Pro-Russian separatists and government forces clashed near the main airport in Donetsk on Monday after a counter-offensive on Sunday by Ukrainian troops to reclaim lost ground and the Kiev military said three Ukrainian soldiers had been killed.
By not forming the government in spite of getting a mandate, BJP was "hijacking" the agenda of Kashmir-based separatists aimed at creating political instability in Jammu and Kashmir, Congress on Sunday alleged.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel appealed to the Russian government on Sunday to use its influence on separatists in eastern Ukraine to implement a ceasefire plan agreed in Minsk in September aimed at ending the conflict.
Pakistan envoy's meeting with separatist leaders here had undermined the constructive diplomatic engagement initiated by India in May because of which Foreign Secretary talks had to be cancelled, government said today days after Pakistan questioned India's decision.
Ukrainian forces are doing what they can to respect the peace agreement signed in Minsk, while that country`s pro-Russian separatists, with Russian backing, are violating it, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday.
Stage is set for second phase of elections in 18 seats in Jammu and Kashmir and 20 spread across seven Maoist-hit tribal districts of Jharkhand on Tuesday which will seal the fate of several high-profile candidates including two former chief ministers, seven state ministers and a former separatist.
Power of democracy prevailed over the separatist-sponsored call for boycott as voters from five constituencies of the Kashmir Valley today thronged polling stations to exercise their franchise in the first of the five-phased elections in the state.
Ukraine Friday accused Russia of carrying out cross-border shelling against Ukrainian positions in the eastern part of the country even as pro-Russian separatists put the toll in the ongoing conflict at 5,000.
Ukraine's military accused Russian-backed separatists of again violating a month-old ceasefire on Sunday, saying their forces came under attack in several parts of the east including the airport at the big city of Donetsk.