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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.

Ukraine deal not a 'comprehensive solution', nor 'breakthrough': German FM

A Ukraine ceasefire deal agreed in Minsk Thursday is not "a comprehensive solution" nor a "breakthrough", Germany`s foreign minister said Thursday, after marathon four-way talks between leaders.

Don't issue ultimatums to Putin: Russian radio cites Kremlin
Don't issue ultimatums to Putin: Russian radio cites Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be spoken to in the language of ultimatums at talks on the Ukraine crisis, a Russian radio station quoted the Kremlin as saying on Monday.

Four-way summit on Ukraine conflict planned in Minsk for Wednesday
Four-way summit on Ukraine conflict planned in Minsk for Wednesday

A summit between France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine is being planned for Wednesday in Minsk, the latest step in a hectic diplomatic effort to find a political solution to the Ukraine conflict, Berlin said.

Britain says Putin behaving like tyrant

Russian President Vladimir Putin is behaving like a "mid-20th century tyrant", British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Sunday, urging him to change track and save Russia's economy from further decline.

Putin says working towards Wednesday summit with France, Germany and Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was working towards peace talks with the leaders of France, Germany and Ukraine in Minsk on Wednesday but the four still need to agree on a "number of points" by then.

Leaders scramble to avert "dramatic spiral" in Ukraine

The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France agreed to meet in Belarus on Wednesday to try to broker a peace deal for Ukraine amid escalating violence there and signs of cracks in the transatlantic consensus on confronting Vladimir Putin.

Ajit Doval, top Chinese diplomat meet ahead of border talks

Ahead of their first official meeting, Special Representatives of India and China for border negotiations met in Munich during which the Chinese official called for pushing forward talks to resolve the border issue and remove "disturbances" in bilateral ties.