Russia keeps its powder dry as Ukraine votes

As war-weary Ukraine prepares to vote in a snap parliamentary election on Sunday, its former master Russia stands by for once apparently unable to influence the outcome.

Russia blocks expansion of Ukraine border checkpoints: US

The US ambassador to the OSCE said Moscow continued to block the expansion of the checkpoint observation mission on the Russia-Ukraine border, hindering the monitoring that was agreed in a peace plan to end hostilities.

Russia spy plane intercepted in NATO airspace: Alliance

NATO fighter jets intercepted a Russian spy plane over the Baltic Sea after it breached Estonian airspace, the alliance said today in the latest of such incidents amid tensions with Moscow over Ukraine.

Ukraine lacks sufficient gas for winter: PM

 Ukraine`s Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk Wednesday said his country lacks sufficient natural gas for winter.

Tortured and jailed, Ukrainian women run for office

One was humiliated and beaten by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, the other arrested and shipped off to Moscow, where she has been incarcerated in a psychiatric hospital. 

Poroshenko, Putin stress value of ceasefire in East Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin underlined the importance of ceasefire in eastern Ukraine during a phone conversation Tuesday, Ukrainian presidential press service said.

High-stakes Russia-Ukraine-EU gas talks begin in Brussels

Russia, Ukraine and the EU began crunch gas talks on Tuesday to resolve a bitter price dispute and end fears that Moscow could halt crucial energy supplies to Europe this winter.

Ukraine vows to probe banned `cluster bomb` charges

Ukraine`s Western-backed leadership vowed on Tuesday to conduct a full enquiry into allegations the army used banned "cluster bombs" in its push against pro-Russian insurgents in the separatist east.

Ukraine vote candidate survives gun and grenade attack: Party

A Ukrainian election candidate allied to the prime minister was shot at and came under a grenade attack as he left his home late on Monday, and only survived because he was wearing body armour, his party said.

Blast rocks Donetsk in east Ukraine

A powerful explosion near a munitions factory rocked the rebel-held city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Monday, breaking windows several kilometers (miles) away, but there was no word of any casualties.

Ukraine parliament says hundreds dead in battle

A report by Ukraine's parliament revealed today that more than 300 soldiers were killed during a weeks-long battle that marked a crushing setback in the military campaign to root out pro-Russian separatist forces in the east.

Powerful explosion rocks rebel-held Ukrainian city

A powerful explosion has shaken the largest rebel-controlled city in eastern Ukraine as daily battles continue in the region despite a nominal cease-fire being in place.

Ukraine says goodbye Lenin as Communists face poll wipeout

Ever since Oleksiy Baburin`s Stalin statue in southeastern Ukraine was bombed, he has been hiding it behind heavy metal blinds. Now the Communist lawmaker says his entire party is under attack.

Dutch MH17 relative visits Ukraine crash site: Report

A Dutch relative of a victim of downed flight MH17 has travelled to the crash site in eastern Ukraine to search for the remains of his missing cousin, Dutch television reported Sunday.

Ukraine, Russia see imminent end to latest gas war
Ukraine, Russia see imminent end to latest gas war

Ukraine and Russia stood on the verge today of resolving their latest gas war in time to keep the war-scarred nation and EU clients warm through the winter months.

Facts about Ukraine`s snap parliamentary poll

Ukraine`s snap general election on October 26 is seen as a key test for the war-torn nation as voters replace lawmakers allied to Kremlin-backed former president Viktor Yanukovych, ousted in February.

Ukraine set to cement shift West in wartime vote

 War-weary Ukrainians pick a powerful new parliament next Sunday set to be dominated by pro-Western and nationalist forces who will determine if President Petro Poroshenko can make peace with the Kremlin while holding on to the separatist east.

Meet world's strongest man who can pull 12 ton bus with his teeth

A man from Ukraine, who is a real life Hercules, is probably world`s strongest man, as he can pull a double-decker 12 ton bus with his teeth.

Ukraine's Poroshenko says winter gas price deal agreed with Russia

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko confirmed that an agreement has been reached with Russia on a provisional price for gas deliveries during the coming winter months.

Soldiers' rights activist jailed in Russia

A Russian rights group says an activist who investigated the deaths and disappearances of Russian soldiers in Ukraine has been jailed.