Russia's economic slump deepened in April, official data showed on May 22, as steeper falls in retail sales and real wages pointed to a further deterioration in domestic demand.
The humanitarian crisis in Ukraine that arose in connection with the conflict in Donbas can only be resolved through adherence to the Minsk agreements, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, Simon Henshaw, has said.
Amnesty International on May 22 accused Ukrainian forces of torture and pro-Russian rebels of even more serious war crimes such as summary executions committed both before and after a February truce deal.
More signs of economic malaise in Russia. Average wages adjusted for inflation in the country fell 13.2 percent in April compared to a year ago, much steeper than the 9.1 percent decline the market had forecast.
Novorossia died a quiet death this week. When separatist leader Oleg Tsarev announced the end of the scheme to unite the Russian-speaking regions of eastern Ukraine into a single pro-Moscow separatist entity on May 20, it was the latest in a series of signs that the yearlong conflict in the Donbas is lumbering toward some kind of endgame.
RIGA - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says Ukraine and Georgia have received a signal from the European Union about the prospects of the introduction of a visa-free regime.
Gerard Depardieu has expressed solidarity with both Russian presidentVladimir Putin and former Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko at the Cannes film festival. Asked his feelings about the current dispute over Ukraine, Depardieu said: "I'm like everybody - I think conflicts are a terrible thing. I know Mr Putin well; I like him a lot and I still go to Russia."
MINSK - Amidst the global financial crisis and sanctions against Russia, Belarusian experience of overcoming economic slowdown is unique, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said at a Belarusian Trade Unions Federation congress in Minsk on May 22.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman says Moscow is making efforts toward the release of two Russians held in Ukraine, but has declined comment on claims that they are soldiers.
'Now you have the growth of Russian-speaking Ukrainian patriotism, which has now become very trendy and fashionable'
'You have this new phenomena of Russian speakers in Eastern and Southern Ukraine, who had to make a decision. They had to either support the separatists or support Ukraine. The majority outside of Donbas supported the pro-Ukrainian position'
Three Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and 12 wounded in the latest clashes between government forces and Russian-backed separatists, further eroding a three-month-old ceasefire, Kyiv's military said on May 22.
Three Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in the Donbas conflict zone in the past 24 hours and another 12 injured, says Andriy Lysenko, a Ukrainian presidential administration spokesman for the anti-terrorist operation.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on May 22 that Russia is "taking the necessary steps" to free two of its nationals captured by Ukrainian forces in the east of the country.
MOSCOW - Russian missile manufacturer Almaz-Antey said on May 22 it had filed an appeal against European Union sanctions imposed on it over the crisis in Ukraine.
Amnesty International says both warring sides in eastern Ukraine are almost daily perpetrating war crimes, including torture and summary killings of prisoners.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and UK Prime Minister David Cameron discussed a number of issues, including the possibility of sending peacekeepers to the south-east of Ukraine, at a meeting in Riga on May 22, the Ukrainian leader's press service has reported.
Opposition activists in Moscow who discovered freshly dug graves of Russian servicemen say they are handing over their findings to NATO for further scrutiny.
Amnesty International has released a report detailing war crimes perpetrated by pro-Kyiv and pro-Russia forces. The report details summary killings, mock executions and torture on both sides of the conflict in Ukraine.
Russia is taking the necessary steps to free two of its citizens captured by Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying on May 22.
The international non-governmental organization Amnesty International has urged UN agencies and experts to urgently send a mission to Ukraine to visit all the detention sites for prisoners held in connection with the conflict in the country's eastern region.