Ukraine coastguard boat blast kills one, injures six

One Ukrainian coastguard was killed, five were injured and their commander remained unaccounted for on Sunday after their cutter hit a mine planted in the bay of the strategic eastern port of Mariupol, officials said.

Russia has 9,000 troops in Ukraine, Poroshenko tells Davos forum

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Wednesday of sending 9,000 troops to back separatist rebels in the east of his country, and the IMF chief said she backed extra financial help for Kiev as the conflict inflicts severe economic damage.

Ukraine requests fresh IMF bailout: Lagarde

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has asked the IMF for a new and broader rescue package, IMF head Christine Lagarde said on Wednesday as the war-torn country fights to save its reeling economy.

US backs probe into Ukraine school shelling

The United States on Thursday backed a Ukrainian investigation into the shelling of a school in rebel-held eastern Donetsk which killed two teenagers.

'Over 100 troops killed during ceasefire in east Ukraine'

Over 100 Ukrainian troops have been killed since the beginning of a ceasefire regime in eastern regions, the Ukrainian foreign ministry said Tuesday.

Poroshenko confirms `preliminary` truce deal with rebels

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Friday his envoy had signed a "preliminary" truce deal with pro-Russian rebels aimed at halting five months of fighting that has claimed 2,600 lives.

IMF board member says Fund taking big risks with Ukraine loan

Brazil`s representative at the International Monetary Fund has warned that the Fund risked making the "same mistake" with its rescue loan to Ukraine as it did in Greece.

Russia's Putin urges release of Ukrainian soldiers
Russia's Putin urges release of Ukrainian soldiers

Russia's President Vladimir Putin today called on pro-Russian separatists to release Ukrainian soldiers who have been surrounded by the rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Moscow defies Kiev, orders aid convoy onto Ukrainian soil

Russia ordered a convoy of aid trucks across the border into eastern Ukraine on Friday apparently without Kiev`s permission, raising the danger of direct confrontation with the Ukrainian military which is fighting pro-Russian rebels.

Ukrainian forces press rebels in overnight fighting: Military

A military statement said it suspected the rebels had fired back with a powerful Russian-made Uragan missile system south east of Donetsk near the village of Novokaterinivka, their first use of the weapon. 

Foreign players abandon Ukraine clubs

At least seven foreign players for two top Ukrainian football teams have refused to return to the country as tensions mount after the Malaysia Airlines crash, media reported Sunday.

Russia says Ukrainian shells hit its territory

Russia said Saturday that three shells fired by Ukrainian troops have hit a customs post and residential areas inside its territory, causing damage but no injuries.

Ukraine leader extends truce with rebels until Monday: Report

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday extended a truce with pro-Russian rebels in the separatist east by another 72 hours, the Ukrainska Pravda news site reported.

Poroshenko slams Russia`s `insufficient` support for peace plan

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday accused Russia of failing to fully back a peace plan to end the bloodshed in the east of his country.

US again urges NATO allies to boost defence spending

US National Security Advisor Susan Rice Wednesday urged NATO members once again to increase their spending on defence in the light of the Ukrainian crisis.

Ukraine forces suffer new losses in separatist east

Ukrainian forces suffer fresh losses on Wednesday in a rebel raid in the separatist east as the newly-elected president promised to hold his first talks with Russia`s Vladimir Putin on easing the worst East-West standoff since the Cold War.

Chess great Kasparov slams Putin`s Crimea `aggression

Russian opposition activist and chess legend Garry Kasparov urged the international community Wednesday to make President Vladimir Putin respect the sovereignty of nations after Moscow`s takeover of Crimea.

Protesters, police in standoff in Kiev after sporadic clashes

Protesters and Ukrainian police were on Saturday still locked in a tense standoff in Kiev after a night of sporadic clashes that erupted despite a truce.

Ukraine PM takes hard line on protests, opposition meets President

Ukraine`s prime minister denounced anti-government protesters as "terrorists" on Wednesday, but in what appeared to be his first real move to end weeks of unrest President Viktor Yanukovich held talks with opposition leaders.

Kiev protests continue, resolution elusive

The Ukrainian government showed no sign of yielding on Wednesday as thousands of people continued to rally in Kiev against the decision to freeze ties with the European Union and get closer to Russia.