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2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine

MH17 investigation says jet was shot down by Russian missile: Report

In what may spell fresh trouble for Russia, the investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines jet MH17 has found pro-Russian rebels responsible for shooting the plane down a year ago, the CNN says.

Jul 16, 2015, 11:33 AM IST

 Putin's confrontation with West ''artificial'': Dissident Khodorkovsky

 Russian President Vladimir Putin`s confrontation with the West is "artificial" and aimed at protecting Russia`s ruling elite and distracting attention from a corrupt system, a former Russian oil tycoon said on Wednesday.

Jun 18, 2015, 17:49 PM IST

Russia may be readying for new Ukraine offensive: NATO commander

Russia`s military may be taking advantage of a recent lull in fighting in eastern Ukraine to lay the groundwork for a new military offensive, NATO`s top commander told the U.S. Congress on Thursday.

May 01, 2015, 03:22 AM IST

Kiev says Putin open to peacekeeping mission in east Ukraine

The Ukrainian presidency today said Russian President Vladimir Putin was open to the deployment of a peacekeeping mission in war-torn eastern Ukraine, after the leaders of both countries spoke by phone with their French and German counterparts.

May 01, 2015, 00:48 AM IST

Six Ukrainian soldiers killed in last 24 hours: Military

 Six soldiers were killed in separatist-held eastern Ukraine in the last 24 hours as fighting flared up again despite a fragile ceasefire, military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said Tuesday.

Apr 14, 2015, 16:37 PM IST

Amnesty accuses pro-Russian rebels of summarily killing captured Ukrainian soldiers

Amnesty International has claimed that it has evidence proving torture in captivity and execution-style killings of four Ukrainian troops at the hands of pro-Russian armed groups.

Apr 09, 2015, 11:45 AM IST

Key players in Ukraine conflict

From Ukraine`s war-torn Donetsk and Lugansk regions to Kiev, Moscow and the capitals of Western Europe, here are some of the key players in the year-long conflict that has claimed over 6,000 lives in east Ukraine. The Russian president, 62, is accused by Kiev and the West of masterminding the pro-Moscow uprising in east Ukraine and sending in his troops to spearhead the fighting. 

Apr 05, 2015, 10:27 AM IST

Vladimir Putin is 'wrong' on improbability of war in Ukraine, says EU official

Even as a ceasefire agreed between pro-Russian rebels and Ukraine is hanging by a thread, with both sides struggling to abide by the terms, Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that a war will never happen.

Feb 24, 2015, 11:42 AM IST

'Putin is personally responsible for conflict in eastern Ukraine'

As the situation in eastern Ukraine refuses to cool down despite an agreed ceasefire in effect, Germany's foreign affairs has reportedly blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin to be "personally responsible" for the crisis in the eastern region of the ex-Soviet bloc, said Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council in a tweet.

Feb 19, 2015, 17:26 PM IST

Ukrainian troops pull out of Debaltseve as pro-Russia rebels take control

As pro-Russian rebels claimed to have taken control of embattled Ukrainian town of Debaltseve, Ukrainian troops reportedly began to pull out of the strategic town that is mired in severe clashes despite a ceasefire that came into effect on Sunday.

Feb 18, 2015, 15:11 PM IST

Pentagon to send weapons to Ukraine to fight Russia-backed rebels?

Ashton Carter, US President Barack Obama`s pick to be next defense secretary, has said that he is inclined to increase support to Ukraine by sending weapons to the country to help it fight Russia-backed rebels.

Feb 05, 2015, 15:59 PM IST

Five civilians dead as fresh battles rock east Ukraine`s Donetsk

Fresh clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels rocked Donetsk in the country`s war-torn east Wednesday, killing at least five civilians and wounding 29 others ahead of high-stakes pe

Jan 21, 2015, 13:54 PM IST

Ukraine PM says Russia sending troops, tanks to help rebels

As Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian rebels continue to be mired in an intense conflict with heavy artillery fire being exchanged around Donetsk airport, concerns over civilians getting caught up in the crossfire have mounted.

Jan 20, 2015, 09:49 AM IST

Ukraine warns of Russian military build-up as new violence rocks east

 Ukraine on Thursday renewed accusations of a Russian military build up on its border and approved fresh troop mobilisations as a wave of violence threatened all-out conflict in the country`s war-torn east.

Jan 15, 2015, 21:15 PM IST

Russian President Vladimir Putin 'not a genius, not so smart': Obama

Scoffing at Russia's plummeting economy in the aftermath of a host of sanctions imposed on it, US President Barack Obama has suggested that what the Russian leader Vladimir Putin did (with Crimea) was a “strategic mistake”.

Dec 30, 2014, 10:35 AM IST

`Difficult` Ukraine talks end without new date agreement

 Ukranian and rebel envoys concluded "difficult" marathon talks on Wednesday without agreeing the date of a new round aimed at ending the pro-Russian uprising devastating the ex-Soviet state`s industrial east.

Dec 25, 2014, 04:25 AM IST

Truce holds in Ukraine but next steps uncertain

A day-old ceasefire largely held along the bloodied frontline in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday but hopes of peace talks and pulling back heavy weaponry still hung in the balance. 

Dec 10, 2014, 21:04 PM IST

Ukraine military suspends combat operations on ''Day of Silence''

Ukrainian government forces suspended combat operations in the east on Tuesday in preparation for a `Day of Silence`, the Kiev military said, an effective truce on the front line of the conflict with separatist rebels.

Dec 09, 2014, 14:02 PM IST

Ukraine says Russians make up third of 30,000 rebel force

Ukraine`s military said Thursday it was fighting more than 30,000 rebel soldiers in the east of the country -- including up to 10,000 Russians and mercenaries from as far afield as Brazil.

Dec 04, 2014, 21:02 PM IST

US concerned about military build-up in Ukraine

The US is "very concerned" by intensified fighting and rebels` military build-up in eastern Ukraine, the White House said Sunday.

Nov 10, 2014, 10:54 AM IST