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Russian, German, French, Ukrainian presidents talk Ukraine on the phone

The presidents of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine held a joint phone call on Wednesday to discuss the situation in Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Putin moves to scrap option to invade Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday asked lawmakers to revoke a resolution allowing him to invade Ukraine in a shock turnabout that Kiev hailed as his "first practical step" towards helping defuse the crisis. 

Fighting strains Ukraine ceasefire, Putin urges dialogue

Fighting flared between Ukrainian and pro-Moscow separatist forces, both sides reported on Sunday, further straining a unilateral ceasefire declared by Ukraine as Russian President Vladimir Putin pressed Kiev to talk to the rebels.

Clashes in Ukraine puts ceasefire under pressure

Pro-Russian separatists attacked Ukrainian posts on the border with Russia and a military base and tried to storm an airforce base overnight into Saturday, government forces said, putting a Ukrainian unilateral ceasefire under pressure.

Open to gas talks if Ukraine repays debt: Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Moscow was ready to continue gas talks with Kiev if Ukraine fully paid down its debts for Russian gas supplies.

Obama unveils $1 bn package for eastern Europe

President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a $1 billion US security plan for eastern Europe aimed at allaying fears over a resurgent Kremlin and the escalating pro-Russian uprising in ex-Soviet Ukraine.

Insurgents in eastern Ukraine declare independence

Pro-Russia insurgents in Ukraine's Donetsk region declared independence on Monday and asked to join Russia - a day after holding a hastily arranged vote on separatism that Ukraine's government and its western allies said violated international law.

Russia marks Victory Day; Ukraine violence kills 20

President Vladimir Putin flew in to Crimea on Friday, marking the Soviet victory in World War Two and proclaiming the success of the peninsula’s seizure from a Ukraine that Russia says has been taken over by fascists.

Ukraine expands offensive against pro-Russians

Ukraine vowed on Sunday to broaden its operation against pro-Russian rebels as the crisis-hit country observed a second day of mourning after violence that left more than 50 people dead.

Timeline of the armed uprising in east Ukraine

The unrest started in the east and south of the former Soviet republic after pro-European protesters forced the Kremlin-backed government in Kiev from power on February 22.

Pro-Russian protesters storm state building in Lugansk

More than 3,000 pro-Russian protesters stormed the regional administration building in the eastern Ukraine city of Lugansk on Tuesday, AFP journalists at the scene reported.

Russia wants to start World War III: Ukraine PM

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk accused Russia on Friday of wanting to start World War Three by occupying Ukraine “militarily and politically”.

US warns Russia against 'expensive mistake'

The United States warned Russia Thursday against making an "expensive mistake" in Ukraine, as Moscow ordered new military exercises on its shared border after Kiev forces attacked pro-Kremlin rebels.

Ukraine crisis: US vows more sanctions on Russia

US secretary of state John Kerry told Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov in a telephone call on Tuesday that Washington would impose more sanctions on Russia if tensions did not de-escalate in eastern Ukraine, a senior US official said.

Russia warns US against further sanctions

Russia said its military is massed on Ukraine's doorstep and warned against further US sanctions as a deal struck with Washington appeared to stall because of intransigence by Moscow-backed rebels in the former Soviet republic.

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