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  • KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 15- U krainian forces launched a "special operation" on Tuesday against separatist militia in the Russian-speaking east, authorities said, although aside from a landing by airborne troops the action was limited.

  • Shooting reported in Ukraine's east. By Richard Balmforth and Gabriela Baczynska. KIEV/ KRAMATORSK, Ukraine, April 15- Ukrainian armed forces on Tuesday launched a "special operation" against militiamen in the country's Russian speaking east, authorities said, recapturing a military airfield from pro- Moscow separatists.

  • *German firm starts sending gas to Ukraine. KIEV/ SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 15- Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev said an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro- Moscow separatists was under way, with troops and armoured personnel carriers seen near a flashpoint eastern town.

  • WRAPUP 3-Russia says Ukraine on brink of civil war Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 8:59 AM ET

    *German firm starts sending gas to Ukraine. KIEV/ SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 15- Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev said an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro- Moscow separatists was under way, with troops and armoured personnel carriers seen near a flashpoint eastern town.

  • *Ukraine on brink of civil war- Medvedev. *Kiev makes step in right direction- Lavrov. KIEV/ SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 15- Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev said an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro- Moscow separatists was underway, though the crackdown appeared to get off to a slow start, if at all.

  • Politics test Silicon Valley's Russian ties Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 | 9:57 AM ET

    SAN MATEO, California— Entrepreneurs and investors say Silicon Valley's fast-growing financial ties with Russia's tech sector are being slowed down by current political tensions between the White House and the Kremlin.

  • NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia, April 9- Russian President Vladimir Putin told state-controlled natural gas producer Gazprom on Wednesday to hold off on making Ukraine pay up front for gas from Russia.

  • NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia, April 9- Russian President Vladimir Putin told state-controlled natural gas producer Gazprom on Wednesday to hold off on demanding Ukraine pay up front for natural gas supplies from Russia.

  • *Ukraine denounces visit as "crude violation". *Putin, Merkel discuss Ukraine, Moldova by phone. SIMFEROPOL, Crimea, March 31- Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev flaunted Russia's grip on Crimea by flying to the region and holding a government meeting there on Monday, angering Ukraine and defying Western demands to hand the peninsula back to Kiev.

  • NEW YORK, March 31- U.S. stocks were poised to open higher on Monday, putting the S&P 500 on track for a second straight advance, ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. *Investors will peruse comments by Yellen, who is scheduled to speak in Chicago at 9:55 a.m. EST, for clues on her stance on interest rates.

  • SIMFEROPOL, Crimea, March 31- Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev flaunted Russia's grip on Crimea on Monday by flying to the region and announcing plans to turn it into a special economic zone, defying Western demands to hand the region back to Ukraine.

  • SIMFEROPOL, Crimea, March 31- Russia will make Crimea a special economic zone offering tax breaks and reduced bureaucracy to attract investors, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday.

  • "Our aim is to make the peninsula as attractive as possible to investors, so that it can generate sufficient income for its own development," Medvedev told a Russian government meeting on the Black Sea peninsula, which Moscow has annexed from Ukraine.

  • Russia's Medvedev says sanctions will not hurt Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 | 1:25 PM ET

    MOSCOW, March 25- Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev shrugged off sanctions over Moscow's annexation of Crimea, saying even if the West imposes more punitive measures, companies that want to work in Russia will not be deterred, Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday.

  • MOSCOW/ BRUSSELS, March 21- President Vladimir Putin signed laws completing Russia's annexation of Crimea on Friday, as investors took fright at a U.S. decision to slap sanctions on his inner circle of money men and security officials.

  • Putin promised to protect a bank partly owned by an old ally, which Washington has blacklisted, and his spokesman said Russia would respond in kind to the financial and visa curbs.

  • MOSCOW, March 21- Following are biographical details of some of the 20 Russians targeted on an expanded U.S. sanctions list announced by President Barack Obama on Thursday. SERGEI IVANOV, 61, is a former senior foreign intelligence officer who held the posts of Defence Minister and Deputy Prime Minister under Putin.

  • *EU signs political deal with Ukraine, pledges financial support. MOSCOW/ BRUSSELS, March 21- Russian shares fell sharply on Friday as investors took fright at tougher than expected U.S. sanctions against President Vladimir Putin's inner circle over Moscow's seizure of Crimea from Ukraine.

  • MOSCOW, March 21- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday Ukraine should pay back $11 billion to Russia because an agreement under which Russia provided cheap gas would cease to be valid, RIA news agency reported.

  • President Barack Obama on Monday imposed sanctions on 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials blamed for Russian forces' seizure of Ukraine's Crimea region, which has voted to join Russia. He is now wanted for mass murder in Ukraine, following clashes in Kiev between police and protesters in which about 100 people were killed.

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