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Ukraine’s proposal to make female soldier March in high heels sparks outrage

Ukrainian defence ministry’s proposal to have female soldiers march in high heels instead of army boots in a parade next month have caused angry reactions. Irina Gerashchenko, an opposition member of parliament, said it was sexism, not equality. Ukraine is preparing to stage a military parade on 24 August to mark 30 years of independence […]

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Russia still has 100,000 troops near its borders with Ukraine and annexed Crimea, Ukraine claims

Russia still has about 100,000 soldiers deployed near its western border with Ukraine and in annexed Crimea despite Moscow announcing a publicised military pullback last month, head of Ukraine’s state security service, Ivan Bakanov, said. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday accused Russia of having failed to fully withdraw military hardware and troops from the […]

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Russian soldiers at Ukrainian border asked to return to their bases

Russia has decided to pull back some of the troops it sent close to Ukraine’s border. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has ordered a number of units to return back to their bases. The European Union estimated a build of over 100,000 Russian soldiers near the border as well as in Crimea, which was seized […]

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Germany, France should mediate talks between Russia and Ukraine: Ukraine’s Zelensky proposes

Amid tensions between NATO-backed Ukraine and Russia, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky held talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. German Chancellor Angela Merkel also attended part of the meeting via a conference call. Recent weeks had seen a flare-up of the conflict provoked by the February 2014 NATO-backed coup in Ukraine, in which Washington […]

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Russia detains Ukraine’s consulate general for ‘spying’ after catching him ‘red handed’

Russia detained Ukraine’s consulate general for ‘spying’ as tensions between the two nations escalated even further. Ukrainian diplomat Oleksandr Sosonyuk is accused of receiving classified information from law enforcement agency databases, according to Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB). The spying claims come amid high tension between the two ex-Soviet countries with fears the situation could […]

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‘If Russia crosses the red line, then it will have to suffer’: Ukraine warns Moscow

Ukraine’s foreign minister has accused Russia of flagrantly threatening Ukraine with destruction as fears continue to rise over a possible escalation of hostilities in the country’s conflict-stricken east. Fighting has intensified in recent weeks in Ukraine’s Donetsk and Lugansk regions, where government forces have battled Russian-backed separatists since April 2014 after the rebels seized a […]

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Ukrainian President visits Turkey as tensions escalate with Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited Istanbul over the weekend to mark the 10th anniversary of his country’s strategic partnership with Turkey and shore up support from his Black Sea neighbour as tensions escalate with Russia over Ukraine’s simmering war in Donbas. “Turkey’s support for the restoration of our sovereignty and territorial integrity is extremely important,” […]

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Ukrainian soldier killed in shelling by Russia-backed separatist rebels

A Ukrainian soldier was killed and another seriously wounded in artillery fire from Russia-backed separatist rebels, the Ukrainian military said as hostilities rose sharply in the country’s east. As of the reported attack on Sunday, Ukraine says 27 soldiers have been killed in the east this year, more than half the number who died in […]

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Ukraine rules out armed offensive against Russia-backed rebels in the east

Ukraine ruled of offensive against Russia-backed separatists controlling two regions in the east, as fears grow of a significant escalation in a long-running conflict. The statement came on Friday after fighting between the Ukrainian army and separatists intensified in recent weeks and Russia massed troops on the border. “The liberation of the temporarily occupied territories […]

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Ukraine: Skirmishes around separatist cities increase amid Russian military build-up

Dozens of troop carriers and missile launchers sit on flatbed wagons lining up along tracks running through southern Russia, in a region bordering Ukraine. Tanks are parked in columns beside the railway, which runs parallel to the M4 highway. Military trucks rumble past, heading toward the southern city of Rostov-on-Don, close to the border. Ukraine […]

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‘Beginning Of The End’: Russia could intervene to help separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine

A Russian official warned that Moscow could intervene to help its citizens in eastern Ukraine as tensions rise in the region. Sporadic fighting has increased in the Donbas region in Eastern Ukraine, with clashes between Russian-backed separatist rebels and Ukrainian troops. Russia has been building up troops on the border with Ukraine. The official, Dmitry Kozak […]

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Russia launches probe into killing of 5-year-old by Ukrainian government forces

Russia to probe the death of a five-year-old child allegedly killed by Ukrainian government forces, Moscow announced on Monday, as tensions rose in Ukraine’s conflict-stricken east. Russian Investigative Committee, which inspects major crimes, said the Ukrainian army had breached a ceasefire deal on Friday and attacked civilian infrastructure in Oleksandrivske using heavy armament and drones. […]