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Russia, Ukraine agree gas delivery deal until end March: EU

 Moscow and Kiev agreed a gas delivery deal until the end of March after EU-brokered talks in Brussels Monday, securing supplies to Europe after a row over supplies to rebel-held eastern Ukraine, the EU said.

Nemtsov's shaken girlfriend says she didn't see killer

Boris Nemtsov`s girlfriend has broken her public silence on the murder of the Russian opposition activist, saying she did not see the killer who gunned him down as they strolled across a bridge near the Kremlin.

John Kerry presses Russia's Sergei Lavrov on Ukraine ceasefire deal

US Secretary of State John Kerry told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday that Moscow and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine must implement a ceasefire or face "consequences" that could further hit Russia`s faltering economy.

Ukrainian soldier killed, but ceasefire largely holds

One soldier has been killed in east Ukraine, but a shaky two-week-old ceasefire between the government and pro-Russian rebels was still largely holding, the army said on Monday.

Ukrainian President okays ''peacekeepers'' for eastern region

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday approved a decision of the National Security and Defence Council (NSDC) to call for international peacekeepers to monitor the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, the presidential press service said.

John Kerry meets Lavrov as Ukraine death toll crosses 6,000

US Secretary of State John Kerry held tense talks with his Russian counterpart in Geneva Monday to end fighting in Ukraine, where the UN says more than 6,000 have died in less than a year.

EU hopes for `positive outcome` in Russia-Ukraine gas talks

 The EU said it hoped for a "positive outcome" in talks in Brussels on Monday between the Russian and Ukrainian energy ministers aimed at resolving a gas supply dispute threatening deliveries to Europe.

Kerry meets Lavrov as Ukraine death toll soars past 6,000

US Secretary of State John Kerry began tough talks in Geneva Monday with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov due to focus on the fighting in eastern Ukraine.

More than 6,000 killed in `merciless devastation` in Ukraine: UN

More than 6,000 people have been killed since violence erupted in east Ukraine last April, the UN rights chief said Monday, decrying a "merciless devastation of civilian lives and infrastructure."

Moscow denounces `abominable` Charlie Hebdo cartoon

 The head of the Russian parliament`s foreign affairs committee Alexei Pushkov on Sunday denounced a cartoon published in the latest issue of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on the truce in Ukraine as "abominable".

Kerry arrives in Geneva for tough Iran,Ukraine talks

 Top US diplomat John Kerry arrived in Switzerland late Sunday for tough talks on Iran and Ukraine, and to push Moscow`s foreign minister to ensure a "credible" investigation into the killing of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. 

Ukraine`s frontlines calm ahead of gas talks

Ukraine`s frontlines were relatively calm on Sunday ahead of high-level EU-mediated gas talks between Kiev and Moscow, as journalists mourned the killing by mortar fire of a Ukrainian photographer.

Rebel deminers comb Ukraine battleground town

A week since pro-Russian rebels forced Ukrainian soldiers from the key transport hub of Debaltseve, the sound of explosions still reverberates around the eastern town.

UK blocks Russian oligarchs' deal to buy North Sea fields

Britain has blocked a deal by Russian billionaires, Mikhail Fridman and German Khan, to buy 12 oil and gas fields in the North Sea as part of their acquisition of Germany`s oil firm DEA from RWE, citing possible sanctions against Russia.

Putin pledges to nail Nemtsov killers, as West condemns

President Vladimir Putin on Saturday vowed to bring the "vile" killers of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov to justice as Western leaders and Russia`s opposition roundly condemned the drive-by shooting near the Kremlin walls.

Ally of ousted Ukraine leader found dead in apparent suicide

Ukrainian police on Saturday said a leading ally of former president Viktor Yanukovych was found dead after falling from his 17th storey Kiev flat in an apparent suicide.

Ukraine's military reports significant fall in fighting

Ukraine`s military said on Saturday there had been a significant decrease in attacks by pro-Russian separatists in the east overnight, but said rebels had fired GRAD missiles at the town of Avdiivka despite a two-week-old ceasefire deal.

Obama condemns murder of Russia's opposition leader

US President Barack Obama has condemned the murder of Russia's deputy prime minister turned opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and asked Moscow to ensure that those responsible for the killing are brought to justice.

Ukraine leader says troop deaths 'serious breach' of truce

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has declared the killing of three government troops by pro-Moscow rebels a "serious breach of the ceasefire", during a telephone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, her office said.

Russian opposition leader Nemtsov shot dead near Kremlin

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down while walking in sight of the Kremlin late Friday, prompting an international chorus of condemnation.