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Ukraine accuses Russia of "undisguised aggression" as rebels advance

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KIEV/MOSCOW - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of "direct and undisguised aggression" which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev's forces suffered a further reverse in their war with pro-Moscow separatists. | Video

Ukraine rebels seek 'special status', crisis talks to resume on Friday

MINSK - Pro-Russia separatists sat down for preliminary Ukraine peace talks on Monday due to resume later this week in the Belarusian capital Minsk, saying they would be prepared to stay part of Ukraine if they were granted "special status".

Ban on buying Russian bonds eyed as EU envoys meet: sources

BRUSSELS - Europeans could be barred from buying new Russian government bonds under a package of extra sanctions over Moscow's military role in Ukraine that European Union ambassadors were to start discussing on Monday, three EU sources said. | Video

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Ukraine accuses Russia of 'undisguised aggression' as rebels advance

KIEV/MOSCOW - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of "direct and undisguised aggression" which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev's forces suffered a further reverse in their war with pro-Moscow separatists. | Video

Europe drafts emergency energy plan with eye on Russia gas shut-down

LONDON - The European Union could ban gas exports and limit industrial use as part of emergency measures to protect household energy supplies this winter, a source told Reuters, as it braces for a possible halt in Russian gas as a result of the Ukraine crisis.

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Under Putin's gaze, Gazprom starts mega-pipeline to China

US KHATYN Russia - President Vladimir Putin on Monday oversaw the start of construction on a giant pipeline that is due to ship $400 billion (240.78 billion pounds) worth of Russian gas to China in the three decades after flows begin in 2019.

'We told you so' - Baltic jitters grow over former ruler Russia

RIGA/VILNIUS - Nervously eying Russian naval manoeuvres and military flights near their borders, the three ex-Soviet Baltic states fear they may emerge as the next geopolitical flashpoint after Ukraine in a confrontation that could test their cherished Western ties.

UPDATE 2-Rouble hits new low as Ukraine crisis deepens

* Stocks fall on concerns of new sanctions against Moscow

'We told you so' - Baltic jitters grow over former ruler Russia

RIGA/VILNIUS - Nervously eyeing Russian naval maneuvers and military flights near their borders, the three ex-Soviet Baltic states fear they may emerge as the next geopolitical flashpoint after Ukraine in a confrontation that could test their cherished Western ties.

REFILE-"We told you so" - Baltic jitters grow over former ruler Russia

* Three Baltic states won independence from Moscow in 1991

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Pakistani protesters clash with police, soldiers secure state TV

ISLAMABAD - Pakistani soldiers and paramilitary forces secured the state television headquarters in Islamabad on Monday after a crowd of anti-government protesters stormed the building and took the channel off the air. | Video