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    Leaders due in Minsk for Ukraine peace talks as heavy fighting continues
    Feb11

    Leaders due in Minsk for Ukraine peace talks as heavy fighting continues

    Last-ditch diplomatic push in Belarusian capital as Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany meet in bid to secure ceasefireLeaders from Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany are due to hold last-ditch peace talks on Minsk aimed at trying to smooth the way for a summit deal leading to the demilitarisation of eastern Ukraine.The leaders of the four...

    Kaljurand: even little progress in Minsk will be positive
    Feb11

    Kaljurand: even little progress in Minsk will be positive

    Even if a breakthrough at today’s Minsk talks between Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany, is unlikely, negotiations must continue, Marina Kaljurand, former Estonian ambassador to the United States and to Russia, said. …read more Source:...

    Russia Would See US Moves to Arm Ukraine as Declaration of War – report
    Feb11

    Russia Would See US Moves to Arm Ukraine as Declaration of War – report

    U.S. provision of military aid to Ukraine would be seen by Moscow as a declaration of war and spark a global escalation …read more Source:...

    China hopes for success in Minsk talks on Ukraine
    Feb11

    China hopes for success in Minsk talks on Ukraine

    “China hails and supports an active international mediation by all the parties to reduce the tension in eastern Ukraine and find a political way to regulate it,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on 11 February. …read more Source:...

    Bulgarian Defence Minister Dismisses Rumours of Mobilisation
    Feb11

    Bulgarian Defence Minister Dismisses Rumours of Mobilisation

    Bulgarian Defence Minister Nikolay Nenchev reassured on Wednesday that no mobilisation was taking place in the country. Nenchev also dismissed rumours that NATO had requested the participation of Bulgarian troops in operations due to the Ukrainian crisis. He explained in an interview for the Bulgarian National Television (BNT) that if there is...

    Rebel attacks kill 19 Ukrainian soldiers near rail junction in east: Kiev military
    Feb11

    Rebel attacks kill 19 Ukrainian soldiers near rail junction in east: Kiev military

    KIEV (Reuters) – Nineteen Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 78 wounded in rebel attacks near the key railway town of Debaltseve, which government troops are defending, a military spokesman said on Wednesday. …read more Source:...

    Barack Obama warns Vladimir Putin not to continue ‘aggressive actions’
    Feb11

    Barack Obama warns Vladimir Putin not to continue ‘aggressive actions’

    The US president vows America will support Ukraine’s sovereignty ahead of peace talks …read more Source: The...

    Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Wednesday 11 Feb 2015
    Feb11

    Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Wednesday 11 Feb 2015

    WHISTLE-BLOWERS IN NHS TO BE PROTECTEDHealth secretary Jeremy Hunt is to announce sweeping reforms today which will protect NHS employees who decide to speak out about problems in the service after a review by Sir Robert Francis found that poor care at failing hospitals went undetected for years because staff were afraid to blow the whistle....

    Ban Ki-moon hopes for successful Minsk talks on Ukraine
    Feb11

    Ban Ki-moon hopes for successful Minsk talks on Ukraine

    Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon praised the intensive diplomatic efforts aimed at securing a solid and long-term ceasefire in the east of Ukraine and the implementation of the Minsk agreements, the UN spokesperson told a briefing in New York. …read more Source:...

    Contact group on Ukraine to resume talks in Minsk 11 February
    Feb11

    Contact group on Ukraine to resume talks in Minsk 11 February

    “The contact group will hold another meeting today. The time for the meeting will be announced later. The meeting will be held in the diplomatic service hall,” the Foreign Ministry of Belarus said. …read more Source:...

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