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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.

Minsk talks on Ukraine still "very likely": France's Fabius

A four-way summit in Minsk aimed at resolving the Ukraine crisis is still very likely to go ahead as scheduled on Wednesday despite a number of unresolved issues, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.

Ukrainian President Poroshenko to attend EU summit Thursday: Tusk

 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will attend an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday to discuss the war in his country, EU President Donald Tusk said Wednesday.

Four killed during shelling in Ukraine's Donetsk

Four people were killed in mortar attacks on a bus station and a metals plant in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk early Wednesday as peace talks were due to be held in Minsk, a separatists` representative and a plant employee said.

Minsk talks to focus on demilitarised zone in east Ukraine: RIA

Talks on how to resolve a conflict in Ukraine will focus on withdrawing heavy weapons, creating a demilitarised zone in eastern Ukraine and starting a dialogue between Kiev and the rebels, Russia`s RIA news agency quoted a source as saying on Tuesday.

Ukraine peace talks down to wire as fighting rages

 Diplomats scrambled Tuesday to finalise a peace deal for war-torn Ukraine ahead of a crunch summit in Minsk, with the warring sides pushing to gain ground ahead of any truce.

Europe`s outcast Belarus unlikely star of Ukraine talks

 Political pariah turned would-be peacemaker, Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko will bask in the limelight this week when European leaders desperate to end the Ukraine war are expected to gather in Minsk.

Over 600 Russian troops start exercises in Crimea: RIA

 More than 600 Russian troops started exercises in Crimea, RIA news agency reported on Tuesday, a day before a summit on the Ukraine crisis in the Belarussian capital Minsk. 

2,000 reconnaissance troops stage exercises in Russia: Interfax

About 2,000 Russian reconnaissance troops have started exercises in southern Russia, Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday, a day before a summit on the Ukraine crisis in the Belarussian capital Minsk.