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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.

Dec 9, 2014

‘Day of Silence’ for Ukraine army, rebels; Russian gas flows resume

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian government troops and separatists said their forces were complying with an agreed “Day of Silence” in Ukraine’s war-torn east on Tuesday, marking an attempt to forge an effective ceasefire which may lead to a new round of peace talks.

In a further step towards normalization, Russia resumed shipments of natural gas to Ukraine on Tuesday, shut off for six months under a dispute over price and debt that ran parallel to the war waged by pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine’s east.

Dec 8, 2014

‘Day of Silence’ aims to rebuild Ukraine truce but talks in doubt

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine plans a “Day of Silence” on Tuesday to try to rebuild a ceasefire with pro-Russian separatists that has all but disintegrated, but accompanying peace talks — the first in three months — look likely to be delayed.

On the eve of the planned resumption of negotiations to end months of fighting between the rebels and Ukrainian troops in eastern Ukraine, authorities in the Belarussian capital Minsk, where they were due to be held, said they had not been told whether the Ukrainians would attend.

Dec 1, 2014

Moldova’s pro-Europe parties to win majority in new parliament -analysts

CHISINAU, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Moldova’s three main pro-Europe
parties appeared on Monday to be able to form a new coalition
with most of the vote from an election on Sunday counted,
despite the pro-Moscow Socialist Party taking first place.

With 87 percent of the vote counted, according to the
election authorities, the three parties – the Liberal Democrats,
the Liberals and the Democrats – had a combined vote of 44
percent – enough to win a majority in the 101-seat parliament.

Nov 30, 2014

Moldova’s pro-Moscow Socialists hold lead after partial vote count

CHISINAU (Reuters) – Moldova’s pro-Moscow Socialist Party, which seeks to reverse a policy of integrating with mainstream Europe and join a Russia-led economic bloc instead, had a surprise lead after a partial vote count in an election in the ex-Soviet state on Sunday.

With 36 percent of the vote counted, election authorities said the socialists had 22 percent of the vote with the communists in second place and the three main pro-Europe parties trailing behind.

Nov 30, 2014

Moldovans vote, election may slow moves to integration with Europe

CHISINAU (Reuters) – Ex-Soviet Moldova voted on Sunday in an election whose outcome might slow, though not halt, its moves to join the European mainstream in defiance of Russia, which has banned its wines and other prime exports, hitting its economy hard.

On the eve of the vote, a fresh irritant with Russia emerged when a high court excluded a party, led by a millionaire Russian businessman, on the grounds it was partially funded from abroad.

Nov 29, 2014

Moldova election may slow moves to integration with Europe

CHISINAU, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Ex-Soviet Moldova goes to the
polls on Sunday in an election whose outcome might slow, though
not halt, its moves to join the European mainstream in defiance
of Russia which has banned its prime exports, hitting its
economy hard.

On the eve of the vote, a new irritant with Russia emerged
when a high court excluded a party, led by a millionaire Russian
businessman, on the grounds it was partially funded from abroad.

Nov 27, 2014

War veterans steal limelight in Ukraine’s new parliament

KIEV (Reuters) – War veterans and nationalist radicals brought a revolutionary air to the opening on Thursday of Ukraine’s new parliament convened to name a government to hold the country together and set out a program of far-reaching reform.

Hundreds of riot police guarded the building as the parliament quickly formed a five-party coalition of support for the pro-Western President Petro Poroshenko and later elected Arseny Yatseniuk for a new term as prime minister.

Nov 24, 2014

Ukraine leader, under pressure from West, pledges new government soon

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine will take the first steps this week towards forming a new government, President Petro Poroshenko said on Monday, seeking to assuage concern among his Western allies that the delay is holding up reform and imperiling Western assistance.

The U.S. and other Western governments are criticizing Kiev’s tardiness in putting together a government following October elections – with suspicions that the delay is due to rivalry between Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk over control of key portfolios.