The reduction in the planned tax payments from Luhansk and Donetsk regions in September reached Hr 2 billion, and in coming months the situation will worsen, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk has said.
Young men from Chechnya are being drafted into Russia's armed forces for the first time in 20 years.
Some 500 men aged 18-27 will be drafted this autumn.
At least 10 people were killed on Wednesday when shells hit a school playground and a mini-van in a nearby street in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, city authorities and Reuters witnesses said.
On Wednesday, Oct. 1, morning the militants of Donetsk People's Republic hit a shuttle bus with a volley of fire, as a result of which six persons were killed and one injured, the press service of Donetsk regional state administration said.
Kremlin-backed media channel REN TV has been caught using misleading photos in one of its stories about Ukraine. The story claims that Ukrainians are carrying out atrocities in the east of the country, showing photos of large amounts of bodies lying on the ground and claiming they are part of mass graves. But, as the BBC points out, the images were actually of victims from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down in July.
Washington - US Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work has said that the United States and its allies must find means to respond the military actions of Russia and China.
Ukrainian soldiers, released from captivity in east Ukraine have given personal accounts of the presence of Russian troops in the war-torn region.
The cease-fire in Ukraine that curtailed casualties for four weeks is starting to fray as pro-Russian insurgents continue to test the nerves of the military with targeted attacks, the government in Kiev said.
Last night was quiet in the Donetsk airport area, the Ukrainian servicemen said.
The European Union has decided to keep in place sanctions against Russia over its actions in eastern Ukraine and its support of rebels there.
A team of DTEK electricians from Donetskoblenergo, a regional power company, who were conducting repairs near the village of Semenivka close to Avdiyivka, came under a sudden Grad rocket attack which killed one of the workers as a result.
MOSCOW - The French Embassy in Moscow has not confirmed the reports about a handover of a Mistral class helicopter carrier to Russia in Saint-Nazaire on Nov. 4.
Active hostilities have been taking place in northern Donetsk (near the airport) as of 6.30 on Sept. 30, the city council said.
DNIPROPETROVSK - Representatives from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) continue working in Luhansk region, OSCE Special Monitoring Mission spokesman Michael Bociurkiw told a press conference in Dnipropetrovsk on Sept. 30.
Starting Sept. 27, Ukrainian Customs on the border with Russia in Crimea has introduced international border control.
Donetsk Railways in connection with the demand will extend the running of train No. 521/522 between Mariupol and Kharkiv.
The member companies of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine have not appealed to the leadership of the chamber with any complaints regarding problems with the movement of goods to Crimea after the entry into force on September 27 of the act on a free economic zone (FEZ) in Crimea.
There are no mass graves of Ukrainian troops in the anti-terrorist operation zone, and there cannot be any, said Ukrainian Prosecutor General Vitaliy Yarema.
Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine's president, has returned home after making emotional pleas for support to the Canadian and US legislatures, where he received sympathy and cash but no military assistance. Poroshenko faces deep-seated scepticism among western governments and experts over whether Ukraine's leaders can overcome their differences, fight corruption and move beyond rhetoric to action in implementing long-overdue reforms.