ST PETERSBURG - The preliminary round draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russia marked both a first and last step on the road to the finals.
The Night Wolves - and their outspoken leader Alexander "The Surgeon" Zaldostanov — may be the face of Russian bikers, but other less high-profile clubs say there is more to Russian biker culture than Orthodoxy and pro-Kremlin PR stunts.
MOSCOW - U.S.-Russian collaboration to secure a deal on Iran's nuclear program has raised hopes of closer cooperation on other world issues, but analysts say any progress is likely to be slow in coming.
Dmitry Kovtun, who is one of two Russians suspected of killing ex-KGB spy Alexander Litivinenko, is refusing to testify in a London inquiry. Judge Robert Owen hinted it may be "an attempt to manipulate the situation."
An eleven-year-old girl hurt who was injured on July 26 night by a car carrying head of the Ukrainian Constitutional Court Yuriy Baulin remains in a grave condition in hospital, chief doctor of Poltava children’s clinical hospital Larysa Savchenko said.
DONETSK – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is set to continue to provide assistance for the re-construction of health care institutions demolished during the conflict in the Donetsk region, said Sanela Bajrambasic, an ICRC representative in Donetsk.
The presidents of China, Russia, Iran and the United States are scheduled to speak at the 70th annual U.N. General Assembly of world leaders in September - a rare appearance for Russian President Vladimir Putin and the first for Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Last July 21 morning Yelena Filippova, secretary to the head of Ukraine's self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko, was badly injured when her car exploded as she drove to work. That afternoon, a prominent DPR politician was shot and wounded on one of the main streets of the city. With evening came fragmentary reports that a military building in central Donetsk had been blockaded by troops.
From the outset of the Ukraine crisis, the West has acted on the premise that economic sanctions would induce Russia to modify its actions. But while sanctions do constrain capacity, they do not constrain behavior.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has promised to introduce to the parliament a bill on tougher liability for bribery of voters next week.
Ukraine plans to boost natural gas imports from Europe to 40 million cubic meters (mcm) a day from Aug. 1, from 23-24 mcm a day at present, Energy and Coal Industry Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn said at a press conference in Kyiv on July 27.
There are no Ukrainian soldiers stationed at the Avdiyivka coke plant and the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) knows that perfectly well, ambassador at large of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) Andriy Kuzmenko has said.
Ukraine's bonds rose to a fresh five-month high as the nation said talks to restructure $19 billion of debt will continue this week after new proposals were presented to creditors.
Ukrop Ukrainian Union of Patriots Party will run in every region in Ukraine in the upcoming local elections, head of party's political council Hennadiy Korban said.
The shelling of Vrublyovka, Luhansk oblast, by the rebels from Grad missile system failed to appear on OSCE report on that day, Luhansk News Today reports July 27.
The Ukrainian State Border Service said that Ukrainian border guards did not open fire at Russian citizens from the Ukrainian territory near the Krasna Talivka border checkpoint, calling this incident a provocative act.
DONETSK - At least two people were killed July 27 and a regional power station was knocked out of action after being damaged by shelling in Ukraine's pro-Russian separatist east.
The Defense Ministry of Ukraine will launch a personal card system for military personnel, President Petro Poroshenko has reported.
A high-ranking commander of Ukraine's Azov battalion has been found dead in his apartment in the town of Bucha, outside Kyiv.
A dozen years ago, American neocon Robert Kagan claimed, famously, that “Americans are from Mars, the Europeans are from Venus” - meaning that Americans tend to rely on military force while the Europeans in all situations prefer peaceful solutions - even when they clearly don’t work. Since then, on a number of occasions hawks on both sides of the Atlantic and in the Middle East have called Western Europeans soft and even cowardly.