Britain's government on April 20 handed Russian-controlled investment fund LetterOne a deadline of six months to sell North Sea gas fields acquired from German power giant RWE.
Paratroopers from the United States have begun training Ukrainian National Guard soldiers. A fragile ceasefire between Kyiv's forces and pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine appears to be holding.
The OSCE will increase a number of the monitors in the eastern part of Ukraine, OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier said.
The militants along toward evening opened fire on Azov regiment positions in the village of Shyrokyne near Mariupol with mortars and automatic grenade launchers, and then used machine-guns, Azov press service said.
LVIV - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said he hopes that a 24-hour OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) observation center will be set up in the village of Shyrokyne (near Mariupol) soon.
US paratroopers have started training national guard units in Ukraine, despite Moscow's warnings that it could destabilise the peace process with Russia-backed rebels in the east of the country.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on April 20 he believed a surge in ceasefire violations in east Ukraine had passed, adding Moscow would work to prevent violence escalating again.
STRASBOURG President of the Parliamentary Assemble of the Council of Europe (PACE) Anne Brasseur has said she regrets that Ukrainian delegate to PACE Nadia Savchenko was prevented from coming to Strasbourg to participate in the spring PACE session as she continues to be detained in Moscow.
TBILISI - Another Georgian citizen fighting along Ukrainian forces against Moscow-backed separatists has been killed in eastern Ukraine.
MOSCOW - Russia on April 20 dismissed Norway's protests over a weekend visit to a Norwegian archipelago by a delegation that included Russia's deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin.
In early 2001, Yakiv Rogalin took a Port Authority bus from Mt. Lebanon daily to study charity management at the University of Pittsburgh. Now, the 59-year-old Ukrainian doctor takes a shabby bus twice a week, passing through six checkpoints in eastern Ukraine, to get papers permitting the transport of milk and medication across the front lines of the conflict between government troops and Russian-backed rebels.
Three years ago, well before the war in Ukraine began, Roman Matys was shopping at Tommy Hilfiger in downtown Lviv when a sales clerk offered him a customer loyalty card. As Matys read the registration form, he noticed it was in Russian. Like most people in Ukraine, he speaks the language, but the principle of the matter annoyed him. The country has only one official language—Ukrainian—so Matys complained to the clerk, who told him the forms came from the company’s head office in Odessa. There was nothing, the salesman said, he could do about it.
Despite growing tension between Russia and Western Europe, the United States is planning to move 24 military helicopters over the next two years from Germany to Alaska, according to media reports Sunday. The timing of the transfer of such major military assets has been criticized amid Russia's growing presence in Ukraine and the U.S.'s recent assurances that it will defend its European allies.
VILNIUS – OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier has said that a truce which has been reached in the village of Shyrokyne outside Mariupol gives a good chance for achieving peace in Donbas.
Troops from the United States and Ukraine have officially opened joint training exercises intended to help bolster Ukraine's defenses against incursions from Russian-backed separatists in the east.
Vilnius - The OSCE chief said April 20 a truce was holding in a key village in eastern Ukraine and urged rival sides to "embrace a good chance for peace" in the war-torn region.
NATO is ready to assist Ukraine in reforming its defense sector, Minister of the National Defense of Lithuania Juozas Olekas has said.
A diplomatic spat has evolved between Russia and Norway over the visit by Russia's deputy prime minister to the Svalbard archipelago. He is one of the 150 individuals banned over Russia's role in the Ukraine conflict.