BRUSSELS - A top U.S. military commander, General Philip Breedlove, will visit Ukraine on Nov. 25 for talks with senior political and military leaders, a spokesman said.
PARIS - France will postpone handing over a sophisticated French-built warship to the Russian Navy "until further notice," President Franςois Hollande said on Tuesday. "The current situation in eastern Ukraine still does not permit the delivery of the first Mistral-class amphibious assault ship," Mr. Hollande said in a statement.
France has put on hold a controversial deal to supply Russia with two high-tech amphibious assault ships following international concern over Moscow's military involvement in Ukraine.
ROSTOV-ON-DON - British members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will come to the Rostov region to meet with the displaced persons who were forced to flee their homes in Ukraine, a spokesperson for the Russian region's government told Interfax on Tuesday.
KHERSON - Kherson Regional State Administration has addressed the Kherson group of special monitoring mission (SMM) of the OSCE in Ukraine with a proposal to organize together with local border guards the patrolling of the administrative boundary of Crimea.
BRUSSELS - Russia's Vladimir Putin became persona non grata in EU capitals when he annexed Crimea. They didn't blacklist him. But, in March, EU leaders decided to "cancel the next EU-Russia summit" and to "not hold bilateral regular meetings".
Polish Foreign Affairs Minister Grzegorz Schetyna met with Ukraine's Ambassador Andriy Deschytsia on Tuesday to discuss the issues of bilateral cooperation, as well as the visit of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko scheduled for mid-December.
France has suspended "until further notice" the controversial delivery of a helicopter carrier to the Russian navy. President Francois Hollande blamed continuing unrest in eastern Ukraine, where Russia is accused of backing separatists in their fight against the government in Kyiv.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said sanctions against Russia will stay as long as the government in Moscow does little to resolve the conflict in Ukraine. "We're working on a diplomatic resolution to this crisis," Merkel said on Nov. 25 in Berlin.
Ukraine condemns 'Treaty on Alliance and Strategic Partnership' signed between Russian and the Republic of Abkhazia unrecognized by the majority of the countries of the world, Spokesman of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine Yevhen Perebyinis has said.
Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko, who is imprisoned in Russia and who has been elected as an MP on the Batkivschyna All-Ukrainian Association ticket, has received her member's of parliament ID, her lawyer Mark Feygin wrote on Twitter.
WASHINGTON - The restrictive measures against Russia will be needed until Moscow takes steps to resolve the crisis in eastern Ukraine, the Bloomberg agency reported on Nov. 25 citing German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin will participate in the events organized by NATO headquarters in Brussels on the level of foreign ministers on Dec. 2-3, Spokesman for Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Yevhen Perebyinis has said.
WARSAW - France said on Nov. 25 it was planning to send an armored military unit to Poland for exercises designed to strengthen the NATO alliance's eastern flank in apparent response to tensions over a pro-Russian uprising in Ukraine.
The Ukrainian border service and other government bodies have not received official notifications from Russia on its plans to send another humanitarian convoy to the eastern part of Ukraine, Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council, said at a news conference in Kyiv on Nov. 25.
DONETSK, Ukraine - It was a cold, gray afternoon in late October. On the central square, teenagers handed out flags of the separatist Donetsk People's Republic, while watched closely by armed men in camouflage. Heavy shelling from the suburbs shook windows in their frames, but members of the small crowd at the Donetsk Music and Drama Theater, facing the square, pretended not to notice as they filed in for a Sunday matinee performance.
Ukraine has informed the European Union, Belarus and Moldova of contraband flows of goods, including coal, from the territories controlled by militants, Chief of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Valentyn Nalyvaichenko has said.
DONETSK, Ukraine - For hours, small crowds in Donetsk huddle hopefully in the cold around cash machines that never get filled, as artillery rumbles in the distance.
CHISINAU - Moldova President Nicolae Timofti urged citizens in an address, broadcast by Moldova-1 television on Nov. 25, to vote for the country's European future in the Nov. 30 parliamentary elections.
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (OSCE SMM) to Ukraine includes 301 observers, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Yevhen Perebyinis has said.