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    Leaders scramble to avert ‘dramatic spiral’ in Ukraine
    Feb09

    Leaders scramble to avert ‘dramatic spiral’ in Ukraine

    Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko says progress has been made and that he is hopeful the meeting in Minsk will lead to a ‘swift and unconditional ceasefire’ in eastern Ukraine …read more Source: Business...

    Ukrainians have to end crisis – Putin
    Feb09

    Ukrainians have to end crisis – Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said the conflict in Ukraine will continue if rival groups there do not agree among themselves. …read more Source:...

    Tough task for central bankers, ministers
    Feb09

    Tough task for central bankers, ministers

    Finance ministers and central bankers face a tough task co-ordinating action to spur global growth at G20 meetings this week, with major economies running at different speeds and monetary policies diverging. ||| Nick Tattersall IstanbulFINANCE ministers and central bankers face a tough task co-ordinating action to spur global growth at Group of...

    Amid ongoing hostilities, UN warns of ‘life-threatening’ conditions for Ukraine’s civilians
    Feb08

    Amid ongoing hostilities, UN warns of ‘life-threatening’ conditions for Ukraine’s civilians

    15 December 2014 – As the conflict in eastern Ukraine heads into its tenth month, continued fighting and bitter cold temperatures are placing more than five million people at risk, the top United Nations human rights official warned today as he described conditions for those still living in conflict-affected areas as becoming “increasingly dire.”...

    Merkel warns against military answer to Ukraine crisis
    Feb08

    Merkel warns against military answer to Ukraine crisis

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that it is uncertain whether a flurry of diplomacy aimed at resolving the crisis in Ukraine will succeed, as fighting resumed in eastern Ukraine after a brief and fractious truce ended. After returning from talks in Moscow with French President Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Merkel...

    During Ukraine visit, senior UN official pledges broad support for Government
    Feb08

    During Ukraine visit, senior UN official pledges broad support for Government

    17 December 2014 – The top United Nations political official today voiced the Organization’s “unwavering commitment” in helping Ukraine address the range of political, humanitarian, security and development challenges it continues to face amid ongoing fighting in the country’s east. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs...

    Leaders to put peace plan to Ukraine
    Feb08

    Leaders to put peace plan to Ukraine

    The leaders of Russia, France and Germany have agreed in Moscow to work on a peace plan they will put to Ukraine’s president on Sunday. Russian President Vladimir Putin, France’s Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel talked for more than four hours on Friday. All three parties described the meeting as...

    ‘Extremely serious’ situation for over a million children in crisis-torn eastern Ukraine – UN
    Feb08

    ‘Extremely serious’ situation for over a million children in crisis-torn eastern Ukraine – UN

    19 December 2014 – In eastern Ukraine, the situation remains ‘extremely serious’ for more than 1.7 million children affected by the escalating crisis, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today as it appealed for funds to continue its humanitarian response in the country. “Since March 2014, more than one million people...

    France and Germany announce new peace plan for Ukraine
    Feb08

    France and Germany announce new peace plan for Ukraine

    The leaders of Germany and France announced a new peace plan for Ukraine on Thursday, flying to Kiev with a new proposal they would then take on to Moscow. The importance of reaching a deal was demonstrated by a dramatic collapse in Ukraine’s hryvnia currency, which lost nearly a third of its value after the central bank halted daily...

    Half a million displaced in eastern Ukraine as winter looms, warns UN refugee agency
    Feb08

    Half a million displaced in eastern Ukraine as winter looms, warns UN refugee agency

    5 December 2014 – The fighting in eastern Ukraine this year has internally displaced over half a million people leaving them vulnerable to the harsh winter months ahead, the United Nations Refugee (UNHCR) warned today as aid workers race against the clock to distribute essential cold-weather supplies. In a Geneva briefing today, UNHCR...

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