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UN Urges Moscow to Press for End to Separatist Violence in Ukraine

Appeal comes as situation escalates following separate deadly rocket attacks on a bus carrying civilians in Donetsk and shelling in port city of Mariupol
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Lawyer Says Ukrainian Woman Pilot Could Die in Russian Detention

Nadiya Savchenko was captured by pro-Russian rebels while fighting in a volunteer battalion in east Ukraine last June
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S&P Downgrades Russia Credit Rating to 'Junk' Status

Noting negative outlook on Russia’s economy, influential Standard & Poor's financial services firm says country’s financial problems are likely to worsen
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Multimedia Putin: Ukraine Army in Fact ‘NATO Legion’

Legion's goal is to geopolitically contain Russia, president says; NATO chief calls claim 'nonsense,' says only foreign forces in Ukraine are Russian
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Video US, EU Threaten New Russia Sanctions Over Ukraine

Recent days have seen worst fighting in eastern Ukraine since a September cease-fire, restarting a war that has already killed more than 5,000 people
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Deadly Shelling Hits Ukraine City as Rebel Offensive Begins

Authorities say at least 30 people were killed and more than 80 people were wounded after rockets hit residential area in Mariupol
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UN: Ukraine Fighting Deadliest in Months

The UN Human Rights Office estimates that the conflict in eastern Ukraine has claimed more than 5,000 lives since mid-April and says the casualty numbers are probably a lot higher
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Ukraine Rebel Leader Announces New Offensive, Rules Out Peace Talks

Alexander Zakharchenko says his forces will attack Ukrainian government troops 'until we reach the borders of the Donetsk region'
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Ukraine Asks IMF for New Rescue Package

IMF chief Christine Lagarde announced request made by President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday after meeting on sidelines of World Economic Forum in Davos
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Multimedia Ukraine, Russia Trade Blame in Donetsk Shelling; 8 Dead

Meanwhile, after months of fighting, Ukrainian military says its troops have withdrawn from main terminal at Donetsk airport
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Video Kyiv Accuses Russia of Deploying 9,000 Troops in Ukraine

NATO official says alliance has seen Russian forces in eastern Ukraine for months, as well as a 'substantial increase' in heavy Russian military equipment
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Russia Strikes Back at Obama's State of the Union Comments

Russian foreign minister says President Barack Obama's State of the Union address reflected 'the US desire to dominate world affairs'
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ICRC Calls for Protection of Civilians Under Fire in Ukraine

Media reports say about a dozen civilians were killed in crossfire around Donetsk airport over weekend, undetermined number were wounded
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Kyiv Says Russian Military Attacked Its Forces Inside Eastern Ukraine

Military spokesman reports heavy fighting near Slovyanoserbsk, says government forces halted Russian advance
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Ukrainian Nationalists Hurt in Grenade Attack

Officials blame pro-Russian forces for grenade attack on group of Ukrainian nationalists in eastern city of Kharkiv
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Ukraine: Russia Sending Troops to Back Rebels

Prime Minister Yatsenyuk says intelligence reports have confirmed Moscow is continuing to send arms across border to separatists
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Kremlin: Ukraine's Poroshenko Rejects Putin Peace Plan

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was 'alarmed' by the severe escalation of fighting in Ukraine
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Ukraine Tries to Reinforce Airport

Troops call shelling by pro-Russian separatists at Donetsk some of the worst of the nine-month rebellion; as many as six new fatalities reported
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E. Ukraine Fighting Kills Soldiers, Civilians

Peace talks between Ukraine government and separatists fail; a new round talks to be rescheduled
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Health System Collapsing in Conflict-ridden E. Ukraine

WHO says medical assistance is limited for people trapped in the cities of Luhansk and Donetsk
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EU Parliament Accuses Russia of ‘Acts of Terrorism’ in Ukraine

Lawmakers also urge maintaining sanctions against Russia until it meets number of conditions, including respecting September cease-fire
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Ukraine Steps Up Mobilization, Warns of Russian Aggression

Parliament votes to refresh front-line forces, resume partial conscription after top security official warns that Russian forces backing separatist rebels have sharply increased military activity
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Ukraine FM: Peace Talks May Come in 'Next Few Days'

Announcement comes as PM, parliament urge international community to designate Russia-backed separatists' self-proclaimed republics as 'terrorist organizations'
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Missile Hits Bus in Ukraine; 11 Killed

Ukraine's government says a rocket fired by Russia-backed rebels at a military checkpoint hit bus, a claim rebels deny
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US to Back $2B in Loan Guarantees for Ukraine

Move is part of international assistance package to prop up country as it faces potential insolvency due separatist conflict in its east
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Ukraine Ex-president Yanukovych Put on Interpol 'Wanted' List

Ousted leader sought on Ukrainian charges of embezzlement, financial wrong-doing while he was in office
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E. Ukraine Shelling Kills Government Troops

Kyiv officials accuse Moscow of using convoys to supply separatists with weapons under the guise of humanitarian aid
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Merkel: Sanctions on Russia Stay Until Fighting Stops in Ukraine

German chancellor also says four-way summit on Ukraine crisis could occur next week in Kazakhstan
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Ruble's Problems Spread to Other Ex-Soviet Currencies

Many former Soviet states still depend on Russia, for trade and for money sent home from workers living there
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Germany, Ukraine Ink Loan Deal Ahead of Top Level Talks

Credit of nearly $600 million announced by both governments as PM Yatsenyuk prepares to meet Chancellor Merkel in Berlin Thursday
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