EU Ambassadors Agree to Extend Sanctions on Russia to end-July 2016

European Union envoys have agreed to extend the bloc's economic sanctions on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine by another six months until 31 July 2016, newswires reported on Friday.

The sanctions, which apply to Russia's oil, military and energy sectors as well as individuals linked to the Ukraine conflict, were to expire on 31 january next year  

Gazprom Suspends Gas Deliveries to Ukraine

Russian energy concern Gazprom has stopped supplying UKriane with gas, with CEO Alexey Miller saying Kiev is failing to make the payments needed.

A prepayment system was introduced by Moscow last year, amid a gas pricing dispute that started soon after Crimea was incorporated into Russia.

Interfax quotes Miller as saying Ukraine has issued no new supply requests.

Latest Putin adventure reminiscent of Jules Verne novel (watch vid)

After catching a 21-kilo fish, piloting a F1 race car and flying in a supersonic warplane, among many other PR stunts, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday was shown plunging into the Black Sea waters in a mini-submarine to explore a shipwreck off Crimea, the peninsula Russia annexed after seizing it from war-torn Ukraine.

Ukraine to establish Muslim troops: Crimean leader

Ukraine has stepped up to establish a troop of Muslims, leader of Crimean Tatars, Mustafa Abdülcemil K?r?mo?lu, said on Aug. 3.

The troops will be deployed in the Kherson region on the Crimean border and would monitor transportation of goods and people between Ukraine and the peninsula, he said speaking at a congress.