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EU adds 18 Ukrainian separatist groups, individuals to blacklist 27 November 2014, 15:56 CET
The European Union on Thursday added five separatist groups and 13 individuals to a blacklist for their role in elections this month in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, diplomatic sources said.

EU learns lessons a year after start of Ukraine crisis 23 November 2014, 13:11 CET
When Ukraine pulled out of its association agreement with the European Union a year ago, kicking off its revolution, it took Brussels by surprise.

Moscow hopes ties with EU have not crossed 'point of no return': Lavrov 18 November 2014, 20:07 CET
Russia said on Tuesday it hopes its ties with the EU had not yet crossed the point of no return over the Ukraine crisis after Brussels slapped more sanctions against Kremlin-backed separatists fighting Kiev.

EU sanctions separatists as Ukraine crisis deepens 17 November 2014, 20:39 CET
The EU agreed to blacklist more Ukrainian separatists Monday but stopped short of fresh sanctions against Russia, saying there was hope of restarting dialogue with Moscow to end the worst stand-off since the Cold War.

Ukraine minister urges EU to send 'clear message' to Russia 17 November 2014, 16:24 CET
The EU must speak with one voice to Russia over Ukraine and be ready to send a "clear message" it will impose more sanctions if necessary, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin told AFP in an interview on Monday.

Russia expels diplomats as EU set for new Ukraine sanctions 17 November 2014, 12:25 CET
Russia expelled several Polish diplomats for spying on Monday, deepening the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War as the EU eyed fresh sanctions against Moscow over the violence in Ukraine.

EU poised for fresh Russia sanctions over Ukraine 17 November 2014, 11:23 CET
European Union foreign ministers will discuss Monday hitting Russia with fresh sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, but they must keep the door open to Moscow, new foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said.

Russia balks at UN support for Bosnia amid Ukraine rift 11 November 2014, 23:07 CET
Russia on Tuesday refused to endorse a UN resolution on Bosnia that Moscow said would push the Balkan country towards NATO and the European Union -- a scenario that led to the conflict in Ukraine.

Merkel says EU not planning new sanctions against Russia 11 November 2014, 15:22 CET
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that the European Union was not planning new sanctions against Russia over a fresh spike in violence in Ukraine.

Merkel mulls sanctions against Ukraine rebel leaders 05 November 2014, 16:03 CET
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday that the West should consider following disputed elections adding pro-Russian separatists to sanction lists imposed on Moscow over its actions in Ukraine.

Juncker says will visit Ukraine on first foreign trip 05 November 2014, 15:50 CET
New European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Wednesday he would visit Kiev on his first trip outside the European Union, as the peace plan in Ukraine hung by a thread.

EU says Ukraine rebel vote risks 'closing' window for peace 04 November 2014, 19:05 CET
Elections held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine threaten to close the "window of opportunity" for a peaceful solution to the bloody crisis, EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini said Tuesday.

Polish apple growers demand funds to offset Russian embargo 04 November 2014, 19:11 CET
Some 300 Polish apple growers demonstrated outside the prime minister's office in Warsaw on Tuesday, demanding national and EU funds to offset losses due to the Russian import ban.

EU says Ukraine rebel vote 'new obstacle' to peace 03 November 2014, 00:30 CET
The European Union said elections held Sunday by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine were illegal, would not be recognised and created a new hurdle to a resolution of the conflict.

Ukraine - Russia gas deal 31 October 2014, 11:14 CET
A 4.6 billion dollar winter package was agreed at a Ukraine - Russia meeting brokered by the EU on 30 October, which secures gas for Ukraine - and ultimately also for Europe.

EU will 'play its role' to support Ukraine-Russia gas deal 31 October 2014, 11:15 CET
The European Union will "fully play its role" to implement the gas deal signed by Ukraine and Russia on Thursday, the French and German leaders said in a joint statement.

Ukraine, Russia, EU agree gas supply deal: EU source 30 October 2014, 22:02 CET
Russia agreed to resume gas deliveries to Ukraine through the winter in an EU-brokered deal reached by the three parties in Brussels on Thursday, an EU source said.

Barroso says Ukraine-Russia gas deal 'within reach' 30 October 2014, 10:59 CET
European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso said Thursday a deal to resolve a bitter Russia-Ukraine supply dispute was "within reach" as he urged the two sides to settle their differences.

Ukraine-Russia gas talks stall 30 October 2014, 10:54 CET
EU-brokered talks to resolve a bitter gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine on Thursday appeared stalled as Moscow demanded that Brussels and Kiev first agree on how Ukraine will pay its huge bill to Moscow.

Thriving in Poland, Hucul ponies yet to gallop in native Ukraine 30 October 2014, 13:20 CET
At the foot of the wild Carpathian mountains in Poland near the Ukraine border, both countries are working to protect the Hucul pony, a small native horse breed that was on the brink of extinction just 70 years ago.

EU deplores planned Russian recognition of Ukraine rebel polls 29 October 2014, 22:34 CET
The European Union on Wednesday condemned Russia's expressed intention to recognise elections organised by pro-Moscow rebels in areas they control in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine, Russia begin fresh talks aimed at ending gas row 29 October 2014, 16:27 CET
Ukraine and Russia on Wednesday resumed EU-brokered talks in Brussels aimed at ending a months-long supply cut that also threatens to hit parts of Europe this winter.

Jewish life in Ukraine: Achievements, challenges and priorities since the collapse of communism 28 October 2014, 11:01 CET
Part of a four-part series funded by the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe that looks at Jewish life in east-central Europe since the collapse of communism, the Ukraine report calls for the development of a common organisational framework to bring together the various Jewish communities throughout the country; support from international foundations to enable the Jewish community to become less dependent on external sources of financial support; and a more inclusive policy on Jewish status issues given the high levels of intermarriage in the country. In addition, the report stresses the need for enhancements in the field of Jewish education, with a particular emphasis on increasing the number of trained teachers and educators, and access to better quality Russian and Ukrainian-language educational materials. Given the extraordinary history of Jewish life in the country, the recommendations also push for the preservation of this heritage and the utilisation of it for community development purposes. The report also explores the issue of antisemitism in Ukraine, and calls for the establishment of a centre to monitor antisemitic incidents, and to liaise with government, the police and security services to counter it. The research was conducted by community activist and doctoral student Darina Privalko under the advice of Dr Betsy Gidwitz, a former Soviet-area specialist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Versions of the report are also available in Ukrainian and Russian.

Ukraine's pro-West parties negotiate coalition 27 October 2014, 18:44 CET
The pro-Western winners of Ukraine's parliamentary poll entered coalition talks Monday, but attacks by pro-Russian insurgents in the east highlighted the obstacles to their ambitious promises of peace and deepening ties with the European Union.

EU, NATO hail Ukraine vote as mandate for reform 27 October 2014, 17:04 CET
EU and NATO leaders on Monday hailed parliamentary elections held in Ukraine on the weekend as a victory for democracy and a mandate for reform in the ex-Soviet state struggling to shake off Russia's influence.