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Ukraine, separatists begin troop pullback

Oct 29, 2019 - 11:53 PM

The long-awaited pullback is a precondition for the first face-to-face talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky, to be mediated by the leaders of France and Germany

PULLBACK. This picture taken and released by Ukrainian presidential press-service on October 14, 2019, shows President Volodymyr Zelensky (C) talking with officers at the map during his visit to Donetsk region. File photo by STR/AFP

Russia eases citizenship rules in east Ukraine

Apr 24, 2019 - 11:14 PM

President Vladimir Putin signs the decree aimed at residents of the unrecognized Donetsk and Lugansk republics that broke away from Kiev in 2014 and are governed by Moscow-backed rebels

DONETSK. In this file photo taken on November 9, 2018, people stand as they wait for Denis Pushilin, acting leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic, campaigning meeting and the concert in Donetsk. File photo by Aleksey Filippov/AFP

American OSCE monitor killed in rebel east Ukraine

Apr 24, 2017 - 11:01 AM

The OSCE s announcement about the US monitor s death sees Kiev and the insurgents quickly trading blame over who was at fault

Eastern Ukrainian villages change hands despite truce

Jan 05, 2016 - 1:25 PM

International observers have deplored recent military activity in the zone by both Ukrainian troops and pro Russian rebels which they say undermines the prospects for peace in the region

TRUCE ZONE. A picture taken on December 22, 2015 shows Ukrainian servicemen riding on their APS (L) as vehicles of Red Cross deliver wood briquettes for local residents in the village of Pischevik, in the Donetsk region. Aleksey Filippov/AFP

Ukraine's Donetsk rebels ban MSF, UN agencies

Oct 24, 2015 - 10:53 AM

UN agencies such as the World Food Programme would be affected by the ban as they do not have necessary accreditation

MEDICAL AID IN DONETSK. Medical brigade soldiers transport an injured Ukrainian serviceman at the Artemivsk village not far of Debaltseve, Donetsk area, Ukraine, February 19, 2015. Photo by Sergei Kozlov/EPA

Ukraine warring sides announce start of small arms withdrawal

Oct 03, 2015 - 9:47 PM

The announcement comes after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko voiced cautious optimism over the future of a peace deal

Ukraine rebels withdraw from key frontline village

Jul 04, 2015 - 11:43 AM

But separatists warn that unilateral demilitarization by their side may not be enough to establish a lasting peace

REBELS WITHDRAW. A Ukrainian serviceman walks along boards used as protection against snipers in Shyrokyne, Donetsk region on June 29, 2015. Photo by Anatoli Stepanov/AFP

Ukraine truce talks make no breakthrough in Minsk

May 23, 2015 - 12:42 PM

The latest round of talks in Minsk are relatively low level discussions involving members of a special task force devoted to political settlement issues

'LOW-LEVEL TALKS.' Denis Pushilin (L), self-declared chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR), and Vladislav Deinego (R), who represents the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) in the negotiations, talk to media at the 'President-Hotel', where Ukraine peace negotiations takes place in Minsk, Belarus, 22 May 2015. Photo by Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels resume peace talks

Dec 24, 2014 - 7:21 PM

A successful round of preliminary negotiations in the Belarussian capital Minsk could pave the way for a second meeting

ON THE ROAD. Military vehicles drive on a road in Kramatorsk town, near Slaviansk, Ukraine, 11 September 2014. File photo/Roman Pilipey/EPA

Ukraine takes historic step toward NATO

Dec 23, 2014 - 6:45 PM

Ukraine s parliament overwhelmingly vote to revoke the nation s neutral status which it adopted under Russian pressure in 2010

In this file photo, deputies of the new Ukrainian parliament take the oath of office during the opening of a session in Kiev on November 27, 2014. Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Belarus strongman looks to revive Ukraine peace talks

Dec 22, 2014 - 9:06 AM

But a high ranking Ukrainian official says Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko is just as keen to use the trip to build bridges to Europe that ease his dependence on an increasingly isolated Russia

WELCOME TO KIEV. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (R) welcomes Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko (L), during their meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, 21 December 2014. Mykola Lazarenko/Pool/EPA

Putin holds late-night talks on Ukraine with European leaders

Dec 17, 2014 - 4:05 PM

The telephone conversation comes after the White House confirms that US President Barack Obama will sign into law fresh sanctions against Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg on December 8, 2014. Alexey Druzhinin/Pool/RIA Novosti/AFP

EU 'united' on Ukraine despite split over Russia sanctions

Dec 17, 2014 - 9:02 AM

Federica Mogherini comes to Kiev ahead of a tough decision in Brussels on whether to re engage Russia or step up sanctions against it

WELCOME TO UKRAINE. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (R) shakes hands with Federica Mogherini (L), the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, in Kiev, Ukraine, 16 December 2014. Roman Pilipey/EPA

The year Putin tore up the rule book

Dec 15, 2014 - 9:00 AM

In 2014 Vladimir Putin upends global rules with considerable chutzpah sowing just enough uncertainty to keep the world unsure of his intentions or his next move – or whether he had even done anything wrong in the first place

Poroshenko pleads with Russia: Withdraw from Ukraine

Dec 11, 2014 - 11:16 AM

Poroshenko on a visit to Australia spoke as a day old ceasefire largely holds along the bloodied frontline in eastern Ukraine but hopes of peace talks and pulling back heavy weaponry still hang in the balance

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Singapore, 09 December 2014. Wallace Woon/EPA

Ukraine peace talks delayed but ceasefire largely holds

Dec 09, 2014 - 9:05 AM

UPDATED The diplomatic war of words and jostling for position intensifies as the prospect of new Ukrainian peace talks nears

A Ukrainian tank rides on December 4, 2014 in the eastern Ukrainian village of Orlovka in the Donetsk region, which is under control by Ukrainian forces, after night shelling by pro-Russian separatist. Anatolii Stepanov/AFP

Putin, Hollande attempt to defuse Ukraine tensions

Dec 06, 2014 - 10:11 PM

Hollande is the first Western leader to visit Russia since the beginning of the crisis which caused the European Union and the United States to impose punishing sanctions on Moscow

HOLLANDE AND PUTIN. French President Francois Hollande (L) meets with Russia's President Vladimir Putin on December 6, 2014, in Moscow, back from a two-day visit in Kazakhstan. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels announce December 9 truce

Dec 05, 2014 - 8:08 AM

The unexpected announcement provides the latest glimmer of hope that fighting across the eastern rustbelt of the ex Soviet nation was nearing to a close after 8 months that saw 4 300 people killed

A Ukrainian tank rides on December 4, 2014 in the eastern Ukrainian village of Orlovka in the Donetsk region, which is under control by Ukrainian forces, after night shelling by pro-Russian separatist. Anatolii Stepanov/AFP

Ukraine says ceasefire reached around Donetsk airport

Dec 02, 2014 - 10:22 AM

Residents around the airport say a lull in the fighting that has been raging on a nearly daily basis ensued shortly after the negotiations began

In this file photo, pro-Russian militants take position on the roof of the international airport of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on May 26, 2014. Alexander Khudoteply/AFP

Ukraine rebel leader challenges president to duel

Nov 19, 2014 - 10:24 PM

Igor Plotnitsky the 50 year old leader of the self proclaimed Lugansk People s Republic writes an open letter to Poroshenko suggesting the whole nation could even watch the duel on live TV

File photo of Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko by Mykola Lazarenko/EPA

Monitors fear rising violence in eastern Ukraine

Nov 12, 2014 - 11:29 AM

Meanwhile Dutch investigators hoping to recover debris from a doomed airliner leave the MH17 crash site with little progress

Dutch experts set up a sign reading 'No entrance! The remains of flight MH17 crash victims may be placed here' at the crash site of Malaysian Airlines passenger jet MH17, near Donetsk, Ukraine, 11 November 2014. Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Fears of all-out Ukraine war grow as MH17 families mourn

Nov 11, 2014 - 7:34 AM

New columns of tanks trucks and heavy artillery rumble towards the pro Moscow rebel stronghold of Donetsk as fears grew of a return to all out fighting in war torn eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian servicemen fix an Armored Personnel Carrier at their position near Luhansk, Ukraine, 08 November 2014. Dmitriy Lipavskiy/EPA

Intense artillery fire in Ukraine's rebel bastion Donetsk

Nov 09, 2014 - 5:04 PM

The last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev warns that the conflict between the Western backers of Ukraine and Russia could lead to a new Cold War

Ukrainian servicemen fix an Armored Personnel Carrier at their position near Luhansk, Ukraine, 08 November 2014. Dmitriy Lipavskiy/EPA

Ukraine peace plan hangs by a thread

Nov 05, 2014 - 8:57 PM

Artillery explosions can be heard early Wednesday around the airport in Donetsk where Ukrainian soldiers have been holding out for weeks against surrounding separatist forces

A man holds a Russian imperial flag as he takes part in a rally in support of the self-proclaimed 'People's Republics' of Donetsk and Lugansk, in Moscow on October 18, 2014. Dmitry Serebryakov/AFP

Ukraine to 're-examine' peace plan with rebels

Nov 04, 2014 - 8:57 AM

Poroshenko says he and security chiefs will re examine Kiev s commitments to the ceasefire deal including abolition of a key element that offered separatists autonomy within Ukraine s existing borders

A man holds a Russian imperial flag as he takes part in a rally in support of the self-proclaimed 'People's Republics' of Donetsk and Lugansk, in Moscow on October 18, 2014. Dmitry Serebryakov/AFP

Russia backs Ukraine rebel vote despite criticism from West

Nov 03, 2014 - 8:17 AM

Moscow moves quickly to throw its weight behind the disputed elections deepening the international crisis over Ukraine

Members of an electoral commission empty a ballot box to count the ballots at the end of elections at polling station in Donetsk, Ukraine, 02 November 2014. Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Miner's son, Lenin fan set to win separatist Ukraine votes

Nov 03, 2014 - 1:10 AM

Alexander Zakharchenko who commands rebels fighting Ukrainian government forces in Donetsk faces no real opposition; so does Lugansk s Igor Plotnitsky a former Soviet army officer who rose to the top of the separatist ranks

PRO-RUSSIAN SEPARATISTS. Alexander Zakharchenko, Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Peoples Republic and presidential candidate speaks to media after his vote in Donetsk on November 2, 2014. Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine began voting in controversial leadership elections on Sunday that Kiev and the West have refused to recognise and which threatened to deepen an international crisis over the conflict. Photo by AFP/Alexander Khudoteply

Ukraine separatists vote in controversial election

Nov 02, 2014 - 2:54 PM

The elections in the self declared Donetsk People s Republic and Lugansk People s Republic are billed as bringing a degree of legitimacy to the makeshift military regimes that already control them

A man sits at a polling station in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on October 31, 2014. Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Ukraine fighting intensifies ahead of separatist vote

Nov 02, 2014 - 7:58 AM

The fighting comes ahead of elections in the self declared pro Russian statelets known as the Donetsk People s Republic and the Lugansk People s Republic

Ukraine, France, Germany urge Putin not to recognize rebel polls – Kiev

Oct 31, 2014 - 10:12 PM

The statement comes after Putin Ukraine s Petro Poroshenko France s Francois Hollande and Germany s Angela Merkel had a four way telephone conversation

GETTING READY. Valentina Borshchova (L) and Raisa Gorbova (R), both members of a local election commission, prepare a ballot box in a polling station based near the frontline in the eastern Ukrainian village Kamyshevakha, Luhansk region, 24 October 2014. Roman Pilipey/EPA

Russia to recognize Ukraine rebel votes: Lavrov

Oct 28, 2014 - 5:47 PM

Lavrov claims the elections opposed by Kiev would be important from the point of view of legitimizing the authority of the regions rebel leadership

War-scarred Ukraine set for key polls

Oct 25, 2014 - 12:58 PM

Ukraine voters will go to the polls Sunday in elections set to dramatically reshape parliament after a year of upheavals in which a deadly pro Russian uprising has threatened to splinter the ex Soviet state

GETTING READY. Valentina Borshchova (L) and Raisa Gorbova (R), both members of a local election commission, prepare a ballot box in a polling station based near the frontline in the eastern Ukrainian village Kamyshevakha, Luhansk region, 24 October 2014. Roman Pilipey/EPA

Ukraine set to cement shift West in wartime vote

Oct 19, 2014 - 6:51 PM

It will be a vote held on a war footing in which millions of ethnic Russians in Ukraine will not be able to cast ballots because their lands have been either annexed by the Kremlin or seized by pro Moscow militants

In this file photo, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko holds a press conference on the sidelines of a European Union summit at the EU Headquarters in Brussels on August 30, 2014. John Thys/AFP

Ukraine lobbies NATO, IMF as deaths mount

Oct 09, 2014 - 11:15 AM

A one month truce in Ukraine is teetering on the verge of collapse just weeks before a general election meant to reunify the country after 6 months of conflict in the east

DOUSING THE FLAMES. A fireman tries to put out a fire in a garage after shelling in Donetsk, Ukraine, 07 October 2014. Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Kerry, Lavrov to meet in Paris with Ukraine, Syria on agenda

Oct 09, 2014 - 8:42 AM

The meeting will come amid efforts by Western countries to maintain a September 5 ceasefire deal in Ukraine which has been systematically breached in the country s east

In this file photo, US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) gestures as he stands with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov (L) prior to their meeting in Paris, France, 05 June 2014. Laurent Cipriani/Pool/EPA

One month in, Ukraine truce exists in name only

Oct 05, 2014 - 7:00 PM

Artillery blasts rock Donetsk exactly one month since the rebels signed a 12 point agreement with Kiev s representatives to try to halt the hostilities that have killed over 3 300 people in eastern Ukraine

WHAT CEASEFIRE? A man passes by the remains of an Uragan missile lying in front of a burning house, after it was fired on a north western district in Donetsk, Ukraine on October 5, 2014. John Macdougall/AFP

EU keeps Russia sanctions as clashes resume in Ukraine

Sep 30, 2014 - 11:29 PM

UPDATED Meanwhile a promise by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to grant temporary self rule for territories under rebel control as long as they give up separatist ambitions has dominated political debate in the run up to the parliamentary polls

UKRAINE. Soldiers of the Ukrainian National Guard get winter uniforms and flak jackets before being send send to east Ukraine, at their base in the village Novi Petrivtsi, near Kiev, Ukraine, 30 September 2014. Roman Pilipey/EPA

Deadliest attacks by pro-Russian rebels threatens Ukraine truce

Sep 30, 2014 - 10:36 AM

Thirteen soldiers and civilians were killed in 24 hours in the worst violence since the government and pro Russian insurgents struck a shaky truce in their five month conflict

Ukrainian servicemen take up position in their camp near the eastern city of Debaltseve, Ukraine, 29 September 2014. Konstantin Grishin/EPA

Obama offers to lift sanctions if Russia 'changes course' on Ukraine

Sep 25, 2014 - 11:10 AM

Ukraine s prime minister meanwhile urges the West to maintain sanctions on Russia until Ukraine takes control of its entire territory

Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, addresses the general debate of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly, 24 September 2014, United Nations, New York. Cia Pak/UN Photo

Ukraine rebels plan votes in blow to Poroshenko truce

Sep 24, 2014 - 11:30 AM

The self proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People s Republics said they would hold simultaneous votes on November 2 to choose their leaders and Supreme Soviets or parliaments

Smoke from a burning fuel dump at the Donetsk airport can be seen from a pro-Russia separatists checkpoint on September 23, 2014. John Macdougall/AFP

Ukraine rebels announce November polls

Sep 23, 2014 - 11:23 PM

Pro Russian rebels in Ukraine s self proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People s Republics says their breakaway regions would hold polls on November 2 to elect regional leaders and legislative bodies

Communist, Russian and Novorussia flags fly above Ukrainian people, as they take part in a rally, called by pro-Russian rebels, to celebrate the anniversary of the liberation of Donbass from Nazi invaders, Donetsk, Ukraine, 08 September 2014. Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Ukraine rebels start pullback under peace deal

Sep 23, 2014 - 4:13 PM

UPDATED Across the flashpoint industrial regions of Donetsk and Lugansk the level of violence appears to have subsided after five months of fighting that has killed around 3 000 people and sent East West tensions soaring

Ukrainian servicemen man positions with APCs and tanks on September 21, 2014 near the town of Debaltseve in the region of Donetsk. Anatolii Stepanov/AFP

Ukraine prepares pullback as truce holds

Sep 22, 2014 - 11:14 PM

Rebel leaders also said they were ready to give peace a chance after 5 months of bloodletting that set off the most serious East West crisis since the Cold War

EXCHANGE. A Ukrainian prisoner of war is greeted near a bus during an exchange of Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels, near Kostyantynivka village, about 60 kilometers from Donetsk, Ukraine, 21 September 2014. Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

NATO says Russian forces 'still inside Ukraine'

Sep 21, 2014 - 1:09 AM

US General Philip Breedlove says a two week old ceasefire was still there in name but what is happening on the ground is quite a different story

CEASEFIRE? Without providing precise numbers, US General Philip Breedlove confirms there are still Russian forces inside Ukraine. File photo by Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Kiev, rebels ink deal creating buffer zone

Sep 20, 2014 - 11:03 AM

Under the deal both sides agreed to pull back heavy weapons by 15 km from their point of contact thereby creating a buffer zone of at least 30 km wide

DEAL. BUFFER ZPThe Prime minister of the self-proclaimed 'Donetsk People's Republic', Alexander Zakharchenko (L), Deputy prime minister of the self-proclaimed 'Donetsk People's Republic' Andrei Purgin (2-L) and rebel leader of the self-proclaimed 'People Republic of Lugansk' Igor Plotnitsky (2-R) take part in the Ukraine peace talks in Minsk, Belarus, September 19, 2014. Photo by EPA

Russia, Ukraine trade blame as fighting tests truce

Sep 14, 2014 - 1:30 PM

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk called on world leaders not to trust Russian President Vladimir Putin despite his decision to sign Moscow up to a truce aimed at ending a five month war that has claimed more than 2 700 lives

A unit of Ukrainian soldiers are accompanied by a dog as they march on a road at a checkpoint near Pervomaysk, in the Luhansk region, Ukraine, 13 September 2014. Roman Pilipey/EPA

Ukraine PM accuses Russia of seeking to 'eliminate' country despite truce

Sep 13, 2014 - 3:40 PM

[Putin] wants to eliminate Ukraine as an independent country says Ukraine s prime minister

A picture made available on 09 July 2014 shows Ukrainian solider raising a National flag at the headquarters of anti-terrorist operation (ATO) near Izyum of Kharkiv area, Ukraine, 08 July 2014. Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

Poroshenko: East Ukraine 'radically changed' since truce

Sep 10, 2014 - 4:36 PM

He again vows that the separatist eastern regions where the rebels have declared their own republics would remain part of Ukraine

Ukrainian loyalists hold their flag as they rally at the last checkpoint on the eastern side of Mariupol on August 30, 2014. Francisco Leong/AFP

EU sanctions Russia despite new Putin-Poroshenko peace push

Sep 09, 2014 - 6:10 AM

European leaders have been keen to ensure a halt to the fighting that has rattled financial markets and provoked a trade war with Russia damaging farmers and threatening the economic recoveries of leading EU nations such as Germany

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (C) shakes hands with workers during his visit to the Mariupol Metallurgic Plant in the eastern Ukrainian city Mariupol Ukraine, 08 September 2014. Anatoly Maltsev/EPA

Renewed fighting threatens Ukraine truce

Sep 07, 2014 - 9:08 PM

Insurgent militias bombard a government held checkpoint on the eastern edge of the port city of Mariupol overnight local officials say killing one woman and triggering panic among terrified residents

People walk past a burning gas station on September 7, 2014 after an overnight bombing attack, near an Ukrainian army checkpoint in the outskirts of the key southeastern port city of Mariupol. Philippe Desmazes/AFP