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US Envoy Hopeful Russia Will Seek Peace in Eastern Ukraine

U.S. News

The United States' special representative for Ukraine has voiced hope that Russia will still "make peace and withdraw from eastern Ukraine" and said that if it does, Washington is ready to play a role in the transition.

Eastern Ukraine shelling hits both sides

U.S. News

People take shelter during shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, late Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. Salvos of artillery shook eastern Ukraine on Thursday, the fifth day of escalated fighting between government troops and Russia-backed separatist rebels.

Russia and Ukraine exchange prisoners

FOX News

MOSCOW – Russia and Ukraine have exchanged four prisoners in a move coordinated by their governments. The swap follows last month's release of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko after two years in a Russian prison. Savchenko was swapped for two Russians convicted of fighting in eastern Ukraine. In Tuesday's exchange, Russia's President Vladimir Putin pardoned Gennady Afanasyev, who was convicted on charges of sabotage, and Yuri Soloshenko, convicted on espionage charges. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko welcomed them in Kiev after their return.

Ukraine files case against Russia at UN's top court

Al Jazeera

Ukraine has filed a lawsuit at the UN's top court accusing Russia of sponsoring "terrorism" and illicitly funding separatist rebel groups - charges Russia denies. Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014, and fighting broke out in eastern Ukraine the following month between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian government forces, a conflict in which close to 10,000 people have been killed. In the case announced on Tuesday by the International Court of Justice, Ukraine accused Russia of "intervening militarily in Ukraine, financing acts of terrorism and violating the human rights of millions of Ukraine's citizens". Ukraine further alleged that the takeover of Crimea "brazenly defied the UN Charter, seizing a part of Ukraine's sovereign territory by military force". Russia has repeatedly denied sending troops or military equipment to eastern Ukraine.

Kremlin Warns of Flare-Up of Hostilities in Eastern Ukraine

U.S. News

Russia and Ukraine traded blame for the confrontation that raised the specter of a full-blown conflict between the neighbors. Ukraine said its vessels were heading to the Sea of Azov in line with international maritime rules, while Russia charged that they had failed to obtain permission to pass through the narrow Kerch Strait that is spanned by a bridge that Russia completed this year.