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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.

Merkel urges Putin to support solution to Ukraine gas dispute 24 October 2014, 15:52 CET
German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Russian President Vladimir Putin in a telephone call Friday to throw his weight behind a quick resolution of an ongoing gas dispute with Ukraine as winter looms.

Russia seizes banned EU meat disguised as chewing gum 24 October 2014, 16:35 CET
Russian customs officers are struggling to digest a new smuggling scam after some 600 tonnes of banned meat from Europe were discovered disguised as other items such as chewing gum.

Russian banks take EU to court over sanctions 24 October 2014, 17:11 CET
Three of Russia's biggest lenders said Friday that they are taking the EU to court over sanctions imposed on them as part of measures aimed at forcing Moscow's cooperation in the Ukraine crisis.

Russia-Ukraine gas talks falter, new meeting next week 22 October 2014, 11:21 CET
EU-brokered crunch talks to resolve the bitter gas price dispute between Russia and Ukraine failed on Tuesday, as a new meeting was set for next week amid fears Moscow could halt crucial energy supplies to Europe this winter.

High-stakes Russia-Ukraine-EU gas talks begin in Brussels 21 October 2014, 17:51 CET
Russia, Ukraine and the EU began crunch gas talks on Tuesday to resolve a bitter price dispute and end fears that Moscow could halt crucial energy supplies to Europe this winter.

EU sees less violence in eastern Ukraine 20 October 2014, 22:50 CET
The European Union said Monday it believed a ceasefire and peace plan have helped reduce fighting between government and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine but condemned continued violations of the accord.

Russia bans animal fats, offal from EU 20 October 2014, 18:34 CET
Russia said on Monday it will ban European Union meat products including pork, chicken and beef fats and offal, widening a ban on European food imports in a tit-for-tat trade spat.

Putin calls on Europe to help Ukraine pay gas debts 17 October 2014, 19:52 CET
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday called on Europe to help Kiev cover its gas debts with Moscow following talks with his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko.

Russia's Rosneft takes EU to court over sanctions 17 October 2014, 19:54 CET
Russian oil giant Rosneft and a close associate of President Vladimir Putin are fighting the EU in court over sanctions imposed on some of Russia's biggest companies, an official website indicated Friday.

EU hopeful of Ukraine progress after Putin talks 17 October 2014, 11:12 CET
European Union leaders expressed optimism on the chances of progress towards a resolution of the deadly crisis in Ukraine after talks in Milan with Vladimir Putin on Friday.

EU confident of winter gas deal despite Russia row 17 October 2014, 11:01 CET
The European Union hopes a deal can be reached with Russia and Ukraine at talks next week to avoid gas shortages this winter, energy commissioner Guenter Oettinger said on Thursday.

West to learn if sanctions softened Russia on Ukraine 12 October 2014, 12:57 CET
Western allies should learn in the next few days if their punishing sanctions on Russia have softened its stance on Ukraine enough to justify lifting the drag on Europe's increasingly fragile economic recovery.

Russia agrees to EU-Ukraine gas talks October 21 in Berlin 10 October 2014, 16:55 CET
Russia on Friday agreed to take part in a fresh round of gas talks with the EU and Ukraine in Berlin on October 21 aimed at settling a dispute over gas deliveries.

EU proposes October 21 for Ukraine-Russia gas talks 09 October 2014, 16:27 CET
The European Union has proposed fresh talks on October 21 with Russia and Ukraine to settle their ongoing dispute over gas deliveries, an EU official said on Thursday.