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Jan 21, 2015

Ukraine says its forces attacked by Russian troops

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was cutting short a foreign trip on Wednesday after Kiev accused Russian regular forces of attacking its troops in the country’s east.

The accusation against Moscow on Tuesday was one of the boldest assertions yet by Ukraine of direct Russian military involvement since the conflict between pro-Russian separatists and government forces began more than nine months ago.

Jan 20, 2015

Ukraine says its forces come under attack from Russian troops

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian army units came under attack from Russian regular forces in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday and heavy fighting was taking place, a Ukrainian military spokesman said.

The announcement at a specially called news briefing was one of the boldest assertions yet by Ukraine of direct Russian military involvement in the nine-month conflict between pro-Russian separatists and government forces.

Jan 20, 2015

Ukraine accuses separatists of abusing Minsk deal with land grab

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine on Tuesday accused pro-Russian separatists of taking advantage of a ceasefire deal signed last September to seize more territory in the east and said Kiev would demand its return in any future peace talks.

Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin’s charge that the rebels had seized more than 500 square km (194 square miles) beyond agreed separation lines opened up a potential new area of discord with Russia in diplomacy aimed at ending the nine-month-old conflict.

Jan 19, 2015

Separatists renew attack on airport as Russia and Ukraine bicker

KIEV (Reuters) – Pro-Russian separatists renewed attacks on Ukrainian forces at an airport complex in the east on Monday after Kiev launched a mass operation to reclaim lost ground there that Russia called a “strategic mistake”.

Ukrainian officials said three soldiers had been killed and 66 wounded over the past 24 hours, during which they said they had returned battle lines at the airport to the status quo under a much violated international peace plan.

Jan 16, 2015

Fighting rages at airport, new Ukraine peace talks elusive

KIEV (Reuters) – Fighting raged at the international airport in the big Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Friday as a fresh attempt to resume peace talks to end the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine failed.

Kiev officials said six Ukrainian soldiers were killed overnight and 18 wounded in attacks by separatists. A seventh soldier was killed on Friday near the airport, an official of the army general staff said.

Jan 14, 2015

New round of peace talks on Ukraine to be held soon – Kiev

KIEV (Reuters) – A new round of peace talks on the conflict in Ukraine’s east could be held in the next few days, Ukrainian officials said on Wednesday, even as Kiev called on the world to ostracise rebel forces over a deadly attack on a bus.

Under fire for perceived softness towards the pro-Russian rebels, President Petro Poroshenko took steps to refresh front-line troops with experienced veterans and revived plans to resume conscription, which was dropped in 2013.

Jan 14, 2015

Ukraine bus attack kills 12 as airport battle worsens

KIEV (Reuters) – A passenger bus came under heavy fire in eastern Ukraine, killing 12 people, Ukrainian authorities said, and fighting intensified around the international airport in the city of Donetsk as separatists tried to oust government forces.

The latest violence flared on Tuesday after Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany scrapped plans for a summit in Kazakhstan this week because of the failure to implement a four-month-old ceasefire agreement.

Jan 13, 2015

Shelling hits Ukraine bus, killing 10, as airport battle worsens

KIEV (Reuters) – Shelling hit a passenger bus in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people, and fighting intensified around the international airport in the city of Donetsk as separatists tried to oust government forces.

The bus attack near the town of Volnovakha south of Donetsk, which is the heart of a nine-month-old separatist conflict, further deflated peace hopes after talks between Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany ended without notable progress on Monday. Pro-Russian rebels seized parts of eastern Ukraine after Kiev’s Moscow-backed president was toppled by popular unrest.

Dec 10, 2014

Ukraine envoy rules out new round of peace talks soon

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s military on Wednesday reported a significant reduction in shelling by separatists during a declared “Day of Silence” on Tuesday, but Kiev’s peace envoy ruled out any new negotiations until the rebels ceased fire completely.

Leonid Kuchma, a former president, scotched notions of a fresh meeting this week of the so-called “contact group” comprising Russia, Ukraine and pro-Moscow separatist leaders, which in September agreed a ceasefire only for it to be immediately and then continually flouted.

Dec 10, 2014

Ukraine accuses rebels of violating ‘Day of Silence’; Russian gas flows resume

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s military accused separatists of violating an agreed “Day of Silence” in the country’s embattled east on Tuesday, an initiative that was seen as an attempt to forge a durable ceasefire paving the way to a new round of peace talks.

In a step toward normalization, Russia resumed shipments of natural gas to Ukraine on Tuesday after a six-month shut-off caused by a dispute over price and debt that ran parallel to the war waged by pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine.