Kiev and rebels swap hundreds of captives in peace push
Kiev and rebels swap hundreds of captives in peace push

 Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels were on Saturday set to complete a swap of hundreds of prisoners as part of a new push for peace that came despite Kiev`s decision to cut off key transport links to breakaway Crimea.

Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels swap hundreds of prisoners in peace push
Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels swap hundreds of prisoners in peace push

Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels swapped hundreds of prisoners on Friday as part of a new push for peace in one of Europe`s bloodiest conflicts in decades.

Ukraine truce hangs in balance after 'difficult' talks

The latest push for peace in Ukraine appeared moribund on Thursday after initial talks failed to agree when the warring sides should meet again to try to end an eight-month pro-Russian revolt.

Russian aid convoys reach Ukraine's Donetsk, Lugansk

A convoy of trucks from Russia`s Emergencies Ministry delivered humanitarian aid to the people of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine on Friday.

Six Ukrainian soldiers killed in past day: Military

Ukraine`s military said on Friday it had lost six soldiers in the past 24 hours despite both Kiev and the pro-Russian rebels committing themselves to a new truce the previous day.

70 rebel attacks in east Ukraine: Military

 The Ukraine military reported Thursday more than 70 rebel attacks on its positions in the past 24 hours.

Ukraine says pro-Russia rebels violating latest truce

Ukraine`s military on Wednesday accused pro-Russian fighters of violating a truce at a key airport battlefield in rebel-held Donetsk just hours after it was agreed.

Ceasefire at Ukraine airport after deadly clash: Kiev

 Ukraine`s military said Monday that its forces and Russian representatives had agreed a temporary ceasefire around the airport in rebel-held Donetsk that has been the focus of fighting for months.


Kiev bans flights into eastern Ukraine

Ukraine authorities on Saturday banned flights to the rebel-held east of the former Soviet republic, the head of Ukraine`s aviation authority said.

Mental scars for Ukrainians trapped under shelling

 Dmitry took a drag from his cigarette and pulled a box of pills from his pocket.

Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie, Kiwi Valerie Adams are IAAF Athletes of Year
Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie, Kiwi Valerie Adams are IAAF Athletes of Year

Pole vault world record holder Renaud Lavillenie and Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams were named World Athletes of the Year at an IAAF gala in Monaco on Friday.

Ukraine coalition agrees to make NATO membership a priority

Ukraine`s pro-Western political parties on Friday agreed to make joining NATO a priority in a coalition deal that will give them a parliamentary majority.

Ukraine accuses Russia of cross-border shelling

Ukraine Friday accused Russia of carrying out cross-border shelling against Ukrainian positions in the eastern part of the country even as pro-Russian separatists put the toll in the ongoing conflict at 5,000.

International monitors shot at in east Ukraine: OSCE

A convoy of international monitors from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) was shot at by "uniformed personnel" in east Ukraine, the organisation said on Thursday. 

Ukraine rebels fight boredom of war with tanks and guns

Bored of war and dreaming of peace, pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine pass the time firing off weapons as months of conflict drag on with no resolution in sight. 

Two soldiers killed in separatist attacks in Ukraine

At least two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 13 wounded in attacks by pro-Russian separatist militias in eastern Ukraine over the past 24 hours, the Ukrainian military command said on Wednesday.

In Donetsk, homeless Ukrainians loathe Kiev government

Despite living in a tiny cellar in Donetsk for more than three months, Sergei is not complaining about the frequent shelling or lack of running water. Instead, he saves his fury for his own country -- Ukraine.

Five civilians including two children die in east Ukraine: Officials

Five civilians, including two children, and three more Ukrainian soldiers have died in the latest fighting in Ukraine, officials said Saturday.

Three more Ukrainian troops killed in east: Kiev

Three more Ukrainian soldiers have been killed during fighting in the east over the past 24 hours, security officials in Kiev said Saturday.

Ukraine rebels hinder border monitors as new armed columns appear

International monitors deployed along the Russian border in eastern Ukraine say their drones were shot at and jammed days before new columns of unmarked soldiers and weapons, said by the West to be Russian, were seen in the rebel-held territory this week.