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EXPLAINER: What’s behind the conflict in eastern Ukraine?

MOSCOW (AP) — Tensions are rising over the conflict in eastern Ukraine, with growing violations of a cease-fire and a massive Russian military buildup...

Biden raises concerns with Putin about Ukraine confrontation

BRUSSELS (AP) — President Joe Biden urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to “de-escalate tensions" following a Russian military buildup on Ukraine's border...

Russia says troop buildup near Ukraine is a response to NATO

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense minister said Tuesday that the country's massive military buildup in the west was part of readiness drills amid what...

NATO, US vow support for Ukraine, warn Russia on troops

BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States and NATO on Tuesday expressed strong support for Ukraine and warned Russia against pressing ahead with a major...

Pentagon chief on inaugural tour of Europe to shore up ties

BERLIN (AP) — Nearly a year after President Donald Trump ordered thousands of troops to leave Germany, capping a series of setbacks for U.S....

Ukraine’s leader requests a talk with Putin, gets no answer

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's leader has asked for a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the Russian troop buildup across his...

Pentagon chief on inaugural tour of Europe to shore up ties

BERLIN (AP) — Nearly a year after President Donald Trump ordered thousands of troops to leave Germany, capping a series of setbacks for U.S....

The leaders of Ukraine, Turkey stress territorial integrity

ISTANBUL (AP) — The presidents of Ukraine and Turkey stressed the importance of Ukraine's territorial integrity, the de-escalation of tensions in eastern Ukraine and...

Kremlin says it fears full-scale fighting in Ukraine’s east

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin said Friday it fears a resumption of full-scale fighting in eastern Ukraine and could take steps to protect Russian...

Leaders of Russia and China tighten their grips, grow closer

MOSCOW (AP) — They're not leaders for life — not technically, at least. But in political reality, the powerful tenures of China's Xi Jinping...

Ukraine says 24 soldiers killed in country’s east this year

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Tuesday that 24 of the country's soldiers have been killed so far this year in...

Russian FM says relations with West have ‘hit the bottom’

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat said Thursday that the country's relations with the United States and its allies have “hit the bottom” and...

Putin critic Navalny loses weight, blames harsh prison

MOSCOW (AP) — Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has lost a substantial amount of weight in custody, his organization said Thursday, a day...

Populist leaders meet, seek ‘European renaissance’

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban hosted talks Thursday with populist politicians from Italy and Poland in a bid to create...

US expresses concern about rising Russian-Ukrainian tensions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Wednesday expressed concern about what it called escalations of Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine, where Ukrainian forces...

Russia: Navalny on hunger strike to protest prison treatment

MOSCOW (AP) — Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Wednesday he has started a hunger strike to protest authorities’ failure to provide proper...

Putin hails Russian military’s performance in Arctic drills

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday hailed the military's performance during recent Arctic drills, part of Moscow's efforts to expand its...

China, Russia officials meet in show of unity against EU, US

BEIJING (AP) — The foreign ministers of China and Russia affirmed their countries' close ties at a meeting Tuesday, amid intense criticism and new...

US-Russia ties nosedive after Biden-Putin tit-for-tat

MOSCOW (AP) — U.S.-Russia ties nosedived on Thursday after Russian leader Vladimir Putin shot back at President Joe Biden’s description of him as a...

Group of Seven slams Russia annexation of Crimea, 7 years on

BERLIN (AP) — The Group of Seven major industrialized countries on Thursday issued a strong condemnation of what it called Russia's ongoing “occupation” of...

Putin warns of unnamed foreign efforts to destabilize Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his nation's top counterintelligence agency Wednesday to redouble its efforts to address what he described as...

Russia says it’s open to better ties with EU despite chill

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat blamed the European Union Monday for a freeze in ties but argued that Moscow remains ready to mend...

Russia’s Putin warns of worsening global instability

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Wednesday that the world risks sliding deeper into instability as the coronavirus pandemic combines with global...

Europe’s rights court accepts Ukraine case against Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — Europe’s top human rights court agreed Thursday to look into Ukraine’s complaint against alleged human rights violations in the Russia-annexed Crimean...

Russian and Chinese bombers fly joint patrol over Pacific

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian and Chinese bombers flew a joint patrol mission over the Western Pacific Tuesday in a show of increasingly close military...

ICC prosecutor ready to open investigation into Ukraine

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court's prosecutor said Friday that a preliminary probe has found “a reasonable basis at this time...

Nation by nation, the world watches Election Day in the US

For four years, the world’s nations have watched as a very different American president engages with the international community — or doesn’t. ...

Putin: Russia-China military alliance can’t be ruled out

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday there is no need for a Russia-China military alliance now, but noted it could be...

Turkey, Ukraine sign military cooperation agreements

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey and Ukraine signed military cooperation agreements in Istanbul on Friday, deepening a defense partnership seen as an effort to counterbalance...

Police detain protesters in Russian city of Khabarovsk

MOSCOW (AP) — Police in a far eastern Russian city detained several dozen protesters on Saturday, the first such crackdown since rallies against the...

Putin sends a mixed message on US election, hedging his bets

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday decried what he called Joe Biden’s “sharp anti-Russian rhetoric” but praised the Democratic presidential nominee’s...

The Latest: Venezuela’s Guaidó urges nations to decry Maduro

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): ...

Russia’s Putin urges end to sanctions to boost world economy

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin argued Tuesday that ending “illegitimate sanctions” against countries like his could boost the coronavirus-hit global economy and...

Russian military says US flights near Crimea fuel tensions

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military on Friday accused the U.S. and its allies of provoking tensions in the Black Sea region with a...

Kremlin keeps its grip in elections, but critics make gains

MOSCOW (AP) — The main Kremlin party has retained its dominance in regional elections across Russia, but the opposition made gains in some areas...

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