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Sep 26, 2014

Serbia turns to Hungary for gas as its inflows from Russia down

NOVI SAD, Serbia, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Serbia’s chief gas
distributor said it hoped to reserve 200 million cubic metres
(mcm) of gas in neighbouring Hungary for the coming winter,
while its own inflows of Russian gas were down by 20 percent for
a third day on Friday.

Serbia, heading for the beginning of its winter heating
season next month, risks finding itself on the front line as
Russia reduces the supply of gas to Europe. The Balkan country’s
energy sector is already under strain since major flooding in
May inundated a coal mine supplying its biggest power plant.

Sep 16, 2014

Main owner of Bulgaria’s Corpbank surrenders in Serbia-source

BELGRADE, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Tsvetan Vassilev, the majority
owner of Bulgaria’s troubled Corporate Commercial Bank
(Corpbank), surrendered on Tuesday to police in Serbia on an
international arrest warrant for embezzlement, a senior source
at Serbia’s interior ministry said.

Corpbank has been at the centre of Bulgaria’s worst
banking crisis since the 1990s, after a run on deposits in June
prompted the central bank to seize the lender, the country’s
fourth biggest, and close its operations.

Sep 16, 2014

Balkans hit by fresh flooding; three dead

BELGRADE (Reuters) – One person died in Serbia and authorities scrambled to evacuate hundreds of others from villages threatened by rising rivers, officials said on Tuesday, in scenes recalling the devastating May flooding that killed dozens.

The Serbian government has declared a state of emergency in three eastern municipalities along the River Danube – Kladovo, Negotin and Majdanpek – after several days of heavy rainfall.

Sep 10, 2014

Frontline city in east Ukraine imposes tough new security measures

MARIUPOL Ukraine (Reuters) – Pro-Kiev authorities in Mariupol, a frontline city in the conflict between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists, announced on Wednesday a night curfew and other restrictions for nearby towns and villages to help control rebel movements during a fragile ceasefire.

Some locals complained that the measures – which do not apply to the city of Mariupol itself – amounted to “undeclared martial law”; but others deemed them a necessary step enabling Ukrainian authorities to better monitor the shaky five-day ceasefire and prevent rebels exploiting it.

Sep 9, 2014

Ukraine death toll edges up despite ceasefire

KIEV/MARIUPOL Ukraine (Reuters) – Four Ukrainian servicemen have been killed since the start of a ceasefire between government forces and pro-Russian separatists last Friday in eastern Ukraine, a defense ministry official was quoted on Tuesday as saying.

The ceasefire is part of a peace plan intended to end a five-month-old conflict the United Nations says has killed more than 3,000 people. It has also caused the sharpest confrontation between Russia and the West since the Cold War.

Sep 9, 2014

Ukraine president visits frontline city amid ‘shaky’ ceasefire

MARIUPOL/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko visited the eastern port of Mariupol on Monday and promised to deal a “crushing defeat” to pro-Russian rebels massed on the edge of town if they tried to advance in violation of a ceasefire agreement.

“I have ordered (the military) to secure the defense of Mariupol with howitzers, multiple rocket launchers, tanks, anti-tank weapons and air cover,” Poroshenko told a crowd of steel workers in the port on the Sea of Azov near the Russian border.

Sep 8, 2014

‘Shaky’ Ukraine ceasefire holding, president to visit frontline city

MARIUPOL/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – A ceasefire struck between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists was largely holding on Monday in eastern Ukraine, although Kiev accused the rebels of sporadic violations overnight, especially near the port of Mariupol.

The ceasefire, which took effect on Friday evening, is part of a peace plan intended to end a five-month conflict the United Nations’ human rights envoy said on Monday had killed more than 3,000 people. It has also caused the sharpest confrontation between Russia and the West since the Cold War.

Sep 8, 2014

Ceasefire in east Ukraine frays, woman killed by shelling

DONETSK/MARIUPOL Ukraine (Reuters) – A woman died and at least four people were wounded when fighting flared again in eastern Ukraine overnight into Sunday, jeopardizing a ceasefire struck less than two days earlier between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists.

The accord, brokered by envoys from Ukraine, the separatist leadership, Russia and Europe’s OSCE security watchdog, is part of a peace plan intended to end a five-month conflict that has killed nearly 3,000 people and caused the sharpest confrontation between Russia and the West since the Cold War.

Sep 7, 2014

Renewed shelling in two cities threatens Ukraine ceasefire

DONETSK/MARIUPOL Ukraine (Reuters) – Shelling erupted in eastern Ukraine’s strategic port Mariupol and its biggest city Donetsk overnight, threatening a ceasefire struck less than two days earlier between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists.

The ceasefire, brokered by envoys from Ukraine, the separatist leadership, Russia and Europe’s OSCE security watchdog on Friday in Minsk, is part of a peace plan intended to end a five-month conflict that has killed nearly 3,000 people.

Sep 7, 2014

Artillery attack challenges ceasefire in east Ukraine

KIEV/MARIUPOL Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukrainian government forces came under artillery fire late on Saturday near the strategic port of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine, in the first serious violation of a ceasefire declared only about 30 hours earlier.

The presidents of Russia and Ukraine had earlier said the ceasefire, part of a peace road-map intended to end five months of conflict, was largely holding across eastern Ukraine, where Kiev’s forces have been battling pro-Russian separatists.