With U.S. intelligence, NATO to discuss Russian intent near Ukraine

NATO foreign ministers will discuss on Tuesday President Vladimir Putin’s possible intent for massing Russian troops on Ukraine’s borders, and what the alliance’s response should be, as Belarus announced joint military drills with Russia. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken…

World champion France held by Ukraine

France were held to a surprise draw by Ukraine as they got their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign under way. The world champions began confidently and deservedly went ahead when Antoine Griezmann superbly curled a left-foot effort into the corner…

Giroud overtakes Platini to go second on France scorers list

Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud became France’s second-highest goalscorer of all time – surpassing Michel Platini – in a friendly hammering of Ukraine. Giroud, 34, scored twice in the first half to take his tally to 42 on his 100th international appearance,…

Ukraine and Russia agree to implement ceasefire (BBC)

Ukraine and Russia have agreed to implement a “full and comprehensive” ceasefire in eastern Ukraine by the end of 2019, after top-level talks. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky met face to face in Paris on Monday. Five-and-a-half…

‘I don’t look for records, they look for me’, says Ronaldo after 700th goal (Vanguard)

Cristiano Ronaldo has lost count of the number of records he has broken, Portugal forward said after scoring the 700th goal of his career during a 2-1 defeat to Ukraine on Monday. “The records come naturally, I don’t look for…

Trump urges China to investigate Bidens (BBC)

US President Donald Trump, already facing an impeachment inquiry after urging Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden, has now urged China to do likewise. He said both China and Ukraine should look into Mr Biden, a Democratic presidential…

Ukraine’s former national bank chief fears for life after arson attack (BBC)

The ex-head of Ukraine’s national bank has told the BBC she fears for her life after one of her homes near Kiev was badly damaged in an arson attack. Valeria Gontareva was also injured last month when she was knocked…

Ukraine and Russia exchange prisoners in landmark deal (BBC)

A long-awaited exchange of prisoners being held by Russia and Ukraine appears to be under way. Buses from a Russian jail headed towards a Moscow airport “within the framework of preparations”, Russian TV said, and planes flew to Kiev and…

Ukraine cools reports of imminent Russia prisoner swap (BBC)

Ukrainian efforts to swap high-profile prisoners with Russia are “ongoing” but will not happen on Friday, officials in Kiev say, rejecting reports that the swaps had taken place. A statement from the presidency denied that the process had been completed.…

Eight killed in Ukraine hotel fire (Punch)

Eight people were killed and ten were injured in a hotel fire in Ukraine’s port city of Odessa early Saturday, emergency services said. The fire erupted at 1.34 am in the southern city’s Tokyo Star hotel. Some 65 firefighters backed…

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