NATO leaders will respond to the Ukraine crisis by agreeing this week to create a "spearhead" rapid reaction force, potentially including several thousand troops, that could be sent to a hotspot in as little as two days, officials said on Sept. 1.
U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Robert Menendez says Russia's recent incursions into Ukraine are an 'invasion,' and the West should provide lethal aid to Ukraine's army.
Nearly 30 Ukrainian military men, who were taken hostages near Ilovaysk in Donetsk region, have been liberated, the head of the prisoner exchange center Colonel-General in Reserve Volodymyr Ruban said on Sept. 1 evening.
The Ukrainian State Border Service said eight Ukrainian crewmembers were rescued and the search for two others is continuing following the shelling of two Mariupol coastguard service motor boats, the Grif and the Kalkan.
Germany said there is a need to focus on a Russia's swift ceasefire in Ukraine.
MOSCOW - The defense lawyers for Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko, who is charged in Russia with being an accomplice in the killing of Russian journalists, has contested an order requiring her to undergo a mental evaluation.
A total of 680 Ukrainian troops were taken prisoner in the fighting in Donbas in the past few days, Colonel-General in Reserve Volodymyr Ruban, the head of the prisoner exchange center, said on Sept. 1, according to Channel 5 Five television.
MOSCOW - The maximum cost of the project to build a bridge across the Kerch Strait is 228.3 billion rubles, says a draft government resolution, posted on the regulation.gov.ru. Web site.
MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Italian counterpart Federica Mogherini spoke by telephone on Sept. 1 to discuss the Ukrainian crisis "under the angle of the search for optimal ways of its political settlement," the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Sept. 1.
Ukrainian forces have entrenched themselves between the town of Komsomolske and the village of Rozdolne in the Starobeshivsky district of the Donetsk oblast, spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Andriy Lysenko said at a press briefing on Sept. 1.
BRUSSELS - Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics has said that the current situation with security in Europe caused by events in Ukraine is the gravest since 1930s.
BRUSSELS - Ukraine can only raise the question about cooperation with NATO after parliamentary elections and if the new parliament approves the bill abolishing the non-allied status of Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Sept. 1.
MOSCOW - Russia will remain a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and use the possibilities provided by this organization, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
MINSK - Continuation of the consultations of the trilateral contact group for settling the situation in Ukraine is planned on Sept. 5 in Minsk, First Deputy Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Andrei Purgin said.
The military and political situation in Eastern Europe and around Ukraine in particular will continue deteriorating in the mid-term outlook, and confrontation in Russian-Ukrainian relations will be intensifying, and thus the Ukrainian authorities must implement a number of immediate steps, reads a statement by the Expert Council on National Security.
The main building of FC Shakhtar Donetsk training centre in the town of Kirsha near Donetsk has been destroyed by shelling.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has conveyed his thanks to the U.S. Congress for its initiative to grant Ukraine major non-NATO ally status.
RYAZAN - The condition of the Russian paratroopers who were captured in Ukraine earlier and handed over to Russia last Sunday, can be described as satisfactory, Russian Airborne Troops Commander-in-chief Vladimir Shamanov said during a visit to the Ryazan Airborne School on Sept. 1.
The implementation in Ukraine of stimulating measures to replace natural gas with other types of fuel will allow the country to reduce its consumption by 2020 by 5 billion cubic meters (bcm), which will decrease by Hr 8.6 billion budget spending on compensation to Naftogaz Ukrainy for the difference between the purchase price of imported gas and that supplied to heat generating enterprises for heat production for the needs of the population.