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Ukraine drag: S&P cuts Russia’s credit rating to step above junk
For the first time in five years Standard & Poor’s has cut Russia’s credit rating to 'BBB-', just above junk status. It warns the tension in Ukraine and 'significant' capital outflow could mean another downgrade. Moscow says it is ‘politically motivated’.

24.04.2014 14:09

Protesters in east Ukraine release Vice journalist Simon Ostrovsky
Simon Ostrovsky, a journalist for the New-York-based Vice News, has been freed by anti-government protesters in Slavyansk, eastern Ukraine, after spending several days in detention.

25.04.2014 06:32

Kerry clutches at straws to portray Russia as bad guy in east Ukraine
US Secretary of State John Kerry has threatened Russia with more sanctions, blaming it for the escalation of violence in Ukraine. The military offensive by Kiev's interim government in the country's east was, however, not mentioned.

25.04.2014 05:21

‘Moscow has responsibility to defend Russians in Ukraine’
​Moscow has an obligation to protect Russians in Ukraine, Duma's International Affairs Committee Chairman Alexey Pushkov told RT. Russia would like to deescalate tensions, yet the US keeps intervening in Ukraine’s domestic affairs.

25.04.2014 02:59

Russia to call up UNSC meeting if Kiev continues military crackdown
​If Kiev does not immediately stop military operations against popular protest, Russia will call for an urgent UNSC meeting and in the worst case scenario reserves the right to deploy armed forces to stop bloodshed, UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said.

24.04.2014 23:53

France to send fighter planes for NATO Baltics patrols
France is sending four fighter jets to help NATO’s air patrols over the Baltics, General Pierre de Villiers, France’s chief of defense staff said on a visit to Washington.

24.04.2014 19:50

​Gazprom sends Ukraine $11.4bn bill for unshipped gas
Russia’s Gazprom, the world’s biggest natural gas producer, has sent a $11.4 billion bill to Ukraine’s Naftogaz. The money is for the two thirds of the gas it failed to use under its 2009 take-or-pay contract .

24.04.2014 11:28

Unverified & exposed: NYT-State Dept 'Russians in Ukraine' image proof collapses
Pictures presented by Washington and Kiev as evidence of Russia's involvement in Ukraine, and published on Monday by the New York Times, were unverified and in fact contradicted the claims they were to support.

24.04.2014 09:18

‘Feed your army, motherf***ers!’ Raging locals ‘hijack’ RT report as Ukraine troops raid Slavyansk
Eastern Ukrainians enraged by the Kiev military operation have used an RT video report to tell first-hand details of a Ukrainian army attack in Slavyansk. The Ukrainian troops raided a checkpoint and took all the food and medicine, they said.

24.04.2014 14:20

Sanctions 'not effective' in modern world - Putin
Sanctions against Russia will backfire and actually benefit the economy, President Vladimir Putin has said. His comments follow US President Obama’s threat that the White House has prepared a third round of sanctions.

24.04.2014 12:06

Russia 'forced' to launch military drills near border in response to Ukraine op
Russia has begun extensive military exercises near the Ukrainian border following the escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine.

24.04.2014 12:51

Putin: Kiev authorities are junta if they use force against civilians
If Kiev authorities have started to use force against the civilian population, this is a serious crime, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. Taking this action makes them a “junta” and may affect their relations with other countries, he added.

24.04.2014 10:31

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