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Ukraine turmoil

Obama already signed new ‘Russia sanctions bill’ – State Department
US President Barack Obama has promised to deepen economic sanctions against Russia by the end of the week, and it turns out he already quietly signed the bill that opens way for more restrictions without further legal hurdle, State Department said.

17.12.2014 21:28

Molotov cocktail ‘recipe’ tops 2014 list of treats Googled in Ukraine
The most Googled recipe in Ukraine this year was an instruction on how to make a Molotov cocktail. In Ukraine's case it was a recipe for disaster, as petrol bombs became a symbol of ultra-nationalistic defiance to govt that resulted in the February coup.

17.12.2014 01:22

Putin, Poroshenko, Merkel, Hollande affirm urgent need for dialogue, ceasefine in Ukraine
The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France agree that a meeting of a contact group is urgently needed to kick-start dialogue between Kiev and the country’s East and achieve a lasting ceasefire, the Kremlin announced after a four-side phone call.

17.12.2014 01:13

UN rights watchdog accuses Kiev forces of torture, inhumane treatment of civilians
Kiev-controlled volunteer battalions and the Ukrainian Security Service are involved in an increasing number of human rights violations including torture and forced disappearances of those suspected of “separatism,” according to a UN OHCHR report.

16.12.2014 00:21

Frontline handshake: Kiev army, militia meet amid Donetsk airport ruins
In the wake of the latest ceasefire in war-torn eastern Ukraine, commanders from both sides of the conflict met and shook hands at the wrecked Donetsk airport, agreeing that they do not want the “fraternal” conflict to continue, according to a report.

13.12.2014 16:21

Twitter-storm over opera diva Netrebko's Donetsk donation
World-renowned opera singer Anna Netrebko has angered the public and the Austrian government after donating $18,000 to artists in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, and unwittingly getting into a picture with a rebel flag of the region.

10.12.2014 09:09

‘We have work to do to avoid new Iron Curtain’ - German FM
The worst military escalation in Ukraine has already passed, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told students at a Russian university. He also warned of the growing alienation between the two countries and called for improved relations.

10.12.2014 04:53

Netherlands rejects MH17 relatives' request for UN investigation
The Netherlands has rejected a demand to allow the UN to replace Dutch experts at the helm of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 investigation. The proposal was made by relatives of the plane's passengers.

09.12.2014 19:52

Kiev ignored EU request to close E. Ukraine airspace days before MH17 crash – report
The European air traffic control regulator urged Kiev to close the southeast of Ukraine for civilian aircraft days before the MH17 flight was downed near Donetsk, but the plea was ignored by local authorities, a new report claims.

07.12.2014 20:13