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Oct 26, 2014

Ukraine votes in poll likely to elect pro-West assembly

KIEV (Reuters) – War-weary Ukrainians voted on Sunday in an election that is likely to install a pro-Western parliament and strengthen President Petro Poroshenko’s mandate to end separatist conflict in the east, but could fuel tension with Russia.

People wrapped up warmly on a cold, clear day to vote in the first parliamentary poll since protests in the capital Kiev last winter forced Moscow-backed leader Viktor Yanukovich to flee and ushered in a pro-Europe leadership under Poroshenko.

Oct 17, 2014

In rouble crisis, Putin gets a helping hand from state TV

MOSCOW, Oct 17 (Reuters) – As the head of Russia’s biggest
state bank and a favourite of President Vladimir Putin, German
Gref has long been a loyal supporter of state economic policy.

But with the rouble sliding and the economy stagnating, he
delivered a diatribe this month against government
inefficiencies, which he compared to the Soviet era, and warned
that “we can’t motivate people by using the Gulag”.

Oct 14, 2014

European firms in Russia say they fear being ‘sacrificed’ in Ukraine standoff

MOSCOW (Reuters) – European companies in Russia warned on Tuesday they were being hurt by a Russian embargo on food imports as well as EU sanctions and risked being “sacrificed” in the standoff over Ukraine.

In comments before Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov delivered a speech to the Association of European Businesses in Russia (AEB), the group’s chairman criticised the EU but also said Russia’s actions violated World Trade Organisation rules.

Oct 7, 2014

Art, songs – and a few worries – as Putin turns 62

MOSCOW (Reuters) – For a man who has hugged a polar bear, flown with migrating cranes and shot a tiger with a tranquilizer gun, Vladimir Putin celebrated his 62nd birthday unusually quietly on Tuesday.

For the first time in years, the Russian president took the day off on his birthday and retreated to the remote forested taiga in Siberia for a private celebration.

Sep 25, 2014

Russian business fears return to isolation during ‘evil empire’

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian businessmen are backing Vladimir Putin over Ukraine but fear the country is being forced down a path toward less democracy, more central control of the economy and isolation that recalls the Soviet “evil empire”.

Like many other business leaders, Vladimir Potanin, one of Russia’s richest men, says Western sanctions and attempts to force the president to change policy risk opening a rift between Moscow and the West that will be difficult to repair.

Sep 12, 2014

Insight – Putin holds key to Ukraine peace but keeps world guessing

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin took a break from his official duties to slip into a Russian Orthodox Church this week and light a candle for fighters killed in eastern Ukraine.

“I left a candle for those who died defending people in Novorossiya,” he told reporters after emerging from the Church of the Holy Trinity on a Moscow hilltop.

Sep 12, 2014

Putin holds key to Ukraine peace but keeps world guessing

MOSCOW, Sept 12 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin took a
break from his official duties to slip into a Russian Orthodox
Church this week and light a candle for fighters killed in
eastern Ukraine.

“I left a candle for those who died defending people in
Novorossiya,” he told reporters after emerging from the Church
of the Holy Trinity on a Moscow hilltop.

Aug 4, 2014

Russia to hold war games in show of strength near Ukraine

MOSCOW/DONESTSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Russia announced military exercises near the border with Ukraine on Monday in a show of strength as the Ukrainian army recaptured more territory from pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country.

The Russian air force said more than 100 aircraft, including fighter jets and bombers, were taking part in the manoeuvres this week in the central and western military districts.

Aug 2, 2014

Ukrainian forces advance in east as Russia, West squabble

KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Government forces tightened the noose around the main stronghold of pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine on Saturday and, with diplomacy stalled, Moscow and the West stepped up their war of words.

The seizure of Krasnogorovka and Staromikhailovka, towns just outside Donetsk, brought the army to the edge of one of the last cities still in rebel hands following its advances in the past month. The other is Luhansk, near the border with Russia.

Aug 1, 2014

Ukraine’s president says fighting must not delay reforms

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Friday the military conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country must not be allowed to hold up economic reforms.

Hailing the passage of legislation by parliament on Thursday which enables the government to increase funding to the army, Poroshenko said unity was vital in Kiev to overcome an economic crisis as well as defeat the rebels.

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      "Timothy Heritage is Brussels Bureau Chief and European Affairs Editor, responsible for coverage of the European Union. He has previously been based in Moscow, Jerusalem, Paris, London, Warsaw and Belgrade, covering events ranging from the fall of Communism and conflict in the Balkans and Middle East to the euro zone debt crisis."
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