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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.

German parliament approves Greek bailout extension

 German lawmakers Friday approved the extension of a Greek bailout programme.

Merkel welcomes Greece `starting point`, says `much work ahead`

 German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday welcomed as a "starting point for discussions" reform pledges made by Greece in return for a four-month extension to its lifeline bailout programme.

PIO ex-MP put on trial in Germany for child pornography

An Indian-origin former German lawmaker went on trial on Monday on charges of acquiring and possessing child pornography in a case that triggered a major political scandal leading to the resignation of a cabinet minister.

German Chancellor Merkel to visit Japan next month

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Japan early next month for the first time in seven years for a summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, an official said Friday.

'Hollande, Merkel, Poroshenko `concerned` at ongoing Ukraine fighting'

President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Monday they were "concerned" about post-ceasefire fighting in the eastern Ukrainian town of Debaltseve, the French President`s office said.

Merkel party down in state poll, anti-euro party may take seats

German Chancellor Angela Merkel`s conservatives suffered heavy losses in Hamburg city-state elections Sunday, where an anti-euro party also looked set to enter parliament.

Kremlin says accords underpinning Ukraine truce must be "unconditionally observed"

The package of measures underpinning a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine must be "unconditionally observed", Russian President Vladimir Putin`s spokesman said on Sunday.

Ukraine military says some rebel shelling but ceasefire generally observed

Ukraine`s military said on Sunday pro-Russian rebels had shelled Ukrainian positions ten times since a ceasefire came into effect at midnight, but that the truce was in general being observed.

Poroshenko, rebel chief vow to respect ceasefire

Both Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels on Saturday pledged to respect a ceasefire due to come into force within hours, after fierce fighting plunged the truce into doubt.

Rebels fighting for more territory ahead of Ukraine ceasefire: Kiev military

The Ukrainian military said on Saturday there was no let-up in a pro-Russian rebel offensive in east Ukraine with separatist forces trying to seize more territory before a ceasefire comes into force at midnight.

Ukraine fighting kills 27 as clock ticks to ceasefire
Ukraine fighting kills 27 as clock ticks to ceasefire

Fighting raged in Ukraine on Friday as the clock ticked down to a ceasefire that will be a first test of the commitment by Kiev and pro-Russian separatists to a freshly-inked peace plan.

Russia hopes all sides to Minsk agreement will observe it

Russia expects that all sides to the agreement reached in Minsk on solving Ukraine`s conflict will observe its terms, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.

No agreement to free hunger striking Ukrainian pilot: Russia

Russia has not agreed to free a Ukrainian military pilot, Nadia Savchenko, who was detained in June and is on her 63rd day of a hunger strike, a Kremlin spokesman said on Friday.

Key points of new Ukraine peace plan

Kiev and pro-Russian rebels agreed a peace roadmap Thursday after marathon negotiations in Minsk involving the leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine.

Marathon Ukraine talks end with peace deal

Leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany on Thursday emerged from marathon 16-hour talks to announce a comprehensive peace deal for eastern Ukraine, but questions remained whether Ukraine and the pro-Russian rebels have agreed on all of its terms.

Fifty tanks entered Ukraine from Russia during peace talks: Kiev

Around 50 tanks and dozens of other heavy weapons entered Ukraine from Russia during peace talks in Minsk, a Ukrainian military spokesman said on Thursday.

Ukraine truce to begin Sunday

A ceasefire will begin in eastern Ukraine Feb 15, the leaders of Russia and Ukraine have announced, Thursday here.

Merkel says has 'no illusions' after Ukraine deal, 'big hurdles' remain

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday she had "no illusions" after a Ukraine ceasefire deal hammered out at marathon talks in Minsk and that "big hurdles" remained in ending the 10-month conflict in the ex-Soviet country.

Ukraine deal gives 'hope for peaceful resolution': Rebels

The Ukraine peace deal agreed in Minsk on Thursday gives "hope for a peaceful resolution" of the 10-month conflict, pro-Russian separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko said.