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AMSTERDAM - A Dutch historical museum that borrowed some of Crimea's most valuable historical treasures says it plans to hold onto them for the time being, due to fear of being sued if it returns them to Ukraine or Russia.
August 20, 2014 - 16:17 GMT
BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel's emergence as a leader in efforts to resolve Ukraine's crisis - showcased by a visit to Kiev this weekend - underlines Germany's increasing ambition to transform itself from economic power to diplomatic heavyweight.
August 20, 2014 - 14:58 GMT
MOSCOW - Protesters on Wednesday scaled one of Moscow's famed Stalin-era skyscrapers and painted the Soviet star on its spire in the national colors of Ukraine.
August 20, 2014 - 13:31 GMT
Ukrainian forces fought street battles with separatist rebels in the eastern town of Ilovaisk overnight into Wednesday as they sought to isolate rebel strongholds near the Russian border, an Interior Ministry official said.
August 20, 2014 - 11:22 GMT
KIEV, Ukraine - A Ukrainian official says nine troops were killed in overnight fighting in the streets of the town of Ilovaysk, which lies just east of the rebel stronghold Donetsk.
August 20, 2014 - 09:34 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - It has been weeks since Donetsk last had a traffic jam.
August 20, 2014 - 08:17 GMT
GOING, AUSTRIA - AUGUST 19: Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine jokes with a boy after a training session at Hotel Stanglwirt on August 19, 2014 in Going, Austria.
August 19, 2014 - 23:07 GMT
Russia announced plans Tuesday to bolster its navy with more advanced weapons in response to NATO's vow to halt the Kremlin's push into Ukraine and feared expansion into eastern Europe.
August 19, 2014 - 21:31 GMT
Ongoing talks over recent days between foreign ministers of Russia, Germany, France, and Ukraine have not so far produced a cease-fire deal.
August 19, 2014 - 21:27 GMT
KIEV Reuters - Ukraine has banned 14 Russian television channels including Russia Today and Life News from broadcasting on cable networks in Ukraine, accusing them of spreading war propaganda, Ukrainian interior ministry aide Anton Gerashenko said on Tuesday.
August 19, 2014 - 17:21 GMT
KIEV Reuters - Ukrainian forces have detained Semyon Khodakovsky, a junior rebel commander operating in east Ukraine, an interior ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.
August 19, 2014 - 13:51 GMT
KIEV/BERLIN Reuters - Germany's Angela Merkel will hold talks in Ukraine on Saturday with national and local leaders aimed at boosting efforts to support the government in Kiev in its struggle against pro-Russian rebels, German and Ukrainian officials said on Tuesday.
August 19, 2014 - 10:49 GMT
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia's defense minister says the remains of at least 16 people killed when a jetliner was shot down over Ukraine last month will be returned to Malaysia this week.
August 19, 2014 - 09:57 GMT
LONDON - The Davis Cup playoff between Ukraine and Belgium will be held at a neutral venue in Estonia because of security issues in Kiev.
August 19, 2014 - 09:40 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Ukrainian officials and military commanders say the government has captured swathes of another town near the key rebel-held stronghold.
August 19, 2014 - 09:40 GMT
BEIJING - Global stock markets rose Tuesday on improved U.S housing sentiment and news of diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire in Ukraine.
August 19, 2014 - 08:22 GMT
Fifteen bodies have so far been recovered from the site of Monday's rocket strike on a refugee convoy of buses and cars in eastern Ukraine, a military spokesman said on Tuesday.
August 19, 2014 - 07:55 GMT
KIEV Reuters - Fifteen bodies have so far been recovered from the site of Monday's rocket strike on a refugee convoy of buses and cars in eastern Ukraine, a military spokesman said on Tuesday.
August 19, 2014 - 07:19 GMT
With Russia escalating its military involvement in eastern Ukraine to its highest levels yet, reportedly sending as many as 1,200 troops plus 30 tanks across the border to bolster its separatist rebel proxies, it's worth looking at one way that Russia has paid for its Ukraine aggression: global opinion toward Russia is plummeting.
August 18, 2014 - 19:29 GMT
The U.S State Department condemned the deadly shelling of a convoy in eastern Ukraine on Monday that killed dozens of people, but said it could not confirm who was responsible for the attack.
August 18, 2014 - 18:54 GMT
Under growing pressure from a government offensive, the rebel leadership in Ukraine's battle-torn east warned its fighters on Monday that desertion and betrayal could be met by execution.
August 18, 2014 - 17:37 GMT
LYSYCHANSK, Ukraine - After months of rebel occupation and weeks of Ukrainian liberation, the residents of this shell-shocked town near the Russian border say they hope simply to rebuild their former lives - but fear that war could return to their doorstep.
August 18, 2014 - 17:07 GMT
London AFP - London's leading share index rebounded on Monday as traders breathed a sigh of relief over easing tensions in east Ukraine and gains by Western-backed forces in Iraq.
August 18, 2014 - 16:29 GMT
PRISTINA, Kosovo - NATO in Kosovo says Ukraine will pull out most of its troops from its peacekeeping mission in the Balkan country by the end of the month.
August 18, 2014 - 15:24 GMT
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine's security council: 'Dozens' of civilians killed in a rebel attack on refugee convoy.
August 18, 2014 - 14:59 GMT
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine claimed Monday that pro-Russia rebels fired rockets and mortars on a convoy of civilians who were trying to flee from the intense fighting in eastern Ukraine.
August 18, 2014 - 14:24 GMT
Four Russians detained during a protest against President Vladimir Putin were sentenced to prison terms on Monday after a trial critics say is part of a Kremlin campaign to stifle dissent while all eyes are on the Ukraine crisis.
August 18, 2014 - 12:18 GMT
The European Union and NATO are unable to give military support to Ukrainian troops fighting pro-Russian separatists, the prime minister of Finland said on Monday.
August 18, 2014 - 11:37 GMT
BERLIN Reuters - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has received an invitation to travel to Kiev on Saturday for political talks on the Ukraine crisis and is examining whether she will accept, a government spokeswoman said on Monday.
August 18, 2014 - 09:54 GMT
Russia on Monday said all objections to it sending a humanitarian convoy to Ukraine had been resolved but said no progress had been made in Berlin talks toward a ceasefire between government and rebel forces in the east of the country.
August 18, 2014 - 09:05 GMT
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Sunday after a meeting with his counterparts from Ukraine, Russia and France that they would report back to leaders in their capitals and possibly agree on Monday or Tuesday how to continue talks.
August 17, 2014 - 23:17 GMT
BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 17: German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier L greets Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov prior to talks with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin to discuss the...
August 17, 2014 - 18:06 GMT
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Sunday, ahead of crisis talks in Berlin, that new political impetus was urgently needed to resolve the fighting in Ukraine because without it, there was a risk of further escalation.
August 17, 2014 - 13:32 GMT
BERLIN - The foreign ministers of Ukraine and Russia are meeting in Berlin on Sunday to resume diplomatic talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine.
August 17, 2014 - 13:23 GMT
Pro-Russian separatists shot down a Ukrainian warplane in eastern Ukraine overnight into Sunday while at least 10 civilians were killed in fighting involving artillery and mortar in the rebel-held city of Donetsk, local authorities said.
August 17, 2014 - 10:06 GMT
KAMENSK-SHAKHTINSKY Russia Reuters - Sixteen trucks that are part of a massive Russian aid convoy for Ukraine left the parking lot in western Russia where the convoy has been waiting for days and headed in the direction of the Ukrainian border, a Reuters journalist said.
August 17, 2014 - 08:54 GMT
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine says rebels shoot down fighter jet over Luhansk region.
August 17, 2014 - 08:36 GMT
KIEV, Ukraine - Separatist rebels in the east have shot down a Ukrainian fighter plane, a Ukrainian military spokesman said Sunday.
August 17, 2014 - 08:36 GMT
Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko agreed in a phone call on Saturday that deliveries of weapons to separatists in Ukraine must stop and a ceasefire must be agreed, a spokesman for the German government said.
August 16, 2014 - 19:33 GMT
U.S Vice President Joe Biden agreed in a call with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday that Russia's military activities in eastern Ukraine were inconsistent with its stated desire to improve the humanitarian situation there, the White House said.
August 16, 2014 - 19:05 GMT
BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 16: Lolita Anasova and Anna Voloshyna of Ukraine perform during the Women's Duet Free Synchronised Swimming Final at Europa-Sportpark on August 16, 2014 in Berlin, Germany.
August 16, 2014 - 12:05 GMT
Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists fought skirmishes near the Russian border on Saturday but there was no sign of the conflict widening after Kiev said it partially destroyed an armored column that had crossed the border from Russia.
August 16, 2014 - 11:49 GMT
If Russia and Ukraine slide into outright war, the United States and allies will face tough choices on how to support a friendly state they have no intention of making a full NATO member.
August 16, 2014 - 10:29 GMT
China's President Xi Jinping on Saturday called for a political solution for over the Ukraine crisis to avoid confrontations, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
August 16, 2014 - 10:17 GMT
KAMENSK-SHAKHTINSKY, Russia - Hundreds of trucks in a Russian aid convoy are waiting near the Ukrainian border as complicated procedures drag on for allowing them into eastern Ukraine to help civilians suffering amid fighting between Ukrainian forces and separatists.
August 16, 2014 - 09:02 GMT
Hostilities in eastern Ukraine appeared to slip closer to the full-blown confrontation between Russia and the West that both sides say they want to avoid, as NATO accused Russia of escalating " the conflict and Ukraine claimed to have destroyed Russian armored vehicles that crossed into its territory.
August 16, 2014 - 00:17 GMT
August 15, 2014 - 23:11 GMT
The White House said on Friday it could not confirm reports that Ukraine had disabled vehicles in a Russian convoy inside Ukraine and warned Moscow that any intervention into Ukraine without Kiev's permission was unacceptable.
August 15, 2014 - 22:46 GMT
German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call on Friday to help defuse the crisis in Ukraine and halt the stream of weapons and armed personnel into the country, her office said in a statement on Friday.
August 15, 2014 - 21:10 GMT
The Russian defence ministry denied Friday that it had sent a military convoy into Ukraine after officials in Kiev said they destroyed part of the armoured column.
August 15, 2014 - 18:48 GMT
On Friday, as a Russian aid convoy of 280 trucks neared the Ukrainian border, NATO said that a separate incursion of Russian military forces had crossed into Ukraine.
August 15, 2014 - 17:53 GMT
Britain has summoned Moscow's ambassador to London over reports of a Russian military incursion across its border with Ukraine, the Foreign Office said Friday.
August 15, 2014 - 17:16 GMT
UNITED NATIONS Reuters - Reports that the Ukrainian military shelled and partly destroyed a Russian armored column after it entered Ukraine overnight highlight the need for a swift and peaceful resolution of the conflict there, the United Nations said on Friday.
August 15, 2014 - 17:07 GMT
The European Union said on Friday it would consider any unilateral military actions by Russia in Ukraine as a blatant violation of international law.
August 15, 2014 - 16:06 GMT
Kiev AFP - Ukrainian artillery destroyed military vehicles that crossed from Russia into eastern Ukraine late Thursday, the office of President Petro Poroshenko said.
August 15, 2014 - 15:57 GMT
Russian on Friday accused Ukraine of attempting to disrupt a Russian humanitarian aid mission to eastern Ukraine and called for a ceasefire in the region to allow for the deliveries.
August 15, 2014 - 15:34 GMT
AMSTERDAM - Dutch authorities say they have identified 127 victims from the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster in Ukraine.
August 15, 2014 - 15:06 GMT
NATO accused the Kremlin on Friday of escalating the conflict in Ukraine, following reports that a small column of Russian armored vehicles had crossed overnight into an area of Ukraine where pro-Moscow rebels are battling government forces.
August 15, 2014 - 13:01 GMT
WARSAW, Poland - Poland put on its biggest military parade in years Friday to mark its annual armed forces holiday, with the president saying the violence in Ukraine shows that conflict is still a brutal reality in Eastern Europe and Poland must be able to defend itself.
August 15, 2014 - 12:29 GMT
Finnish President Sauli Niinisto told his counterpart Vladimir Putin on Friday that Western sanctions against Moscow and the food ban Russia introduced in response were damaging bilateral ties and proposed to seek ways to end the Ukraine crisis.
August 15, 2014 - 11:40 GMT
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond voiced alarm on Friday at reports that Russian military vehicles had crossed into Ukraine overnight, saying it could have very serious consequences.
August 15, 2014 - 11:06 GMT
KAMENSK-SHAKHTINSKY Russia AFP - Russian armoured vehicles were moving Friday towards the Ukrainian border, AFP journalists said, after British media reports that a small group had crossed into Ukraine.
August 15, 2014 - 09:25 GMT
TOKYO - Global stock markets mostly rose Friday, cheered by the prospect of more gains on Wall Street and a sense that Ukraine tensions are easing.
August 15, 2014 - 09:17 GMT
Dozens of heavy Russian military vehicles massed on Friday near the border with Ukraine, where a huge Russian convoy with humanitarian aid came to a halt as Moscow and Kiev struggled to agree on border crossing procedures.
August 15, 2014 - 05:55 GMT
Two of the most senior rebels battling government troops in eastern Ukraine quit on Thursday, deepening the disarray in a pro-Moscow separatist movement that is being pushed back by an Ukrainian military offensive.
August 15, 2014 - 05:20 GMT
Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine suffered dramatic setbacks Thursday as top military chiefs quit and Ukraine's forces pummelled their strongholds, cutting off a key rebel-held city from the Russian border.
August 15, 2014 - 00:06 GMT
The presidents of Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission have agreed to hold talks on disputes over gas and an EU-Ukraine free trade agreement, in parallel with efforts to stabilise the security situation in Ukraine, the EU said on Thursday.
August 14, 2014 - 21:02 GMT
Putin Offers aid but Ukraine Government Sees Treachery
August 14, 2014 - 19:59 GMT
A Russian convoy of over 200 trucks allegedly carrying humanitarian aid to conflict-ridden eastern Ukraine is moving towards a rebel-controlled checkpoint creating an international guessing game and raising the prospect of an all out war.
August 14, 2014 - 18:07 GMT
An alleged Russian intelligence colonel with an obsession for reenacting historical battles, Igor Strelkov, who quit as a key rebel chief on Thursday, was a driving force behind the brutal pro-Moscow insurgency tearing apart east Ukraine.
August 14, 2014 - 17:58 GMT
Intense fighting in eastern Ukraine has forced coal mines to cut production or close entirely, imperiling the country's electricity market and potentially forcing the government to cut exports or limit consumption.
August 14, 2014 - 17:36 GMT
Slovak gas pipeline operator Eustream will begin testing a pipeline on Aug.
August 14, 2014 - 16:36 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - The main military commander of pro-Russian rebels battling government forces in east Ukraine, Igor Strelkov, quit his post Thursday, the separatist leadership said.
August 14, 2014 - 16:17 GMT
Finland's president is to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in southern Russia on Friday, but both governments played down prospects for any breakthrough in the crisis over Ukraine.
August 14, 2014 - 16:07 GMT
President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia would stand up for itself but not at the cost of confrontation with the outside world, a conciliatory note after months of tough rhetoric over the crisis in Ukraine.
August 14, 2014 - 13:37 GMT
Almost half of Finland's companies are being hurt by the sanctions the European Union and Russia have imposed on each other over the Ukraine crisis, a survey by the Chamber of Commerce showed on Thursday.
August 14, 2014 - 10:26 GMT
Pro-Russian separatists said on Thursday heavy shelling hit several neighborhoods around the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine where government forces are trying to tighten their grip.
August 14, 2014 - 07:30 GMT
VORONEZH, Russia - A Russian aid convoy resumed its travels toward Ukraine early Thursday and took the road leading south toward the rebel-held city of Luhansk.
August 14, 2014 - 06:02 GMT
The Kremlin's worst clash with the West since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union has accelerated the outflow of two of Russia's most prized assets: money and brains.
August 14, 2014 - 06:02 GMT
FRANKFURT, Germany - New growth figures are expected to show the crisis in Ukraine is weighing on the economy of the 18 countries that use the euro.
August 14, 2014 - 05:50 GMT
The UN said Wednesday the death toll in Ukraine had soared with nearly 1,000 killed in two weeks, as Kiev signalled it could compromise on letting in Russian aid.
August 13, 2014 - 22:33 GMT
A slight gain for the stock market Wednesday tugged the Dow Jones industrial average into positive territory for the year as investors set aside concerns about Ukraine and Iraq.
August 13, 2014 - 15:39 GMT
GENEVA - The number of people who have been killed in eastern Ukraine appears to have doubled in the last two weeks, the U.N. human rights office said Wednesday.
August 13, 2014 - 15:16 GMT
GENEVA - UN says Ukraine death toll doubles in 2 weeks to at least 2,086 in 'clear escalating trend'
August 13, 2014 - 14:54 GMT
KIEV, Ukraine - Denis Lavrienko is a 36-year-old TV director who devotes his free time to his wife and young daughter.
August 13, 2014 - 13:00 GMT
The estimated death toll in the Ukraine conflict nearly doubled to at least 2,086 as of Aug.
August 13, 2014 - 12:38 GMT
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk denounced on Wednesday the dispatch of a Russian humanitarian aid convoy to Ukraine as an act of Russian cynicism and the country's interior minister said it would not be allowed in.
August 13, 2014 - 10:33 GMT
A convoy of nearly 300 trucks carrying what Russia says is humanitarian aid for victims of fighting in eastern Ukraine moved slowly towards the border on Wednesday despite concerns by Kiev and the West over the shipment, Russian officials said.
August 13, 2014 - 10:19 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - At least three people have been killed in the separatist-controlled city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine as the government intensifies its shelling campaign.
August 13, 2014 - 09:38 GMT
MUMBAI, India - Global stock markets overcame a contraction in Japan's economy and jitters about Ukraine and Iraq to mostly rise Wednesday, but analysts said new geopolitical developments would likely make for volatile trading.
August 13, 2014 - 08:51 GMT
MUMBAI, India - Asian stocks drifted on Wednesday as investors remained cautious amid uncertainty over potential conflict in Ukraine and Iraq plus new numbers showing a slowdown in Japan's economy.
August 13, 2014 - 05:08 GMT
WARSAW Reuters - The possibility of Russia's military invading eastern Ukraine has receded after Moscow agreed to send in a humanitarian aid convoy under Red Cross auspices, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said on Tuesday.
August 12, 2014 - 19:12 GMT
NEW YORK - The U.S stock market eased in afternoon trading Tuesday following two days of gains. Investors focused on problems in Ukraine and Iraq.
August 12, 2014 - 18:03 GMT
MOSCOW - A convoy of more than 260 Russian trucks reportedly packed with aid rumbled toward the border with Ukraine on Tuesday, but Kiev said the goods would only be allowed in if they were inspected by the international Red Cross.
August 12, 2014 - 16:40 GMT
The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that a humanitarian convoy which is heading to eastern Ukraine from Russia would cross the border only under the aegis of the Red Cross.
August 12, 2014 - 15:07 GMT
NEW YORK - U.S stocks moved were mostly unchanged in early trading Tuesday following two days of gains. Investors continue to focus their attention abroad on problems in Ukraine and Iraq.
August 12, 2014 - 14:34 GMT
MOSCOW - A convoy of 280 Russian trucks reportedly packed with aid headed for eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, but Kiev said it would only allow the goods through under the close supervision of the international Red Cross.
August 12, 2014 - 13:25 GMT
PARIS Reuters - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday that a Russian convoy of 280 trucks en route to Ukraine could be an attempt by Moscow to install a permanent presence in the country.
August 12, 2014 - 10:53 GMT
MOSCOW - A convoy of 280 Russian trucks reportedly packed with aid headed for eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, but Ukraine said it wouldn't let the mission in because it isn't being coordinated by the international Red Cross and could be a covert military operation.
August 12, 2014 - 10:16 GMT
FRANKFURT, Germany - Germany's ZEW indicator of confidence among professional investment analysts sagged to a 20-month low in August.
August 12, 2014 - 10:00 GMT