Ukraine bans transit of trucks from Russia

The Ukrainian government said its decision was taken because Russia had "violated the World Trade Organisation's rules.

Sarkozy says 'don't isolate Russia' as powers meet on Syria

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy today urged the West not to "isolate" Russia, as international powers including Moscow gathered for crunch talks in Vienna on the future of Syria.

Ukraine film director goes on trial in Russia

A Ukrainian film director went on trial on terror charges in southern Russia on Tuesday, after Moscow held him for more than a year in a case decried by Kiev, rights groups and prominent film directors across the globe.

Ex-finance minister warns Putin against populism, conservatism

Former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin warned President Vladimir Putin on Friday that "excessive conservatism" could restrict economic and political freedoms and said populist policies would weaken Russia.

Ukraine says Russia waging `war` in separatist east

Ukraine`s acting president accused Russia Sunday of waging war in his country`s separatist eastern rust belt and declared the launch of a "full-scale anti-terrorist operation" that left at least two dead.

Ukraine PM says EU accord may be signed next week

Ukraine`s new leaders will likely sign a long-awaited political accord with the European Union next week, interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said after talks at the White House.

50,000-year-old bison skull found in Ukraine

A Ukrainian expedition team has discovered a 50,000-year-old bison skull in a cave in the country`s Crimea peninsula, said a senior expert related to the study of caves.