`Intense shelling` in flashpoint Ukraine village: OSCE

OSCE observers said Monday they have witnessed the most intense shelling in the flashpoint eastern Ukrainian village of Shyrokyne since fighting began there in mid-February, as well as movement of heavy weapons.

OSCE chief says `good chance for peace` in Ukraine

 The OSCE chief said Monday a truce was holding in a key village in eastern Ukraine and urged rival sides to "embrace a good chance for peace" in the war-torn region.

All heavy weapons removed from separation line: Ukraine

Ukrainian government forces have finished removing all their heavy weaponry from the line separating them and pro-Russian separatist militias in eastern Ukraine, Efe news agency reported on Tuesday citing Anatoly Stelmakh, the Kiev military spokesmen.

Ukraine ceasefire holding, says OSCE head

The ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is holding and overall hostilities have dropped, the head of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said on Friday.

OSCE to monitor truce violation areas: Kiev

Leaders of France, Germany and Russia have agreed with Ukraine on the dispatch of OSCE monitors to 10 flashpoint sites on the country's eastern frontline to shore up a shaky truce, Ukraine said on Tuesday.

Tajik ruling party sweeps polls, opposition out

Tajikistan's ruling party looked set to win a hefty parliamentary majority while the main Islamic opposition cried foul after being shut out in weekend elections said by Western observers to have been marred by "significant" cheating.

Ukraine at a 'crossroads', still faces threat of war: OSCE

The OSCE's envoy to Ukraine warned Friday that while there were encouraging signs of a ceasefire taking hold in eastern Ukraine, the country still faced the threat of all-out war.

Ukraine says pulling back arms as US, Russia trade barbs

Ukraine's military on Thursday said it had started the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the frontline, bolstering a stuttering peace plan as the United States and Russia traded barbs over the conflict.

Access agreed for OSCE monitors in Ukraine: Berlin

The leaders of Russia, Germany and Ukraine have agreed on "concrete measures" to allow OSCE observers to monitor the shaky ceasefire in Ukraine, Berlin announced on Tuesday.

Quartet thrash out Ukraine summit as Merkel meets Obama
Quartet thrash out Ukraine summit as Merkel meets Obama

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was Monday to brief US President Barack Obama on the latest peace plan for Ukraine ahead of a four-way summit aimed at ending 10 months of bloodshed.

Use of cluster bombs in eastern Ukraine reported

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which monitors the situation in Ukraine`s conflict-gripped eastern regions, Thursday said cluster bombs have been used during hostilities in Lugansk city.

OSCE calls on Armenia, Azerbaijan to cease hostilities

The OSCE called Tuesday on Armenia and Azerbaijan to end deadly fighting in the disputed region of Nagorny Karabakh where four Armenian soldiers were reportedly killed this month.

Ukraine peace outlook is bleak: OSCE official

Prospects for peace in eastern Ukraine are "bleak", underscoring the need to uphold a shaky ceasefire between government forces and pro-Russian separatist rebels, a senior official from the OSCE security watchdog said on Thursday

Over 4,000 killed in eastern Ukraine conflict: OSCE

 More than 4,000 people have been killed and tens of thousands of people have been injured in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the special envoy of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said Thursday.

Ukraine rebels hinder border monitors as new armed columns appear

International monitors deployed along the Russian border in eastern Ukraine say their drones were shot at and jammed days before new columns of unmarked soldiers and weapons, said by the West to be Russian, were seen in the rebel-held territory this week.

Armenia vows 'grave consequences' after helicopter downed

Armenia threatened 'grave consequences' on Wednesday after Azerbaijani forces shot down a military helicopter, sparking fears of a major escalation in the conflict over the disputed region of Nagorny Karabakh.

NATO says Russian troops in Ukraine as Kiev readies for combat

NATO has observed columns of Russian military equipment including tanks, artillery and combat troops entering eastern Ukraine in the past two days, the military alliance`s supreme allied commander said Wednesday.

OSCE observers fear rising violence in eastern Ukraine
OSCE observers fear rising violence in eastern Ukraine

International observers issued a stark warning over escalating violence in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday as Dutch investigators hoping to recover debris from a doomed airliner left the MH17 crash site empty-handed.

OSCE `very concerned` by tanks, convoys in Ukraine

The OSCE said it is "very concerned" after its monitors witnessed columns of tanks, howitizers and troop carriers moving through east Ukraine in territory held by pro-Russia separatists.

Eastern Ukraine polls counter-productive: UN chief

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday said the elections in eastern Ukraine last Sunday were "an unfortunate and counter-productive development".