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NATO fears Ukraine invasion as Russia masses troops; Moscow restricts Western imports

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014, 23:00

Russia has massed around 20,000 combat-ready troops on Ukraine`s border and could use the pretext of a humanitarian mission to invade, NATO said on Wednesday, its starkest warning yet that Moscow could soon mount a ground assault against its neighbour.

Two civilians killed in Ukraine`s rebel-held Donetsk

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 05, 2014, 22:23

At least two civilians were killed as fighting erupted Tuesday afternoon in a western suburb of the besieged main rebel bastion of Donetsk in war-torn east Ukraine, city authorities said. 

Intense fighting erupts in Ukraine`s rebel-held Donetsk: Authorities

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 05, 2014, 20:33

Powerful explosions and shooting on Tuesday rocked a western suburb of the besieged main rebel bastion of Donetsk in war-torn east Ukraine, the city council said. 

Moscow threatens to block BBC Russian service Service

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 05, 2014, 19:46

Russia on Tuesday threatened to block the website of the BBC`s Russian service because it reported an activist`s public appeal to get people to attend a rally mocking Moscow`s annexation of Crimea.

Russia staging military exercises near Ukraine: Report

Last Updated: Monday, August 04, 2014, 13:45

Russia announced new military exercises involving bombers and fighter jets on Monday in a show of strength near the border with Ukraine.

Soldier`s `selfie` raises questions over Moscow`s role in Ukraine

Last Updated: Saturday, August 02, 2014, 08:54

Photos taken by a Russian soldier have sparked controversy after it was revealed they may have been taken in Ukraine, despite Moscow`s denials that its troops have intervened in the conflict across the border.

37,000 Ukrainian refugees live in Russia

Last Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014, 16:43

About 37,000 Ukrainian refugees live in temporary accommodation centres in Russia, Russian emergency situations ministry spokesman Alexander Drobyshevsky said Thursday.

Moscow calls US sanctions `illegitimate`

Last Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014, 00:07

The economic sanctions imposed by the United States are a revenge on Russia, the country`s foreign ministry said Wednesday.

Obama writes to Putin over missile treaty violation

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 07:44

US President Barack Obama has written to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over Moscow`s breach of a 1987 missile treaty, the White House said Tuesday.

Russian airport evacuated after bomb scare

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 06:24

An airport in Russia`s northern capital of St. Petersburg was briefly evacuated Tuesday following a bomb threat. However, no suspicious object was found.

US hits 3 Russian banks with sanctions over Ukraine

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 02:39

The US Treasury announced punitive sanctions on three leading Russian banks including the giant VTB on Tuesday to press Moscow over its support for rebels in Ukraine.

US calls on Moscow to get rid of banned arms

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 01:03

Ratcheting up tensions with Moscow, Washington on Tuesday urged Russia to destroy prohibited weapons after it accused Russian leaders of flouting a 1987 treaty banning medium-range cruise missiles.