Ukraine

    13 days ago

    EU extends economic sanctions against Russia

    The European Union has extended economic sanctions against Russia until January to keep pressure on Moscow over the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

    25 days ago

    Russian soldiers' deaths cast doubt on Kremlin's claim of no involvement in Ukraine

    The recent deaths of three Russian servicemen have raised serious questions about the Kremlin's claim that its military is not operating in Ukraine.

    32 days ago

    Civilians die in Ukraine shelling

    Two civilians in a government-controlled area of eastern Ukraine have been killed, authorities said, amid a surge of shelling as combat flared between the armed forces and separatist rebels.

    58 days ago

    Almost 7,000 civilians dead in conflict, says Ukraine president

    Ukraine's president has said that almost 7,000 civilians have died and a thousand more remain unaccounted for as a result of the unrest that has gripped his country over the past year.

    117 days ago

    Artillery pulled back in Ukraine

    Ukraine’s president says government and Russian-backed separatist forces have pulled back the bulk of their artillery and rocket launchers from the front-line in the east, in compliance with a ceasefire deal.

    118 days ago

    Putin reveals Crimea takeover talks

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has described a secret meeting with officials last year when Russia decided it would take Crimea – the Black Sea region that Moscow annexed from Ukraine last March.

    128 days ago

    Ex-Deputy Russian PM shot dead in Moscow

    Charismatic former deputy prime minister-turned Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov has been killed in a drive-by shooting on a Moscow bridge.

    129 days ago

    Ukraine to withdraw heavy weapons

    Ukraine’s military has said it will start pulling back its heavy weapons from the front line with Russian backed separatists as required under a ceasefire agreement.

    129 days ago

    Russia could cut gas off to Ukraine this week

    Russia could cut off supplies to neighbouring Ukraine by the end of the week if it does not get further payments from the country, a spokesman for the gas company Gazprom has said.

    131 days ago

    Tense end to latest round of Ukraine peace talks

    Talks about a fragile peace deal for Ukraine have ended in tension, with differences over who is at fault over continued violence despite a ceasefire.

    131 days ago

    'Less fighting' after Ukraine truce

    Ukraine’s latest ceasefire has “very significantly” lowered the level of military exchanges between the government and separatist forces, but abuses are still taking place and must end, the head of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe has said.

    133 days ago

    Ten injured in explosion at Ukraine march

    Ten people have been injured in an explosion at a march in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city.

    137 days ago

    Ukraine troops retreat from strategic railroad town of Debaltseve

    Ukraine has pulled most of its troops out of Debaltseve, president Petro Poroshenko says.

    138 days ago

    UN backing for Ukraine ceasefire

    The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a Russian-drafted resolution that endorses the new ceasefire agreement on Ukraine and calls on all parties involved to carry it out.

    138 days ago

    Vladimir Putin accuses US over Ukraine arms

    Russian president Vladimir Putin has suggested that the United States is already delivering weapons to Ukraine.

    139 days ago

    Fears over 'fragile' Ukraine ceasefire

    Intense artillery exchanges between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed separatists have persisted around a strategic town in eastern Ukraine – fighting that threatens to dash a ceasefire deal brokered by European leaders last week.

    140 days ago

    Ukraine ceasefire appears to hold

    A ceasefire that went into effect today in eastern Ukraine appears largely to be holding, except around the strategic railway hub of Debaltseve.

    141 days ago

    At least 26 killed as Ukraine ceasefire nears

    A number of artillery attacks have hit areas near the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, as the deadline for a ceasefire creeps closer, officials said.

    143 days ago

    IMF pledges €15.5bn to Ukraine

    The International Monetary Fund has agreed to provide Ukraine with €15.5bn to help support economic reforms.

    143 days ago

    Putin announces ceasefire in Ukraine

    Russian president Vladimir Putin has announced a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine from midnight on Saturday.

    143 days ago

    Leaders continue to negotiate Ukraine peace deal

    Leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany are struggling to reach a deal this morning in marathon talks aimed at ending fighting in eastern Ukraine.

    143 days ago

    Leaders 'preparing to sign Ukraine peace agreement'

    Marathon talks on ending the war in Ukraine have lasted through the night amid reports that the leaders involved are preparing to sign an agreement.

    144 days ago

    'Problems remain' in Ukraine talks

    There remain “quite a number of problems” in negotiations aimed at ending fighting in eastern Ukraine, according to the French foreign minister.

    145 days ago

    Fighting intensifies in Ukraine despite upcoming peace talks

    Fighting in eastern Ukraine has intensified ahead of much-anticipated peace talks, with both sides claiming significant advances and the government accusing rebels of shelling a town far behind the front line.

    145 days ago

    Merkel: Ukraine conflict cannot be solved by military means

    US President Barack Obama and German chancellor Angela Merkel have rallied behind efforts to reach a long-shot diplomatic resolution to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, but offered no clear path if talks fail.

    146 days ago

    EU delays decision on Russia sanctions

    The European Union has decided to hold off temporarily on imposing sanctions on more Russians and Ukrainian separatists and await the outcome of possible peace talks later this week.

    146 days ago

    Merkel briefs Obama on Ukraine

    President Barack Obama and German chancellor Angela Merkel are trying for a public display of unity despite a potential split over arming Ukrainian fighters to fight Russian-backed separatists.

    146 days ago

    Flanagan: Europe considering more sanctions against Russia

    The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, says Europe is considering further sanctions against Russia over its involvement in the Ukraine crisis.

    149 days ago

    Ukraine agrees 'evacuation corridor' with rebels

    Pro-Russia rebels and Ukrainian authorities have agreed on a humanitarian corridor to evacuate civilians from the epicentre of fighting in eastern Ukraine as German and French leaders prepare to take a peace plan to Moscow.

    150 days ago

    Leaders join Ukraine peace drive; Hollande says the conflict is a war

    French president Francois Hollande has said he is taking a new peace initiative to Ukraine alongside German chancellor Angela Merkel.

    151 days ago

    Ukraine hospital attack kills five

    At least five people have died after heavy shelling in rebel stronghold Donetsk in eastern Ukraine damaged a hospital, six schools and five nursery schools.

    152 days ago

    Eight killed, 22 injured in Ukraine clashes

    Artillery fire in eastern Ukraine has killed at least eight people and wounded 22 others in the past day, rebels in the separatist stronghold of Donetsk said.

    162 days ago

    16 killed in Ukraine rocket attack on open-air market and homes

    A crowded open-air market and nearby homes in Ukraine’s coastal city of Mariupol came under rocket fire today, killing at least 16 people, city authorities said.

    162 days ago

    10 killed in Ukraine shelling

    Police in Ukraine say 10 people have been killed following shelling in the eastern port of Mariupol.

    163 days ago

    'Major offensive' in east Ukraine

    Signs have emerged pointing to a major offensive in eastern Ukraine by rebels fighting to break off from the rest of the country.

    165 days ago

    New flashpoint in eastern Ukraine

    Separatist forces in eastern Ukraine have deployed large quantities of arms and manpower to an emerging flashpoint, undermining hopes for a new peace initiative taking shape.

    167 days ago

    Pro-Russian rebels 'take over Donetsk airport'

    Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine have claimed to have seized control of the Donetsk airport after days of intense fighting.

    170 days ago

    Ukraine peace talks break down

    Ukraine peace talks failed today as hostilities intensified between government forces and Russian-backed separatists in the east.

    192 days ago

    Ukraine peace talks end in Minsk

    Talks aimed at reaching a stable ceasefire in Ukraine between its government forces and pro-Russian armed groups ended after more than five hours.

    208 days ago

    Bid to revive Ukraine ceasefire

    Government troops and Russian-backed separatists have largely suspended hostilities in east Ukraine in a fresh attempt to revive a largely ignored ceasefire deal.

    213 days ago

    Putin: Sovereignty and national pride 'forgotten concepts many European countries'

    Russian president Vladimir Putin has defended the Kremlin’s aggressive foreign policy, saying the actions are necessary for his country’s survival.

    243 days ago

    Ukraine rebel leader sworn in

    The leader of separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine has been officially sworn in after an election that was roundly condemned by the West as destabilising.

    251 days ago

    Pro-Europe parties lead in Ukraine polls

    Two pro-European parties in Ukraine running on a platform to enact tough reforms have taken the lead in the Ukrainian parliamentary election.

    277 days ago

    Pro-Russian rebels close in on Donetsk airport

    Rebels in eastern Ukraine appear to be successfully closing in on the government-held airport in Donetsk, a strategic victory for the pro-Russian separatists that further undermines a shaky ceasefire in the region.

    283 days ago

    Ukraine PM urges world not to lift sanctions against Russia

    Ukraine's prime minister has urged the world not to lift sanctions against Russia until his country regains control over its entire territory, including Crimea.

    287 days ago

    Thousands demonstrate in Moscow over Ukraine conflict

    Thousands of people marched through central Moscow today to demonstrate against the fighting in Ukraine and Russia’s alleged complicity in the conflict.

    291 days ago

    Death toll rises in eastern Ukraine

    Shelling in rebel-held parts of east Ukraine killed at least 12 civilians as a top leader of pro-Russian rebels rejected Ukrainian legislation meant to end the unrest by granting self-rule to large swathes of the east.

    291 days ago

    New shelling hits eastern Ukraine

    A building has been hit by rocket fire in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk, killing at least one person and adding to the growing number of civilian casualties in the region despite a nearly two-week-old ceasefire.

    294 days ago

    Ukrainian city targeted by shelling despite ceasefire

    Residents in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk have come under repeated shelling despite a fragile ceasefire agreement imposed last week.

    301 days ago

    Ukraine truce shaky as clashes break out

    Clashes have broken out outside the main rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine, throwing the freshly forged ceasefire agreement between government troops and Russian-backed separatists into further doubt.

    301 days ago

    Ceasefire fears after shelling reported near Ukraine port

    Witnesses in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol reported sustained explosions outside the city last night, and a volunteer battalion of Ukrainian fighters says Grad rockets were fired at its positions.

    303 days ago

    EU to unveil new Russia sanctions; Ukrainian President 'optimistic' over ceasefire

    The European Union will today unveil a fresh raft of economic sanctions against Russia in a show of support by Western leaders for the beleaguered government of Ukraine.

    304 days ago

    EU to unveil new Russia sanctions

    The European Union is set to unveil a fresh package of sanctions against Russia as western leaders staged a show of support for the beleaguered Ukrainian government.

    304 days ago

    EU to impose further sanctions on Russia

    The European Union is set to unveil a fresh package of sanctions against Russia as western leaders staged a show of support for the Ukrainian government.

    304 days ago

    Ukraine and rebels ’close to deal’

    Ukraine and the pro-Russian separatists appear increasingly close to signing a deal to end four months of fighting.

    305 days ago

    Obama: Russia a threat to peace

    Lashing out at Russia, President Barack Obama has cast Moscow’s aggression in Ukraine as a threat to peace in Europe.

    305 days ago

    Putin urges rebels to stop advance

    Vladimir Putin has called on Russian-backed insurgents in eastern Ukraine to “stop advancing” and urged the Ukrainian army to withdraw their troops from the region.

    305 days ago

    Ukraine 'agrees truce with Putin'

    Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko said he and Russian president Vladimir Putin have reached agreement on a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.

    306 days ago

    Putin's Kiev remarks 'taken out of context'

    A Russian official has complained that EU Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso breached confidentiality when he quoted President Vladimir Putin as saying that Moscow could take over Kiev in two weeks if it wished.

    307 days ago

    Rebels 'fire on border guard boat' in Ukraine

    A border guard vessel has been attacked by land-based forces, Ukraine said, hours after Russian president Vladimir Putin called for immediate talks on a political solution to the crisis in the east of the country.