New Ukraine peace talks to take place Friday

Belarus said that a new round of Ukrainian peace negotiations involving the warring sides and overseen by European and Russian envoys would be held on Friday in Minsk.

Russia warns West support for Kiev could lead to 'catastrophe'

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.

Ukraine used as wedge between Russia, EU: Kremlin official

 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).

Gorbachev warns of 'hot' war as Europe sets new Russia sanctions

Europe prepared Thursday to draft even tougher sanctions against Russia over Ukraine as ex-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev warned against the danger of an increasingly isolated Kremlin fighting back.

Poroshenko and US press Putin on Ukraine violence

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.

Russian minister urges Ukraine to maintain neutral status

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Ukraine must maintain a neutral status in order to prevent further division of the war-torn country.

US provides more aid to Ukraine, threatens to step up sanctions on Russia

  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.

Obama, Merkel want Russia held accountable for violence in Ukraine

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.

Poroshenko, US press Putin on Ukraine violence

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 government angered by threat of fresh EU sanctions on Russia

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.

23 killed in Ukraine fighting

Ukrainian troops and independence-seeking forces were locked in fierce fighting in eastern regions, killing at least 23 people, authorities said on Tuesday.

World leaders join last survivors in recalling Auschwitz
World leaders join last survivors in recalling Auschwitz

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.

More than 1,000 children living rough in Donetsk

About 1,100 children are living rough in underground shelters in Ukraine`s rebel-held eastern city of Donetsk, the UN children`s agency said on Tuesday.

Attempts to rewrite history `unacceptable`: Putin at Russia`s Auschwitz ceremony

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.

EU to consider new Russia sanctions over Ukraine

 European Union leaders have tasked their foreign ministers to consider a new wave of sanctions against Russia when they meet in Brussels Thursday, in the wake of fresh violence in eastern Ukraine.

Last survivors recall Auschwitz, ask if lessons learned

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.

Attackers knowingly targeted civilians in Mariupol, Ukraine: UN

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.

NATO criticises Russia, backs Ukraine at emergency meeting

NATO blamed Russian-backed separatists on Monday for a sharp escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine and called on Moscow to stop destabilising Ukraine.

Russian riot police raid Crimean Tatar TV channel

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.

Putin brands Ukraine army a NATO proxy as fighting flares

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.