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Apple to 'carefully' examine Crimea map controversy

Nov 30, 2019 - 10:38 PM

'We are going to study more carefully the question of designating disputed borders in our services,' Apple says

CRIMEA. An illustration picture taken on November 28, 2019 in Moscow shows an Apple map with the Crimea peninsula on a smartphone screen. AFP photo

Ukraine slams Apple for calling Crimea part of Russia

Nov 28, 2019 - 4:21 PM

'@Apple, please, please, stick to high-tech and entertainment. Global politics is not your strong side,' Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko says on Twitter

Russia, Ukraine swap prisoners in landmark exchange

Sep 07, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hails the prisoner swap as a 'first step' towards ending the country's conflict with Russia

PRISONER SWAP. Rossiya Segodnya news agency director Dmitry Kiselev and Russian-Ukrainian journalist Kyrylo Vyshynsky leave the Vnukovo-2 government airport outside Moscow on September 7, 2019, after a long-awaited exchange of prisoners between Moscow and Kiev. Photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Canada says no to Russia rejoining G-8

Aug 23, 2019 - 11:58 AM

Canada's foreign minister says: '... Russia grossly violated international law by invading and annexing Crimea and added to that with the continuing war in the Donbass'

Putin in Crimea as Russia marks 5 years since annexation

Mar 18, 2019 - 8:49 PM

In Russia, March 18 has been proclaimed the 'Day of Crimea's Reunification with Russia' and celebrated with events across the country. In Crimea, it is a public holiday.

5 YEARS. People carry Russian flags during celebrations of the fifth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea in Simferopol on March 15, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

Ukraine backs martial law after confrontation at sea with Russia

Nov 27, 2018 - 2:00 PM

After intense debate, 276 lawmakers vote in favor of President Petro Poroshenko's request for martial law in border areas for 30 days

MARTIAL LAW. In this file photo, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko holds a press conference on August 30, 2014. File photo by John Thys/AFP

NATO calls emergency meeting with Ukraine on sea clash

Nov 26, 2018 - 8:29 PM

A naval standoff between Ukraine and Russia off the coast of Crimea spikes tension in Europe

PROTEST. Activists of Ukrainian far-right groups hold flares during their rally in front of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on November 26, 2018, as they demand to set martial law in the country and to cut diplomatic relations with Russia. Sergei Supinsky/AFP

EU prize awarded to Ukraine's Sentsov in slap to Russia

Oct 25, 2018 - 11:39 PM

The European Parliament gives the Sakharov human rights prize to Ukrainian Oleg Sentsov and called for Russia to free the filmmaker

HUNGER STRIKE. In this handout picture released by the Federal Penitentiary Service in Russia's Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug on September 29, 2018, Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov undergoes medical examination at a state hospital in Labytnangi. Photo by Russian Federal Penitentiary Service/AFP

Russia dismisses U.S. Crimea declaration

Jul 26, 2018 - 5:56 PM

'We know the worth of these 'fateful declarations',' Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova says in a sarcastic comment on Facebook late Wednesday, July 25

MARIA ZAKHAROVA. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova speaks to the media in Moscow on March 29, 2018. File photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

White House won't recognize Crimea annexation – official

Jul 03, 2018 - 10:12 AM

'We agree to disagree and the sanctions against Russia remain in place until Russia returns the peninsula to the Ukraine,' White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders tells reporters

WHITE HOUSE. In this file photo, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders addresses a briefing at the White House June 25, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Temporary blackout in Crimea after incident at Russian power station

Jun 13, 2018 - 11:25 PM

(UPDATED) Crimea's pro-Kremlin leader Sergei Aksyonov says the blackout is the result of an incident at a power station in Russia's southern Krasnodar region

SERGEI AKSYONOV. Sergei Aksyonov, Crimean leader, takes part in an festive event marking the fourth anniversary of Crimea voting to leave Ukraine and join the Russian state in Simferopol on March 16, 2018. File photo by AFP

Putin opens new bridge to Crimea, provoking Ukraine, Western ire

May 16, 2018 - 9:26 AM

Ukraine, which along with most of the international community has not recognized Russia's annexation of Crimea, condemns the project

CRIMEAN BRIDGE. Russian President Vladimir Putin walks away from a construction truck after he drove the vehicle across the new 19 kilometres (12 miles) road-and-rail Crimean Bridge over the Kerch Strait that links mainland Russia to Moscow-annexed Crimea during the opening ceremony on May 15, 2018. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

What the world is saying about Putin's re-election

Mar 19, 2018 - 9:12 PM

Here's a roundup of the global reaction to the new 6-year term of Russian President Vladimir Putin

READ ALL ABOUT IT. This photograph taken on March 19, 2018, shows a newsstand with a newspaper featuring on the front page, an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin after his re-election in Moscow on March 19, 2018. Photo by Kirill Kudyavtsev/AFP

Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels in mass prisoner swap

Dec 28, 2017 - 11:17 AM

The swap of captives on a dusty road close to the town of Gorlivka is an attempt to revive a tattered peace deal between the Kiev army and rebels from the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics

PRISONERS. Ukraine and Russian-backed rebels have swapped hundreds of prisoners in the war-torn east of the country, one of the largest exchanges since the outbreak of an insurgency almost 4 years ago.

Crimea brought to standstill after Russian power shutdown

Jul 28, 2017 - 11:54 PM

The temporary power outage causes havoc around the region as traffic lights cut out and electric trolley buses stop running

Putin, Macron to air tough issues at Versailles meet

May 27, 2017 - 3:58 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron says it is essential to keep dialogue open with Moscow

FRANCO-RUSSIAN RELATIONS. French President Emmanuel Macron is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Versailles. Photos from AFP

Kiev slams Eurovision call to allow Russian singer

Apr 01, 2017 - 9:09 PM

Ukraine has barred Russian singer and Eurovision contestant Yulia Samoilova over illegally entering Moscow annexed Crimea for a 2015 performance

BANNED. Russian singer and Eurovision contestant Yulia Samoilova has been barred from entering Ukraine. Photo from Wikipedia

EU extends sanctions over Ukraine crisis for 6 months

Mar 13, 2017 - 10:13 PM

The sanctions now apply to 150 persons and 37 entities with the names to be published officially on Tuesday

UKRAINE CRISIS. Ukrainian medical servicemen stand on an Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) after they carried wounded servicemen to hospital in Ukraine-controlled town of Avdiivka, in Donetsk region on January 30, 2017. Photo by Aleksey Filippov/ AFP

Trump aides in back-door Ukraine peace plan – NYT

Feb 20, 2017 - 10:13 PM

The report underscores allegations of improper Russian influence on the Trump administration with US intelligence agencies saying Moscow meddled in the American election in November to tip the outcome in the Republican s favor

COHEN. This file photo taken on December 16, 2016 shows attorney Michael Cohen as he arrives at Trump Tower for meetings with US President Donald Trump in New York. File photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP

Ukraine warns Russia of missile tests near Crimea

Dec 01, 2016 - 10:12 AM

The tests set for Thursday December 1 would almost certainly further damage relations between two former Soviet neighbors that treat each other as open foes

Putin heads to Berlin for crunch Ukraine, Syria talks

Oct 19, 2016 - 11:49 AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin will face Western pressure over Ukraine and Syria at talks in Berlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech at the Business Russia Congress in Moscow on October 18, 2016. Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/AFP

Russia votes for new parliament with Putin secure

Sep 18, 2016 - 7:51 AM

UPDATED Parties loyal to President Vladimir Putin are set to maintain their dominance despite the Kremlin making a show of cleaning up the vote after mass protests last time around

Members of a local electoral commission prepare a polling station ahead of Russia's parliamentary elections, in Moscow on September 17, 2016. Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

US condemns Russian elections in Crimea

Sep 17, 2016 - 11:53 AM

The United States does not recognize the legitimacy and will not recognize the outcome of the Russian Duma elections planned for Russian occupied Crimea on September 18th

In Moscow's grip, Crimea holds first vote to Russian parliament

Sep 15, 2016 - 10:31 AM

The ballot in Crimea – not recognized by Kiev or the international community – looks set to bind the region still closer to Moscow as the new pro Kremlin elite cements its grip and opposition is silenced

People take a photo with a sculpture representing a heavily armed Russian soldier, erected to celebrate the peninsula's 2014 annexation from Ukraine, a sculpture nicknamed the 'polite people' in central Simferopol, on September 10, 2016. Vasily Maximov/AFP

Ukraine moves to ban 'illegal' Russian books

Sep 08, 2016 - 11:08 PM

The proposed legislation concerns books that are either published or shipped from the territory of the aggressor nation or the temporarily occupied Crimea and which are forbidden from being distributed in Ukraine

Ukraine on high alert over Crimea tensions with Russia

Aug 12, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Ukraine s pro Western President Petro Poroshenko has earlier met his top brass and has ordered forces along the frontier with Crimea and across the conflict wracked east onto high alert level

HIGH ALERT. This handout picture taken and released by Ukrainian Presidential press service in Kiev on August 11, 2016 shows Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (2L) speaking to the country's high-ranking military officials during their meeting. Photo by AFP/Mykola Lazarenko/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service

Putin accuses Ukraine of incursions into Crimea

Aug 11, 2016 - 10:59 AM

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says Moscow s claims are senseless and cynical

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a joint news conference with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan (not pictured) following their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, August 10, 2016. Vasily Maximov/Pool/EPA

Ukraine at UN says Putin's Crimea decree 'null and void'

Jul 29, 2016 - 8:15 AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a decree merging Crimea into the southern federal district of Russia to strengthen the work of federal state bodies

File photo by Mikhail Metzel/AFP

NATO unites to keep pressure on Russia

Jul 09, 2016 - 11:15 PM

Alliance leaders stand together on Russia agreeing to bolster its eastern flank after Moscow s annexation of Crimea and the Ukraine conflict

SUMMIT. A general view on the NATO Defense Ministers meeting during the NATO Summit at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland, July 9, 2016. Photo by Marcin Obara/EPA

'Politics beat art': Russian officials bash Ukraine Eurovision win

May 16, 2016 - 12:18 AM

It is not the first time the Eurovision Song Contest has raised political hackles though the rules leave no room for interpretation

Ukraine's Jamala (C) reacts after winning the 61st annual Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, May 14, 2016. Maja Suslin/EPA

Putin visits Crimea to mark 2 years since annexation

Mar 18, 2016 - 6:31 PM

Putin will check up on the progress of a 3 billion bridge project connecting Russia to Crimea a key link that Moscow hopes will further bind it to the isolated region

ANNEXATION. Crimean people spread a huge Russian flag with white words in it saying 'Russia Crimea Together Forever' and inhabitants' inscriptions during a rally to mark anniversary of controversial referendum to join Russia, in Simferopol, Crimea, March 16, 2015. Photo by Artur Shvarts/EPA

Top Europe rights body sends team to Crimea

Jan 25, 2016 - 7:30 PM

The Council of Europe mission aims to ensure that the people of Crimea are not forgotten

State of emergency in Crimea after power lines blown up

Nov 22, 2015 - 5:44 PM

Russia s emergency situations ministry says electricity is now back in Simferopol Feodosia Yevpatoria and Yalta

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Ukraine and Russia ground direct flights in latest spat

Oct 25, 2015 - 8:01 PM

Mistrust between the uneasy ex Soviet neighbours boils over into a new trade war that affects tens of thousands of families

CONFRONTATION. Black smoke billows from Donetsk international airport, seen behind a cemetery, during heavy gun battle between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian militants in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk in 2014. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Ukraine says Russia must cede border by end of year

Oct 05, 2015 - 8:22 PM

The Western backed Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he never agreed to the terms announced by French President Francois Hollande at a media event held after summit talks on the crisis in Paris on Friday

RUSSIA A 'THREAT'. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks to supporters during a pro-Ukraine Rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa during Poroshenko's first official visit to Canada, September 17, 2014. File photo by Goeff Robins/AFP

US open to talks with Russia on Syria

Sep 18, 2015 - 8:50 AM

The decision signals a newfound willingness to engage with Russia after months of giving Vladimir Putin the cold shoulder over his actions in Ukraine and Syria

'LIMITED TALKS.' In this file photo, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest holds the daily news conference at the White House following votes on trade legislation in the US House of Representatives, in Washington DC, USA, June 12, 2015. File photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA

EU extends Ukraine sanctions by 6 months

Sep 14, 2015 - 9:12 PM

The assessment of the situation did not justify a change in the regime of sanctions nor in the list of persons and entities under restrictive measures the EU s Council of Ministers says in a statement

The Flag of the European Union flies outside of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 30 June 2014. Patrick Seeger/EPA

Russia says state news agency bank account closed in UK

Jul 13, 2015 - 11:42 PM

The closure is due to European Union sanctions against Kiselyov over Russia s takeover of Crimea from Ukraine says the Russian foreign ministry

'TOGETHER FOREVER' Crimean people spread a huge Russian flag with white words in it saying 'Russia Crimea Together Forever' and inhabitants' inscriptions during a rally to mark anniversary of controversial referendum to join Russia, in Simferopol, Crimea, 16 March 2015. Artur Shvarts/EPA

Ex pro-Putin Internet troll seeks to expose Kremlin 'propaganda factory'

Jun 03, 2015 - 4:11 AM

A Russian freelance journalist who claims she went undercover as a pro government Internet troll says she is suing her former employer in a bid to expose the workings of the Kremlin s online army

TROLL. A file picture taken on March 31, 2015, shows Lyudmila Savchuk working on her laptop during an interview in Saint Petersburg. Photo by Olga Maltseva / AFP

Ukraine navy left high and dry after Crimea losses

May 14, 2015 - 10:27 AM

All the most important ships by class and capability are now stuck in the occupied territory and that represents a big problem for Ukraine

FLAGSHIP. An Ukrainian sailor stands guard in front of frigate Hetman Sahaydachniy (U130), flagship of Ukrainian Navy in southern Ukrainian city Odessa on May 3, 2015. Genya Savilov/AFP

US, Russia vow to boost cooperation, but no concrete progress

May 13, 2015 - 9:16 AM

And while there were no tangible agreements there was a marked change in the tone between the two long time wary foes who for months have traded barbs and accusations

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L), Russian President Vladimir Putin (2-L) meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry (2-R) at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black sea resort of Sochi, Russia, May 12, 2015. Alexey Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin pool/EPA

Kerry arrives in Russia to push Putin on Ukraine crisis

May 12, 2015 - 4:19 PM

It is the highest level trip by a US official to Russia since Kerry visited Moscow in May 2013

In this file handout picture provided by the US Department of State, US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a statement to the US and Somali media in Mogadishu, Somalia, 05 May 2015. Glen Johnson/US Department of State/Handout/EPA

Putin to host US Secretary of State Kerry for high-stakes Sochi talks

May 11, 2015 - 10:51 PM

President Vladimir Putin has refused to budge on Ukraine but has signalled his readiness to mend ties with Washington and Brussels as Russia chafes under the burden of biting Western sanctions

CONCERNED. President Vladimir Putin said he was concerned over tensions in Ukraine's Russian-speaking southeastern regions. Photo by AFP

Putin says 'no regrets' over Crimea annexation

Apr 27, 2015 - 10:26 AM

Putin: When we defend our interests we go to the end

In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on recent wildfires aftermath in Abakan, the capital of Khakassia in the southeastern Siberia, Russia, 21 April 2015. Alexei Druginyn/RIA Novosti/Kremlin Pool/EPA

Grass warned of 'sleepwalking' into world war in final interview

Apr 15, 2015 - 1:32 AM

Germany s Nobel winning author Gunter Grass said he feared humanity was sleepwalking into a world war in the last interview he gave before his death on Monday

German author Gunter Grass. File photo by Peter Foley / EPA

Russia lashes out at law to erase Ukraine's Soviet past

Apr 11, 2015 - 8:48 AM

The package of laws bans Soviet flags and means Soviet era Lenin statues will have to be knocked down and town squares renamed across the country of some 45 million

Crimea marks a year of Russian rule

Mar 17, 2015 - 9:17 AM

Russian newspaper: Crimea is ours of course But how long will Russia have to keep paying for this and how many zeroes will there be in the final sum not even Putin knows

'TOGETHER FOREVER' Crimean people spread a huge Russian flag with white words in it saying 'Russia Crimea Together Forever' and inhabitants' inscriptions during a rally to mark anniversary of controversial referendum to join Russia, in Simferopol, Crimea, 16 March 2015. Artur Shvarts/EPA

Ukraine says rebels attack near Mariupol, NATO deploys Baltics troops

Mar 09, 2015 - 11:53 PM

UPDATED Meanwhile NATO forces prepared for a major exercise in the Baltics where Russia s involvement in the Ukraine war has jangled nerves

ROCK THE VOTE. People hold Russian flags as they gather at Lenin Square after the end of the referendum in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine, March 16, 2014. Photo by Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Hospital shelled in east Ukraine as calls mount for truce

Feb 05, 2015 - 7:32 AM

The latest deaths come as international pressure grows for an immediate halt to surging violence which has seen hundreds of civilians killed in recent weeks

AGONY. A woman cries near the body of her son, killed during a shelling at the hospital of Donetsk's Tekstilshik district, on Febuary 4, 2015.

Ukraine separatists vow to mobilize 100,000 fighters

Feb 03, 2015 - 11:45 AM

The pledge to dramatically escalate a 9 month conflict comes as the rebels battled to encircle the beleaguered transport hub of Debaltseve

Ukrainian servicemen stand guard in front of the hospital, as they wait for the injured soldiers from Debaltseve, in eastern city of Artyomovsk, Donetsk area, Ukraine, 02 February 2015. Anastasia Vlasova/EPA