MOSCOW - The chief of Russia's General Staff says the military will receive 50 intercontinental ballistic missiles this year, maintaining a high tempo of modernization despite the nation's economic downturn.
OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) will increase the number of monitors in eastern Ukraine, OSCE SMM spokesperson Michael Bociurkiw has said.
DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine -- Ukrainian forces acknowledged they had ceded control of the village of Vuhlehirsk to Kremlin-backed forces on Jan. 30, giving separatist fighters a vital foothold west of Debaltseve with which to bombard Ukraine’s only supply route into the strategic rail and road junction.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has urged the Russian Federation to free Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - A Bosnian arms exporter has made a criminal complaint against the country's current and former ministers of trade for blocking a 5 million-euro deal with Ukraine because of objections from Russia.
Video has emerged showing a fierce battle in Vuhlehirsk, Donetsk, in which pro-Russian forces come under heavy bombardment from Ukrainian forces.
Militants shelled Donets on Jan. 30 killing seven of the civilians who had come to receive humanitarian aid, the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) reported.
PARIS - France is pledging tanks and armored vehicles to bolster NATO forces in Poland, where leaders are increasingly uneasy about Russia.
MOSCOW - Nadezhda Savchenko, a Ukrainian army pilot under arrest in Moscow, said through her lawyers on Friday that Russia had opened a fresh case against her alleging that she had illegally crossed the border from Ukraine.
MOSCOW - In a surprise decision, Russia's central bank on Friday cut its key interest rate, which it had raised sharply last month to support the collapsing ruble, in order to help the fading economy.
It's hard to disagree that with great power comes great responsibility. And, in today's world, much of the power resides with global business. Nowhere is it more apparent than in Davos. Last week, I took part in a special session of the WEF, which was designed to bring business elites from Ukraine, Russia, Europe and the rest of the world together in search of a solution for today's impasse in a political dialogue amidst rapidly deteriorating situation in eastern Ukraine.
Seven civilians were killed as a result of the shelling by militants of the town of Debaltseve, Donetsk Oblast, on Jan. 30, regional police chief Viacheslav Abroskin has said.
PARIS - France and Poland urged Russia on Jan. 30 to stop all forms of support to separatists in Ukraine and called for an immediate ceasefire, warning that sanctions on Moscow would be maintained and could be extended as long as no political solution was found.
DONETSK, Ukraine - Artillery fire in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk killed at least 12 civilians on Jan. 30 afternoon, the city hall in the rebel stronghold said, as fighting intensifies between pro-Russia separatists and government troops.
The Ukrainian Security Service has confirmed the detention of two journalists from the Russian television channel LifeNews for activities that harm the national interests of Ukraine and are not related to journalism.
Ukraine's military blamed separatists for a shell attack on a cultural center in Donetsk where humanitarian aid was being given out and which it said killed at least seven people on Jan. 30.
DONETSK - Twelve people have been killed on Jan. 30 in shelling in the city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, an official with the pro-separatist City Council said, as the conflict between the Ukrainian military and pro-Russian separatists escalated in the past week.
Kyiv and pro-Russian rebels traded accusations over deadly attacks in eastern Ukraine as pro-Russian separatists say peace talks due to have taken place in Minsk on Jan. 30 have been postponed.
The new year has brought more misery to Ukraine. Separatist fighters, supported by Russian troops, have launched attacks in Donetsk and Luhansk. Diplomatic efforts have made no progress toward a settlement - or even toward firming up a cease-fire that has all but collapsed. The West, including the United States, needs to get serious about assisting Ukraine if it does not wish to see the situation deteriorate further. That means committing real money now to aid Ukraine's defense.
Ukraine and other participants of the Trilateral Contact Group on resolving the situation in Ukraine's east are ready to meet in Minsk only with the signatories to the Minsk protocol and memorandum, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Yevhen Perebyinis said.