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  • Putin builds new union on ashes of Soviet empire Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | 10:06 AM ET

    MOSCOW, May 28- It won't exactly mean going back to the USSR, but Vladimir Putin is laying the foundations of a huge trading bloc which opponents see as an attempt to recreate at least part of the lost Soviet empire.

  • *Ukraine army launches offensive in east Ukraine. MOSCOW, May 27- An army assault on pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine will not have taken Vladimir Putin by surprise, but the ferocity of the clashes may have- and could be a game-changer if they spin out of control.

  • *Russia's Putin wants offensive to be halted. DONETSK, Ukraine, May 27- Ukrainian aircraft and paratroopers killed more than 50 pro-Russian rebels in an assault that raged into a second day on Tuesday after a newly elected president vowed to crush the revolt in the east once and for all.

  • *Shares slide 3 pct in Moscow. MOSCOW, May 27- Russia's No.2 lender VTB said it was working with the government on a plan to boost banks' capital and lending, as a plunge in its net profit and a rise in bad loan provisions showed the economic pain being inflicted by the Ukraine crisis.

  • Don't believe Putin or invest on his words: Browder Tuesday, 27 May 2014 | 9:48 AM ET
    Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends an economic forum in Saint Petersburg, on May 23, 2014.

    Vladimir Putin's disruptive moves in Ukraine are aimed at keeping his grip on power in Moscow, said hedge fund boss William Browder, in reaction to CNBC's interview with the Russian leader.

  • *Ukraine puts moratorium on arms export to Russia. KRAMATORSK, Ukraine, May 27- In quiet defiance of a promise by Kiev's pro-European government to cut arms ties with Moscow, a state-owned defence firm in eastern Ukraine has vowed to work around the clock to fill every Russian order it gets.

  • John Herbst, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, shares his thoughts on the Ukrainian elections and whether President-elect Petro Poroshenko is able to handle the turmoil in the East.

  • LONDON, May 27- Russian stocks slumped 2 percent on Tuesday and the rouble fell from four-month highs, leading broad-based emerging market losses as flaring violence in eastern Ukraine took the edge off optimism fuelled by smooth weekend elections.

  • OSLO, May 27- Activists from environmental group Greenpeace have climbed aboard an oil drilling rig in the Norwegian Arctic on Tuesday, trying to stop Statoil's exploration plans in one of the world's northernmost prospects, the group said on Tuesday.

  • *EU leaders to discuss Ukraine election on Tuesday. *Ukraine election billed as successful. BRUSSELS, May 26- Sunday's election in Ukraine, deemed a success by the European Union, is likely to ease pressure for far-reaching sanctions against Russia as Europe worries about how punitive steps might hurt its own economy.

  • *EU leaders to discuss Ukraine election on Tuesday. *Ukraine election billed as successful. BRUSSELS, May 26- Sunday's election in Ukraine, deemed a success by the European Union, is likely to ease pressure for far-reaching sanctions against Russia as Europe worries about how punitive steps might hurt its own economy.

  • *Huge task for Poroshenko to square pro-West move with Moscow.

  • Putin was very open with CNBC: Anchor     Monday, 26 May 2014 | 2:45 AM ET

    Russian President, Vladimir Putin, gave CNBC a "very open opportunity" to quiz him with "absolutely no restrictions" says CNBC's Geoff Cutmore. Would other world leaders have done the same?

  • *Rosneft, Lukoil team up with BP, Total to explore for shale oil. ST PETERSBURG, Russia, May 24- Rosneft and BP signed an agreement on Saturday to jointly explore for hard-to-recover oil in Russia, the first major deal for the state-run Russian oil company since the West imposed sanctions over Ukraine in March.

  • MOSCOW, May 24- Western sanctions will galvanize Russia into using the rouble as a currency for international trade, the country's prime minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview published on Saturday.

  • ST PETERSBURG, Russia, May 24- The European Union should consider the interests of European companies working in Russia when deciding on whether to impose sanctions on Moscow over its involvement in Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin's top economic aide said on Saturday.

  • ST PETERSBURG, Russia, May 24- Rosneft and BP signed an agreement on Saturday to jointly explore for hard-to-recover oil in Russia, the first major deal for the state-run Russian oil company since the West imposed sanctions on Moscow. Rosneft will hold 51 percent of the joint venture which will explore the Domanic formation, and BP will hold 49 percent.

  • ST PETERSBURG, Russia, May 24- Mobile phone operator MTS sees no serious risk to its business from Western sanctions imposed on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis or from Russia's economic slowdown, Chief Executive Andrei Dubovskov said.

  • ST PETERSBURG, Russia, May 24- The European Union should consider the interests of European companies working in Russia when deciding on whether to impose sanctions on Moscow over its involvement in Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin's top economic aide said on Saturday.

  • Putin's 'empty threat'     Friday, 23 May 2014 | 4:25 PM ET

    Dr. Stephen Blank, American Foreign Policy Council, discusses how sanctions on Russia will negatively impact the economy and devalue the ruble. CNBC contributor Ylan Mui provides perspective.