Putin to be notable absence from Ukraine crisis talks in Berlin

 The heads of Germany and France will meet Kiev`s pro-Western leader in Berlin on Monday for Ukrainian crisis talks most notable for their diplomatically-charged exclusion of Russia`s Vladimir Putin.

Russia`s top court upholds decree to classify army losses

Russia`s Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a Kremlin decree to classify troop deaths during peace time, seen as an attempt to cover up Moscow`s role in the Ukraine crisis.

Hollande, Putin reach accord on cancelled warship deal

French President Francois Hollande`s office said Wednesday he had reached an agreement with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on compensation for failing to deliver two Mistral warships over the Ukraine crisis.

 

Russia says deal reached with France on warship compensation

Russia has reached a compensation deal with France for the non-delivery of two Mistral warships, a Kremlin aide has said, but Paris on Friday refused to confirm an agreement.

Four civilians reported killed in Ukraine fighting
Four civilians reported killed in Ukraine fighting

Four civilians were killed in intense shelling attacks between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian rebels in the separatist east of the war-torn state, officials from both sides said today.

Hollande, Merkel, Putin, Poroshenko for Ukraine truce

The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine have called for a "strict respect of engagements" pledged in a peace deal to end the Ukraine crisis, the French presidency said of the first four-way talks in more than two months.

Russia says sanctions unfounded, sticks to policy of reciprocity
Russia says sanctions unfounded, sticks to policy of reciprocity

 Russia believes that Western sanctions are unfounded, the Kremlin spokesman said on Monday after the European Union decided to extend sanctions to Jan. 31, 2016, over Moscow`s role in the Ukraine crisis.

Vladimir Putin says Ukraine crisis not of Russia's making

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the crisis in Ukraine is not of its making, but it has been able to overcome the economic fallout which emerged from it.

Russia to prolong embargo if EU extends sanctions: Minister
Russia to prolong embargo if EU extends sanctions: Minister

 Moscow will extend its embargo on European Union agricultural products but is unlikely to go further if the EU extends sanctions as expected, economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev said Thursday.

EU envoys agree to extend Russia sanctions to January 2016: Sources
EU envoys agree to extend Russia sanctions to January 2016: Sources

 EU member states agreed Wednesday to extend damaging economic sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis by another six months to the end of January 2016, European sources said.

French, German, Russian, Ukrainian FMs to meet Tuesday in Paris: France
French, German, Russian, Ukrainian FMs to meet Tuesday in Paris: France

The foreign ministers of France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia are set to hold talks next week in Paris over the crisis in eastern Ukraine, the French foreign ministry said Wednesday.

Thousands protest in Germany ahead of G7 summit
Thousands protest in Germany ahead of G7 summit

One year after Russia was ousted out of G7 summit, US President Barcak Obama is set to urge the Group of Seven leaders to maintain the sanctions on Moscow in wake of escalating Ukraine conflict.

Armenia, Belarus baulk at Riga summit declaration: Sources

 Armenia and Belarus are holding up agreement on a joint declaration at the EU-Eastern Partnership summit over references to Russia`s annexation of Crimea last year, diplomatic sources said Thursday.

John Kerry to meet with Putin in Russia

Top US diplomat John Kerry will head to Russia on Monday for his first visit in two years to meet President Vladimir Putin, as American ties with Moscow have plunged over the Ukraine crisis.

Heartbreak and tears as Russians unable to repay dollar loans

Yekaterina Kolotovkina choked back tears as she told how her world collapsed within a few short months.

Heartbreak and tears as Russians unable to repay dollar loans

Yekaterina Kolotovkina choked back tears as she told how her world collapsed within a few short months.

Two soldiers, one rebel killed in east Ukraine fighting

 Two soldiers and a pro-Russian rebel were killed in the last 24 hours in eastern Ukraine where isolated clashes continue in breach of a truce to end the yearlong war, officials on both sides said Wednesday.

Two bomb blasts in Ukraine`s Kharkiv, no casualties: Official

Two bomb attacks early Tuesday shook Ukraine`s second city Kharkiv, near the Russian border and the frontline of the country`s war, causing some damage but no casualties.

Russia quits arms treaty consulting group amid tensions with West

Russia said Tuesday it was suspending its participation in a consulting group on a conventional arms treaty for Europe, the latest sign of deep tensions with the West.

Kerry to meet Russia`s Lavrov for talks on Ukraine crisis

US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Geneva for talks on the Ukraine crisis Monday, less than a week after accusing Moscow of lying to his face over the conflict.