Russian President Vladimir Putin called yesterday (31 August) for immediate talks on the "statehood" of southern and eastern Ukraine, although his spokesman said this did not mean Moscow now endorsed “the Novorossiya militias” calls for independence for territory they have seized.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko took centre stage at today’s (30 August) EU summit and said that the Union’s heads of state and government had given his country broad support, since it had faced “open aggression” from Russia, adding that the EU's agenda from now on would largely revolve arou
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said today (29 August) that his government will introduce a proposal in Parliament to change the non-aligned status of the country, and to request membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).
EU leaders gathered at the European Council in Brussels, on Saturday (30 August), to break the deadlock on EU top jobs and to respond to the escalating conflict in Eastern Ukraine. An overview of events, as they happened, is below.
Prompted by the news that Russian forces have entered Ukraine, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the EU will discuss further sanctions against Russia at the extraordinary summit Saturday (30 August).
EXCLUSIVE / Ukraine is asking EU leaders to hold an extraordinary session on Ukraine during their summit on 30 August, due to the fact that Russia has, according to Kyiv, started an outright military invasion of the country.
Ukraine accused Russia of launching a new military incursion across its eastern border yesterday (27 August), as hopes quickly faded that the Minsk talks held the previous day between their two presidents might mark a turning point in a five-month-old crisis.