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Ukraine launches deadly assault on rebel-held towns

Last Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014, 21:37

Ukraine`s military launched assaults to retake rebel-held eastern towns on Thursday in which up to five people were reported killed, a move Russian President Vladimir Putin warned would have "consequences".

Russia orders new military exercises on Ukraine border

Last Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014, 21:32

Russia on Thursday ordered new military exercises in Russian regions bordering Ukraine in response to Kiev`s operation against militants in the east.

Five killed as Ukrainian forces launch ``anti-terror`` operation

Last Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014, 20:27

At least five pro-Russian protestors were killed Thursday afternoon during an "anti-terror" operation in Ukraine`s eastern city of Slavyansk, the country`s interior ministry said.

Ukraine on alert after politician killed

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 10:21

Ukraine`s acting president Oleksandr Turchynov has ordered relaunching military operations against pro-Russian militants in the east after two people, one a local politician, were "tortured to death".

US releases photos showing Russian soldiers as masked armed men in Ukraine

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 12:21

A document released by the US State Department shows pictures that tend to prove that the armed masked militants in eastern Ukrainian cities are Russian soldiers.

Moscow eases citizenship rules for native Russian speakers

Last Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014, 19:36

New laws passed on Monday in Russia make it easier for native speakers and those who can prove they or their families have lived within the borders of the former Russian empire or Soviet Union to get citizenship.

Lawmakers call for tighter sanctions on Russia

Last Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014, 00:34

Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called today for tougher Western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking industries and warned that Moscow thus far has ignored US and European efforts to persuade it to back off its confrontation with Ukraine.

East Ukraine rebels call for Russian troops after gunfight

Last Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014, 21:04

Pro-Kremlin rebels in east Ukraine appealed on Sunday for Russian "peacekeepers" to sweep in after a deadly gunfight killed at least two of their militants, shattering an Easter truce and sparking "outrage" in Moscow.

Russian naval ships on first-ever visit to Pakistan

Last Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014, 19:05

Two Russian navy ships have arrived at Karachi port on a first-ever goodwill visit to Pakistan for a naval exercise, signalling warming of bilateral relations.

After clash, Russia asks Ukraine to de-escalate tensions

Last Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014, 17:11

Following the armed clash and killing of three pro-Russian protestors at a checkpoint Saturday, an angry Russia has demanded that Kiev de-escalate tensions in southeast Ukraine.

Gunbattle in eastern Ukraine kills four: local leader

Last Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014, 14:47

Three pro-Russian militants and one attacker were killed in a gunbattle near the volatile eastern Ukrainian town of Slavyansk early today, a local leader told journalists.

At barricades, Ukraine insurgents await Easter

Last Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014, 21:32

Pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine on Saturday prepared to celebrate Orthodox Easter at barricades outside government offices seized in nearly a dozen cities, despite an international agreement to disarm and free the premises.