Mukherjee thanks Belarus for endorsing India''s UNSC bid, Yoga Day

 President Pranab Mukerjee on Wednesday expressed "deep appreciation" for Belarus` endorsement of India`s bid for a permanent UNSC seat and for supporting India`s proposal to declare June 21 as International Day of Yoga.

Two civilians killed in rebel attack in east Ukraine: Governor

Two civilians were killed on Wednesday when mortar bombs fired by pro-Russian separatists hit their car in government-controlled territory near Luhansk in eastern Ukraine, the head of the Kiev-controlled regional administration said.

One Ukrainian serviceman killed in separatist east: Kiev military

One Ukrainian serviceman was killed and five wounded in clashes between government forces and Russian-backed separatists over the past 24 hours despite a ceasefire, Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said on Saturday.

Separatists poised for offensive in Ukraine: US

 Pro-Russian separatists appear to be making preparations for a fresh offensive in eastern Ukraine, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told lawmakers on Wednesday.

Ukraine warring sides hold talks to shore up faltering truce

 Ukraine`s warring sides tried to shore up a faltering truce deal Wednesday after Kiev said five soldiers were killed in clashes in the war-torn east. 

EU's Russia sanctions set to last until end 2015: Tusk

EU economic sanctions against Russia due to expire in July will now be tied to the full implementation of the Minsk ceasefire accord in Ukraine, which is not expected until the end of this year, EU president Donald Tusk said Thursday.

Biden, Ukraine's Poroshenko agree Russia sanctions must be tied to Minsk

US Vice President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko agreed in a telephone call on Wednesday that sanctions against Russia must be tied to the full implementation of the Minsk peace plan, the White House said.

Pope ready to help improve ties between Belarus and EU: Vatican

Pope Francis is ready to help improve ties between Belarus and the European Union, a senior papal official said on Saturday in the latest sign of a developing thaw in relations between Brussels and Minsk.

Ukraine fighting rages ahead of ceasefire

Ferocious fighting raged in Ukraine on Saturday, threatening a ceasefire deal as Kiev and the US accused Russia of fuelling a rebel onslaught to grab territory hours before the truce began.

UN Security Council to meet Sunday on Ukraine ceasefire

The UN Security Council is expected to meet on Sunday for an emergency session to shore up the Minsk ceasefire deal for east Ukraine, diplomats said.

Ukraine hopes for political solution after Minsk deal

 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday voiced his hope that the new peace agreement reached in Minsk will pave the way for a political settlement of the crisis in his country`s east.

Russia says wanted `immediate` Ukraine truce
Russia says wanted `immediate` Ukraine truce

Russia wanted an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and the Sunday morning deadline was agreed in talks in Minsk under pressure from rebel leaders, President Vladimir Putin`s spokesman was quoted as saying Friday.

Marathon Minsk talks culminate in Ukraine ceasefire deal
Marathon Minsk talks culminate in Ukraine ceasefire deal

The marathon night-long Minsk talks have ended with a successful conclusion on Thursday as Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian leader Vladimir Putin reached a ceasefire agreement to halt the 10-month long conflict and also agreed to withdraw heavy weapons.

Hospital shelled in Ukraine rebel stronghold, one dead: authorities

At least one person was killed in the shelling of a hospital in the Ukraine separatist stronghold Donetsk on Wednesday at the same time as a peace summit was held in Minsk, authorities said.

Ukraine peace summit, aimed at ending 10 months of bloodshed, starts in Minsk
Ukraine peace summit, aimed at ending 10 months of bloodshed, starts in Minsk

The leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France on Wednesday gathered for the start of a peace summit in Minsk aimed at ending 10 months of bloodshed in Ukraine, officials said.

US army to start training Ukrainian troops, commander says

The US military plans in March to start training Ukrainian soldiers who are battling Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, a top U.S. military commander in Europe said today.

Minsk talks 'turning point for good or bad': EU's Mogherini

EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini told AFP on Wednesday that a high-stakes Ukraine peace summit in Minsk would be a turning point in the conflict.

Minsk talks `turning point for good or bad`: EU`s Mogherini

 EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini told AFP on Wednesday that a high-stakes Ukraine peace summit in Minsk would be a turning point in the conflict.

`Noticeable progress` in pre-summit Ukraine peace talks: Lavrov

 Moscow said on Wednesday there had been "noticeable progress" in talks in the run-up to a four-way summit in Minsk on the Ukraine conflict.

Putin to attend Minsk peace summit: Kremlin
Putin to attend Minsk peace summit: Kremlin

President Vladimir Putin will travel to Minsk to participate in a Ukraine peace summit together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French leader Francois Hollande later Wednesday, the Kremlin said.