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Aug 16, 2014

Skirmishes in Ukraine but no sign of conflict widening

DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists fought skirmishes near the Russian border on Saturday but there was no sign of the conflict widening after Kiev said it partially destroyed an armored column that had crossed the border from Russia.

The report of the attack on the armored column on Friday triggered a sell-off in the U.S. dollar and European stocks, with markets fearful it could change the Ukraine conflict into an open confrontation between Moscow and Western-backed Kiev.

Aug 14, 2014

Under artillery fire, Ukraine rebels switch their leaders

DONETSK, Ukraine, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Two of the most senior
rebels battling government troops in eastern Ukraine quit on
Thursday, deepening the disarray in a pro-Moscow separatist
movement that is being pushed back by an Ukrainian military
offensive.

The resignations came on the same day that artillery shells
landed for the first time since the conflict began in the centre
of the eastern city of Donetsk, the separatists’ main
stronghold.

Aug 14, 2014

Shells hit central Donetsk, Russian aid convoy heads towards border

DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Artillery shells hit close to the centre of Ukraine’s separatist-held city of Donetsk for the first time on Thursday, killing at least one person, as a large Russian aid convoy rumbled towards the border.

With Ukrainian government forces tightening the noose on pro-Russian separatists, shelling rocked Donetsk, sending frightened residents rushing for cover, witnesses said.

Aug 1, 2014

Obama on Putin: ‘Sometimes people don’t always act rationally’

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama phoned Russia’s Vladimir Putin to urge him to stop supporting separatists in Eastern Ukraine and seek a diplomatic solution to the crisis that has spurred tough new economic sanctions.

Obama told reporters on Friday he believes the United States has done “everything that we can do,” short of going to war, to deter Russia from further threats to Ukraine with the sanctions on its energy, defense and financial sectors.

Jul 31, 2014

Russia’s largest banks criticise EU sanctions, seek to assure investors

MOSCOW, July 31 (Reuters) – Russia’s three largest banks
sought to assure clients and investors on Thursday they had the
resources necessary to fulfil obligations despite their
inclusion on the EU’s latest round of sanctions for Russia’s
role in the Ukraine crisis.

Russia’s largest lender Sberbank as well as the
country’s second and third largest banks, VTB and
Gazprombank, criticised the EU sanctions but largely
dismissed the measures that cut them off from raising funding on
the bloc’s capital markets.

Jul 31, 2014

Russia’s VTB, Gazprombank to honour obligations despite EU sanctions

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s three largest banks sought to assure clients and investors on Thursday they had the resources necessary to fulfil obligations despite their inclusion on the EU’s latest round of sanctions for Russia’s role in the Ukraine crisis.

Russia’s largest lender Sberbank as well as the country’s second and third largest banks, VTB and Gazprombank, criticised the EU sanctions but largely dismissed the measures that cut them off from raising funding on the bloc’s capital markets.

Jul 30, 2014

Moscow says “short-sighted” sanctions to hit Russia’s ties with West

MOSCOW, July 30 (Reuters) – Russia criticised new sanctions
as “destructive and short-sighted” on Wednesday, saying they
would aggravate Moscow’s ties with the West already at their
lowest point since the end of the Cold War over the Ukraine
crisis.

Russia warned that sanctions, the most robust yet against
Russia’s state-owned banks and energy firms, could lead to
higher energy prices in Europe and hit Moscow’s cooperation with
Washington on global issues where it wields considerable clout.

Jul 29, 2014

Special Report – Where Ukraine’s separatists get their weapons

DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – On the last day of May, a surface-to-air rocket was signed out of a military base near Moscow where it had been stored for more than 20 years.

According to the ornate Cyrillic handwriting in the weapon’s Russian Defence Ministry logbook, seen by Reuters, the portable rocket, for use with an Igla rocket launcher, was destined for a base in Rostov, some 50 km (31 miles) from the Ukrainian border. In that area, say U.S. officials, lies a camp for training Ukrainian separatist fighters.

Jul 29, 2014

Where Ukraine’s separatists get their weapons

DONETSK, Ukraine, July 29 (Reuters) – On the last day of
May, a surface-to-air rocket was signed out of a military base
near Moscow where it had been stored for more than 20 years.

According to the ornate Cyrillic handwriting in the weapon’s
Russian Defence Ministry logbook, seen by Reuters, the portable
rocket, for use with an Igla rocket launcher, was destined for a
base in Rostov, some 50 km (31 miles) from the Ukrainian border.
In that area, say U.S. officials, lies a camp for training
Ukrainian separatist fighters.

Jul 28, 2014

Lavrov says Russia will not respond in kind to Western sanctions

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will not impose tit-for-tat measures or “fall into hysterics” over Western economic sanctions, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday, trying to stake out the high ground amid growing tensions with the West.

Speaking at a news conference, Lavrov said he hoped for an objective investigation into the crash in eastern Ukraine of a Malaysian airliner on July 18. Western leaders say flight MH17 was almost certainly shot down by mistake by Russian-backed separatists using a Russian-supplied surface-to-air missile, killing all 298 people on board.

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