Fighting underway in centre of rebel-held Ukrainian city of Luhansk: Military

Fighting was taking place on Tuesday in the centre of Luhansk, near Ukraine`s border with Russia, between government forces and separatist rebels who have held the town since April, a Ukrainian military spokesman said.

`Dozens` killed in rebel strike on refugee convoy: Ukraine

Ukraine accused pro-Russian rebels of killing dozens of civilians fleeing the war-torn east on Monday, as crisis talks between Kiev and Moscow failed to halt months of bloodshed.

Merkel calls Russia sanctions over Ukraine `necessary`

erman Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday said the European Union`s sanctions against Russia were "unfortunately necessary" to convey that the West was serious in its stance on the Ukraine crisis.

Russia says agreement reached on aid to Ukraine but not on ceasefire

Russia on Monday said all objections to it sending a humanitarian convoy to Ukraine had been resolved but said no progress had been made in Berlin talks toward a ceasefire between government and rebel forces in the east of the country.

`Russia may ban import of cars if West applies new sanctions`

Following Russia`s stand off over Ukraine, Western nations imposed sanctions on Moscow including on its financial and energy sectors, and put dozens of Russians close to President Vladimir Putin on a sanctions list.

Ukrainian forces press rebels in overnight fighting: Military

A military statement said it suspected the rebels had fired back with a powerful Russian-made Uragan missile system south east of Donetsk near the village of Novokaterinivka, their first use of the weapon. 

Ukraine says its troops make breakthrough in rebel stronghold

Ukrainian forces have raised their national flag over a police station in the city of Luhansk which was for months under rebel control, Kiev said on Sunday, in what could be a breakthrough in Ukraine`s efforts to crush pro-Moscow separatists.

Ukraine crisis: Crucial talks “difficult” but made “progress”, says Germany

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that the crucial talks in Berlin over the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukarine were “difficult” but made “progress”, as per news reports on Monday.

Ukraine talks `difficult` but `some progress`: Steinmeier

Ukraine crisis talks in Berlin were "difficult" but made "some progress", German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has said after meeting with his Ukrainian, Russian and French counterparts.

NATO would respond militarily to Crimea-style infiltration: General

If Russia tries to infiltrate troops into a NATO country, even out of official military uniform as it did before it annexed Ukraine`s Crimea, NATO will respond militarily, the alliance`s top commander said in an interview published on Sunday. 

Moscow denies weapon transfer to Ukrainian insurgents

The Kremlin on Sunday said Russia is not sending any military equipment to militia in eastern Ukraine.

Women bearing aid desperate to enter Ukraine as thousands flee

Heads resting on their bags as they wait in stifling heat in their van, 11 women sit stranded at the Ukrainian border as a dispute over a mammoth Russian aid convoy blocks their mission to reach relatives stuck inside besieged Lugansk.

Red Cross says waiting to start checks of Russian aid convoy

The Red Cross on Sunday said its officials had arrived at an area where a mammoth Russian aid convoy is parked close to Ukraine`s border but were still waiting to start official inspections.

Rebels down warplane ahead of Russia, Ukraine meeting

Pro-Russian rebels on Sunday shot down a Ukrainian fighter jet ahead of urgent talks between Kiev and Moscow`s top diplomats to defuse tensions over fighting in the east of the ex-Soviet nation.

Rebels shoot down Ukrainian fighter jet over east Ukraine: Kiev

Pro-Russian separatists on Sunday shot down a Ukrainian fighter jet over the war-torn east of the country, a military spokesman told AFP.

Scramble to defuse Ukraine tensions as deal nears on aid convoy

Moscow and Kiev`s foreign ministers geared up for an urgent meeting with their French and German counterparts Sunday as Ukraine`s boasts that it had destroyed a small military convoy from Russia ramped up the stakes.

West warns Russia over Ukraine as aid waits in limbo

Ukraine`s crisis entered dangerous new territory on Saturday with Kiev claiming its forces destroyed a Russian military convoy, while the US warned Moscow over its "provocative" efforts at destabilisation.

China`s Xi calls for a political solution to ease Ukraine crisis

China`s President Xi Jinping on Saturday called for a political solution for the Ukraine crisis to avoid confrontations, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Skirmishes in Ukraine but no sign of conflict widening

Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists fought skirmishes near the Russian border on Saturday but there was no sign of the conflict widening after Kiev said it partially destroyed an armoured column that had crossed the border from Russia.

West faces tough choices if Russia, Ukraine fight

If Russia and Ukraine slide into outright war, the United States and allies will face tough choices on how to support a friendly state they have no intention of making a full NATO member.