Russian forces could 'conquer' Kiev 'in a fortnight': Vladimir Putin

President Vladimir Putin has said that Russian forces could conquer the Ukrainian capital city of Kiev in a fortnight if he so ordered, the Kremlin has confirmed.

Putin comment on "taking Kiev in 2 weeks" taken out of context: Aide

A reported comment by President Vladimir Putin that Russia could capture Ukraine`s capital Kiev within two weeks was taken out of context, Itar-Tass news agency quoted a Kremlin foreign policy aide as saying on Tuesday.

Australia to step up formal partnership with NATO at summit

Australia is set to step up its partnership with NATO, its foreign minister said on Tuesday, as the country pursues a bigger roll in global crises from Iraq and Syria to Ukraine. 

`No military solution` to Ukraine crisis, UN chief warns
`No military solution` to Ukraine crisis, UN chief warns

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned Western powers Tuesday "there is no military solution" to the Ukraine crisis, after the government in Kiev accused Russia of launching a "great war".

Fighting goes on near big Ukrainian city, Poroshenko slams Russia

Ukraine`s military said on Monday its forces were battling a Russian tank battalion for control of a vital airport in the east of the country as President Petro Poroshenko accused Moscow of "direct and open aggression" against his country.

Putin urges Europeans to have `common sense` over sanctions threat
Putin urges Europeans to have `common sense` over sanctions threat

Russian President Vladimir Putin urged the EU on Monday to show "common sense" and not to engage in mutually destructive sanctions, in his first reaction to the threat of additional punitive measures over Ukraine.

Putin accuses Europe of ignoring Ukraine army `directly targeting` civilians

Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Europe on Monday of ignoring the Ukrainian army "directly targeting" civilians in the east of the country.

Ukraine talks should discuss immediate, unconditional ceasefire: Russia
Ukraine talks should discuss immediate, unconditional ceasefire: Russia

A meeting of the Ukraine Contact Group in Minsk on Monday should discuss an immediate and unconditional ceasefire, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

US senators urge aiding Ukraine with arms to fight “Russian invasion”
US senators urge aiding Ukraine with arms to fight “Russian invasion”

The American senators have urged the US to supply Ukraine with arms so that it can fight a “Russian invasion.”

Obama to spell out message to Putin on former Soviet land

Setting the stage for a NATO summit dominated by the worst East-West tensions in decades, President Barack Obama will go to Estonia this week with a simple message for Vladimir Putin -- don`t mess with NATO`s ex-Soviet members.

Putin calls for talks on east Ukraine 'statehood'; rebels fire on ship
Putin calls for talks on east Ukraine 'statehood'; rebels fire on ship

Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Sunday for immediate talks on the "statehood" of southern and eastern Ukraine, although his spokesman said this did not mean Moscow now endorsed rebel calls for independence for territory they have seized.

Putin calls for talks on 'statehood' for eastern Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin on Sunday dramatically raised the stakes in the Ukraine conflict by calling for the first time for statehood to be considered for the restive east of the former Soviet state.

Ukraine at 'point of no return': EU hands Russia one-week time to curb crisis
Ukraine at 'point of no return': EU hands Russia one-week time to curb crisis

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Kiev: Hoping to tame Russia's aggression, the European Union on Saturday handed a seven-day ultimatum to Moscow to de-escalate Ukraine crisis failing which more sanctions will be imposed on it.

EU imposes new sanctions in 'a strong warning' to Russia
EU imposes new sanctions in 'a strong warning' to Russia

After months of hesitation, the EU on Saturday agreed to impose economic sanctions against Russia, hoping this "strong warning" would make it change course in Ukraine as fighting intensified around cities held by pro-Russian rebels.

Best not to mess with nuclear Russia: Vladimir Putin
Best not to mess with nuclear Russia: Vladimir Putin

President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russia's armed forces, backed by its nuclear arsenal, were ready to meet any aggression, declaring at a pro-Kremlin youth camp that foreign states should understand: "It's best not to mess with us."

Putin, Poroshenko agree on aid delivery to Ukraine by railway
Putin, Poroshenko agree on aid delivery to Ukraine by railway

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he has agreed with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on the proposal of delivering humanitarian assistance to southeastern Ukraine by train.

'International community unwilling to tolerate Russian behaviour in Ukraine'
'International community unwilling to tolerate Russian behaviour in Ukraine'

The United States today accused Russia of moving across the border and targeting the Ukrainian military positions.

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.

Russia orchestrating violence in Ukraine: Barack Obama
Russia orchestrating violence in Ukraine: Barack Obama

Blaming Russia for the escalating violence in eastern Ukraine, US President Barack Obama has said that Moscow was deliberately and repeatedly violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

NATO says 'over 1,000 Russian troops' in Ukraine

A senior NATO official said on Thursday that "well over a thousand" Russian troops were operating inside Ukraine.