Separatists say ready to extend ceasefire in eastern Ukraine

Pro-Russian separatist leaders voiced willingness to extend a shaky ceasefire in Ukraine`s Russian-speaking east on Friday, after releasing four out of eight international observers captured over a month ago, in an apparent goodwill gesture.

Russia gives cautious welcome to reported ceasefire extension in Ukraine

Russia would welcome a three-day extension of a ceasefire in east Ukraine but it must not simply delay an "ultimatum" for separatists to lay down their arms, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Friday.

Russia`s Putin calls for long-term Ukraine ceasefire, peace talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday a long-term ceasefire was needed in Ukraine to allow talks between the Kiev government and representatives of eastern regions where rebels are waging an armed insurgency.

Putin, Poroshenko, Merkel, Hollande to continue talks Thursday: Kiev

A crunch round of telephone diplomacy between Ukraine`s new Western-backed leader and Russian President Vladimir Putin that included German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will continue Thursday, Kiev said.

Hollande, Merkel seek mechanism to oversee Ukraine truce

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel Wednesday pressed for a mechanism to oversee the truce in Ukraine in a telephone conversation with the Russian and Ukrainian leaders that lasted more than an hour.

US welcomes Putin call to revoke authorization to use force in Ukraine

The White House on Tuesday welcomed President Vladimir Putin`s call to Russian lawmakers to revoke his authorization to invade Ukraine.

Putin tells Kiev to extend truce as nine die in helicopter attack

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday urged Kiev to extend the shaky truce with insurgents in eastern Ukraine and launch talks despite them shooting down a helicopter with nine on board.

Putin says will continue to protect ethnic Russians in Ukraine

Despite ordering the revoking of a parliamentary resolution allowing Russian troops to enter Ukraine, Moscow will continue to protect ethnic Russians there if necessary, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.

Putin says seven-day Ukraine ceasefire `clearly too short`

A seven-day ceasefire in Ukraine that ends on Friday is clearly too short to solve the crisis, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.

Russia`s Putin renounces right to send troops to Ukraine: Kremlin

President Vladimir Putin asked Russia`s upper house on Tuesday to revoke the right it had granted him to order a military intervention in Ukraine in defence of Russian-speakers there, the Kremlin said in a statement.

Putin urges Kiev to stop fighting, begin dialogue

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that artillery was used in overnight fighting in eastern Ukraine and urged Kiev to cease fighting and begin dialogue with the rebels.

Putin orders central Russia forces on `full combat alert`: Defence minister

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops in central Russia on "full combat alert" for snap drills, the defence minister said on Saturday.

Ceasefire in Ukraine sounds more like ultimatum: Kremlin

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko`s announcement on a week-long ceasefire sounds more like an ultimatum to the insurgents in the war-torn country, the Kremlin press service said.

Russian police search opposition leader Navalny`s home

Russian police on Friday were searching the home of opposition leader and President Vladimir Putin`s biggest critic Alexei Navalny, his lawyer said.

Russia condemns Ukrainian minister for insulting Putin

Russia accused Ukraine`s acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya of hurling insults at Russian President Vladimir Putin during a protest outside its embassy in Kiev, media reported Monday.

Host Australia expects Putin at G20 summit

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said he expects Vladimir Putin to attend the G20 summit this year in Brisbane despite the Russian leader being banned from this week`s Group of Seven meeting.

Putin looks east to bolster ties with North Korea

Angry with the West`s response over Ukraine and eager to diversify its options, Russia is moving rapidly to bolster ties with North Korea in a diplomatic nose-thumbing that could complicate the US-led effort to squeeze Pyongyang into giving up its nuclear weapons program.

Prince Charles compares Putin to Hitler: Report

Britain`s Prince Charles stoked controversy during a visit to Canada by comparing the recent actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin`s to those of Adolf Hitler, according to a media report.