China's Xi repeats calls for political solution for Ukraine

Chinese President Xi Jinping has repeated a call for the crisis in Ukraine to be resolved politically via an inclusive dialogue, during talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, China`s Foreign Ministry said.

Russia has drawn up new anti-Western sanctions: Putin aide

 Moscow has drawn up new anti-Western sanctions targeting imports of second-hand cars and consumer goods, President Vladimir Putin`s economic aide said Thursday, as the EU agreed to slap new punitive measures on Russia.

Putin, Poroshenko agree on aid delivery to Ukraine by railway
Putin, Poroshenko agree on aid delivery to Ukraine by railway

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he has agreed with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on the proposal of delivering humanitarian assistance to southeastern Ukraine by train.

Vladimir Putin says hopeful Russia won't lose right to host 2018 World Cup
Vladimir Putin says hopeful Russia won't lose right to host 2018 World Cup

 President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he hoped Russia would not lose the right to host the 2018 soccer World Cup following Western calls to stop the country staging the tournament.

Merkel urges Putin to stop sending arms, advisors to Ukraine

Merkel expressed "concern about the situation in eastern Ukraine", her spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement. 

Garry Kasparov bid fails as chess body`s boss re-elected

Former world champion Garry Kasparov failed in his bid to oust the eccentric longtime head of the World Chess Federation in a bitter contest steeped in Russian power plays.

Vladimir Putin signs law seen as crimping social media

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday signed a law requiring Internet companies to store all personal data of Russian users at data centres in Russia.

Ukraine`s deal with EU may have serious consequences: Putin

As Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova signed partnership agreements with the European Union Friday, Russia said the move will have "serious consequences".

Poroshenko hails Putin reversal on Ukraine intervention

Ukraine`s new Western-backed leader on Tuesday called Russian President Vladimir Putin`s request for lawmakers to revoke a resolution allowing him to invade his western neighbour "the first practical step" toward peace.

Putin hopes for ceasefire, nationwide dialogue in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday expressed hope that Ukrainian authorities would stop violence and start a national dialogue without delay, reportedly.

Russia withdrawing troops from Ukraine border: US

Russia has withdrawn "several thousand" military personnel from the Ukrainian border in the past few days but tens of thousands of soldiers remain deployed in the region, a US defense official said Tuesday.

Stop destabilising Ukraine: US to Vladimir Putin

The US on Monday called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop "destabilising" Ukraine, expressing concern over several escalatory moves over the weekend.

Putin, Merkel back Ukraine OSCE mission in phone call: Kremlin

Russia`s President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced their support for an OSCE observer mission to Ukraine, in a telephone conversation today, the Kremlin said.

Putin has `lost Ukraine for good` says Tymoshenko

Russian president Vladimir Putin has "lost Ukraine for good" with his move to annex Crimea, former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko said Friday in her first live television appearance since returning to the country.

Ukraine boxing champ urges Putin to avoid `mistakes of history`

Heavyweight boxing champion Vladimir Klitschko urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday not to "repeat the mistakes of history" in his confrontation with Ukraine, the boxer`s homeland.

Putin opens Paralympics as protest staged over Crimea crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin opened the Winter Paralympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Friday and was immediately confronted by an emotional Ukrainian protest on a politically-charged night.

Ukraine`s Stakhovsky torn by turmoil in homeland

Ukraine`s Sergiy Stakhovsky is finding it hard to focus on tennis these days.

Russia celebrates as curtain falls on Putin`s Games

Sochi`s $50 billion Olympics, closely interwoven with President Vladimir Putin`s image and plagued by controversy in the build-up, closed on Sunday with bold praise and Russia supreme on top of the medals table.

S.Koreans blame Putin, bias for `Queen Yuna` loss

South Koreans blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin and biased judging at the Sochi Games after their top skater Kim Yuna was denied back-to-back Olympic golds by Russia`s Adelina Sotnikova.

Omnipresent Putin keeps IOC `very happy`

Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to be everywhere at the Sochi Olympics these days, whether it is the competition venues, team headquarters or even posing for pictures with sports fans and volunteers.