Ukraine's Minister of Energy and Coal Mining Vladimir Demshichin has announced that China will credit Ukraine with USD 3.6 B.
Russia's Gazprom started supplying gas to rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Thursday afternoon after Kiev cut deliveries, citing damage to the pipelines caused by fighting.
Russia expressed opposition to the earlier proposal of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for the deployment of UN peacekeepers or EU police mission in order to enforce the Minsk ceasefire.
Neither Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian rebels have started pulling arms out of the areas of conflict in Eastern Ukraine.
Fighting raged around a key railway hub in eastern Ukraine on Monday despite a ceasefire agreement that officially went into force a day earlier.
The OSCE monitoring mission to Ukraine reported that the ceasefire, which entered into force on Sunday, was largely observed during the first hours, except in Debaltseve, Raihorodka and Luhansk.
More than 30 soldiers were killed on Friday in Ukraine as fighting in rebel-controlled eastern regions continued unabated despite a ceasefire deal with the government brokered by leaders of Germany, France and Russia.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stated on Friday that an escalation in the tensions in Donbas is still likely, despite the Minsk settlement.
Leaders of the so-called Normandy group - France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine – gathered in Minsk on Wednesday to try to strike a peace deal for eastern Ukraine.
More than twenty people were killed in eastern Ukraine at the eve of the peace talks that are scheduled to take place in Minsk on Wednesday.
The Us government is planning on providing military training for 600 Ukrainian guards in March.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande proposed a new peace plan during their visits to Ukraine and Russia on Thursday and Friday.
A temporary truce is in force in the Ukrainian city of Debaltseve, both Kiev officials and pro-Russian forces have confirmed.
Hours after meeting Ukraine's head of state Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande are set to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and US State Secretary John Kerry all visited Ukraine on Thursday in an effort to seek an urgently needed peaceful solution to the conflict ravaging the country.
French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are to travel to Ukraine and Russia on Thursday and Friday in order to propose a new peace plan.
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