Ukraine army claims strategic town in Donetsk
2014-07-30 19:37:42 UTC
The Ukrainian army says it has seized a key town near the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, as fighting rages in the east.
Pro-Russia separatists were driven out of Avdiivka on Wednesday, the army said. The strategic town is near the airport and tra...
POLL: Majority of Russians believe Ukraine downed MH17
2014-07-30 18:33:21 UTC
The vast majority of Russians believe the Ukrainian military shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, a new poll has shown, underlining how differently the tragedy has been presented in Russia than in the west.
Western leaders have said pro-Rus...
Russia on point of leaving 1987 arms-control treaty
2014-07-29 17:02:39 UTC
Russia may be on the point of walking out of a major cold war era arms-control treaty, Russian analysts have said, after President Obama accused Moscow of violating the accord by testing a cruise missile.
There has been evidence at least since ...
EU agrees new Economic sanctions against Russia
2014-07-29 16:01:02 UTC
European Union governments reached a deal on Tuesday to impose economic sanctions against Russia, targeting its oil industry, defence, dual-use goods and sensitive technologies.
The sanctions will be reviewed after three months, a diplomat said...
Germany's super-shy super-rich
2014-07-29 16:21:22 UTC
Nobody could accuse the richest people in Germany of flaunting their wealth, quite the opposite.
With the death of Karl Albrecht, there was no announcement for nearly a week, and not until the small, private funeral was over. He and his brother...
Satellite images 'show Russian rocket fire into Ukraine'
2014-07-28 05:58:31 UTC
The US on Sunday released satellite images it said backed up its claims that rockets have been fired from Russia into eastern Ukraine and heavy artillery for separatists has also crossed the border.
A four-page document released by the State De...
Russia's surprise interest rate rise 'to curb inflation'
2014-07-26 23:03:37 UTC
Russia's central bank has unexpectedly raised its key bank interest rate over concerns about inflation and "geopolitical tension".
The bank's board decided to raise the interest rate by 50 basis points, or half a percent, to 8% per year.
EU sanctions weaken anti-terror efforts - Russia
2014-07-26 22:52:51 UTC
Russia says new EU sanctions against it over the Ukraine crisis will jeopardise security co-operation against terror.
The Russian foreign ministry said the EU would bear the blame for the move which sees 15 officials and 18 entities subject to ...
MH17 crash: Russia says sanctions against us are illegal
2014-07-25 08:55:23 UTC
The west is imposing "illegal, unreasonable and counter-productive" sanctions against Russia based on internet forgeries that do not prove any of its missiles shot down the Malaysian airliner, the Russian ambassador to London has said.
US evidence: Russia fired artillery into Ukraine
2014-07-25 08:28:55 UTC
The US says it has evidence that Russia has fired artillery across the border targeting Ukrainian military positions.
Russia also intends "to deliver heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers" to pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, th...
Germany: Russia should be stripped of World Cup 2018 after MH17 attack
2014-07-24 21:07:33 UTC
“Firstly, the safety of players and fans cannot be guaranteed” in Russia, said Bernd Fabritius, an MP. “And secondly, a country that behaves like a rogue state should not be rewarded with such an international media event.”
The calls served to un...
UK investigators to examine MH17 flight data
2014-07-24 06:57:29 UTC
UK investigators are to start examining the flight data recorder from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch in Farnborough will start the process almost a week after the plane crashed in eastern Ukraine.
Top rebel commander 'admits' rebels had Buk missile system
2014-07-24 06:37:46 UTC
A top rebel commander in eastern Ukraine has reportedly said that the armed separatist movement had control of a Buk missile system, which Kiev and western countries say was used to shoot down a Malaysia Airlines plane last week.
MH17: Netherlands holds solemn ceremony for victims
2014-07-23 17:32:24 UTC
The Netherlands has received the first victims' bodies from crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in a solemn ceremony at Eindhoven air base.
Forty hearses left for the town of Hilversum where the formal identification process will begin.
MH17: Putin 'created conditions' | Separatists 'shot down'
2014-07-23 07:22:20 UTC
US intelligence officials accused Moscow of "creating the conditions" that resulted in the death of 298 people aboard the Malaysian Airlines jet shot down last week over a part of Ukraine controlled by Russia-backed separatists.
But in a partia...
Rebels in eastern Ukraine have handed over two black boxes from the downed MH17 plane to Malaysian experts
2014-07-22 07:21:12 UTC
A senior rebel leader signed them over to the Malaysian officials at a meeting in the city of Donetsk.
The handover came hours after the UN Security Council voted unanimously to demand immediate international access to the crash site.
MH17: The evidence against Russia
2014-07-20 22:27:35 UTC
The fact is that only a few weeks ago, a convoy of 150 vehicles of artillery, armoured personnel carriers, multiple rocket launchers, tanks, crossed over from Russia into this area and these items were all turned over to the pro- Russia separatist...
MH17 Crash: Pro-Russian Separatists Destroying Evidence
2014-07-19 15:33:31 UTC
Ukraine has accused pro-Russian militiamen at the site of the Malaysia Airlines crash of trying to destroy evidence of an "international crime".
For a second day, OSCE monitors at the scene have had their movements restricted by militiamen.
OSCE: Ukraine rebels 'limit investigation'
2014-07-19 08:15:56 UTC
A team of international observers say pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine have limited their access to the wreckage of a Malaysia Airlines plane.
An OSCE spokesman said access to the site had been controlled by armed men, with one firing shots into t...
Ukraine's shelling could have irreversible consequences, says Russia
2014-07-14 07:51:02 UTC
Russia's foreign ministry says the Ukrainian army is responsible for the shelling that killed a man inside Russian territory, warning that the incident could have "irreversible consequences".
Russian investigators say a man was killed and a wom...
Iran nuclear talks deadline nears as foreign ministers gather in Vienna
2014-07-14 07:48:31 UTC
The US secretary of state, John Kerry, will press his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif, to make "critical choices" in a second day of talks over Tehran's nuclear programme, according to an American official.
Kerry and Zarif met for two hours on...
UK Home Office accessing NHS records to help track down illegal immigrants
2014-07-13 15:05:16 UTC
The (UK) Home Office has been given access to the NHS records of more than 6,900 people since 2010 as part of its efforts to track down illegal immigrants, prompting concerns from patients' and migrants' rights groups.
Medical records are prote...
EU imposes sanctions on more Ukraine rebels
2014-07-12 16:30:48 UTC
The European Union has imposed travel bans and asset freezes on the Ukrainian separatist leader Alexander Borodai and 10 other rebels as residents of Donetsk flee amid fears of further attacks on the rebel stronghold.
The move came as the Ukrai...
Germany asks top US intelligence official to leave over spy row
2014-07-10 18:01:22 UTC
The German government has asked the top representative of America's secret services in Germany to leave the country. Members of the government's supervisory panel announced the measure at a press conference in Berlin this afternoon.
Snowden asks to extend stay in Russia
2014-07-09 16:14:00 UTC
(Reuters) - Former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has asked Moscow to extend his asylum in Russia, his lawyer said on Wednesday.
Russia granted Snowden a one-year visa in August 2013 despite the United States wanting Moscow to send...