Ukraine

Would-be Moldova election kingmaker flees country ahead of Sunday polls

CHISINAU - A would-be kingmaker in elections in Moldova, millionaire dark horse candidate Renato Usatii, said on Friday he had fled to Russia fearing arrest after his party was excluded from the vote in a move likely to embolden pro-European rivals.

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German support for sanctions on Russia rise, poll finds 8:53am EST

BERLIN - The number of Germans supporting European Union economic sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis has risen in the last month and a large majority supports Chancellor Angela Merkel's toughening stance, a poll on Friday found.

Ukraine gas stocks down 14 percent since start of heating season 8:53am EST

KIEV - Ukraine's gas reserves have fallen 14 percent since the start of the heating season in late October, as deepening frosts forced the country to draw down its already depleted stocks, data from Ukrtransgaz showed on Friday.

Russia protests over anti-Russian billboards in Montenegro 7:19am EST

PODGORICA - Russia has protested to Montenegro over anti-Russian billboards that popped up this month in the small Adriatic republic bearing the NATO logo and rejecting the "Russian boot".

NATO unconcerned by Russian warships in English Channel 6:28am EST

MOSCOW - A squadron of Russian warships entered the English Channel on Friday but a NATO official dismissed a Russian media report that they were there to conduct military exercises.

NATO wrestles with new fast-reaction force prompted by Ukraine crisis 27 Nov 2014

BRUSSELS - NATO's planned new fast-reaction force, centerpiece of its response to Russia's annexation of Crimea, is proving harder to set up than expected because of shortages of vital equipment and arguments over funding, diplomats say.

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Ukraine puts on parliamentary show of unity in message to Russia 27 Nov 2014

KIEV - Ukraine's parliament approved Arseny Yatseniuk for a new term as prime minister on Thursday in a ceremony that countered reports of high-level disunity in a message to Russia over its backing of separatists in the country's east.

Russia's Medvedev and Ukraine's Yatseniuk discuss economic ties by phone: Russian government 27 Nov 2014

MOSCOW - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev spoke with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk by telephone, the Russian government's press service said on Thursday.

Putin, Poroshenko speak on phone about southeast Ukraine: Kremlin 27 Nov 2014

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed bilateral relations and the situation in southeast Ukraine with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on the telephone on Wednesday evening, the Kremlin said on Thursday.

Former deputy PM Groysman elected as speaker of Ukrainian parliament 27 Nov 2014

KIEV - The Ukrainian parliament on Thursday elected former deputy prime minister Volodymyr Groysman to the powerful post of speaker.