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    EU extends sanctions against Russia as Ukraine conflict rumbles on
    Jun23

    EU extends sanctions against Russia as Ukraine conflict rumbles on

    Russian officials claim ‘view of the Russophobic lobby has prevailed’, while further extending ban of agricultural imports from European Union nationsThe European Union has extended economic sanctions against Russia until January to keep pressure on Moscow over the conflict in eastern Ukraine, drawing a rebuke and a warning of retaliation...

    Goodbye, Lenin: how a weighty symbol of the Soviet past divided a Ukrainian city
    Jun21

    Goodbye, Lenin: how a weighty symbol of the Soviet past divided a Ukrainian city

    Bitter arguments among local councillors and citizens over the fate of the communist hero’s statue highlighted a deep generational riftIn Sloviansk, a city in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine, council meetings have rarely been as turbulent as they were towards the end of last month. The reason was the decision by the mayor, Oleg...

    Putin: Fifa decision to grant World Cup to Russia ‘should not be questioned’
    Jun20

    Putin: Fifa decision to grant World Cup to Russia ‘should not be questioned’

    The Russian president also insists he wants to co-operate with the US in dealing with Islamic State, and wants Ukraine peace agreement to succeedRussia fought honestly for the right to host the 2018 World Cup and the decision should not be called into question, Vladimir Putin has declared.Swiss judicial authorities are investigating the awarding...

    Ukraine offers creditors ‘last chance’ to reach deal over debt
    Jun19

    Ukraine offers creditors ‘last chance’ to reach deal over debt

    Kiev says it will stop servicing its $23bn debt unless progress is made in restructuring talks with foreign bondholders soon Ukraine has offered an updated debt restructuring proposal to creditors, its finance minister says, warning that Kiev would halt debt payments if bondholders did not make use of this last chance to clinch a deal in coming...

    ‘A true friend’: Ukraine president asks Tony Blair to take on advisory role
    Jun18

    ‘A true friend’: Ukraine president asks Tony Blair to take on advisory role

    Unclear whether former British PM will take up offer by Petro Poroshenko, as Blair meets other key figures in Kiev hosted by oligarch Viktor PinchukTony Blair has been offered a role advising Ukraine’s president after the pair met in Kiev on Wednesday. Blair, whose foundation has long-standing links with a Ukrainian oligarch, is said to be...

    Russian journalist beaten and detained by Ukrainian separatists
    Jun18

    Russian journalist beaten and detained by Ukrainian separatists

    Novaya Gazeta reporter says he was beaten after being held at gunpointA correspondent for the independent Russian newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, was beaten and briefly detained in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, reports the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Pavel Kanygin, a special correspondent for the Moscow-based paper, said he was held for five...

    Facebook’s block policy accused of facilitating pro-Kremlin trolls
    Jun17

    Facebook’s block policy accused of facilitating pro-Kremlin trolls

    Prominent bloggers claim their accounts are being routinely blocked after orchestrated complaints from Russia’s cyber army. RFE/RL reportA growing number of Russian and Ukrainian Facebook users have had their accounts temporarily suspended over spurious accusations which they say have been logged by pro-Kremlin users upset by the political...

    US seeks to store military weapons and vehicles in eastern European countries
    Jun14

    US seeks to store military weapons and vehicles in eastern European countries

    Proposal aims to send message to Vladimir Putin to deter further Russian aggression in Europe, the New York Times reportsThe US is poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 troops in several Baltic and eastern European countries, the New York Times reported on Saturday. The move is aimed...

    Ukraine says six soldiers killed by rebels and 14 wounded in past 24 hours
    Jun13

    Ukraine says six soldiers killed by rebels and 14 wounded in past 24 hours

    Ukrainian military spokesman says the situation is particularly tense around Donestsk airport as skirmishes continue despite a four-month ceasefireThe Ukrainian military says six of its soldiers have been killed and 14 wounded in the past 24 hours in the separatist east of the country despite the current four-monthceasefire. The situation is...

    Pope Francis tells Putin: ‘sincere’ peace efforts needed for Ukraine
    Jun11

    Pope Francis tells Putin: ‘sincere’ peace efforts needed for Ukraine

    Pair agree in Vatican on need to ‘restore climate of dialogue’ between Russia and Ukraine after pontiff expresses deep concern over ‘great humanitarian crisis’ in the regionPope Francis spent most of an hour-long meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin on Wednesday night discussing the crisis in Ukraine, with the pontiff calling...

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