Ukraine

Europe won't recognize vote in eastern Ukraine, Merkel tells Putin

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BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone that Sunday's planned elections in eastern Ukraine were illegitimate and would not be recognized by European leaders, a Berlin government spokesman said on Friday. | Video

Russian media watchdog blasts radio station over Ukraine coverage 1:28pm EDT

MOSCOW - A Russian state watchdog has warned a radio station known for its critical reporting of President Vladimir Putin's government over a talk show it broadcast about the Ukraine conflict, the station said on its website on Friday.

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Dutch team recovers human remains from MH17 crash site: PM 12:37pm EDT

THE HAGUE - A Dutch team took advantage of a pause in fighting between government forces and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine on Friday to recover human remains from the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash site, the Dutch prime minister said.

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Gazprom to resume gas supply once Ukraine pays $2.2 billion 10:47am EDT

MOSCOW - Russia could resume natural gas deliveries to Ukraine as soon as next week if Kiev pays $2.2 billion in debt and pre-payments, gas exporter Gazprom said on Friday, under a deal that also safeguards winter deliveries to Europe.

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Ukraine's Poroshenko backs Yatseniuk for new term as prime minister 10:45am EDT

KIEV - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko threw his support behind Arseny Yatseniuk for a new term as prime minister on Friday, ending speculation that he would seek to try to bring in his own candidate as head of a new pro-Europe, reformist government.

Ukraine will guarantee transit of Russian gas to Europe: PM 9:01am EDT

KIEV - Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk, speaking after a gas agreement with Russia was nailed down, said on Friday Ukraine would guarantee deliveries of gas through its territory to Europe to make sure Moscow had no room for "blackmailing".

Putin, Poroshenko, European leaders welcome Ukraine gas deal: Kremlin 7:17am EDT

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, in a telephone call, welcomed an agreement on gas supplies to Ukraine, the Kremlin said.

Gas deal may be first sign of Russia-Ukraine detente: EU 30 Oct 2014

BRUSSELS - The gas deal struck on Thursday between Russia and Ukraine is perhaps the first sign of an easing of tension between the two countries, European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said on Thursday.

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Ukraine, Russia, EU agree to natural gas supply deal 30 Oct 2014

BRUSSELS - Ukraine, Russia and the European Union signed a deal on Thursday that will see Moscow resume vital supplies of gas to its ex-Soviet neighbor over the winter in return for payments funded in part by Kiev's Western creditors.

Gas deal may be first sign of Russia-Ukraine detente: EU 30 Oct 2014

BRUSSELS - The gas deal struck on Thursday between Russia and Ukraine is perhaps the first sign of an easing of tension between the two countries, European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said on Thursday.

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Air strikes hit Kobani as Kurdish peshmerga prepare to enter

SURUC Turkey/BAGHDAD - U.S.-led air strikes hit Islamic State positions around the Syrian border town of Kobani on Friday in an apparent bid to pave the way for heavily-armed Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces to enter from neighboring Turkey. | Video