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Turkish president rules out role swap with Erdogan 
By Orhan Coskun, Humeyra Pamuk | April 18, 2014 07:24 PM
Turkey's president appeared to rule out a job swap with Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan when his term as head of state ends in a few months, signalling strains between the allies following months of political tension.
Russia scraps last gas discount to Ukraine, hikes price 
April 03, 2014 02:52 PM
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says he has scrapped the last discount on gas price granted by Moscow to Ukraine, effectively raising the price by $100 dollars to $485 for 1000 cubic meters.
Russian prime minister angers Ukraine by visiting Crimea 
April 01, 2014 01:16 AM
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev flaunted Russia’s grip on Crimea by flying to the region and holding a government meeting there Monday, angering Ukraine and defying Western demands to hand the peninsula back to Kiev.
Russia pulls back a battalion from Ukraine border 
By Laura Mills | March 31, 2014 08:43 PM
Russia pulled back a battalion from along the Ukrainian border on Monday and sent its prime minister to shower promises on Crimea, pledging quick funds to improve power supplies, water lines and education on its newly annexed peninsula.
Russia braces for sanctions over Ukraine 
By Evgenia Pismennaya, Ilya Arkhipov | March 14, 2014 12:10 AM
Russian government officials and businessmen are bracing for sanctions resembling those applied to Iran after what they see as the inevitable annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region, according to four people with knowledge of the preparations.
Russia’s one-stop-shop for pills, phones and automatic weapons 
By Yuliya Fedorinova, Elena Mazneva | March 12, 2014 12:08 AM
If you need a genuine Kalashnikov rifle, Sergey Chemezov is your man. He’d also be happy to sell you a dual-screen smartphone, neonatal incubators, heavy-duty trucks or a few tons of titanium.
Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates 
By Lidia Kelly, Alissa de Carbonnel | March 07, 2014 04:45 PM
President Vladimir Putin rebuffs a warning from U.S. President Barack Obama over Moscow's military intervention in Crimea, saying that Russia could not ignore calls for help from Russian speakers in Ukraine.
Ukraine to unveil new premier, government 
By Marianne Barriaux | February 25, 2014 10:52 AM
Ukraine is set to unveil a new prime minister and cabinet as top Western envoys rush to Kiev to try to find a lasting solution to the crisis rocking the economically-teetering country.
Ukraine: No new government before Thursday 
By Jim Heintz | February 25, 2014 03:16 PM (Last Updated: 25/02/2014 05:14 PM)
A former presidential aide despised by protesters has been shot and wounded, his spokesman says, raising fears of retaliation as Ukraine charts a new tumultuous political course.
Russia says it won't intervene in Ukraine 
By Maria Antonova | February 25, 2014 03:14 PM
Moscow pledges it will not intervene in the crisis in neighboring Ukraine but says the country should not be forced to choose between Russia and the West.
Ukraine seeks fugitive leader over ‘mass murder’ 
February 25, 2014 01:01 AM
Ukraine issued an arrest warrant Monday for its ousted pro-Russian president over “mass murder” and appealed for $35 billion in Western aid as Moscow denounced Kiev’s new reformist team as illegitimate.
Russian aid needed as time runs out for Ukraine: French FM 
February 24, 2014 05:44 PM
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius urges Russia to continue to offer financial assistance to Ukraine, telling reporters in Beijing "there is no time to lose" for the crisis-hit country.
Ukraine's fugitive president wanted for mass murder 
By Natalia Zinets, Pavel Polityuk | February 24, 2014 10:37 AM (Last Updated: 24/02/2014 04:44 PM)
Ukraine's new authorities issue an arrest warrant for mass murder against ousted President Viktor Yanukovich, who is on the run after being toppled by bloody street protests in which police snipers killed opposition demonstrators.
Will Ukraine affect Syria? 
February 25, 2014 12:12 AM
The weekend’s dramatic events in Ukraine have been hailed as a turning point, but the coming days and weeks will be just as important in defining whether the Maidan Square uprising is remembered as the beginning of something better, or something worse.
EU examining immediate and long-term aid for Ukraine 
By Luke Baker, Justyna Pawlak | February 24, 2014 03:23 PM
Europe is discussing a range of options for short- and longer-term financial assistance to Ukraine, but any comprehensive package is only likely to take shape after elections in May and in coordination with the International Monetary Fund.
Zubkov drained after carrying nation’s hopes 
By Mark Trevelyan | February 24, 2014 12:16 AM
Former taxi driver Alexander Zubkov steered Russia to victory in the four-man bobsleigh on the last day of the Winter Olympics Sunday but looked more exhausted than elated after carrying the weight of the nation’s hopes.
After Ukraine’s bloodiest day, EU tries to broker peace 
February 21, 2014 12:24 AM
Ukraine suffered its bloodiest day since Soviet times Thursday with a gunbattle in central Kiev as President Viktor Yanukovich faced conflicting pressures from visiting European Union ministers and his Russian paymasters.
Ukraine truce shattered, death toll tops 50 
By Pavel Polityuk | February 20, 2014 11:33 AM (Last Updated: 20/02/2014 08:29 PM)
Fresh fighting flares in central Kiev, shattering a truce declared by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, as the Russian-backed leader meets European ministers demanding he compromise with pro-EU opponents.
Medic: 70 protesters killed, 500 wounded in Kiev 
By YURAS KARMANAU | February 20, 2014 07:38 PM (Last Updated: 20/02/2014 07:55 PM)
Fearing that a brief truce could allow the army to move in, protesters tossed firebombs and advanced upon police lines.
Elton John rebukes Russia's anti-gay law, cites Moscow visit 
By Eric Kelsey | January 23, 2014 10:35 AM
Pop singer Elton John spoke out on Wednesday against Russia's ban on homosexual propaganda, saying the law legitimized homophobia and provided legal cover to extremists.

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