The European Commission cancelled a news conference planned to follow talks between Russia and Ukraine on gas supplies on Oct. 29, saying negotiations in Brussels were continuing late into the evening.
With many pro-European politicians winning seats in parliament, some 64 former lawmakers who supported so callled "dictator laws" during the waning days of deposed president Viktor Yanukovych, are making it to the parliament again.
Head of the election headquarters of the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko, Vitaliy Kovalchuk, said that their political force hopes to form the government within a week after the first sitting of the newly-elected Verkhovna Rada takes place.
European Parliament (EP) President Martin Schulz and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stress the elections the pro-Russian separatists are planning to hold in separate districts in Donetsk and Luhanks Oblasts on Nov. 2 are unacceptable and contravene Ukrainian laws and the Minsk agreements, the Ukrainian presidential press service said.
STRASBOURG - In a letter to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, PACE President Anne Brasseur congratulated the Ukrainian people on holding early parliamentary elections which to a large extent comply with Ukraine's democratic commitments and aspirations.
MOSCOW - Russia's RT (Russia Today) television is launching a Britain-dedicated channel, RT UK, which will start broadcasting on Oct. 29.
BRUSSELS - The European Union said that holding of parliamentary and presidential elections in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics called by the self-appointed authorities would run counter to the spirit of the Minsk Protocol and the EU won't recognize them.
MINSK - Chief of the Belarusian National Bank Nadezhda Yermakova does not see reasons for the deterioration of the situation in Belarusian banking in relation to the sanctions imposed by the EU and the United States on several Russian banks.
MOSCOW - Russia has suggested that Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe officers and Ukrainian border guards examine the cargo of a Russian humanitarian aid convoy that will pass through the Donetsk border checkpoint in Russia's Rostov region en route to eastern Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Oct. 29.
Novo-Ogaryovo, Moscow region - Rosoboronexport received an invitation from the French side to visit France for the transfer of the first Mistral ship to the Russian side, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said
Russia, which the United States has accused of backing Ukrainian rebels who shot down a Malaysian airliner in July, called new proposals from the United Nations aviation body on mitigating risks over conflict zones rushed and "superficial", according to a document obtained by Reuters.
The European Union and United Nations condemned plans to hold elections in rebel-held areas of eastern Ukraine on Oct. 29, with the EU explicitly denouncing Moscow's support for the separatists' plans.
Washington has called on Russia to immediately release Nadiya Savchenko, the Ukrainian pilot who was captured in eastern Ukraine and later handed over to Russia, where she is charged with killing two Russian journalists.
The Russian Navy has successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile, proving its reliability after a long and troublesome development.
BRUSSELS - NATO on Oct. 28 reported an "unusual" spike in Russian military flights over the Black, Baltic and North seas and the Atlantic Ocean during the past two days.
Lately the Czech Republic has become one of the weaker links in Europe's efforts to punish Russia for its interference in Ukraine. For months, critics, especially in Poland and the Baltic states, have accused Czech leaders of insufficient vigilance against Russian aggression. Now one of the country's own intelligence services is doing the same. In an annual report released Oct. 27th, the Czech Republic's counterintelligence agency, known by the Czech-language acronym BIS, accuses governing elites of "asymmetric indifference to the issue of security risks from Russia and China".
The United Nations and the EU on Oct. 29 warned that plans to hold separatist leadership polls in east Ukraine at the weekend would undermine peace efforts, as rebels launched early voting on the internet.
Two days after Ukraine’s Oct. 26 parliamentary election Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s party People's Front is nearly tied with the Petro Poroshenko Bloc with the parties receiving 22.17 percent and 21.81 percent respectively with 99 percent of the vote counted.
U.S. authorities are concerned that charges may be brought against captive Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko accused of illegal crossing the border with Russia, U.S. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said.