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Ukrainian soldiers call for lifting of cease-fire

Ukrainian soldiers call for lifting of cease-fire

June 29, – Several hundred Ukrainian soldiers and activists have gathered outside the presidential administration in Kiev to call for an end to the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. After the weeklong ceasefire expired Friday, President Petro Poroshenko agreed to extend it through Monday in an effort to stop the fighting between government troops and Moscow-backed […]

June 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
Ukraine ceasefire ends as US pressure Putin to save shaky truce

Ukraine ceasefire ends as US pressure Putin to save shaky truce

June 27, – US and EU leaders have heaped pressure on Russian president Vladimir Putin to help his Western-backed counterpart in Ukraine end a separatist insurgency, as the clock ticks down on a shaky truce. US President Barack Obama warned Wednesday that additional sanctions would be in store if Russia does not move swiftly to […]

June 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Sharp increase in people fleeing eastern Ukraine, U.N. reports

Sharp increase in people fleeing eastern Ukraine, U.N. reports

June 27, – Some 16,400 people fled their homes in eastern Ukraine in the past week, many citing deteriorating security and fears of abduction, and the number of displaced within the country has risen to 54,000, the United Nations said on Friday. “We are seeing a sharp increase in (internal) displacement in Ukraine,” Melissa Fleming, […]

June 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
Thousands flee Ukraine for Russia as truce nears end

Thousands flee Ukraine for Russia as truce nears end

June 26, – As a shaky cease-fire in the east entered its final hours Thursday, thousands of Ukrainians in cars stuffed with belongings lined up at the border to cross into Russia, some vowing never to return. Many said they were most frightened for their children and desperate to take them to safety. A commander […]

June 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
Kerry says Putin must urge Ukraine separatists to disarm ‘in hours’

Kerry says Putin must urge Ukraine separatists to disarm ‘in hours’

June 26, – US Secretary of State John Kerry, after meeting with France’s foreign minister, said on Thursday Russia should call on separatists in Ukraine to disarm within “the next hours”. “We are in full agreement that it is critical for Russia to show in the next hours, literally, that they’re moving to help disarm […]

June 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
Pro-Russian rebels agree to abide by cease-fire in Ukraine

Pro-Russian rebels agree to abide by cease-fire in Ukraine

June 23, – Insurgents promised Monday to honor a cease-fire declared by the Ukrainian president and engage in more talks to help resolve the conflict that has left hundreds dead in eastern Ukraine. From afar, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin traded demands Monday on the situation in Ukraine, with Obama urging Putin […]

June 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
Fighting continues in eastern Ukraine despite ceasefire

Fighting continues in eastern Ukraine despite ceasefire

June 22, – Ukraine’s state border service said there had been attacks on its posts in the Luhansk region on Sunday. A spokesman for the separatists said Ukrainian forces were firing mortars at a village near the Russian frontier. A seven-day ceasefire was declared by the Ukrainian government and began on Friday night but there […]

June 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Bulgaria declares national mourning as death toll in Varna floods rises to 13

Bulgaria declares national mourning as death toll in Varna floods rises to 13

June 20, – The death toll from flooding triggered by torrential rains in Bulgaria’s northeastern regions has risen to 13, as the government declares a national day of mourning. Bulgarian officials said Friday that at least 12 people have died after heavy rain hit the region.Three bodies were recovered earlier in the day in the northern […]

June 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
300 pro-Russian separatists killed in fierce attack by Ukrainian forces

300 pro-Russian separatists killed in fierce attack by Ukrainian forces

June 20, – Fighting raged for a second successive day in the east of Ukraine on Friday, a day after clashes in which Ukrainian government forces said about 300 separatists were killed. The casualty figures for the pro-Russian separatists could not be independently confirmed though a rebel commander said on Thursday the rebels had sustained […]

June 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
At least 10 people die in eastern Bulgaria flooding after heavy rain

At least 10 people die in eastern Bulgaria flooding after heavy rain

June 19, – Bulgarian authorities say ten people have died and several others are missing after heavy rain and flooding hit the Black Sea port city of Varna. Regional police chief Nikolai Kalchev said that ten bodies were found to have been swept away by floodwaters late Thursday. He could not say how many more […]

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