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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.