Live news stream


Russian withdrawal Ukraine's main demand at talks

Ukraine's foreign minister Andriy Deshchytsia has said the withdrawal of Russian troops from the country's eastern borders and Crimea will be the delegation's main demand at the upcoming Geneva conference.

The crisis talks between Russia, Ukraine, the European Union and the US are set to begin tomorrow.

Ukraine's foreign minister Andriy Deshchytsia speaks at a press conference in Geneva.
Ukraine's foreign minister Andriy Deshchytsia speaks at a press conference in Geneva. Credit: RTV

"Our position at these consultations is first of all to demand the end of support by Russia of the terrorist groups which are active in the eastern regions of Ukraine," Mr Deshchytsia said at a press conference.

"Besides we will demand from the Russian Federation to condemn such terrorist actions and to withdraw troops which are amassing by the eastern borders of Ukraine".


Nicky Jacobs: I didn't kill PC Blakelock

Nicky Jacobs, who has always maintained that he was not involved in the killing of PC Blakelock, repeated his innocence on BBC's Newsnight, which airs tonight on BBC Two at 10.30pm.

Mr Jacobs, 45, was jailed in 1986 for throwing petrol bombs at police during the 1985 Broadwater Farm riots.

He was later implicated in murder of PC Blakelock, who was stabbed 43 times as he tried to protect firefighters tackling blazes during the riots.

Mr Jacobs told the programme that rap lyrics relating to the murder that were found in his cell in 1988 were not a confession.

I didn't kill PC Blakelock - I wasn't in that group that heard about firemen at the shop or whatever.

It is just fate on my behalf that turned out to be good. I wrote this rap poem and they're trying to say it is a confession - all that it is, is what was played out in the press - they talk about this baying mob attacking him and all this and trying to chop off his head. All that I just got from the press.

That's why you just see 'we, we' and that are referring to Tottenham. My only thing was saying 'I had one intention and I wiped off my knife'.

– Nicky Jacobs

Three witnesses told the Old Bailey that they saw Jacobs take part in the attack, but his defence team questioned their credibility.

After deliberating for four hours, the jury returned a not guilty verdict.

Man cleared of Blakelock murder: I would want justice

Nicky Jacobs, who was cleared last week of the 1985 killing of PC Keith Blakelock, has given his first interview since being released from prison.

Nicky Jacobs always protested his innocence. Credit: Rex Features

He told BBC's Newsnight that if he were a member of PC Blakelock's family: "I would be outside the courts, petitioning. I would want that (justice)."

"If I had to sit down in a court for six weeks and hear that so called justice about someone else then I would be angry and disappointed at the system and the establishment my husband died for," the 45-year-old told the programme.

"That's me personally, " he added. "Not taking nothing away from PC Blakelock's family and how they feel."

Mr Jacobs, who was 16 at the time of the Broadwater Farm riots, was charged with the policeman's murder last year and remanded in custody.

A jury at the Old Bailey last week found him found not guilty of murder and manslaughter.

US 'does not anticipate breakthrough' over Ukraine

Washington does not anticipate a breakthrough with Russia over the Ukraine crisis at tomorrow's Geneva conference, Reuters reported, citing unnamed US officials.

The officials said it was reasonable to assume that more sanctions would be imposed against Russia if there was no progress at the meeting.

Ukrainian soldiers standing on a combat vehicle try to negotiate with pro-Russian protesters in Kramatorsk.
Ukrainian soldiers standing on a combat vehicle try to negotiate with pro-Russian protesters in Kramatorsk. Credit: REUTERS/Marko Djurica

They believe Russian President Vladimir Putin envisions a federalist Ukraine that would allow Moscow to veto its decisions.

Virgin Media: No further emails can be sent in this way

Virgin Media said "no further emails are able to be sent in this manner" after some of its customers complained they were being spammed following a group email.

A Virgin Media spokesperson said:

A small proportion of our customers have received an email from one of our suppliers which, if they reply-all, it is sent to a wider group.

We’re investigating exactly what has happened ... We apologise for the inconvenience caused.

Load more updates