BRUSSELS - Ukraine and Russia on Oct. 21 failed to get a decisive breakthrough in their standoff over gas supplies to Kyiv and will resume European Union-sponsored talks next week.
BRUSSELS - Ukraine and the European Union have failed to give Moscow guarantees that Kyiv will be able to pay in advance for gas supplies from Russia in November and December, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Oct. 21.
Ukrainian, Russian and EU negotiators failed to conclude a deal on gas pricing at talks in Brussels on Oct. 21 and will meet again in the hope of an accord on Oct. 29, EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said.
WARSAW - The speaker of Poland's parliament, Radoslaw Sikorski, said on Oct. 21 he had mis-remembered when he told an interviewer that Russian President Vladimir Putin had proposed that Warsaw and Moscow occupy Ukraine and divide it between them.
Ukraine's foreign minister urged Russia on Oct. 21 to dissuade separatists in the east from holding their own elections on Nov. 2 because the unauthorized vote could lead to a permanent divide.
Russians pulled 52.6 billion rubles ($1.3 billion) out of ruble deposits in September as Moscow battled to keep its currency afloat amid plummeting oil prices, high capital outflows and Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, business daily Vedomosti reported on Oct. 21, citing data from the Central Bank.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, in a move to head off discontent before an election, signed a law on Oct. 21 that will allow ousted leader Viktor Yanukovych to be tried by court in his absence for crimes carried out while he was in power.
DNIPROPETROVSK - Trade attache offices will open in Ukraine's embassies in all countries of the European Union, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said.
PARIS - The Ukrainian authorities have asked the European Union to allocate a 2 billion euro loan in order to repay its debt for Russian natural gas supplies, Western media reported on Oct. 21, citing European Commission spokesman Simon O'Connor.
Ukraine will not disclose its data about this year's horticultural products and areas for the cultivation of certain crops at the request of the Russian agriculture watchdog (Rosselkhoznadzor).
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree dismissing Maryna Stavniychuk as an advisor to the president and head of the main department for constitutional and legal modernization at the Presidential Administration, the presidential press service has reported.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed the law on amendments to the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code providing for the possibility of pre-trial investigation and court proceedings in the absence of the suspect (accused).
KHARKIV - The authorities in Kharkiv Oblast have set up 32 roadblocks to prevent weapons and gunmen from the Donbas hostilities zone from getting in, the public liaisons department of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's main office in Kharkiv Oblast has reported.
MOSCOW - The State Duma approved in a third and final reading on Oct. 21 a bill that authorizes Gazprom to conduct mutual debt offsets with Naftogaz Ukrainy.
Chief of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Valentyn Nalyvaichenko has reported the detention of a native of Kursk (Russia), who is believed to be involved in an attempt on the life of Volodymyr Borysenko, a Ukrainian parliamentary candidate running at constituency No. 98 in Boryspil (Kyiv region).
Over 30,000 residents of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts - internally displaced persons - will be able to vote in Ukraine's early parliamentary elections without changing their electoral address, Central Election Commission (CEC) Chairman Mykhailo Okhendovsky has said.
M0SCOW - The process of adjusting technical parameters of an OSCE monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine is underway, Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said.
Ukroboronprom State Concern is preparing for the signing of a foreign economic contract worth $1.5 billion, head of the state concern Roman Romanov has said.
SPARTAK, Ukraine - Waiting for a lull in fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels, Nikolai Batyshchev ventures out with his chainsaw and wheelbarrow to collect firewood to fend off the damp autumn chill.
OSLO - Lithuania will be able to survive without Russian gas after its liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal starts up soon, redrawing the energy map for the Baltic states, President Dalia Grybauskaite said on Oct. 21.