Moscow announces military exercises - US warns
2014-04-23 08:28:53 UTC
In late-night phone call, the US secretary of state, John Kerry, told Russian the foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, of his "deep concern over the lack of positive Russian steps to de-escalate" the crisis in eastern Ukraine, a state department offic...
Ukraine calls for action against pro-Russian separatists
2014-04-22 20:30:20 UTC
Ukraine's acting president has called for the resumption of military operations against pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country, claiming two of his party's supporters had been "tortured to death", in a further blow to an unravelling in...
Lavrov has promised assistance to Ukraine to overcome its crisis
2014-04-19 17:58:29 UTC
They say the Kiev authorities, who took power after pro-Russia Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in February following months of protests, aim to suppress the country's Russian-speakers.
In response to this accusation on Friday, ...
US raises pressure on Russia over separatists in Ukraine
2014-04-19 06:26:35 UTC
The US has threatened tougher economic sanctions if Russia fails to abide by a new international agreement to help de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine.
The Kremlin responded by accusing the White House of treating Moscow like a "guilty schoolboy"...
Kiev reaches out to eastern rebels
2014-04-18 21:04:00 UTC
<h3>Ukraine's interim authorities have appealed for national unity and promised to meet some of the demands of pro-Russian protesters in the east of the country.</h3>These include the decentralisation of power and guarantees for the status of the ...
Russia's Lavrov announces deal to 'disband illegal armed groups' across Ukraine
2014-04-18 06:13:34 UTC
Lengthy talks between Russia, Ukraine, the US and the EU appeared to reach a breakthrough on Thursday evening, late in the first day of emergency negotiations.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters that all four sides had agreed o...
Putin says he hopes he won't have to send Russian troops into Ukraine
2014-04-17 10:25:35 UTC
<h3>Breaking News:</h3>MOSCOW (AP) - President Vladimir Putin says he hopes he won't have to send Russian troops into Ukraine.
Putin said in a televised call-in session Thursday that he hopes that the Ukrainian crisis could be solved by political...
Armed individuals had crossed the border into Ukraine
2014-04-16 08:54:29 UTC
<h3>Ukrainian counter-terrorism chief Gen Vasyl Krutov, speaking to reporters at Kramatorsk airfield, emphasised that armed individuals had crossed the border into Ukraine.</h3>Ukrainian troops sent to reclaim locations seized by pro-Russian milit...
Suddenly, Europe Is Taking a Harder Line on Russia Sanctions
2014-04-16 01:21:48 UTC
As violence escalates in eastern Ukraine, Europe is moving toward an action some thought it might never take: the imposition of stringent economic sanctions on Russia. Angela Merkel, the Russian-speaking German chancellor whose country has more at...
Ukraine calls for UN peacekeepers, protesters ask Putin for help
2014-04-14 17:27:44 UTC
Following the death of a state security officer and the wounding of two others near Slaviansk, Turchynov gave a televised address on Sunday night in which he promised amnesty to those who had not fired at security forces if they laid down their ar...
Ukraine Crisis: Russia isolated in UN Security Council
2014-04-14 05:48:27 UTC
The United Nations security council held an emergency session on Sunday night to discuss the escalating crisis in Ukraine as the war of words between its western allies and Russia continued.
Just hours before a deadline by Ukraine for pro-Russi...
Shootout in Kramatorsk next on wave of Russian assault on Donetsk Oblast
2014-04-13 02:01:16 UTC
DONETSK, Ukraine – The district police station of Kramatorsk, a city 96 kilometers north of Donetsk with a population of 200,000, has late night on April 12 been the scene of more pro-Russian separatist activity, after pro-Russian forces were taki...
Pro-Russian gunmen seize key buildings in eastern Ukraine
2014-04-12 17:13:10 UTC
Gunmen have seized a police station and other government buildings in Ukraine's eastern industrial heartland amid a tense deadlock in the country's east, where armed pro-Russian protesters have barricaded themselves inside government buildings and...
German shop sold mugs carrying image of Adolf Hitler
2014-04-12 06:31:51 UTC
A German furniture chain that inadvertently sold mugs carrying a faded image of Adolf Hitler will have to explain themselves to police, prosecutors say.
Despite the controversy, Germany's official history museum is eager to acquire one of the cof...
Ukraine leader Yatsenyuk offers powers to troubled east
2014-04-11 16:07:51 UTC
Ukraine's interim prime minister has offered to devolve more powers to eastern regions, where pro-Russian separatists are defying the government.
He is holding talks with regional leaders in Donetsk, where activists demanding self-rule are hold...
Angela Merkel denied access to her NSA file
2014-04-10 21:34:18 UTC
The US government is refusing to grant Angela Merkel access to her NSA file or answer formal questions from Germany about its surveillance activities, raising the stakes before a crucial visit by the German chancellor to Washington.
Ukraine crisis: Putin demands advance payment for gas
2014-04-10 06:21:12 UTC
In Moscow, President Vladimir Putin appeared in little mood for negotiation, threatening in a cabinet meeting to demand that Ukraine pay for its gas in advance – a move he said would "correspond with the contract" between Ukraine and Russia.
Ukraine in 48-hour ultimatum to east's Russia activists
2014-04-09 10:21:41 UTC
Kiev, meanwhile, vowed that the situation would be resolved within 48 hours, either by negotiations or force. Earlier, a number of people held inside a state security building in Luhansk since Sunday were freed.
The EU, Russia, US and Ukraine a...
Russia separatists release 56 people from seized building
2014-04-09 08:06:44 UTC
Ukraine's security service said on Wednesday morning that 56 people held inside a local headquarters in the eastern city of Luhansk occupied by pro-Russian separatists have been allowed to leave the premises.
The Luhansk security services build...
Gas war: Ukraine refuses to pay increased prices set by Russian firm
2014-04-06 23:23:22 UTC
The prospect of a new gas war between Russia and Ukraine drew closer at the weekend as the government in Kiev said it would refuse to pay for gas at a new, inflated price set by Gazprom last week. The dispute comes as tensions in eastern Ukraine r...
German photographer killed in Afghanistan
2014-04-04 10:00:17 UTC
A police spokesman in the Khost province said Niedringhaus had been killed and Canadian journalist Kathy Gannon seriously injured in the shooting.
Gannon was taken to hospital but Niedringhaus died instantly, the spokesman said. He confirmed th...
Special police shot Kiev protesters, inquiry says
2014-04-03 18:36:34 UTC
Ukraine's special police were behind the killings of dozens of anti-government protesters in Kiev in February, a government inquiry says.
Interior Minister Arsen Avakov told reporters that 12 members of the Berkut police had been identified as ...
Stolen Gauguin painting 'hung on factory worker's wall'
2014-04-02 16:32:16 UTC
Stolen paintings by Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard hung on an Italian factory worker's kitchen wall for almost 40 years, police have revealed.
Now worth at least 10.6m euros (£8.8m), they were stolen from a collector's London home in 1970 and ...
Angela Merkel approves Germany's first minimum wage
2014-04-02 16:29:21 UTC
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has approved the country's first minimum wage, at 8.50 euros an hour (£7; $11.75), to start in 2015.
At the moment, the country is one of seven in the 28-nation EU without a minimum wage level.
Germany has rel...
Ukraine's deposed President says Russia's annexation of Crimea is 'a tragedy'
2014-04-02 16:11:47 UTC
Ukraine's deposed President Viktor Yanukovych says Russia's annexation of Crimea is "a tragedy" and he hopes it will become part of Ukraine again.
In an interview with the Associated Press and Russian channel NTV, he also said he gave no orders...