German, French leaders press Poroshenko on Ukraine truce

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Friday that his French counterpart Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angel Merkel had pressed him to ensure partial self-rule for the pro-Russian separatist east.

Russia slams EU sanctions renewal as pointless `blackmail`
Russia slams EU sanctions renewal as pointless `blackmail`

Russia on Saturday slammed the EU`s extension of sanctions over its annexation of Crimea as "blackmail" and vowed it would not be pressured into returning the peninsula to Ukraine.

EU prolongs Crimea sanctions

The EU on Friday prolonged until 2016 a sanctions package over Russia`s illegal annexation of Crimea, days after rolling over a series of damaging punitive measures against Moscow for its role in the Ukraine crisis.

Russia forced by NATO to take steps to protect itself: Kremlin
Russia forced by NATO to take steps to protect itself: Kremlin

Russia accused NATO on Wednesday of encroaching on its borders and seeking to change the strategic balance of power, forcing Moscow to take steps to protect its interests and security.

Vladimir Putin to seek friendly ear with pope visit

Increasingly isolated by the West, Vladimir Putin will hope to find a friendly ear in Pope Francis at their meeting Wednesday, but experts say the Russian President may have misjudged the mood.

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.

Japan`s Abe visits Ukraine ahead of tough G7 summit

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed during an historic first visit to Ukraine on Saturday to spearhead a global drive to resolve the crisis threatening to splinter the ex-Soviet state.

Russia imposes travel ban on 89 EU politicians

Russia has imposed an entry ban on 89 European politicians and military leaders, according to a list seen by Reuters, a move that has angered Europe and worsened its standoff with the West over Moscow`s role in the Ukraine conflict.

Russia releases 89-name EU travel blacklist

Moscow has released a blacklist of European Union politicians barred from Russia in response to EU sanctions over Crimea and Ukraine, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Friday.

Russia issues blacklist, bars EU politicians: Dutch PM

Moscow has issued a blacklist of European Union politicians barred from Russia in response to EU sanctions over Crimea and Ukraine, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Friday.

Russian divers report ancient ship find near Crimea

A group of Russian divers said on Wednesday they had found Byzantine-era ship wreckage in the Black Sea off Crimea that included a trove of 10th century pottery.

Armenia, Belarus baulk at Riga summit declaration: Sources

 Armenia and Belarus are holding up agreement on a joint declaration at the EU-Eastern Partnership summit over references to Russia`s annexation of Crimea last year, diplomatic sources said Thursday.

Ukraine mulling acquirement of US anti-missile defence system

 Kiev may be looking to hold consultations about adopting an anti-missile defence system from the US, Alexander Turchinov, secretary of Ukraine`s National Security and Defence Council, told Ukrinform news agency in an interview released on Wednesday.

France offers Russia 785 mln euros to ditch warship deal: Report

France has offered Russia 785 million euros to scrap a contentious contract to supply two warships that was suspended due to the Ukraine crisis, a report said Friday.

NATO worried by `wide-ranging` Russia Crimea build-up

NATO on Wednesday expressed alarm over a "wide-ranging" military build-up by Russia in Crimea, as well as talk that Moscow could even install nuclear weapons on the annexed Black Sea peninsula.

Putin to host John Kerry for high-stakes Sochi talks

 President Vladimir Putin is expected to host US Secretary of State John Kerry for talks in Sochi on Tuesday, in the first visit to Russia by the US top diplomat since the start of the crisis in Ukraine.

French FM to visit Moscow for WWII victory celebrations

 French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said he would go to Russia for Saturday`s celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany which is being boycotted by most Western countries.

Political uncertainty mars future of Crimea`s athletes
Political uncertainty mars future of Crimea`s athletes

 Moscow`s annexation of the strategic peninsula of Crimea from Ukraine has not only sparked the worst crisis between Russia and the West since the Cold War but also put under threat the sporting careers of Crimean athletes.

Vladimir Putin says `no regrets` over Crimea annexation

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an interview broadcast Sunday to mark 15 years in power, said he has no regrets over Moscow`s 2014 annexation of Crimea as it overturned "a historical injustice."

Putin says `no regrets` on Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he had no regrets over Moscow`s 2014 annexation of Crimea and that it was righting a historical injustice.