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Ukraine calls for international action against Russian 'aggression'

Dec 06, 2018 - 11:57 PM

At a meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Milan, Pavlo Klimkin says this is the fifth consecutive OSCE ministerial meeting to be dominated by Russia's 'destabilizing' behavior in Europe

PAVLO KLIMKIN. Ukraine's Foreign Affairs minister Pavlo Klimkin (L) talks with Turkey's Foreign Affairs minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) during a NATO Foreign Ministers meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on December 4, 2018. Photo by John Thys/AFP

Russia's actions in Ukraine 'obstacle' to improved relations – U.S.

Apr 24, 2017 - 8:35 AM

The phone call comes as the two leaders discussed the death on Sunday of an American monitor with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe who hit a landmine while on patrol in eastern Ukraine

TILLERSON ON RUSSIA. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson looks over papers at the World Conference Center in Bonn, western Germany, on February 17, 2017. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Ukraine at UN seeks to shore up ceasefire

Apr 29, 2016 - 9:30 AM

More than 9 300 people have died in eastern Ukraine – known as Donbass – where pro Russian rebels are fighting Kiev s forces since April 2014

STRENGTHEN CEASEFIRE. Ukrainian militants of volunteers' 'Azov' battalion take part in an exercise on a shooting range close to the Urzuf village near Maiupol, Ukraine, April  6, 2016. File photo by Sergey Vaganov/EPA

Azerbaijan, Armenia agree truce in Nagorno-Karabakh clashes

Apr 06, 2016 - 8:09 AM

International powers scramble to end the worst violence in decades over the disputed region

Armenian artillery position of the self-defense army of Nagorno-Karabakh in Martakert, Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, April 3, 2016. Vahram Baghdasaryan/Photolure/EPA

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 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 court orders arrest of two 'Russian soldiers'

May 23, 2015 - 10:31 AM

Russia s defense ministry says the two were once members of the armed forces but had been demobilized by the time they crossed into the Ukrainian war zone nearly two months ago

VOLUNTEERS? Yevgeny Yerofeyev lies on a bed at a hospital in Kiev, Ukraine, 19 May 2015. Ukraine claims that Yerofeyev is one of two Russian soldiers captured in eastern Ukraine. File photo by Roman Pilipey/EPA

Fighters captured in Ukraine admit to serving in Russia's army – OSCE

May 22, 2015 - 11:24 AM

Ukraine has charged the captured men with involvement in terrorist activity and promised to release them should they fully confess during a public trial

CAPTURED. Alexander Alexandrov lies on a bed at a hospital in Kiev, Ukraine, 19 May 2015. Ukraine claims that Alexandrov is one of two Russian soldiers captured in eastern Ukraine. File photo by Roman Pilipey/EPA

Ukraine vows to show off 'captured Russian soldiers'

May 19, 2015 - 9:26 AM

The politically charged declaration comes as a tenuous February truce is broken by more violence that claimed the lives of at least 4 Ukrainian servicemen

RECOVERED. A Ukrainian soldier shows a weapon allegedly belonging to Russian servicemen captured by Ukrainian forces, during a briefing for media in General Staff of Ukrainian army in Kiev, Ukraine, 18 May 2015. Roman Pilipey/EPA

'Grave concern' about Ukraine fighting at 4-way talks

Apr 14, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Foreign ministers from Russia Ukraine France and Germany gather to assess progress in the truce deal agreed in February between the Ukraine government and pro Russian rebels

BERLIN MEETING. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pose for a group photo as they attend a meeting to examine the implementation of the Minsk peace accords at Villa Borsig in Berlin, Germany, April 13, 2015. Clemens Bilan/Pool/EPA

On anniversary of Ukraine war, shelling still shattering lives

Apr 07, 2015 - 10:00 AM

It s hard for us to believe in this ceasefire The shooting has never really ceased here and in the last days it s become worse than usual

RAZED. An international observer of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) inspects a burned house after shelling in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on April 6, 2015. Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

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

International monitors shot at in east Ukraine – OSCE

Nov 20, 2014 - 6:07 PM

The OSCE says a uniformed man on the back of a flat bed cargo truck fires two shots in the direction of their vehicles as they were driving

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

OSCE 'very concerned' by tanks, convoys in Ukraine

Nov 09, 2014 - 8:10 AM

The OSCE report came after Ukraine s military said it had spotted a large column of tanks and other heavy weapons entering the country from Russia

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

Dutch officials return to MH17 crash site as search resumes

Oct 14, 2014 - 8:31 AM

The Dutch are part of an Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe OSCE team that has brokered a return to the place where the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 crashed in rebel held territory on July 17

Part of the wreckage at the main crash site of the Boeing 777 Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which crashed over the eastern Ukraine region, near Grabovo, July 20, 2014. Igot Kovalenko/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

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

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

US welcomes Poroshenko for symbolic visit

Sep 19, 2014 - 3:44 PM

Poroshenko sat side by side with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office and drew multiple standing ovations from lawmakers in a ceremonial joint meeting of both chambers of Congress

US President Barack Obama (R) talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, September 18, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON

Poroshenko: Ukraine ceasefire plan by Friday

Sep 04, 2014 - 11:41 PM

The push for peace follows a dramatic surge in tensions after NATO reported that Russia had secretly sent in troops and heavy weapons to support insurgents

CEASEFIRE PLAN. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says the peace blueprint would be signed on Friday, September 5, at a meeting in Minsk brokered by the pan-European security body the OSCE. File photo by Mykola Lazarenko/EPA

Putin unveils Ukraine peace plan ahead of NATO summit

Sep 03, 2014 - 10:02 PM

UPDATED The Russian president s surprise announcement could take the wind out of the sails of a high stakes NATO summit in Wales where Western leaders led by US President Barack Obama plan to step up their defense of eastern Europe in the face of Russian aggression

Ukrainian tanks drive on a road on the outskirts in the eastern Ukrainian city Slavyansk, Ukraine, 03 September 2014. Roman Pilipey/EPA

Merkel urges Ukraine truce as Russia convoy returns home

Aug 23, 2014 - 8:04 PM

UPDATED In Kiev Merkel calls for a bilateral ceasefire and effective border controls to help stop four months of brutal fighting between pro Russian rebels and government troops

AID CONVOY. People stand by a humanitarian convoy at the Donetsk-Izvarino customs control checkpoint, some 30 km outside Kamensk-Shakhtinsky in the Rostov Region. The first 10 trucks of a massive and disputed Russian humanitarian aid convoy crossed the Ukrainian border on August 22. Photo by Sergey Venyavsky/AFP

MH17 search suspended over security concerns

Aug 06, 2014 - 10:35 PM

UPDATED Dutch Prime Minister Rutte says increasing tension between Kiev – which is battling pro Russian separatists in the area – makes it too unsafe to continue with the search for victims remains

ASSISTANCE. Investigators have enlisting the help of local villagers in finding victims' remains and possessions. Photo from EPA

OSCE says 'several' remains, belongings found at MH17 site

Aug 02, 2014 - 3:06 PM

I think we all agree that today was the biggest day ever in terms of the process of disaster victim recovery an OSCE spokesman says

Ukraine fighting again stops MH17 investigators

Jul 30, 2014 - 7:04 PM

The situation along the route is too unsafe notes lead investigator Pieter Jaap Aalbersberg in a Dutch foreign ministry statement

BLOCKED. Armed separatists in military attires block the road for the passage of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) members between Donetsk and Slavonst in Ukraine, 30 July 2014. Evert-Jan Daniels/EPA

EU to impose new Russia sanctions as fighting blocks MH17 probe

Jul 28, 2014 - 9:17 PM

UPDATED The tougher sanctions are intended to be particularly painful for Russia which is already flirting with recession as tensions over the crisis have hurt growth and sent investors fleeing

BARRED ENTRY. Pro-Russian militants block the way to the crash site of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 28, 2014 in Donetsk. Bulent Kilic/AFP

Dutch experts inspect Ukraine crash bodies

Jul 21, 2014 - 6:29 PM

UPDATED As world leaders deplored the shambolic state of the crash site left in the hands of the rebels the animosity between the two sides was underlined by intense shelling

REMAINS. Ukrainian workers carry the remains of victims at the main crash site of the Boeing 777 Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which crashed over the eastern Ukraine region, near Grabovo, some 100 km east of Donetsk, Ukraine, 20 July 2014. Igor Kovalenko/EPA

Forensics experts to reach MH17 crash site Monday – Dutch PM

Jul 21, 2014 - 7:51 AM

Prime Minister Mark Rutte says that the Dutch will be coordinating the task of identifying the 298 dead from Thursday s July 17 Malaysia Airways crash

DEBRIS. A Ukrainian worker inspects the main crash site of the Boeing 777 Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which crashed over the eastern Ukraine region, near Grabove, some 100 km east of Donetsk, Ukraine, 20 July 2014. Igor Kovalenko/EPA

Rebels agree to security zone at MH17 crash site

Jul 19, 2014 - 5:47 PM

More investigators arrived overnight from the Netherlands and Malaysia amid calls for access to the scene as Kiev accused the rebels of trying to destroy crash evidence with Russian support

CRASH SITE. A picture taken on July 17, 2014 shows wreckages of the Malaysian Airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. File photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

Malaysia team in Kiev as anger mounts over MH17

Jul 19, 2014 - 11:31 AM

UPDATED Concerns have also emerged after international observers were blocked or given only partial access by armed rebels

A picture taken on July 17, 2014 shows wreckages of the malaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. Photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

Ukraine says military plane 'likely' shot down from Russia

Jul 15, 2014 - 11:21 AM

The United States on Monday accuses Russia of providing the pro Russian separatists in east Ukraine with military equipment such as tanks and rocket launchers

LULL. Ukrainian soldiers rest with their armored tank on the roadside in the small city of Seversk, Donetsk area, Ukraine, 12 July 2014. Anastacia Vlasova/EPA

Ukraine vows to strike back after rebels kill 23 troops

Jul 12, 2014 - 12:36 PM

Not a single terrorist will avoid responsibility Every single one of them will get their just desserts says Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko

Top envoys urge new Ukraine truce talks as battles rage

Jul 03, 2014 - 8:10 AM

The latest clashes came after Ukraine s President Petro Poroshenko ripped up a 10 day truce which Kiev says the insurgents broke over 100 times at the cost of 30 lives

SECURITY ZONE. The checkpoint at the frontline between Ukrainian and Donetsk Peoples Republic forces in Karlovka, Donetsk region, Ukraine, 02 July 2014. Stringer/EPA

OSCE makes contact with 'unharmed' kidnapped observers in Ukraine

Jun 19, 2014 - 11:53 PM

You will understand that we will not say how or when this contact was established so as not to jeopardize their safety

Fierce battles in Ukraine; OSCE team freed

May 04, 2014 - 12:07 PM

As OSCE inspectors go free violence ramps up in various parts of Ukraine with more than 50 people dying in clashes nationwide

FREE. Axel Schneider, head of the freed members of Organization for Security and Cooperation and Security in Europe (OSCE) military observers, Danish Defense Minister Nicolai Wammen, German Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen and her Czech counterpart Martin Stropnicky, hold a press conference in Berlin, Germany, 03 May 2014. EPA/BERND VON JUTRCZENKA

Dozens die in Odessa blaze as Ukraine violence spreads

May 03, 2014 - 9:28 AM

UPDATED The unrest in Ukraine started with peaceful demonstrations in Kiev in November against then president Viktor Yanukovych but has rapidly degenerated into a full blown global crisis

Obama announces sanctions on Russia as Ukraine tensions mount

Apr 28, 2014 - 7:40 PM

Speaking in the Philippines the US President said the sanctions would include export restrictions on high tech goods in a bid to ratchet up pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin

Conservatives win Macedonia's polls, opposition cries foul

Apr 28, 2014 - 7:49 AM

Macedonia s ruling conservatives win the snap elections but the opposition cries foul alleging vote fraud

Ukraine rebels present captured OSCE observers to media

Apr 27, 2014 - 8:22 PM

The 8 men captured by the rebels on Friday were part of a 12 member OSCE military verification team deployed in east Ukraine The group said they were in good health

US releases photo 'evidence' of Russian troops in Ukraine

Apr 22, 2014 - 10:39 AM

It is the latest attempt by the United States to disprove Moscow s claims that it has nothing to do with pro Russian separatists

EVIDENCE? An armored personnel carrier with Russian flag drives in Slaviansk, Ukraine, April 21, 2014. Roman Pilipey/EPA

Germany accuses Russia of trying to break apart Europe

Mar 22, 2014 - 6:53 PM

Germany accused Russia of trying to splinter Europe as a Cold War style struggle over the future of ex Soviet Ukraine

Crimea votes to join Russia, tensions soar

Mar 17, 2014 - 7:46 AM

The Crimean referendum is perhaps the most radical redrawing of the map of Europe since Kosovo s 2008 declaration of independence from Serbia

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

Russia could halt foreign arms check

Mar 08, 2014 - 8:26 PM

Russia is considering ending foreign arms check including its nuclear capable missiles in response to threats from the West over the Ukraine crisis

Kosovo vote key test for EU-backed deal with Serbia

Nov 03, 2013 - 3:55 PM

The election of deputies and mayors in 36 Kosovo municipalities is seen as a key test of relations between Pristina and Serbia

BEFORE THE POLLS. Kosovar Serbs are passing by Serbian-colored campaign posters prior to local elections in Kosovo, in the northern part of ethnically divided town of Mitrovica, Kosovo, 01 November 2013. EPA/Djordje Savic