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Fighting outside key Ukrainian city kills 9 troops

People carry a stretcher with a dead man after shelling by the Ukrainian forces in Makiivka, 25 km (16 miles) from Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Government troops on Tuesday pressed attacks in the two largest cities held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, as Kiev also pursued diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict that has killed more than 2,000. (AP Photo/Antoine E.R. Delaunay)

A Ukrainian official says nine troops were killed in overnight fighting in the streets of the town of Ilovaysk, which lies just east of the rebel stronghold Donetsk.

Posted: August 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Remains of Malaysian MH17 victims to be flown home

In this July 23, 2014 file photo, a man walks past a piece of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in a garden in the village of Petropavlivka, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. AP PHOTO

The remains of at least 15 Malaysians killed when a jetliner was shot down over Ukraine will be returned to their home country this week, the first Malaysian victims of the disaster to be flown home, the country’s defense minister said Tuesday.

Posted: August 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Ukrainian fighter plane shot down by pro-Russia rebels


Pro-Russia rebels shot down a Ukrainian fighter jet on Monday, before Kiev and Moscow’s top diplomats were due to hold urgent talks to defuse tensions over fighting in the east of the ex-Soviet nation. Ukraine’s military said its MiG-29 warplane had been shot down as it carried out “an assignment to eliminate a large group of [...]

Posted: August 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Ukraine vows to block Russian ‘aid’ convoy heading for border

A woman walks by a burning local market after shelling in the town of Yasynuvata, near the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. With a theatrical flourish, Russia on Tuesday dispatched hundreds of trucks covered in white tarps and sprinkled with holy water on a mission to deliver aid to a desperate rebel-held zone in eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)

A convoy of 262 Russian trucks rolled toward the Ukrainian border on Tuesday as Kiev vowed to block the aid mission from its territory over fears it was a ploy to bolster pro-Kremlin rebels.

Posted: August 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

First MH17 crash report ‘in weeks’ – Dutch investigators

A body sitting in a plane chair is seen at the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines jet near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Saturday. AP

Dutch air crash investigators said Monday they expect to release an initial report into what brought down flight MH17 over Ukraine with the loss of 298 lives “in a few weeks”.

Posted: August 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »