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Germany slams Russia over Ukraine rebel passports

Russia announced on Saturday a decree recognising such passports and other documents, a move Kiev called a "provocation".

Prominent Russian separatist commander killed in eastern Ukraine

A prominent Russian separatist commander was assassinated in eastern Ukraine on Sunday evening, his allies said on Monday, accusing Ukrainian government forces of murdering him to try to destabilise an already fragile ceasefire.

Russia running `shadow government` for east Ukraine: Report

Russia running `shadow government` for east Ukraine: Report

Russia is running a "shadow government" in rebel-held territories of eastern Ukraine under the control of the FSB intelligence service, German newspaper Bild reported Wednesday, citing minutes from an official commission.

Ukraine wants UN Security Council to visit war zone

Ukraine and Russia reached a ceasefire deal brokered by France and Germany in the Belarus capital of Minsk last February, but sporadic clashes still take place. 

One soldier killed in clashes in rebel east Ukraine

One Ukrainian soldier was killed in clashes in the country's east, the military said on Sunday, as fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists intensifies after weeks of relative calm.

Ukraine rebels say MSF banned for 'espionage'

Medics with the Nobel Peace Prize winning organisation were kicked out of Donetsk region.

'MH17 shot down by Russian-made BUK missile'

'MH17 shot down by Russian-made BUK missile'

The report rejects Moscow's contention that the plane was hit by a missile fired by Ukrainian troops.

Poroshenko says Russia threat to `entire democratic world`

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Friday of challenging the "entire democratic world" by annexing Crimea and allegedly arming separatist rebels in the east of his ex-Soviet state.

Ukraine braces for new demos as Russia threatens gas supply

Ukraine braced on Saturday for new pro-Russian protests in the tense eastern city of Donetsk after Moscow threatened to stop crucial gas supplies to the country, further escalating hostilities with the West.