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#Ukraine

# ukraine - Thursday 28 August, 2014

Merkel demands explanation from Putin after reports of new Russian incursions in Ukraine

And the Americans accused Russia of orchestrating a campaign inside Ukraine.

# ukraine - Wednesday 27 August, 2014

The west says Russian troops are in Ukraine

If true, that’s not good.

No breakthrough in Russia-Ukraine talks (but everyone says they want peace)

A peace strategy was “supported by all without exception”.

# ukraine - Tuesday 26 August, 2014

Ukraine captures Russian paratroopers, but Moscow says they crossed border "by accident"

“I didn’t even see when we crossed the border,” one soldier said, in footage posted online…

Putin V Poroshenko: Russia and Ukraine's presidents to meet today

Ahead of the meeting, Kiev announced the capture of ten Russian paratroopers.

# ukraine - Monday 25 August, 2014

Ukrainian parliament dissolved on the eve of key peace talks

The leaders of Ukraine and Russia meet in Belarus tomorrow.

# ukraine - Saturday 23 August, 2014

"Time for peace" as Russian convoy returns from Ukraine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in talks with Ukraine’s President.

The 9 at 9: Saturday

It’s Saturday – and here’s everything you need to know as you start your day.

Russian aid convoy to Ukraine described as a 'direct invasion'

Angela Merkel and Barack Obama warned that Moscow’s military presence and shelling were triggering a “dangerous escalation” of the conflict.

# ukraine - Friday 22 August, 2014

Could the UN Security Council do more to stop conflicts?

The body has faced criticism from the outgoing head of the UN’s human rights wing over its inability to stop conflict and save lives.

# ukraine - Thursday 21 August, 2014

Russian aid convoy begins customs check after Ukraine border delay

Trucks were deemed a ‘Trojan horse’ by Ukrainian authorities, a claim denied by Moscow.

# ukraine - Tuesday 19 August, 2014

Over 2,100 people killed in Ukraine violence

Meanwhile, a Russian aid convoy is still waiting near Ukrainian border to be checked for delivery.

# ukraine - Saturday 16 August, 2014

Ukraine tensions rise as Russian aid waits at border

Ukraine claims it destroyed a Russian military convoy.

Aaron McKenna: We should aim to do less, not more, trade with Russia

We shouldn’t be focused on Vladimir Putin’s bullyboy ban on many EU foods – we should be making ties with ambitious countries that share our values.

# ukraine - Friday 15 August, 2014

Here's What Happened Today: Friday

Everyone’s talking about Cardinal Seán Brady and the tragic death of two nuns.

Russian armoured vehicles seen near Ukraine aid trucks

A convoy of armoured vehicles is said to be moving towards the Ukrainian border.

# ukraine - Thursday 14 August, 2014

Ukraine sends its own aid convoy east following fears over Russia's "Trojan horse"

Kiev had a change of heart this morning over the Russian convoy, saying it will let the aid in once it has been inspected.

# ukraine - Tuesday 12 August, 2014

Ukraine isn't going to let Russia's 'humanitarian convoy' across its border

Russia insisted its military would not be involved in the convoy, but Kiev said Moscow could only play a role as part of a broader Red Cross mission.

# ukraine - Monday 11 August, 2014

100 inmates escape high-security Ukrainian jail after shell attack

By this morning, some of them had returned to the facility but 40 of them are still missing.

# ukraine - Sunday 10 August, 2014

West warns Russia against further faux aid missions into Ukraine Donetsk This post contains images

West warns Russia against further faux aid missions into Ukraine

Ukraine also reported that several of its positions were still coming under mortar fire from Russian territory.

"I don't think we're back to cheese mountains": Coveney plays down Russian sanctions

The Agriculture Minister has said the effect on the Irish market this year might only be €8.2 million.

# ukraine - Saturday 9 August, 2014

He might be back: Fianna Fáil's Conor Lenihan won't rule out a return to politics

He has also said that the bank guarantee “wasn’t a terrible policy”.

Ukraine claims Russia attempted to send troops disguised as aid mission

The move was averted through diplomatic channels.

# ukraine - Friday 8 August, 2014

21 more MH17 victims identified as investigators leave crash site

‘The fact that we are now leaving the crash site doesn’t mean we have ceased investigating the cause of the disaster,’ said Dutch PM on Wednesday.

Ukraine hits back with sanctions on Russian companies and citizens

The move comes after Russia imposed sanctions on EU and western countries.

# ukraine - Wednesday 6 August, 2014

Search for remains of MH17 flight victims called off

The Prime Minister of the Netherlands said that it was too dangerous to continue.

# ukraine - Tuesday 5 August, 2014

Ukraine negotiates return of soldiers 'forced to retreat' into Russia Donetsk This post contains images

Ukraine negotiates return of soldiers 'forced to retreat' into Russia

However, reports from Russia suggest that the troops deserted.

# ukraine - Saturday 2 August, 2014

Shelling hampers search as experts continue to scour MH17 site

Armed rebel fighters have remained at the scene to keep an eye on the gathered journalists.

# ukraine - Wednesday 30 July, 2014

'A right pain in the bum': Most senators are coming back tomorrow... but some are on holidays

We contacted all members of the Seanad to find out if they’ll be coming back for debates on Gaza and Ukraine tomorrow.

# ukraine - Tuesday 29 July, 2014

Here’s how fighting in Ukraine is holding up the MH17 investigation

Again, fighting in the towns around the crash site made it impossible for Dutch and Australian authorities to get to the wreckage today.

Pro-Russian rebels are using Soviet-era posters to recruit new fighters in Donetsk

Dozens of the posters have sprung up around the rebel-held industrial city.

# ukraine - Monday 28 July, 2014

MH17 black boxes show crash caused by rocket shrapnel, says Ukrainian official

The investigators leading the probe in the Netherlands would not give confirmation.

Downing of flight MH17 'may amount to a war crime'

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights added that an “effective” investigation is needed.

# ukraine - Sunday 27 July, 2014

Australian and Dutch police scrap MH17 site visit over security worries

Police officers from the two countries were due to recover victims’ remains from the site but heavy shelling has been reported in the village next to the crash site.

The 9 at 9: Sunday

It’s the weekend – and here’s everything that you need to know as you start your day.

# ukraine - Saturday 26 July, 2014

There are still human remains at the MH17 crash site

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said this makes it more important than ever that an international team be dispatched to the scene.

# ukraine - Friday 25 July, 2014

Dutch government sending military police to protect MH17 crash site

Dutch and Australian investigators were at the site today.

IMF cuts 2014 global growth forecast

Russia was likely to see its economy brought to the brink of recession but the IMF has now slashed the country’s growth forecast.

Russia is not only supplying weapons to rebels but is also firing on Ukraine - US

US officials called Russian artillery fire a “clear escalation” of the conflict.

# ukraine - Thursday 24 July, 2014

Ukraine's Prime Minister has resigned

More uncertainty for the country.