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In this video grab provided by the RU-RTR Russian television, a woman stands next to her home, that was distroyed during cross fire between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces, in Zaitseve, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.  Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists blamed each other for an outbreak of fighting in the country's rebel-held east on Tuesday. (RU-RTR Russian Television via AP)

Minister: Ukraine hopes for exchange of about 200 prisoners

Feb. 20, 2020 9:23 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ukraine’s foreign minister said Thursday that Russia remains “blind and deaf” to international appeals to end its occupation of Crimea and key areas in the east of his country, but his government is hoping for another “very, very small step” of a...

In this handout photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks to media at a briefing after the Security Council meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists are blaming each other for an outbreak of fighting in the country's rebel-held east. Ukraine's Army Chief of Staff Ruslan Homchak, right, and the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov, left, listen. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

Government troops, rebels exchange fire in eastern Ukraine

Feb. 18, 2020 7:18 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists blamed each other for an outbreak of fighting in the country's rebel-held east on Tuesday. The fighting erupted on the fifth anniversary of the U.N. Security Council’s endorsement of the 2015 Minsk agreements aimed at bringing peace to...

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko take a break during a match of the Night Hockey League teams in Rosa Khutor in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. Lukashenko on Friday, Feb. 14 says Russia insisted on merging the two states during last week's talks on further integrating the countries' economies. He says

Belarus leader says Russia insists on merging the two states

Feb. 14, 2020 9:14 AM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The president of Belarus said Friday that Russia insisted on merging the two states during last week's talks on further integrating the countries' economies. “They understand integration as swallowing up Belarus. This isn't integration. It's incorporation. I will never go for...

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko speaks to journalists as he visits the Dobrush Paper Factory in Dobrush, Belarus, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020.  The leader of Belarus is boasting about better ties with the United States as his officials discuss alternative energy imports as part of efforts to win concessions from Russia. (Nikolai Petrov/BelTA Pool Photo via AP)

Belarus leader bemoans Russia's halt on oil supplies

Feb. 6, 2020 7:41 AM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The leader of Belarus complained Thursday about Russia's halt on oil supplies ahead of talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss closer economic ties between the two countries. Russia last month only supplied 25% of the oil it promised Belarus, President Alexander...

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko speaks to journalists as he visits the Dobrush Paper Factory in Dobrush, Belarus, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Lukashenko boasted about Belarus' warmer ties with the United States as he prepared to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin for another round of difficult economic talks. (Nikolai Petrov/BelTA Pool Photo via AP)

Belarus leader boasts about US ties to bargain with Moscow

Feb. 4, 2020 7:01 AM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The leader of Belarus boasted Tuesday about warming ties with the United States as his officials discussed alternative energy imports as part of efforts to win concessions from Russia. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has prodded his main ally and sponsor, Russia, to continue...

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko greets U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool Photo via AP)

Pompeo says US can supply Belarus with 100% of oil, gas

Feb. 1, 2020 10:55 AM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday that the United States is willing and able to provide Belarus with 100% of its oil and gas, taking a slap at Russia which recently cut off supplies. Pompeo is the first secretary of state to visit Belarus in 26 years and arrived in...

A relative holds photo of a soldier killed defending Donetsk airport in 2014-15 in a war conflict with Russia-backed separatists during a commemorating ceremony in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, Jan. 20, 2019. Ukraine has asked the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to expand its monitoring mission in the country, Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said Monday after a meeting with the organization's chairman.
 (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

Ukraine and separatists to pull back troops from a new area

Jan. 29, 2020 12:24 PM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukrainian negotiators and Russia-backed separatists on Wednesday agreed on another area to disengage their troops in eastern Ukraine. The talks of between representatives of Ukraine, the separatists, Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe were held in the...

FILE - In this file photo taken on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2006, Oil-refining plant located in Belarus's town of Mozyr, some 300 km south-east of Minsk, Belarus. Russia has halted oil supplies to Belarus Friday Jan. 3, 2020, after the two countries failed to renegotiate a contract amid talks of further improving their economic ties. (AP Photo /Sergei Grits, File)

Russia resumes limited oil supplies to Belarus amid talks

Jan. 4, 2020 11:07 AM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus has reached an agreement with Russia for limited oil supplies after Moscow earlier this week stopped supplying crude amid stalled talks on strengthening economic ties between the neighboring countries. Belarusian state-run oil company Belneftekhim said Saturday that the...

FILE In this file photo taken on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko walk before a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in St. Petersburg, Russia. Russia has halted oil supplies to Belarus after the two countries failed to renegotiate a contract amid talks of further improving their economic ties. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Russia halts oil supplies to Belarus in push for closer ties

Jan. 3, 2020 9:34 AM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Russia has halted oil supplies to Belarus as talks on strengthening economic ties remained stalled over concerns that Russia could effectively swallow up its neighbor. In a case that has echoes of Russia's relationship with Ukraine before it annexed the Crimean Peninsula, Belarus'...