Ukraine accuses ultra-nationalists in deadly Kiev clash

Sep 1, 2015

Ukraine accuses ultra-nationalists in deadly Kiev clash

A member of Ukraine’s National Guard was killed and scores of people were injured Monday in clashes between police and nationalist protesters in Kiev as lawmakers gave initial backing to a contested bill boosting autonomy in the country’s breakaway regions. Major powers voiced deep ...

Putin pumps iron in bid to lift popularity with Russians

Aug 31, 2015

Putin pumps iron in bid to lift popularity with Russians

The Kremlin has released pictures of Russian President Vladimir Putin working out at the gym with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, images apparently aimed at shoring up Putin’s rugged, masculine image as his popularity dips. Wearing a white T-shirt, track suit trousers and running shoes, ...

Russia court jails Ukrainian filmmaker for 'terrorism'

Aug 26, 2015

Russia court jails Ukrainian filmmaker for 'terrorism'

A Russian military court on Tuesday sentenced a Ukrainian filmmaker to 20 years in a prison colony on terror charges in a trial condemned by Kiev, Western rights groups and top film directors. Oleg Sentsov, 39, was convicted of masterminding arson attacks on pro-Kremlin ...

Aug 25, 2015

Japan says Russian official's suicide remark 'unproductive'

Japan’s top government spokesman on Tuesday expressed his displeasure over a high-ranking Russian official’s Twitter posting in which he used a word for ritual suicide once practiced in Japan after Tokyo criticized the Russian prime minister’s visit to a disputed island. “I was surprised. ...

Aug 23, 2015

Putin to be notable absentee at Ukraine crisis talks

The heads of Germany and France will meet Kiev’s pro-Western leader in Berlin on Monday for Ukrainian crisis talks most notable for their diplomatically-charged exclusion of Russia’s Vladimir Putin. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande have put enormous political onus on ...

Aug 20, 2015

Putin offers citizenship to boxer Roy Jones Jr.

Russian President Vladimir Putin offered citizenship to U.S. former world champion boxer Roy Jones Jr. during a meeting in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula annexed from Ukraine. Jones, 46, told Putin he enjoys visiting Russia, although it would be easier if he had a ...