Coca-Cola`s Happy New Year upsets Russians and Ukrainians alike

Coca-Cola published a map of Russia that did not include Crimea.

Joe Biden tells Russia to fulfil Ukraine peace deal, return Crimea

he war-scarred nation now fears slipping off the global radar due to recent international efforts to enlist Russia in a joint fight against the Islamic State (IS) group.

Vladimir Putin makes surprise visit to Crimea after power shortages
Vladimir Putin makes surprise visit to Crimea after power shortages

Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 from Ukraine after a popular revolt overthrew the pro-Moscow government. 

Russia-Ukraine direct flights to stop from Sunday

Russia and Ukraine will close their airspace to each other's airlines from Sunday, ending direct flights between the two countries, the media reported.

Petro Poroshenko faces judgement day as Ukraine votes
Petro Poroshenko faces judgement day as Ukraine votes

Pro-Western President Petro Poroshenko faces a stern test of his unpopular belt-tightening measures and stuttering anti-corruption drive when Ukraine votes in local elections today that exclude the pro-Russian separatist east.

Banned Crimean leader slips into EU after passport error

A blacklisted deputy prime minister of Crimea, whose annexation by Russia last year sparked Western sanctions, has managed to slip into Poland because of the way his name was transcribed on the banned list.

President Vladimir Putin grants Russian citizenship to US boxer Roy Jones Jr
President Vladimir Putin grants Russian citizenship to US boxer Roy Jones Jr

President Vladimir Putin on Saturday granted citizenship to US boxer Roy Jones Jr after the American asked for a passport over tea in Moscow-annexed Crimea.

Vladimir Putin says `glad` to give US boxing star Roy Jones Jr Russian passport
Vladimir Putin says `glad` to give US boxing star Roy Jones Jr Russian passport

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said he would be glad to grant a request for Russian citizenship from US boxer Roy Jones Jr as the multiple world champion visited Russian-annexed Crimea.

'Action man' Vladimir Putin plunges into Black Sea in a mini-submarine - Watch
'Action man' Vladimir Putin plunges into Black Sea in a mini-submarine - Watch

Russian President Vladimir Putin burnished his action man image on Tuesday by diving down in a mini-submarine to explore a shipwreck off the coast of the Crimea peninsula that Moscow seized from Ukraine last year.

Ukraine bans French lawmakers who visited Crimea

Ukraine on Thursday blacklisted a group of right-wing French lawmakers who ignored warnings from Paris and paid an unofficial but highly publicised visit to Russian-occupied Crimea.

German, French leaders press Poroshenko on Ukraine truce

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Friday that his French counterpart Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angel Merkel had pressed him to ensure partial self-rule for the pro-Russian separatist east.

Russia slams EU sanctions renewal as pointless `blackmail`
Russia slams EU sanctions renewal as pointless `blackmail`

Russia on Saturday slammed the EU`s extension of sanctions over its annexation of Crimea as "blackmail" and vowed it would not be pressured into returning the peninsula to Ukraine.

EU prolongs Crimea sanctions

The EU on Friday prolonged until 2016 a sanctions package over Russia`s illegal annexation of Crimea, days after rolling over a series of damaging punitive measures against Moscow for its role in the Ukraine crisis.

Russia forced by NATO to take steps to protect itself: Kremlin
Russia forced by NATO to take steps to protect itself: Kremlin

Russia accused NATO on Wednesday of encroaching on its borders and seeking to change the strategic balance of power, forcing Moscow to take steps to protect its interests and security.

Vladimir Putin to seek friendly ear with pope visit

Increasingly isolated by the West, Vladimir Putin will hope to find a friendly ear in Pope Francis at their meeting Wednesday, but experts say the Russian President may have misjudged the mood.

Ukraine coastguard boat blast kills one, injures six

One Ukrainian coastguard was killed, five were injured and their commander remained unaccounted for on Sunday after their cutter hit a mine planted in the bay of the strategic eastern port of Mariupol, officials said.

Japan`s Abe visits Ukraine ahead of tough G7 summit

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed during an historic first visit to Ukraine on Saturday to spearhead a global drive to resolve the crisis threatening to splinter the ex-Soviet state.

Russia imposes travel ban on 89 EU politicians

Russia has imposed an entry ban on 89 European politicians and military leaders, according to a list seen by Reuters, a move that has angered Europe and worsened its standoff with the West over Moscow`s role in the Ukraine conflict.

Russia releases 89-name EU travel blacklist

Moscow has released a blacklist of European Union politicians barred from Russia in response to EU sanctions over Crimea and Ukraine, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Friday.

Russia issues blacklist, bars EU politicians: Dutch PM

Moscow has issued a blacklist of European Union politicians barred from Russia in response to EU sanctions over Crimea and Ukraine, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Friday.