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  • *Looking at up to 5 telecoms deals in Europe worth over $1 bln. MOSCOW, June 2- Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman's Alfa-Group wants to invest billions of dollars of proceeds from the sale of oil firm TNK-BP into telecoms assets in Europe, looking to capitalise as the industry consolidates.

  • MOSCOW, June 2- Russia's Gazprom gave Ukraine on Monday an extension into next week to resolve a gas price dispute at the heart of the two countries' confrontation, a day before Moscow was due to switch off the gas unless Kiev paid in advance.

  • *Battalion Vostok fighters say ranks include men from Russia, Ossetia, Chechnya. DONETSK, Ukraine, June 1- In flak jackets and mismatched camouflage fatigues, men from eastern Ukraine, Russia and Ossetia cleaned their weapons side by side in a former Ukrainian army base, now the headquarters of a separatist militia in the city of Donetsk.

  • *Reports mount of volunteer fighters coming into Ukraine from Russia. KIEV/ DONETSK, Ukraine, May 30- Ukraine's government vowed on Friday to press ahead with a military offensive against separatists, despite a deadly attack on an army helicopter, amid increasing reports that volunteer fighters from Russia were involved in rebellions in the east.

  • * "Russian Orthodox Army" is mostly Ukrainian but identifies as Russian. *One of several armed rebel groups fighting in Ukraine's east. Calling itself the " Russian Orthodox Army", it has been engaged in the heaviest fighting against Ukraine's army in the Donetsk region this month.

  • MOSCOW, May 29- Russia's biggest bank Sberbank said it may consider a government plan to boost banks' capital and lending, as it showed the impact of the Ukraine crisis on its bottom line with an 18 percent slide in profits and rising loan-loss provisions.

  • ASTANA, May 29- Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed Kazakhstan and Belarus on Thursday into a new Eurasian Economic Union built to rival the United States, EU and China- but the absence of Ukraine undermined his dream of restoring Soviet glory days.

  • ASTANA, May 29- Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty with Kazakhstan and Belarus on Thursday creating a vast trading bloc which he hopes will challenge the economic might of the United States, the European Union and China.

  • ASTANA, May 29- The presidents of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus signed a treaty on Thursday creating a vast trading bloc which they hope will challenge the economic might of the United States, the European Union and China. Kazakhstan and Russia are both oil producers.

  • Is the world all right? Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | 12:40 PM ET

    Despite a slew of major international issues, global markets are remaining relatively steady, says Ron Insana.

  • 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.