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Ukraine Leader Slams Russia Over Arms Given To Rebels

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  KIEV – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday demanded Russia’s Vladimir Putin halt arms supplies to rebels as the leaders of France and Germany tried to revive a peace plan. After a spike in violence, the four leaders discussed the Ukraine crisis for two hours by telephone in the latest round of talks aimed…

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Ukraine Conflict: Shelling Rages On After Nightfall

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Shelling has raged on after nightfall in eastern Ukraine, with both government troops and pro-Russian rebels reporting new casualties. Ukrainian officials say two civilians were killed when the separatists fired on the government-held frontline town of Avdiivka. The separatists say two civilians died as the government shelled the rebel stronghold of Donetsk. At least 15…

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Ukraine Prepares Missile Test Near Crimea, Angering Russia

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UKRAINE was due to start two days of missile tests on Thursday – a move that has angered Russia, prompting it to put its air defense forces on high alert on the annexed Crimea peninsula. The disagreement marks a fresh escalation in tensions between the one-time allies, whose relations collapsed in 2014 after Russia seized…

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Investigators To Report On 2014 Downing Of MH17 Over Ukraine

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AMSTERDAM: An international team of prosecutors investigating the downing of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine in 2014 will report findings on Wednesday but are unlikely to bring charges against anyone, given legal and political obstacles. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was hit by a surface-to-air missile while en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur and…

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IMF Board Approves $1 Billion Loan Disbursement To Ukraine

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund said its board on Wednesday approved a long-awaited loan disbursement to Ukraine of about $1 billion (754.15 million pounds) after a review of the country’s bailout programme. The IMF has agreed to pump $17.5 billion into Ukraine’s economy in a four-year bailout, releasing the funds in instalments subject…

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‘Fake McDonald’s’ Is A Hit In Eastern Ukraine

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The yellow M-shaped logo, long noisy queues, children with balloons in their hands. At first glance it seems McDonald’s has reopened its doors in separatist hub Lugansk in eastern Ukraine. But in fact this is only a replica after the building where the American fast food chain once had its restaurant was taken over by…

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Ukrainian President’s Visit Can Enhance Mutually Beneficial Relationship

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  KUALA LUMPUR – The first official visit of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to Malaysia has opened many doors for both countries to enhance the mutually beneficial relationship. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said he and Poroshenko agreed that there are good opportunities for Malaysian companies to take part in airport management, highway…

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Rivals In East Ukraine Asked To Swiftly Sign Arms Withdrawal Accord

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PARIS: The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine on Thursday urged the fighting camps in east Ukraine to rapidly sign preliminary accords to withdraw weapons from the area, the French president’s office said. During a phone conversation, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said they “want the agreements…

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