Articles tagged 'ukraine'

Putin announces Ukraine ceasefire 12 February 2015 MOSCOW - A ceasefire will begin in eastern Ukraine on 15 February, Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced. "We have managed to agree on the main issues," he said following marathon talks involving Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, as well the leaders of France and Germany. Frenc...
Russia criticised over Ukraine crisis 4 September 2014 WALES - Western leaders have criticised Russia for its "destabilising" influence on the crisis in Ukraine, at the start of a Nato summit in Wales. Nato and the UK warned that pressure on Russia would be increased if it did not change course in eastern Ukraine. Prior to the summit, Ukraine's...
'Returning to Ukraine risky' 23 July 2014 LONDON - The Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa says he and his fellow players who refused to return to the Ukrainian champions did so because the conflict in the country puts their lives at risk. Costa and five other South American players refused to travel with the rest of the team to...
Shakhtar players refuse to return 22 July 2014 LONDON - Shakhtar Donetsk’s owner has confirmed six players have refused to return to Ukraine for the new season as conflict rages around the club’s home city. Brazilians Douglas Costa, Fred, Dentinho, Alex Teixiera and Ismaily plus Argentine striker Facundo Ferreyra remained in France followi...
Putin orders Ukraine border pullout 19 May 2014 MOSCOW - Russia's President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops near Ukraine's border to withdraw, the Kremlin says. Units in the Rostov, Belgorod and Bryansk regions should return to their permanent bases, a statement said. Russia has made similar statements in the past, only for Nato to rep...
Ukraine rebels hold 'self-rule' vote 11 May 2014 KIEV - Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine's two eastern regions are holding "self-rule" referendums - a move condemned by the Ukrainian government and the West. BBC correspondents at polling stations report chaotic scenes, no voting booths in places and no electoral register. Self-proclaime...
Russia in new Ukraine attack threat 23 April 2014 MOSCOW - Russia will respond if its interests in Ukraine are attacked, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said, drawing a parallel with the 2008 Georgian war. Speaking to Russian state TV channel RT, Mr Lavrov also accused the US of "running the show" in Ukraine. It was "quite telling" that...
Fresh pro-Russian attack in Ukraine 14 April 2014 KIEV - Pro-Russian activists have attacked another official building in east Ukraine, ignoring a deadline to leave or face eviction by Ukrainian forces. A crowd stormed a police station in the town of Horlivka, near Donetsk, taking control of the building. Ukraine's interim president hit ou...
Russia warns Ukraine of civil war 8 April 2014 KIEV - Russia's Foreign Ministry warned Kiev on Tuesday that any use of force in Ukraine's eastern region could lead to civil war, as Ukraine's government seeks to regain control after pro-Moscow uprisings in three cities. Pro-Russia protesters seized government buildings, raised Russian flags...
Nato to step up pressure on Russia 1 April 2014 BRUSSELS - Nato foreign ministers are due to discuss ways to help Ukraine and reassure allies in Eastern Europe, at a meeting in Brussels. It is the first time ministers from the 28 member states of the alliance have convened since Russia's takeover of Crimea caused a diplomatic crisis. Nat...
Ukraine crisis: Kerry rejects Putin meeting 11 March 2014 WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State John Kerry has rejected an offer of talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin until Moscow engages with US proposals to tackle the crisis in Ukraine. Mr Kerry told his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that Moscow's military intervention in Crimea had made ...
Crimea parliament asks to join Russia 6 March 2014 MOSCOW - MPs in Crimea have asked Moscow to allow the southern Ukrainian region to become part of the Russian Federation. Parliament said if its request was granted, Crimean citizens could give their view in a referendum on 16 March. A government minister in Kiev said it would be unconstitu...
Putin: Russia force only 'last resort' in Ukraine 4 March 2014 MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin says there is no need yet to send Russian troops into Ukraine. But Russia reserves the right to use "all means" to protect citizens in eastern Ukraine, Mr Putin said. He denied Russian troops had besieged Ukrainians based in Crimea - they were pro-R...
Ukraine crisis: Obama urges Putin to recall troops 2 March 2014 WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama has told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that Russia has flouted international law by sending troops to Ukraine. In a 90-minute telephone conversation, Mr Obama urged the Russian leader to pull forces back to bases in Crimea. Mr Putin responded ...
Ex-Ukraine president 'seeks Russia protection' 27 February 2014 KIEV - Deposed Ukraine president Yanukovych calls on Russia to ensure his personal safety.
Ukraine arrest warrant for ex-President 24 February 2014 KIEV - Ukraine has issued a warrant for the arrest of ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, the interim interior minister has announced. Arsen Avakov said on Facebook that a criminal case had been opened against Mr Yanukovych and other officials over "mass murder of peaceful citizens". MPs vo...
At least 21 protesters dead in Ukraine clashes 20 February 2014 KIEV - At least 21 protesters have been reported killed by security forces in Kiev following the breakdown of a truce agreed on Wednesday. Witnesses have told the BBC that some died as a result of single gunshot wounds, typical of sniper fire. Officials said that one policeman had died and ...
Ukraine protesters quit 16 February 2014 KIEV - Ukraine protesters are vacating city hall in Kiev, the symbolic centre of prolonged anti-government demonstrations, eyewitnesses say. "City hall is almost completely evacuated", opposition spokesman Ruslan Andriyko told AFP. The government had promised to drop all charges against dem...
Ukraine protesters rebuild barricades 12 December 2013 KIEV - Undeterred by an overnight crackdown by authorities, protesters in the center of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, rebuilt barricades Wednesday that had been torn down hour earlier by riot police. As the day continued, police pulled back from the city's Independence Square, or Maidan, and th...
France, Portugal face night of nerves 19 November 2013 LONDON - France and Portugal, two of Europe's footballing heavyweights, face a fraught test of nerves Tuesday night with their places at the 2014 World Cup finals at stake. France, the 1998 world champions, are 2-0 down to Ukraine after the first leg of their play-off ahead of the return in Pa...
France must not be scared - Ribery 12 November 2013 PARIS - Franck Ribery believes he is having the best year of his career and says France should not be scared by the prospect of their two-legged World Cup playoff against Ukraine. The 30-year-old Ribery, widely regarded as one of the main contenders for the Fifa Player of the Year award, is ex...