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.

Ukraine accuses pro-Russian rebels of threatening truce

 Ukraine on Sunday accused pro-Russian rebels of jeopardising the fragile peace push by intensifying their attacks on government positions despite a nine-day old ceasefire.

Russia, Ukraine trade blame as fighting tests truce

Tensions over Ukraine festered after Kiev accused the Kremlin of seeking to "eliminate" the pro-Western former Soviet nation while Moscow charged Washington with orchestrating the entire crisis.

NATO expansion to Russian borders unacceptable: Lavrov

NATO's expansion by pulling more Russia's neighbouring countries into the alliance is unacceptable, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday.

Ukrainian neutrality "a basic issue" for Russia: Lavrov

Ukraine`s non-aligned status is "a basic issue" for Moscow and efforts in Kiev to scrap it are an American-inspired bid to drive a wedge between Russia and Europe, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday.

MH17: Investigators focus on metal shards to identify missile that shot down plane

The investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is now focused on the 25 pieces of metal, recovered from bodies and debris from the ill-fated plane, to identify the missile that blew the plane apart.

Ukraine Army says repelled rebel assault on Donetsk airport

The Ukrainian military said on Saturday its forces had repelled an insurgent attack on the airport in the eastern separatist stronghold of Donetsk, despite an eight-day ceasefire.

'Several lorries in Russian aid convoy arrive in Ukraine's Luhansk'
'Several lorries in Russian aid convoy arrive in Ukraine's Luhansk'

All 200 lorries in Russian humanitarian aid convoy, waiting for their turn to undergo customs proceedings, arrived in the rebel-held eastern Ukraine, as per Russian media reports on Saturday.

'MH17 crash could have been averted had airlines been alerted about missiles in Ukraine'

According to the CEO of Emirates airline Tim Clark, Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crash could have been prevented if airlines had been informed about the missiles in eastern Ukraine.