US President Barack Obama has no scheduled meetings with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly Session, the White House has said.
Ukrainian lawmakers on Tuesday adopted legislation granting limited self-rule to parts of the pro-Russian east as they prepared to ratify a landmark EU pact at the heart of the country`s deadliest crisis since independence.
In what was once the Ukrainian secret service headquarters in Donetsk, a group of women, eyes rimmed in red, come seeking the help of the city`s new rebel masters in an anguished search for missing husbands and sons.
Shelling killed six people and wounded 15 others in rebel-held Donetsk, the city council reported on Monday, the worst violation yet of the cease-fire between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops that took effect September 5.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his advisory Security Council discussed on Monday progress in the peace process in southeast Ukraine and the possible fall-out from Kiev`s pact with the European Union, RIA news agency reported.
The pro-Russian party that ruled Ukraine under ousted president Viktor Yanukovych said on Sunday it would boycott next month's parliamentary polls and form an "opposition government" to fight for regional powers and against Kiev's westward course.
Residents of Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in March, are voting for their regional parliament in elections expected to be dominated by Russian President Vladimir Putin's backers.