MILAN - European Union foreign ministers met in Italy on Aug. 29 to find what a diplomatic source said would be a clear message on sanctions for EU heads of states to make to Russiaover its actions in Ukraine.
The crisis in eastern Ukraine is "slipping out of control" and needs to be reigned in to avoid a military clash with Russia, Germany has warned. Foreign Minister Frank Steinmeier made the remarks on the eve of an EU summit which will consider further sanctions against the Russian government.
With a painful history as a Kremlin satellite and a Russian-speaking minority of its own, Lithuania can lay claim to a special hearing on how to handle cross-border aggression from Russia. So when Raimonda Murmokaitė, the Baltic state's representative at the UN, declared that the West had been as passive as the "proverbial frog" that does not know to jump out of a can of boiling water, diplomats at the special session of the Security Council had every reason to squirm in their seats.
Ukraine wants supplies of weapons but does not expect NATO to send soldiers to help it fight Russian troops in its eastern provinces, Kyiv's ambassador to NATO said on Aug. 29.
MILAN - Several European Union foreign ministers on Aug. 29 accused Russia of invading eastern Ukraine and said Moscow should be punished with additional biting economic sanctions.
Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin said that during a meeting he and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko agreed on implementing the humanitarian aid plan for Luhansk and Donetsk residents.
BRUSSELS - European leaders appear ready to order new sanctions against Russia this weekend after accusations that Moscow has scaled up its military intervention in Ukraine.
LAKE SELIGER, Russia - President Vladimir Putin said on Aug. 29 Russia's armed forces, backed by its nuclear arsenal, were ready to meet any aggression, declaring at a pro-Kremlin youth camp that foreign states should understand: "It's best not to mess with us."
NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine - Backed by Russian troops and weaponry, hundreds of Ukrainian rebel militiamen mobilized on Aug. 29 in this southeastern town, vacated by the Ukrainian military two days ago, and began to push toward the strategic seaport of Mariupol 27 miles away. The leader of the rebels called the advance a broad new effort to wrest control of a wide swath of coastal territory from the central government.
NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine - Pro-Russia separatists, relaxed and well-equipped, held firm control on Aug. 29 of the strategic coastal town of Novoazovsk, a day after Ukraine claimed tanks and armored vehicles had invaded from Russia.
Ukraine's Energy Minister Yuri Prodan said on Aug. 29 that Kyiv was disappointed by a "lack of constructive approach" from Russia on gas talks, which have already caused a cut-off of gas supplies to Ukrainian consumers.
The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says that in light of the slight delay in completing the first review of the Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) for Ukraine, it approved the authorities' request for merging the remaining two reviews (the third and fourth tranches) scheduled for 2014, while keeping the total financing under the arrangement unchanged.
Twenty-three Ukrainians who were held in captivity in Libya for three years and accused of aiding the regime of Muammar Gaddafi were released late on Thursday, August 28, Ukraine's Television News Service (TSN) has reported, citing Archpriest Zakhariy Kerstiuk, who was in charge of a humanitarian mission in Libya and regularly visited the Ukrainians in captivity.
Poland has refused to let a plane carrying Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu fly through its airspace. The plane turned back to the Slovakian capital, Bratislava. Mr Shoigu had been on an official visit to Slovakia.
AMSTERDAM - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Friday the sanctions against Russia "have not worked" in changing Moscow's behaviour in eastern Ukraine and that additional measures must be considered by the European Union.
Moscow - Russian airlines transported 1.185 million people to Crimea and back during the three summer months, statistics of the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) said.
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Aug. 29 that Moscow is prepared to offer Ukraine a discount of $100 per 1,000 cubic meters of gas, sticking to the same position it set out during previous rounds of fruitless gas talks.
Vladimir Putin has said Russia is "ready to repel any aggression" after comparing Ukraine's military to the Nazi army. Speaking to a youth camp outside Moscow on Aug. 29, he said: "Russia is far from being involved in any large-scale conflicts.
For months, Moscow has steadfastly denied that Russian troops were fighting in Ukraine. But Valentina Melnikova has a different story to tell.
Moscow - Poland's ban on Russian Defense Ministry Sergei Shoigu's aircraft passage through its airspace is a gross violation of the norms and ethics of international contacts, a high-ranking Russian Foreign Ministry official said.