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Sep 6, 2014

Leaders of Russia, Ukraine say ceasefire holding, more steps needed

KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – The presidents of Russia and Ukraine said on Saturday that a ceasefire between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists was holding up fairly well and they discussed urgent humanitarian aid for the shattered region.

Residents and combatants in eastern Ukraine welcomed the respite in a five-month conflict that has killed at least 2,600 people but said they did not expect it to last. They also each accused the enemy of using the truce to rebuild their forces.

Sep 6, 2014

Putin is under Satan’s influence: leader of Kiev Orthodox Church

KIEV (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin has fallen under the spell of Satan and faces eternal damnation unless he repents, a top Ukrainian clergyman said on Saturday in an unusually blunt statement that squarely blamed the Russian leader for the war in Ukraine.

Patriarch Filaret heads the Kiev Patriarchate, a branch of the Orthodox Church that broke away from Moscow in 1992 after the fall of the Soviet Union and the declaration of an independent Ukraine.

Sep 4, 2014

Battlefield losses, politics push Ukraine leader to seek peace

KIEV, Sept 4 (Reuters) – In a week that has confused many
Ukraine watchers, President Petro Poroshenko accused Moscow of
launching “direct and open aggression” against his country and
two days later said a peace process could begin as early as

As his office announced Poroshenko and Russia’s President
Vladimir Putin had reached agreement on a ceasefire in eastern
Ukraine – a statement swiftly denied by Moscow – Ukraine’s prime
minister added to the confusion by branding Russia a “terrorist
state” whose support for peace talks was just a sly ruse.

Sep 3, 2014

Putin unveils Ukraine ceasefire plan, France halts warship

KIEV/ULAN BATOR, Sept 3 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin
outlined plans for a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday
but Ukraine’s prime minister dismissed the proposal, while
France expressed its disapproval of Moscow’s support for
separatist forces by halting delivery of a warship.

After speaking to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko by
phone, Putin said he believed Kiev and pro-Russian separatists
could reach agreement at planned talks in Minsk on Friday.

Sep 3, 2014

Ukraine, Russia agree peace moves but fighting rages on

KIEV/ULAN BATOR (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday a deal to end fighting in eastern Ukraine could be reached this week, a clear attempt to show the West he was trying to deescalate the conflict despite renewed shelling.

After speaking with Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko, Putin said their views on ending the violence were “very close” and Kiev and the rebels could reach an agreement by Friday, much-needed respite for the Ukrainian leader battling a crumbling economy.

Sep 3, 2014

Ukraine PM says Russia “terrorist state”, energy supplies hit

KIEV, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseny
Yatseniuk on Wednesday branded Russia a “terrorist state” over
its actions in eastern Ukraine and reaffirmed Kiev’s desire to
join the NATO alliance, which will hold a two-day summit this

Yatseniuk also told a televised cabinet meeting that
pro-Russian separatists were deliberately targeting energy
infrastructure in eastern Ukraine and he detailed plans to
compensate lost supplies of both natural gas and coal.

Sep 3, 2014

Confusion as Ukraine and Russia announce progress towards peace

KIEV/MOSCOW, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Ukraine said on Wednesday
its president had agreed with Russia’s Vladimir Putin on steps
towards a “ceasefire regime” in Kiev’s conflict with pro-Russian
rebels, but the Kremlin denied any actual truce deal, sowing
confusion on the eve of a NATO summit.

“The parties reached mutual understanding on the steps that
will facilitate the establishment of peace,” said a statement by
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s office, replacing an
earlier statement that had spoken of a “permanent ceasefire”.

Jun 30, 2014

Bulgarian depositors withdraw more savings as crisis simmers

SOFIA, June 30 (Reuters) – Dozens of depositors withdrew
savings from Bulgaria’s third biggest bank on Monday despite
assurances from the government and the European Union that their
money was safe after a similar run shut down another major
lender last week.

Bulgarian authorities have arrested four people suspected of
trying to destabilise the banking system in a concerted phone
and Internet campaign during a crisis that has thrown a
spotlight on weak economic governance in the EU’s poorest state.

Jun 30, 2014

Bulgarian leaders appeal for public calm after bank runs

SOFIA, June 30 (Reuters) – Bulgaria’s leaders have appealed
to citizens not to panic and withdraw their savings when banks
reopen on Monday, following runs on two major lenders that have
raised concerns for the Balkan country’s financial stability.

The runs on Corporate Commercial Bank (Corpbank)
and First Investment Bank, Bulgaria’s fourth and third
largest lenders respectively, pose the biggest challenge for the
European Union’s poorest member state in nearly two decades.

Jun 29, 2014

President tells Bulgarians after bank runs: “Your money is safe”

SOFIA, June 29 (Reuters) – Bulgaria’s president reassured
citizens on Sunday that their savings were safe and fully
guaranteed by the state, in a message backed by the central bank
and main political parties following a run on two major banks.

The bank runs have stoked fears for the financial stability
of the European Union’s poorest member state and authorities are
keen to show Bulgarians they are fully in control of the
situation before banks reopen on Monday.

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      "I lead a team of around 20 journalists in Warsaw, including text reporters writing in English and in Polish, photographers and a small TV crew. I joined Reuters 20 years ago and Warsaw is my seventh assignment. I have also worked in Tokyo, Moscow, London, Brussels, Ankara and Sofia."
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