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Putin: Ukraine must pay cash for gas

Thursday, May 15th 2014, 14:53
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country will demand payment in advance for gas supplies to Ukraine starting from 1 June.
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Ukraine crisis sends a chill into orbit

Wednesday, May 14th 2014, 10:23
related places: Moscow

Frosty Russia-US relations affect space cooperation
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Eurovision winner divides Russia

Wednesday, May 14th 2014, 6:19

Why Russian politicians are outraged at Eurovision winner
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Ukraine rebels seek to join Russia

Monday, May 12th 2014, 20:41
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

A Ukrainian separatist leader wants Russia to "absorb" Donetsk region after a self-rule referendum that Kiev and the EU condemned as illegal.
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Russia deadline on Ukraine gas debt

Monday, May 12th 2014, 16:16
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Russia's state energy giant Gazprom says it may halt natural gas shipments to Ukraine on 3 June unless the country pays in advance for supplies.
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Ukraine rebels claim poll victory

Monday, May 12th 2014, 6:52
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Donetsk

Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region claim a resounding victory in a "self-rule" referendum, saying 89% voted in favour.
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Ukraine rebels hold 'self-rule' vote

Sunday, May 11th 2014, 21:43
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Kiev

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine hold "self-rule" referendums, as BBC correspondents observe chaotic scenes at polling stations.
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VIDEO: France and Germany warning to Russia

Saturday, May 10th 2014, 23:27
related countries: France France, Germany Germany, Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Eu

The leaders of Germany and France have warned of further EU sanctions against Russia, if presidential elections fail to take place in Ukraine later this month
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Russia threatened over Ukraine poll

Saturday, May 10th 2014, 14:20
related countries: France France, Germany Germany, Ukraine Ukraine

The French and German leaders threaten further sanctions against Russia if Ukraine's presidential election fails to go ahead as planned.
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'Provocative' Putin visit denounced

Friday, May 9th 2014, 21:01
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine, United States United States
related places: Crimea

The US and EU condemn the first visit by Russia's Vladimir Putin to annexed Crimea, as violence continues between troops and rebels in Ukraine.
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VIDEO: Putin arrives to cheers in Crimea

Friday, May 9th 2014, 18:07
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin is making his first visit to Crimea since Russia annexed it from Ukraine in March. Daniel Sandford reports.
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Russia's Putin visits annexed Crimea

Friday, May 9th 2014, 16:06

Vladimir Putin marks the Soviet WW2 anniversary in annexed Crimea, amid violence in Ukraine's Mariupol between pro-Russian separatists and troops.
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VIDEO: Russia's Putin visits annexed Crimea

Friday, May 9th 2014, 13:11
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Crimea, his first visit to the peninsula since Russia annexed it from Ukraine in March.
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Russia in expanded military parade

Friday, May 9th 2014, 10:00
related places: Moscow

Thousands of Russian soldiers take part in an expanded military parade to mark the end of WW2, amid a surge of patriotism over the Crimea annexation.
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Ukraine crisis boosts Russian patriotism

Friday, May 9th 2014, 1:30
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Ukraine crisis looms large over Russia's Victory Day
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VIDEO: Russian Victory Day in Latvia

Thursday, May 8th 2014, 23:02
related countries: Latvia Latvia
related places: Riga

Tens of thousands of ethnic Russians are expected to take part in Victory Day celebrations in the Latvian capital Riga, as Chris Morris reports.
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East Ukraine rebel vote to go ahead

Thursday, May 8th 2014, 20:21
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Pro-Russian activists in eastern Ukraine say they will go ahead with an independence vote despite the Russian president's call to postpone it.
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Ukraine refuses Russian gas demand

Thursday, May 8th 2014, 20:12
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Ukraine say it will not pay in advance for Russian gas at Gazprom's new, higher price, despite Russian claims that the nation owes too much and needs to pay.
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VIDEO: Muscovites struggle to find Crimea

Thursday, May 8th 2014, 19:09
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine, United States United States
related places: Crimea

Following a US survey that showed many Americans were unable to find Ukraine on a map, the BBC's Russian Service carries out a similar test with Muscovites on their geographical knowledge of Crimea.
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Putin 'backs' Ukraine election

Wednesday, May 7th 2014, 17:56
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

In an apparent policy shift, Russia's president describes Ukraine's election on 25 May as a step "in the right direction".
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VIDEO: Gay Russians tie the knot in Denmark

Wednesday, May 7th 2014, 17:21
related countries: Denmark Denmark
related places: Copenhagen

Three gay Russian couples have been married in civil ceremonies in the Danish capital Copenhagen and pleaded for tolerance back home, where homophobia is rife.
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Rebels seize back Ukraine city hall

Wednesday, May 7th 2014, 13:36
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Mariupol'

Pro-Russian separatists seize back the city hall in the southern Ukrainian port of Mariupol, hours after being ousted by security forces.
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Russia booed at Eurovision semi-final

Wednesday, May 7th 2014, 8:20
related countries: Denmark Denmark, Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Copenhagen

Crowds in Copenhagen boo as Russia makes it through to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, amid political tensions with Ukraine.
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VIDEO: Boos as Russia reach Eurovision final

Wednesday, May 7th 2014, 4:04
related countries: Denmark Denmark, Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Copenhagen

Amid current tensions between the two nations, both Russia and Ukraine reach the final of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen.
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Russia rules out fresh Ukraine talks

Tuesday, May 6th 2014, 19:53
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov rules out holding a new round of talks in Geneva to defuse the Ukraine crisis unless pro-Russian opposition groups were involved.
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VIDEO: Ukraine soldiers killed in Sloviansk

Monday, May 5th 2014, 22:41
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Four Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and an army helicopter shot down by pro-Russian militants near the eastern city of Sloviansk, Kiev says.
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Language purge targets Russian arts

Monday, May 5th 2014, 18:21

Russian President Vladimir Putin signs a law banning all swearing in films, television broadcasts, theatres and the media.
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Ukraine soldiers killed in Sloviansk

Monday, May 5th 2014, 16:06
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Four Ukrainian soldiers are killed and an army helicopter shot down by pro-Russian militants near the eastern city of Sloviansk, Kiev says.
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Odessa detainees freed after protest

Monday, May 5th 2014, 2:13
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Ukrainian police free pro-Russian activists detained after Friday's deadly unrest in Odessa as a large crowd attacks the city's police HQ.
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East Ukraine stronghold 'surrounded'

Sunday, May 4th 2014, 6:52

Ukrainian troops encircle the pro-Russian stronghold of Sloviansk in the east, after a day of widespread anger over a deadly fire in Odessa.
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Pro-Russian anger at Odessa deaths

Saturday, May 3rd 2014, 20:48
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Pro-Russian sympathisers voice anger at the torching of a trade union building in the Ukrainian coastal city of Odessa where dozens died.
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Abducted Ukraine observers released

Saturday, May 3rd 2014, 13:45
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

International observers captured by pro-Russian supporters in east Ukraine a week ago are freed, as Kiev resumes military operations there.
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Rebels down Ukraine helicopters

Friday, May 2nd 2014, 14:23
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Rebels in eastern Ukraine's Sloviansk shoot down two helicopters, killing two people, as government forces claim they control half the city.
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VIDEO: Dutch arrest Greenpeace activists

Thursday, May 1st 2014, 22:39
related countries: Netherlands Netherlands
related places: Rotterdam

Dutch police board a Greenpeace ship and arrest 30 activists trying to prevent a Russian oil tanker from docking in Rotterdam port.
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Pro-Russians seize Donetsk office

Thursday, May 1st 2014, 15:33
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Donetsk

Hundreds of pro-Russian protesters seize the regional prosecutor's office in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, and there are reports of injuries.
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Kiev holds 'spying' Russia diplomat

Thursday, May 1st 2014, 13:01
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Kiev, Moscow

A Russian military attache is detained in Ukraine on suspicion of spying and ordered to leave the country, as tensions grow between Kiev and Moscow.
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VIDEO: Russian flags fill Donetsk streets

Thursday, May 1st 2014, 12:11
related places: Donetsk, Moscow

Thousands of protesters carrying Russian flags filled the street of Donetsk on Friday, amid growing tensions between Kiev and Moscow following the annexation of Crimea in March.
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Dutch arrest Greenpeace activists

Thursday, May 1st 2014, 10:30
related countries: Netherlands Netherlands
related places: Rotterdam

Dutch police board a Greenpeace ship and arrest 30 activists trying to prevent a Russian oil tanker from docking in Rotterdam port.
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VIDEO: OSCE 'hopeful' about Ukraine hostages

Wednesday, April 30th 2014, 17:11
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

OSCE spokesman Michael Bociurkiw talks about attempts to free the military monitors being held hostage by pro-Russian activists in Sloviansk.
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Kiev 'helpless' in east Ukraine

Wednesday, April 30th 2014, 16:03
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Ukraine's acting President Olexander Turchynov admits his forces are helpless to quell unrest driven by pro-Russia activists in parts of the east.
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IMF: Russia experiencing recession

Wednesday, April 30th 2014, 10:41
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Russia is "experiencing recession now" because of economic damage caused by the crisis in Ukraine, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says.
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Russia 'must leave Ukraine in peace'

Wednesday, April 30th 2014, 3:31
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine, United States United States

US Secretary of State John Kerry says Russia should "leave Ukraine in peace", as pro-Russian activists storm another building in eastern Ukraine.
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Ukraine rebels storm Luhansk offices

Tuesday, April 29th 2014, 20:50
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Pro-Russia activists seize official buildings in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk, as the US tells Russia to "leave Ukraine in peace".
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VIDEO: Rebels seize regional Ukraine HQ

Tuesday, April 29th 2014, 14:58
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

A large crowd of pro-Russian activists storms the regional administration's headquarters in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk.
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'Iron Curtain' sanctions rile Russia

Tuesday, April 29th 2014, 11:09
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine, United States United States

Russia condemns the US for "Iron Curtain"-style sanctions that may damage its hi-tech sector, as the EU adds to its sanctions list over Ukraine.
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Gazprom warns sanctions could hurt

Tuesday, April 29th 2014, 11:04
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Russian natural gas exporter Gazprom has warned further Western sanctions over Ukraine could disrupt gas exports.
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Russia alarmed over US-Nato activity

Tuesday, April 29th 2014, 8:51
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine, United States United States
related places: Moscow

Moscow voices concern over an "unprecedented" rise in US and Nato military activity near Russian borders, amid an escalating crisis in Ukraine.
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VIDEO: US journalist tells of Ukraine beating

Tuesday, April 29th 2014, 7:24
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine, United States United States

An American journalist who was kidnapped and held hostage for several days last week by pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine has been describing his experiences.
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US sanctions target key Putin aides

Monday, April 28th 2014, 21:55
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine, United States United States

The US imposes sanctions on seven Russian people and 17 firms linked to President Putin's "inner circle" over their role in the Ukraine crisis.
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Ukraine threatens Gazprom lawsuit

Monday, April 28th 2014, 15:20
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Ukraine threatens to take Gazprom to court over gas prices if the Russian utility firm refuses a new debt payment deal.
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US and EU step up Russia sanctions

Monday, April 28th 2014, 10:15
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Moscow

The US and EU are preparing to impose fresh sanctions against Russian individuals and companies amid continuing action by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.
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Military observer freed in Ukraine

Sunday, April 27th 2014, 20:45
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

One European military observer has been freed in Sloviansk where pro-Russian separatists are holding the rest of the team, detained on Friday.
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Ukraine rebels show seized observers

Sunday, April 27th 2014, 15:14
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine show a captured group of European military observers, amid fresh attempts to secure their release.
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Russia action 'price worth paying'

Sunday, April 27th 2014, 14:45
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

William Hague says damage to the UK economy is a "price worth paying" for further sanctions against Russia.
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Russia rehab centre fire kills eight

Sunday, April 27th 2014, 8:37

Eight people are killed when a fire sweeps through a rehabilitation centre for drug addicts in Russia's eastern Altai region, officials say.
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Kerry urges Russia to help observers

Sunday, April 27th 2014, 6:25
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine, United States United States

US Secretary of State John Kerry urges Russia to help free European military observers seized in east Ukraine, and expresses "concern" about troop movements.
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Russia 'to help free Ukraine group'

Saturday, April 26th 2014, 19:28
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Moscow

Moscow offers to help free European military observers held in Ukraine by pro-Russia activists, as EU states plan new sanctions on Russia.
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G7 'to intensify Russia sanctions'

Saturday, April 26th 2014, 9:25
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Moscow

The G7 group of nations agrees to "swiftly" impose fresh sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis, as pro-Moscow militia hold a group of international observers.
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Russian jets 'entered Ukraine space'

Saturday, April 26th 2014, 3:19
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

The Pentagon says Russian military planes have entered Ukrainian airspace in the past 24 hours, as G7 powers vow to impose new sanctions on Moscow.
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VIDEO: 'Observers seized' in east Ukraine

Friday, April 25th 2014, 21:30
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have seized a bus carrying international military observers, Ukraine's interior ministry says.
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'Observers seized' in east Ukraine

Friday, April 25th 2014, 21:25
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine seize observers attached to a European monitoring unit, Ukrainian officials say.
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VIDEO: West in new Russian sanctions threat

Friday, April 25th 2014, 18:14
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

James Robbins reports that western heads of state say they are considering fresh sanctions against Russia over its alleged failure to help de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine.
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Russia accuses West of Ukraine plot

Friday, April 25th 2014, 13:38
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine, United States United States
related places: Moscow

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accuses the West of wanting to seize Ukraine as a war of words between Moscow and the US worsens.
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Russia's credit rating downgraded

Friday, April 25th 2014, 13:19

Credit ratings agency Standard & Poor's cuts Russia's rating as foreign investors continue to take money out of the country amid tensions over Ukraine.
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Russia 'destabilising' Ukraine - US

Friday, April 25th 2014, 10:04
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine, United States United States
related places: Kiev

The US accuses Russia of "deception and destabilisation" in eastern Ukraine, warning of further sanctions unless Moscow defuses the crisis.
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Russia fears Crimea water shortage

Friday, April 25th 2014, 9:57
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Russian officials say a water shortage in Crimea threatens to become acute as Ukraine has reduced the supply via a key canal.
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VIDEO: New Russia drills after Ukraine raid

Thursday, April 24th 2014, 18:17
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Kiev

Russia has ordered new military exercises on its border with Ukraine in response to an operation by Kiev against pro-Russian separatists.
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New Russia drills after Ukraine raid

Thursday, April 24th 2014, 18:03
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Mariupol'

Russia announces new military exercises on its border with Ukraine, after Kiev orders troops to move against separatists in the east.
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Russia extends Navalny house arrest

Thursday, April 24th 2014, 15:26
related places: Moscow

A Moscow court extends the house arrest of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny by another six months for violating its conditions.
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US troops in Poland for exercises

Thursday, April 24th 2014, 6:59
related countries: Poland Poland, Ukraine Ukraine, United States United States

A first contingent of US troops arrives in Poland for military exercises amid heightened tensions with Russia over Ukraine.
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Russia in new Ukraine attack threat

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014, 19:42
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine, United States United States
related places: Kiev

Russia will respond to any attack on its interests in Ukraine, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says, drawing a parallel with the 2008 Georgia war.
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Russian Duma passes film swearing ban

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014, 15:41

Russia's lower house passes a bill banning swearing from films, music and other works of art.
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VIDEO: Ukrainians volunteer for reserve army

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014, 12:37
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Volunteers in the Ukraine have begun to make defence preparations amid fears the Ukrainian military is unable to match Russian forces.
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Blair warns West over radical Islam

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014, 9:22
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Tony Blair warns Western leaders they must put aside their differences with Russia over Ukraine to focus on the threat of Islamic extremism.
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US threatens more Russia sanctions

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014, 8:44
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine, United States United States
related places: Washington

US Secretary of State John Kerry says Washington will impose further sanctions on Russia if it does not de-escalate tensions in east Ukraine.
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VIDEO: 'We just want to live normally'

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014, 5:19
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Moscow

The BBC meets a pro-Russian family living in a rural area of Ukraine, who say their support for Moscow does not mean they are separatists.
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Russian social network founder fired

Tuesday, April 22nd 2014, 15:46

The founder of Russian social network VKontakte says he has been fired and that his site has been taken over by allies of President Putin.
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Russia's Navalny fined for libel

Tuesday, April 22nd 2014, 13:10

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is fined for libelling a councillor - and could face jail soon.
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