Russia`s envoy to the European security watchdog OSCE urged the United States and Europe on Thursday to stop supporting the "party of war" in Ukraine and warned "catastrophe" could result, Interfax news agency reported.
Chief of Russia`s presidential staff, Sergey Ivanov, said Thursday that in the current political situation, Ukraine is being used as a battering ram in attempts to drive a wedge between Russia and the European Union (EU).
Ukraine's president appealed to Russia's Vladimir Putin and Washington threatened tougher measures today should Moscow fail to rein in separatist fighters mounting a new offensive in the east of the ex-Soviet republic.
The United States signed an agreement on Wednesday to provide $2 billion in loan guarantees to help war-torn Ukraine with "near-term social spending" in 2015 and said it was prepared to step up economic sanctions against Russia if necessary.
US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed their concern about Russia`s role in rising violence in eastern Ukraine in a phone call late on Tuesday and agreed on the need for funds to stabilise the Ukrainian economy.
Ukraine`s President appealed to Russia`s Vladimir Putin and Washington threatened tougher measures on Wednesday should Moscow fail to rein in separatist fighters mounting a new offensive in the east of the ex-Soviet republic.
Greece`s new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras distanced himself Tuesday from a threat by EU leaders to impose further sanctions on Russia over the war in Ukraine, saying Athens was not consulted about the warning.
World leaders joined around 300 Auschwitz survivors at the site of the former Nazi death camp on Tuesday to mark 70 years since its liberation by Soviet troops, an anniversary held in the shadow of war in Ukraine and a rise in anti-Semitism in Europe.
President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday slammed what he called attempts to rewrite history as he presided over a politically sensitive ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops.
Around 300 survivors of the Auschwitz death camp were gathering on Tuesday to mark 70 years since its liberation by Soviet troops, joined by world leaders for a commemoration held in the shadow of war in Ukraine and a rise in anti-Semitism in Europe.
Whoever carried out last weekend`s deadly rocket attacks on the government-held port city of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine intentionally targeted civilians, which would constitute a war crime, a senior UN official said on Monday.
Masked Russian riot police on Monday raided the office of a television channel serving Crimean Tatars, a minority ethnic group in Crimea that opposed Moscow`s seizure of the peninsula from Ukraine last year.
President Vladimir Putin on Monday ridiculed the Ukrainian army as NATO`s "foreign legion", ignoring Western pressure on the Kremlin to rein in a pro-Russian insurgency that has gone on the offensive across eastern Ukraine.