US Vice President Joe Biden denounced Vladimir Putin's "pure aggression" in Ukraine, warning that Western nations must be prepared to respond with further sanctions.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said in an interview broadcast that his crisis-torn country was fighting a "real war" with Russia that could escalate at any time.
Kazakhstan’s capital Astana will host talks on the Syrian crisis on May 25-27.
Western powers are getting set to counter an expertly crafted Russian disinformation campaign over Ukraine which has left them wrong-footed too many times for comfort.
Ukraine will press European leaders for peacekeepers to patrol its war-torn east and will angle for more international financial support at two days of high-level talks starting.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an interview broadcast to mark 15 years in power, said he has no regrets over Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea.
Syrian opposition wants to invite Kazakhstan to serve as mediator in resolving the conflict in their country.
Italy called for an emergency summit of European Union leaders following the latest migrant boat tragedy in the Mediterranean.
French President Francois Hollande will discuss the Ukraine crisis with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during a visit to Armenia on April 24.
About 300 US paratroopers arrived this week in Ukraine to train the Ukrainian National Guard which is fighting pro-Russian rebels in the east.
The Red Cross said that an aid plane is ready to leave for Yemen but its departure has been held back by logistics problems inside the war-torn country.
Six Ukrainian troops were killed by landmines in the restive separatist-held east, breaking a lull of several days in a conflict that began a year ago this week.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in remarks published he hoped key talks with international creditors would yield a "happy ending".
The Obama administration has displayed "reprehensible animosity" towards Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was ready to put the country's nuclear forces on alert as he sought to annex Crimea last year.
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko slammed a month-old peace deal with pro-Russian rebels as "not working".
The IMF handed Ukraine a $17.5 billion lifeline as the United States agreed to send military aid to bolster its forces against pro-Russian rebelsю
US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Geneva for talks on the Ukraine crisis .
Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Russian President Vladimir Putin have discussed the crisis in Ukraine in a phone call.
Greece's new anti-austerity government will put before parliament early next week its first legislation tackling the "humanitarian crisis" caused by years of cuts.
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