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Putin says Ukraine risks abyss, dialogue only solution

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday accused Ukraine's new authorities of driving the country towards the abyss but said that dialogue was the only way out of the intensifying crisis. "Only through dialogue, through democratic procedures and not with the use of armed forces, tanks and planes can order be imposed in the country," Putin said at the start of a major nationwide phone-in broadcast on Russian television.

Russia must stop supporting 'terrorist activities' in Ukraine

Ukraine will demand that Russia cease its support for "terrorist activities" on its territory, the Ukrainian foreign minister said Wednesday on the eve of crunch talks with Moscow, the US and EU. "Our main demand is to de-escalate the situation in eastern Ukraine. We want Russia to withdraw the troops from the eastern borders of Ukraine. We want Russia not to support terrorist activities in eastern Ukraine," Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya said after he landed in Geneva for Thursday's meeting.

U.N. says not right moment for peacekeepers in Ukraine: paper

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - It is not the right moment for any United Nations peacekeeping troops to be sent to Ukraine, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was quoted as saying on Tuesday. "At this moment, it doesn't seem very practical to send troops," Ban told Mexican newspaper Reforma, according to the Spanish text of an interview.

Ukraine: Up to 15,000 Russian troops amassed along its borders

Kiev, Apr 4 (EFE).- Between 10,000 and 15,000 Russian soldiers remain amassed along Ukraine's borders despite Moscow's pledges to withdraw them, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Yarema said Friday. "According to our information, between 10,000 and 15,000 Russian soldiers have amassed along Ukraine's borders from different directions," Yarema said in a press conference. He added that a large number of those soldiers had been deployed along Ukraine's border with the separatist Moldovan region of Transnistria, where Russia has troops.

Ukraine: Up to 15,000 Russian troops amassed along its borders

Kiev, Apr 4 (EFE).- Between 10,000 and 15,000 Russian soldiers remain amassed along Ukraine's borders despite Moscow's pledges to withdraw them, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Yarema said Friday. "According to our information, between 10,000 and 15,000 Russian soldiers have amassed along Ukraine's borders from different directions," Yarema said in a press conference. He added that a large number of those soldiers had been deployed along Ukraine's border with the separatist Moldovan region of Transnistria, where Russia has troops.

Inventory of gifts Harper has received over the years from Putin, Yanukovych

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper has in his possession a wide array of gifts that he has received over the years from Russian President Vladimir Putin and disgraced former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych. An inventory: Gifts from Putin:

Ukraine says Yanukovych issued 'criminal order' to fire at protesters

Ukraine's acting interior minister on Thursday accused deposed pro-Kremlin president Viktor Yanukovych of issuing the "criminal order" to fire at protesters during February unrest in Kiev that claimed nearly 90 lives. "Yanukovych issed the criminal order... to open fire against protesters on February 18-20," acting interior minister Arsen Avakov told reporters. os-zak/yad

Russia steps up pressure on Ukraine to disarm far-right

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia increased pressure on Ukraine on Wednesday to disarm paramilitary groups, urging it to go beyond "sham" promises to crack down on the far-right and protect Russian speakers. Moscow also expressed concern that the Ukrainian government was not holding a public debate on plans to reform the constitution, making clear it fears the interests of the Russian-speaking community will not be taken into account.

'Naked' Yanukovych exposed at Ukrainian anti-cafe

First he was stripped of his presidency, then his lavish mansion and opulent tastes were laid bare, and now ousted Ukraine leader Viktor Yanukovych has been exposed even further, in an infamous nude painting on display in central Kiev. A burly and grim Yanukovych slouches in an unflattering position, with no detail left to the imagination, in the painting called "The Naked King" which swept to accidental fame during the revolution that forced him to flee the country in February.

'Nyet!': Ukrainian women call sex strike against Russia

Political and economic sanctions may not have dissuaded Russia from annexing Crimea, but a group of Ukrainian women have called for a different kind of embargo: no sex for Russian men. "Don't give it to a Russian," is the name of the campaign, which aims to throw cold water on Moscow's appetite for Ukrainian territory and draw attention to its actions in Crimea.
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