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EU court throws out sanctions against five Ukraine old guard 28 January 2016, 16:19 CET
An EU court on Thursday annulled European Union sanctions against five Ukrainians, including two former prime ministers, because the bloc had wrongly found them at fault over embezzling state funds.

Dutch 'no' to Kiev-EU accord could trip crisis: Juncker 09 January 2016, 11:17 CET
European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker urged Dutch voters Saturday not to oppose an EU cooperation deal with Ukraine, saying such a move "could open the doors to a continental crisis".

EU-Ukraine Association Agreement: free trade part operational 1 January 2016 04 January 2016, 22:46 CET
On 1 January 2016, the European Union and Ukraine started applying the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) which forms part of the Association Agreement signed in June 2014. The rest of the Association Agreement has already been in force since November 2014.

EU blames Russia for failure of last-ditch trade talks 21 December 2015, 18:55 CET
The European Union on Monday blamed Russia for the failure of last-ditch talks meant to ease Moscow's fears about an EU free trade accord with Ukraine that is due to take effect on January 1.

EU extends sanctions against defiant Russia 21 December 2015, 18:58 CET
The EU extended damaging economic sanctions against Russia on Monday amid sharp differences over relations with Moscow which struck back with a furious tirade and its own import ban against Ukraine.

EU agrees to extend Russia economic sanctions for 6 months 18 December 2015, 19:21 CET
EU member states agreed Friday to roll over for another six months damaging economic sanctions against Russia for its involvement in the Ukraine crisis, EU sources said.

Juncker recommends visa liberalisation for Ukraine, Georgia, Kosovo 18 December 2015, 16:27 CET
European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday the EU should offer visa-free short-stay travel to the bloc for Ukraine, Georgia and Kosovo, all three locked in bitter disputes with Russia.

Russia not pondering sanctions against Ukraine, Putin says 17 December 2015, 11:57 CET
President Vladimir Putin said Thursday Russia was not planning to impose sanctions against Ukraine after Moscow slashed its free trade agreement with Kiev as it is set to enter a similar deal with Brussels.

Russia suspends free-trade deal with Ukraine from 2016 16 December 2015, 22:40 CET
President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed a decree suspending Russia's free-trade agreement with Ukraine as of January 1, the same day Kiev is set to enter a similar trade deal with Brussels.

Ukraine says Russia won't derail EU trade pact 16 December 2015, 20:22 CET
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowed Wednesday to push through a trade deal with the European Union that is due to begin in 2016, despite Russia's suspension of its own such pact with Kiev in apparent retaliation.

EU leaders set to extend Russia sanctions at summit 15 December 2015, 11:26 CET
EU leaders will debate sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine conflict at a summit this week and are expected to extend them for six months, foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Monday.

Italy wants to maintain Russia ties despite Ukraine crisis 11 December 2015, 19:12 CET
Italy, one of Russia's principal trading partners in Europe, wants to keep communication channels with Moscow open despite the Ukrainian crisis, Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said Friday.

Ukraine 'open to talks' with Russia over EU trade deal 02 December 2015, 17:59 CET
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday said Kiev was open to last-minute talks aimed at overcoming fierce Russian opposition to a free trade accord between his country and the European Union.

'Clock ticking very fast' for EU-Ukraine-Russia deal 02 December 2015, 12:01 CET
The EU, Ukraine and Russia failed Tuesday to reach a deal to placate Moscow's fierce opposition to a free trade accord between Europe and Kiev that will enter into force in January.

EU reassures Ukraine despite overtures to Russia 26 November 2015, 15:44 CET
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Tuesday the European Union had assured him it would keep its focus on Kiev despite efforts by some of the bloc's members to enlist Russia in a coalition against the Islamic State.

Ukraine bans workplace discrimination against gays 12 November 2015, 18:49 CET
Ukraine's parliament Thursday finally banned discrimination against gays in the workplace during a heated session on legislation that could open the door to visa-free travel to much of the EU in 2016.

Ukraine fails again to ban discrimination against gays 10 November 2015, 23:32 CET
Ukraine's parliament failed for the second time Tuesday to adopt a ban on anti-gay discrimination in the workplace, though it did vote in five other laws needed to secure visa-free travel to most EU nations.

EU says Ukraine would gain 'credibility' by beating graft 09 November 2015, 18:13 CET
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urged Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Monday to take tougher and more immediate action against corruption as his ex-Soviet country moves closer to Europe.

Ukraine snubs free travel to Europe over anti-gay law 05 November 2015, 21:31 CET
Ukraine's parliament Thursday scuppered the ex-Soviet country's chances of visa-free travel to most EU nations by blocking legislation that would have banned discrimination against gays in the workplace.

Eurosceptics force Dutch referendum on EU treaty with Ukraine 14 October 2015, 17:35 CET
Dutch voters are heading to the polls next spring for a rare non-binding referendum over a key EU-Ukraine treaty, after eurosceptics forced a vote on the issue.

Russia's Gazprom resumes gas supplies to Ukraine 12 October 2015, 20:44 CET
Gazprom on Monday resumed gas supplies to Ukraine after receiving prepayment of $234 million (206 million euros) from Kiev, assuaging European fears about a new energy crisis ahead of the winter heating season.

EU welcomes Ukraine rebel poll delay as 'fundamental step' 06 October 2015, 16:22 CET
The EU welcomed Tuesday a decision by pro-Russian Ukraine rebels to delay planned elections until 2016 as a "fundamental step" towards full implementation of the Minsk peace accords.

EU growth too weak for Ukraine to join: economist Sachs 02 October 2015, 15:07 CET
Economic growth in the European Union is too weak to allow for Ukraine to join the 28-member bloc, according to leading US economist and reformer Jeffrey Sachs.

EU, Russia, Ukraine agree winter gas supply deal 30 September 2015, 13:33 CET
Russia agreed to resume gas supplies to Ukraine over the winter under a deal clinched late Friday with the European Union, capping months of difficult talks overshadowed by the Ukrainian conflict.

Russia offers Ukraine gas price discount ahead of talks 25 September 2015, 21:01 CET
Moscow said Friday it had offered Kiev a gas price discount that should let the neighbours strike a deal at talks in Brussels on resuming fuel flows for the first time in three months.