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Russia begins moving captured Ukrainian ships before possible handover


KERCH, Crimea Russia began moving three captured Ukrainian navy ships on Sunday after a Russian newspaper reported Moscow would return them to Ukraine ahead of a four-way summit on eastern Ukraine next month, a Reuters reporter said.

Russia to return Ukraine captured naval ships on Monday: Russian news agencies 8:35am EST

MOSCOW Russia will return three captured naval ships to Ukraine on Monday and has already moved them to a handover location agreed with Kiev, Russian news agencies cited Crimea's border guard service as saying on Sunday.


Belarus holds parliamentary election as strongman leader keeps grip 8:27am EST

MINSK Belarus voted on Sunday in parliamentary elections that will be closely watched by the West to see how much leeway President Alexander Lukashenko will allow opposition candidates while keeping his grip on power.


Russia flags possible 2019 summit on eastern Ukraine 8:01am EST

MOSCOW A summit between France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine to try to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine is possible this year but no date has been agreed, a Kremlin aide said on Sunday.

Ukraine says it has detained deputy to slain Islamic State official Nov 15 2019

KIEV Ukraine's security service said on Friday it had detained the deputy of Abu Omar al-Shishani, the man the Pentagon described as Islamic State's "minister of war", after he crossed into Ukraine on a fake passport last year.

France to host Dec. 9 'Normandy' summit in push for east Ukraine peace Nov 15 2019

PARIS The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine will meet in Paris on Dec. 9 in an attempt to advance efforts for a peaceful resolution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the French presidency said on Friday.

Kiev says Macron promised Zelenskiy support ahead of east Ukraine summit Nov 15 2019

KIEV French President Emmanuel Macron assured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy of support during a phone call ahead of a peace summit on eastern Ukraine taking place on Dec. 9 in Paris, Zelenskiy's office said on Friday.


Ukraine adviser: excluding foreigners from buying land will hurt growth Nov 15 2019

KIEV Ukraine's chief economic adviser has told Reuters the government's decision not to let foreigners take advantage once a ban on selling farmland is lifted next year will slow investment, help local oligarchs and hurt growth.


On Russia and EU enlargement, Macron pushes a radical agenda Nov 14 2019

LONDON French President Emmanuel Macron's stark description of the "brain death" of transatlantic military alliance NATO grabbed headlines last week, but his views on Russia and European Union enlargement may well have greater long-term impact.


Putin: Russia welcomes troop disengagement in Ukraine Nov 14 2019

BRASILIA Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Moscow welcomed the disengagement of Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists at two flash points in eastern Ukraine.


Hong Kong campus protesters fire arrows as unrest spreads across Kowloon

HONG KONG Hong Kong protesters shot bows and arrows and hurled petrol bombs from a barricaded university on Sunday and police fired volleys of tear gas and blue liquid from water cannon as unrest spread across the Kowloon peninsula.