Ukraine has banned the release of the upcoming Russian family comedy Mamy 3 (Moms 3) on the grounds of "Russian chauvinism" it allegedly contains.
The leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic plan to push for more east Ukrainian territory at a Dec. 21 round of peace talks in Minsk, RIA Novosti reported Thursday.
Ukrainians are knitting socks, donating scrap metal and even crowd-funding a tank to keep their woefully underfunded army going as its standoff with pro-Russian rebels in the east drags on towards the new year.
BRUSSELS - European Union leaders met on Dec. 18 to seek solutions to two major challenges - how to jumpstart sluggish economic growth at home, and how to deal long-term with Russia.
European security watchdog the OSCE prolonged the mandate of its observer mission at two Russian checkpoints on the border with Ukraine by three months on Dec. 18, the longest extension so far.
Vladimir Putin signalled he would not back down over the Ukraine crisis on Thursday, likening the West to a bloodthirsty opponent intent on “tearing out the claws and teeth” of the Russian bear.
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin held his annual end-of-year news conference on Dec. 18. Below are some of his comments.
BRUSSELS - The EU will, from 20 December, ban almost all forms of business co-operation with Crimea despite doubt on the future of its sanctions regime. The new law - agreed on Dec. 18 and seen by EUobserver - is designed to give teeth to EU non-recognition of Russia's annexation of the Ukrainian region in March.
BRUSSELS - The European Union has imposed a ban on investment in Crimea, and other economic sanctions including measures aimed at keeping tourists away. The new measures on investment, services and trade, announced on Dec. 18, beef up the EU's previous sanctions taken in response to Russia's annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine in March.
BRUSSELS - The European Union banned investment in Crimea on Dec. 18, halting European help for Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration and outlawing European cruise ships from calling at Crimean ports.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has declared the conflict with Russia could be resolved within weeks. At the same time he also expressed a desire for more Western aligned security for his country. His comments came on a visit to Poland as Warsaw ratified the EU-Ukraine association agreement which lies at the heart of the crisis.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled no change in his approach to the conflict in Ukraine while saying that he is seeking a negotiated resolution to the crisis. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is "of course" attempting to restore peace and Russia is ready to be an intermediary in talks with separatist rebels, Putin said at his annual media conference in Moscow on Dec. 18.
Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said on Dec. 18 that his country was losing about $300 million a year to tax-free investments in Cyprus, an argument he sued to justify the abolition of the present double-taxation avoidance treaty.
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Dec. 18 the Ukraine crisis should be resolved as quickly as possible and that Moscow's aim was to restore political unity to Ukraine.
BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Dec. 18 that sanctions against Russiaover Ukraine remain unavoidable as long as Moscow does not respect Ukrainian sovereignty and help ensure what she called "European security with Russia, not against Russia".
Ukrainians have been putting culinary experimentation aside this year, and exploring the explosive world of petrol bombs instead, if Google's end-of-year statistics are to be believed.
EU leaders are expected to discuss the economic situation in Russia when they meet on Dec. 18 in Brussels - focusing on the Ukraine crisis, EU sanctions and the plummeting ruble.
In Ukraine, every picture tells a story. RFE/RL traveled to six Ukrainian cities in search of old family photographs - and the people who treasure them as an affirmation of who they, and their country, are today.
MOSCOW - From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin's days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost more than half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah. And yet most Russians see Putin not as the cause, but as the solution.
WARSAW - Polish and Ukrainian state gas pipeline operators signed an agreement on Dec. 17 to look into expanding their capacity to transport gas between the two countries, the Polish pipeline group Gaz-System said in a statement.