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Jun 2, 2014

Russia and Ukraine to mull gas dispute plan

DONETSK, Ukraine/MOSCOW, June 2 (Reuters) – Russia and
Ukraine agreed on Monday to consider a proposal for Kiev to pay
off a multi-billion-dollar gas bill that has soured relations
between Moscow and Kiev, while fighting raged all day in eastern
Ukraine.

Russia accused NATO of whipping up dangerous tensions near
its borders and encouraging Ukraine to use force against
pro-Russian separatists. At a tense meeting in Brussels, the
alliance urged Moscow to stop arming the rebels.

Jun 2, 2014

Russia grants gas respite but seeks U.N. vote on Ukraine

DONETSK Ukraine/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia accused Ukrainian authorities on Monday of escalating violence against civilians in the rebel-held east of the country, even as it offered Kiev a brief respite in a dispute over billions of dollars’ worth of unpaid gas bills.

In the latest fighting, Ukrainian border guards said a pro-Russian militia had attacked one of their posts with automatic weapons and grenade launchers in the early hours, triggering a battle that was still raging many hours later.

May 31, 2014

Six Ukrainian separatists killed around Donetsk airport

DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukrainian separatist leader Denis Pushilin said on Saturday six rebels had been killed while trying to collect the bodies of comrades who had died under Ukrainian army fire earlier this week close to Donetsk airport.

Ukrainian forces regained control of the airport in the east of the country on Monday, killing at least 50 separatists, after a Sunday presidential election which gave billionaire Petro Poroshenko an overwhelming victory.

May 27, 2014

Ukraine’s arms firms walk tightrope between Kiev and Moscow

KRAMATORSK, Ukraine, May 27 (Reuters) – In quiet defiance of
a promise by Kiev’s pro-European government to cut arms ties
with Moscow, a state-owned defence firm in eastern Ukraine has
vowed to work around the clock to fill every Russian order it
gets.

As for many of Ukraine’s defence firms, the stakes are high
for Yuzhmash, an industrial behemoth that was so jealously
guarded by the Soviet Union that the nearby city of
Dnipropetrovsk was closed to foreigners until the bloc split
apart.

May 23, 2014

Russia says to complete troop pullback from Ukraine border ‘within days’

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will pull back all forces deployed to regions near its border with Ukraine “within a few days”, a deputy defense minister said on Friday, a move that if carried out could ease tensions around Ukraine’s presidential election on Sunday.

Moscow has concentrated tens of thousands of troops across the border from eastern Ukraine where pro-Russian separatists have declared two independent states.

May 22, 2014

Russian court demands U.S. Library of Congress hand over Jewish texts

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian court demanded on Thursday that the U.S. Library of Congress hand back seven precious Jewish texts to Moscow – and, in a tit-for-tat ruling, said it should pay a massive fine for every day it delays.

The so-called Schneerson collection, claimed by both Russia and the New York-based Hasidic Chabad-Lubavitch group, has become a bone of contention in Russia-U.S. ties, at their lowest for decades due to the Ukraine crisis.

May 22, 2014

Russia moves some troops away from Ukraine; NATO says big force remains

MOSCOW/BRUSSELS, May 22 (Reuters) – Russia said on Thursday
it was moving troops and military equipment from border regions
near Ukraine, but NATO said a large “coercive force” remained in
place.

Russia has previously failed to keep promises to move troops
back from the frontier with eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian
separatists have declared independence.

May 21, 2014

Putin calls Ukraine’s detention of Russian journalists ‘unacceptable’

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin called the detention of two Russian journalists in Ukraine unacceptable on Wednesday and suggested it highlighted wider questions about the legitimacy of political power in Ukraine.

The detention of the journalists, working for the pro-Kremlin Internet news outlet LifeNews, has added to tensions between Moscow and Kiev, which accuses Russia of destabilizing Ukraine’s Russian-speaking east ahead of a presidential vote on Sunday.

May 16, 2014

Russian PM criticises official for threats to block Twitter

MOSCOW, May 16 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev
criticised an official on Friday for threatening that Moscow
could block online networking site Twitter, in an
apparent attempt to silence rumours that Russia could cut
access.

His comments, posted on his Facebook page, came after the
deputy director of Russia’s communications watchdog agency
Maksim Ksenzov told Izvestia newspaper that Russia’s blocking of
U.S.-based Twitter had become “unavoidable”.

May 16, 2014

Cold-shouldered by West, Putin will hope for some China sympathy

BEIJING/MOSCOW, May 16 (Reuters) – Increasingly isolated by
the West over Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin will
hope for a sympathetic ear on a visit next week to China, which
is also being more assertive in its territorial disputes with
smaller neighbours.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has made a big public show of
underscoring the importance of ties with Russia, and Moscow was
the first capital he visited after assuming the presidency last
year. Xi also attended the Winter Olympics in Sochi at Putin’s
invitation.

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