United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was encouraged by the initial round of diplomatic negotiations on the crisis in Ukraine held in Geneva, but stressed that all sides need to "follow up words with deeds, as the situation remains extremely volatile."
Russia continues to implement the project to build the South Stream gas pipeline, Energy Minister Alexander Novak told a press conference.
The Cabinet of Ministers has prepared a bill on an amnesty for people who voluntarily surrender arms and vacate captured buildings, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk has said.
Kyiv is not placing any "unreasonable" hopes on the statement that was signed by Russian, U.S., EU and Ukrainian foreign ministers in Geneva on April 17, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk said in the Verkhovna Rada on Friday morning.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on April 17 that the U.S. authorities have decided to provide Ukraine with more non-lethal military aid.
High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton has said it is extremely important to immediately start implementation of the agreements, which were achieved at the foursome meeting of the leaders of the diplomatic offices of the European Union, Russia, the Unites States and Ukraine in Geneva.
Partakers in the quadripartite negotiations held in Geneva on Thursday believe that Kyiv should immediately launch a broad national dialogue in the context of the constitutional reform, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated.
Kyiv expects Moscow to promptly start to fulfill the conditions of the statement that was signed by Russian, EU, U.S. and Ukrainian foreign ministers in Geneva on Thursday, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk said.
Washington is ready to introduce additional sanctions regarding Russia, if it does not see progress in resolving the Ukrainian issues, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.
U.S. officials Thursday denounced what one called a "grotesque" leaflet ordering Jews in one eastern Ukrainian city to register with a government office, but the Jewish community there dismissed it as a "provocation."
The United States, Russia, Ukraine and European Union together called on Thursday for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine, where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement.
The United States has said it hopes that acting Ukrainian authorities start to implement measures to de-escalate tensions and restore security for all citizens that have been agreed at Geneva meeting, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.
Ukraine's Foreign Minister Andriy Deschytsia has said that Kyiv is prepared to conduct inclusive and transparent constitutional reform in the country.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has discussed on the telephone with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan some aspects related to Crimea's accession to Russia, including issues concerning the Crimean Tatar community, the Kremlin press office said.
Armed men on Thursday raided a facility in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, belonging to Broadcasting, Radio Communications and Television Concern and gained access to the equipment inside, concern's chief executive Kostiantyn Zakharenko said in a letter to the State Service for Special Communications and Information Protection.
Participants in four-party talks in Geneva have agreed that the crisis in Ukraine has to be resolved by Ukrainians themselves, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Ukraine intends by all possible means to protect its right to bilateral trade with Russia, including through the World Trade Organization (WTO), Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk has stated.
The talks in Geneva between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ukraine's Foreign Minister, Andriy Deschytsia, continue.
In response to a recent proposal from Russian President Vladimir Putin, the European Union has agreed to hold talks with Russia and Ukraine on the security of the supply and transit of Russian natural gas.