If you've always fancied yourself as a competitor in the Eurovision song contest, but never quite made the cut, this opportunity could be for you. Novorossia, the break-away state established by Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine, is in search of a national anthem - and it has launched a song contest to find one.
DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine -- The familiar thump! thump! thump! of shelling a few kilometers away is suddenly broken by the staccato rat-a-tat-tat-tat! of automatic gunfire. We all stop, crouch a little, and look around.
EU leaders will urge Russia at a summit this week to do more to stabilize Ukraine, according to a draft statement seen by Reuters, but diplomats expect no change in sanctions on Moscow in the near future.
The annexation of Crimea was clearly illegal and contrary to international standards. The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution to that effect on March 27, 2014, and the international community will always consider Crimea a part of Ukraine no matter how the Russian authorities might try to prove otherwise.
Russia's central bank, grappling with the fastest price growth in three years, may "seriously" weigh raising borrowing costs if inflation expectations remain high, according to First Deputy Chairman Sergei Shvetsov.
BRUSSELS - He came close to being the EU's new foreign policy chief, but Radek Sikorski's political future is in doubt over his handling of a press interview.
Almost two-thirds of Ukrainians (65.1 percent) believe that the Minsk agreements and the adoption of the law on a special local government order in certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions have not helped achieve peace in Ukraine, according to a survey conducted by the Gorshenin Institute.
Russian stocks fell on Oct. 22 and the ruble resumed its decline, a day after Russia and Ukraine failed to finalise a deal on gas supplies, and ahead of a sovereign rating review by Standard and Poor's on Friday.
Russia will halt meat imports from Moldova starting Oct. 27, news agency TASS reported on Oct. 22. "In certain instances, meat from Moldova has come from unidentified sources and is unsafe by veterinary-sanitary measures," Sergei Dankvert, head of food safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor, told TASS.
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Oct. 22 he hoped the suspension of work by U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil in the Kara Sea because of Western sanctions would not affect wider offshore exploration in the Russian Arctic.
Verkhovna Rada Chairman Oleksandr Turchynov has handed over the certificates for ten new modernized Spartan armored vehicles to Ukrainian National Guard soldiers.
The intensity of attacks by militants on Ukrainian positions has declined after a regime of artillery silence was declared in eastern Ukraine, but the flow of fighters and weapons from Russia continues through the sections of the border not controlled by Ukraine, the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) has reported.
Surrounded by relics of the Cold War, US Secretary of State John Kerry and his German counterpart warned today against a return to the bitter divide between east and west over the current crisis in Ukraine.
Luhansk region state administration head Hennadiy Moskal has proposed a special self-governing status for 80 populated localities.
Five Ukrainian servicemen were injured in the army operation zone over the past day, Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) spokesman Andriy Lysenko said.
NATO representatives have expressed their readiness to help Ukraine implement a program to assist in the physical rehabilitation of servicemen of all law enforcement agencies who were injured during the anti-terrorist operation in the east of the country, the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry reported on Oct. 22.
As the political and economic costs of Russia's annexation of Crimea escalate, President Vladimir Putin and other top Russian diplomats may well be looking for a quiet countryside getaway. And what better location than the balmy peninsula itself?
Last week's synod of bishops at the Vatican has been making headlines across international media concentrating on issues of homosexuality and divorce. One incident that the media has widely omitted to report is the scathing public verbal assault by the Russian Orthodox Church against the Church in Ukraine.
The first ship loaded with coal from South Africa passed through the Bosphorus Strait on Oct. 22, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has said.
The Ukrainian Infrastructure Ministry hopes for the implementation of certain projects on restoring the operation of the transport system in Donbas as part of the provision of 500 million euros as loan guarantees from Germany, the ministry's press service has reported.