Russian security authorities on Oct. 13 prevented the sister of a jailed Ukrainian pilot who stands accused of murdering two Moscow reporters from testifying in her defense.
MOSCOW/MILAN - Russian energy producer Gazprom is preparing to offer to sell more natural gas to Europe at spot prices to ensure European companies' support for a planned pipeline bypassing Ukraine, industry sources say.
To the families of the 298 passengers who died over Ukraine on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 more than a year ago, a long-awaited Dutch investigation into the cause of the crash must be satisfying and frustrating in equal measure. The report confirms that the plane was shot down by a Russian-built surface-to-air missile, as long suspected, but not by whom or from exactly where.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that the announcement of new dates of elections in the breakaway parts of Donbas region amounts to unacceptable blackmail.
The Dutch Safety Board has said that there was sufficient reason for Ukraine to close the airspace over its eastern part at the time, when the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down.
The Dutch report on the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was not supposed to apportion blame. Yet the report released on Oct. 13 by the Dutch Safety Board clearly shows that no side is innocent in eastern Ukraine's now-frozen conflict.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine by a Russian-made Buk 9M38M1 anti-aircraft missile from separatist-held territory on July 17, 2014, Dutch Safety Board chairman Tjibbe Joustra told reporters on Oct. 13, Luke Harding, a Guardian reporter, wrote on Twitter.
UNITED NATIONS - Ukraine on Oct. 13 defended its decision not to close airspace in the east of the country where a Malaysian passenger plane was shot down, saying it was unaware that anti-aircraft weapons were being used in the area and that planes could be under threat.
If Ukraine fails to pay off a $3 billion Eurobond in December Russia will consider this a default, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Oct. 13.
The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said its stance over the catastrophe of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 jet in the country's east remains unchanged - a missile was fired from militant-controlled territory.
A Dutch-led investigation concluded on Oct. 13 that a missile from a Russian-made Buk system brought down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine last year.
European Union officials who brokered the Russian gas supply deal to see Ukraine through the winter are confident it is funded and would like Kyiv to top up its stocks by up to 20 percent before the cold sets in.
MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin called on Oct. 13 on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to lend an additional $3 billion to Ukraine to help the ex-Soviet country pay off its debt to Russia.
While most people have long ago concluded that Ukraine's sick criminal justice system needs an overhaul, prosecutors continue defending their work - despite the fact that 15,000 people working in the service have not taken a single big corruption case to court since last year's EuroMaidan Revolution.
MOSCOW - Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko's sister Vira Savchenko has been banned from entering Russia until 2020, Mark Feygin, the lawyer for the Ukrainian woman pilot, told Interfax-Ukraine on Oct. 13.
A Buk surface-to-air missile downed flight MH17, Dutch investigators have said as they unveiled a reconstruction of the plane that showed huge shrapnel damage to the cockpit and front section.
The Dutch investigation into the downing of a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine last year is biased, Russian news agencies quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Oct. 13.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Oct. 13 there was no alternative to the Minsk peace deal for eastern Ukraine.
Ukrainian incumbent Naftogaz will allow other companies to use its capacity at the Budince border point, while it is waiting for a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to be able to buy more gas from the EU.
Air crash investigators concluded on Oct. 15 that Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a Russian-made BUK missile fired from war-torn eastern Ukraine last year killing all 298 people on board.