Putin, Merkel stress maintenance of Ukraine ceasefire: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the importance of maintaining the ceasefire in Ukraine in a phone conversation, the Kremlin said in a statement on Monday.

Ukraine PM accuses Putin of seeking to `eliminate` country
Ukraine PM accuses Putin of seeking to `eliminate` country

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Saturday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of wanting to wipe out Ukraine as an independent country despite a truce deal.

Ukraine truce largely holding: OSCE

 A ceasefire reached between the Ukrainian government and pro-independence forces is largely holding in eastern Ukraine, the chairman of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe said Monday.

East Ukraine rebels deny threat to ban OSCE from crash site

Rebels in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday denied they had threatened to ban the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) from the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17.

International observers to arrive in Russia

Two groups of representatives from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) are scheduled to arrive in Russia`s Rostov region Tuesday.

Japan rolls out more sanctions over Ukraine

Japan on Monday announced it would impose additional sanctions against those responsible for the "annexation of Crimea and destabilisation of eastern Ukraine", without offering further details. 

Ukraine: OSCE negotiating safe passage to crash site

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe said Friday it was negotiating safe passage to the Malaysia Airline crash site with rebels controlling eastern Ukraine.

OSCE calls crisis meeting on Malaysian jet crash in Ukraine

The OSCE, which has been monitoring the security situation in eastern Ukraine, has called a crisis meeting for later Friday to discuss the Malaysia Airlines crash.

Ukraine rebels release second group of OSCE monitors

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said on Saturday that pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine have released four of the group`s monitors they had detained at the end of May.

Four OSCE observers freed by pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine: Official

Four OSCE observers who were abducted on May 26 by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine have been freed and have arrived at a hotel in Donetsk, a separatist leader said.

Ukraine, Japan urge respect for rule of law at OSCE meeting

Japan and Ukraine called Tuesday for the rule of law to prevail in international disputes, as a two-day summit involving some 60 countries, including Russia, closed in Tokyo.

OSCE says loses contact with second team in east Ukraine

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe said on Friday it had lost contact with a second four-member international team in restive eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine pro-Russian leader has no information on missing OSCE observers

The pro-Russian "prime minister" of the self-declared Republic of Donetsk said Thursday he had no information on the whereabouts of four OSCE observers missing in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine rebels promise to release European monitors

The latest abduction in a vital rust belt region overrun by pro-Russian militants since early April underscores the trouble newly-elected president Petro Poroshenko will have in keeping his ex-Soviet republic whole.

Rebels seize two Ukrainian journalists on spying charges

Two Ukrainian journalists accused of "spying" have been taken hostage by pro-Russian separatists in the eastern district of Luhansk, the OSCE`s monitoring group said Tuesday.

Ukraine, on edge, prepares to vote after bloodshed

Candidates in Ukraine`s presidential election stayed out of the public eye on Saturday, observing a ban on campaigning on the eve of a vote that Kiev hopes can help end a bitter confrontation with Russia.

The OSCE: A trusted player in Ukraine

International security body the OSCE is emerging as an important player in the Ukraine crisis, with both the West and Moscow calling for it to perform an even bigger role.

`Deep relief`: OSCE team`s joy at being freed in Ukraine

The head of an OSCE team released by pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine has expressed his "deep relief" after an ordeal that lasted more than a week.

Ukraine crisis: Rebels battling military assault, OSCE captives freed

Seven European OSCE inspectors were freed today in a flashpoint town in east Ukraine where surrounded pro-Moscow rebels are battling a fierce military assault amid a soaring national death toll.

Abducted European observers freed in eastern Ukraine

 Seven international military observers linked to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), held captive by pro-Russian activists in eastern Ukraine, were freed Saturday, a media report said.