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    Angela Merkel: Russia creating problems for EU-minded neighbours
    Dec07

    Angela Merkel: Russia creating problems for EU-minded neighbours

    German chancellor reaffirms Nato’s commitment to defend member states in eastern EuropeAngela Merkel has accused Russia of interfering in the domestic affairs of countries that are seeking closer ties to the European Union.“Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine are three countries in our eastern neighbourhood that have taken sovereign decisions to...

    Putin says he hopes for a ceasefire in Ukraine – video
    Dec06

    Putin says he hopes for a ceasefire in Ukraine – video

    Russian president, Vladimir Putin, says he hopes for a ceasefire in Ukraine “in the nearest future”. Putin was speaking after a meeting with his French counterpart, Francois Hollande, in which they discussed the Ukraine ceasefire “in detail”. Putin says Russia supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine and supports the...

    MH17: All Australian victims identified and within weeks of coming home
    Dec06

    MH17: All Australian victims identified and within weeks of coming home

    Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop announce the successful recovery, identification and repatriation of the 38 bodiesAll 38 Australians who died when Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was downed in eastern Ukraine have been formally identified, the federal government says.Operation Bring Them Home will conclude in the coming weeks when the final remains...

    That’s me in the picture: Markiyan Matsekh plays the piano for riot police in Kiev, 7 December 2013
    Dec05

    That’s me in the picture: Markiyan Matsekh plays the piano for riot police in Kiev, 7 December 2013

    ‘I took off my coat and started playing Chopin. It was about -15C, and my fingers could barely move. Not my best performance’My dad thought it was a stupid idea. He said, “Son, it’s a nice thought, but these people have been beaten by riot police. How is a piano going to cheer them up?” I just wanted to give people a reason to keep...

    Uefa blocks Crimean clubs from playing in Russian competitions
    Dec04

    Uefa blocks Crimean clubs from playing in Russian competitions

    • Ban will come into effect on 1 January• Three Crimean clubs had been included Russian leagueCrimean clubs have been suspended by Uefa from playing in Russian domestic competitions.“The Russian Football Union (RFU) may not organise any football competition in Crimea, without the consent of Uefa and the Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU),” it...

    Kerry: Russia could rebuild trust with west by easing tensions with Ukraine
    Dec04

    Kerry: Russia could rebuild trust with west by easing tensions with Ukraine

    Kerry spoke at a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which includes both the United States and Russia as partnersSecretary of state John Kerry said Thursday that Russia could rebuild its relations with the west “if it simply helps to calm turbulent waters” on its border with eastern Ukraine, where pro-Moscow...

    Vladimir Putin: west has tried to contain Russia for decades
    Dec04

    Vladimir Putin: west has tried to contain Russia for decades

    President uses state of the nation speech to attack west as rouble slides under pressure of economic sanctions over UkraineVladimir Putin has accused the west of trying to contain and subvert Russia “for decades, if not centuries”, in a fierce and uncompromising attack during his state of the nation speech.Analysts were curious to see whether the...

    Ukraine nuclear power plant fault adds to electricity shortages
    Dec03

    Ukraine nuclear power plant fault adds to electricity shortages

    Country forced to introduce power cuts amid short circuit at Zaporizhya facility and falling coal suppliesA short circuit at a nuclear plant in Ukraine posed no threat but had added to electricity shortages at a time when the country is struggling to keep the lights on, an official has said.The electrical fault at the Zaporizhya plant in the...

    ‘Kalashnikov: promoting peace and calm’ – notorious gun gets a makeover
    Dec02

    ‘Kalashnikov: promoting peace and calm’ – notorious gun gets a makeover

    Russian manufacturer of assault rifle that became the weapon of choice for guerrillas around the world has a slick rebrandingEquipped with a shiny new logo, shrugging off US sanctions and claiming its guns are “protecting peace”, the Russian weapons manufacturer Kalashnikov launched a major rebranding drive in Moscow on Tuesday.Kalashnikov...

    Russia to fall into recession amid sanctions and plunging oil price
    Dec02

    Russia to fall into recession amid sanctions and plunging oil price

    Economics ministry cuts its GDP growth forecast of 1.2% in 2015 to a 0.8% fall amid financial fallout over Ukraine and falling commodity pricesRussia will fall into recession next year under the weight of western sanctions imposed over Ukraine and lower oil prices, the economy ministry warned.Gross domestic product is now expected to shrink by...

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