Olympic rhythmic gymnast linked to Putin to head media group

An Olympic rhythmic gymnastics champion, rumoured to be Russian President Vladimir Putin's lover, has been appointed the head of a powerful pro-Kremlin media group.

Obama has no scheduled meetings with Putin, Rouhani at UN

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.

Ukraine proposes local elections in separatist east Dec 7

 The Ukrainian government has called for local elections to be held on December 7 in the separatist east under legislation submitted Tuesday offering the area limited self-rule.

Russia says "cynical" US policy pushing world toward new cold war

Russia`s Parliamentary Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said on Tuesday the "cynical and irresponsible" policy of the United States and its allies is pushing the world to the verge of a new cold war.

Russia says weapons from NATO states would abet war crimes in Ukraine

Russian Parliamentary Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said on Tuesday any deliveries of weapons from NATO countries to Kiev would be abetting war crimes being committed in eastern Ukraine.

Russia says NATO states'' arms deliveries would abet war crimes in Ukraine

Russian Parliamentary Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said on Tuesday any deliveries of weapons from NATO countries to Kiev would be abetting war crimes being committed in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine offers rebels self-rule, to ratify EU pact
Ukraine offers rebels self-rule, to ratify EU pact

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.

Anguish for families of the missing in east Ukraine

 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.

Russia to expand economic cooperation within SCO: Putin

Russia will promote economic cooperation in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and take joint measures on issues such as energy security, Russia's President Vladimir Putin said Monday.

Russia calls for international efforts to combat terrorism

Russia is calling on the international community to join efforts in defeating terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

EU sanctions limit opportunities for dialogue: Moscow

The European Union (EU) sanctions against Russia limits the possibilities of bilateral dialogue, Russia's foreign ministry said Monday.

Macedonia, Serbia not to join EU's sanction against Russia

Macedonia and Serbia, both candidate countries of the European Union (EU), reiterated Monday that they would not implement the EU's sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

NATO chief appeals for closer collective defence

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen Monday made an appeal for closer collective defence, community of nations and collective engagement.

NATO chief appeals for closer collective defence

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen Monday made an appeal for closer collective defence, community of nations and collective engagement.

Six killed, 14 wounded in east Ukraine city

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.

Putin, Security Council discuss fall-out from Ukraine-EU pact - RIA

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.

Ukraine hosts US-led military drills as truce teeters

 US-led military exercises began in Ukraine on Monday as fighting rumbled on in the restive east between government forces and pro-Russian rebels, despite a 10-day-old ceasefire.

Six civilians killed in fighting in Ukraine`s Donetsk: City hall

 Six civilians were killed in heavy fighting that erupted on Sunday in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, city hall officials said on Monday.

Main pro-Russia Regions Party to boycott Ukraine vote

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.

Russia-annexed Crimea votes for legislature

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.