to reduce its presence in Europe, but expand it in Kazakhstan and Belarus, the head of the state bank Herman Gref said. "We stay in Europe, Belarus, Kazakhstan and …

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UN: situation in eastern Ukraine deteriorates

The overall security situation in eastern Ukraine has deteriorated since the beginning of May, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said. "Hostilities, with the use of mortars and heavy artillery, were reported …

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Ukraine tests Javelin missile systems

Ukraine tested its Javelin missile systems yesterday for the first time since receiving the weapons from the United States to boost its defenses in its conflict with pro-Russian separatists. The US says Javelins cannot effectively be …

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Poroshenko and Merkel discuss Nord Stream 2

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke by telephone about Merkel’s visit to Russia last week, efforts to implement the Minsk agreement, gas transit through Ukraine, …

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 FSB shuts down extremist group in Crimea

The Federal Security Service (FSB) has shut down the activity of an extremist group in Crimea that had been created by an aide to Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada member of parliament, the FSB Center for Public Relations said. "The …

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