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RAF jets scrambled after Russian military planes spotted near UK airspace

RAF Typhoon jets were scrambled today after two Russian military planes were spotted flying near UK airspace.

An MoD spokesperson said: "The Russian planes were escorted by the RAF until they were out of the UK area of interest. At no time did the Russian military aircraft cross into UK sovereign airspace.”

It is understood that the Russian aircraft intercepted were Bear H bombers.

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Russian navy ships enter English Channel for drills

The Russian Northern Fleet entered the English Channel on Tuesday Credit: Reuters

Russian navy ships entered the English Channel today and will hold anti-aircraft and anti-submarine defence drills in the northern Atlantic, Interfax news agency reported.

The ships belong to the Russian Northern Fleet, the agency quoted Russia's Defence Ministry as saying.

It is not unusual to have Russian warships in the Channel. In November, Nato dismissed a Russian media report that a squadron of Russian warships had conducted military exercises there.

Ukraine signs new deal to buy Russian gas

The Ukrainian energy ministry has said in a statement that Ukraine has signed a new agreement to buy Russian gas over the next three months at $248 per thousand cubic metres.

The agreement extended all the other terms of the 'winter package' which has just lapsed between Ukraine's state gas concern Naftogaz and Russia's gas giant Gazprom, the statement said.

The agreement represented a "victory" for an economic approach to relations between Naftogaz and Gazprom over a political one, Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn was quoted as saying on the energy ministry's website.

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Rescue captain: 63 saved from Russian trawler

An officer at a maritime rescue coordination centre in the area said that at least 54 people have died and 15 are missing after a Russian trawler sank late on Wednesday in the Western Pacific Ocean near the Kamchatka Peninsula.

Viktor Klepikov, coordinating captain of the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky maritime rescue coordination centre, told Reuters that there were 132 people on board the Dalniy Vostok freezer trawler. He said 63 people had been rescued.

Death toll on Russian trawler rises to 54

At least 54 people of a Russian trawler died and more than two dozen were missing after the vessel sank in freezing waters off the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Western Pacific Ocean late on Wednesday, Russia's Emergency Ministry said.

Sixty-three of the 132 people on board the Dalniy Vostok were rescued with the sea's temperature near zero degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit), the ministry said. The ship was carrying 78 Russian nationals, as well as 54 foreign nationals from Myanmar, Ukraine, Lithuania and Vanuatu.

The trawler sank in the Sea of Okhotsk, 330 km (205 miles) west of Krutogorovsky settlement in the Kamchatka region and 250 km south of the city of Magadan. The home port of the trawler, which was owned by Magellan LLC, was Nevelsk in Russia's Sakhalin region.

Report: 'At least 43 dead as Russian trawler sinks'

The Kamchatka Peninsula. Credit: Google Maps

At least 43 people have died after a Russian trawler sank late on Wednesday in the Western Pacific Ocean near the Kamchatka Peninsula, the TASS news agency reported, citing an officer at a maritime rescue coordination centre in the area.

There were 132 people on board the Dalniy Vostok freezer trawler and 63 people have been rescued, TASS said.

Russian keeper hit by flare during Euro qualifying match

Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev has been struck by a flare thrown from the crowd during a Euro 2016 qualifier in Montenegro.

The moment the flare struck Igor Akinfeev was recorded on the match footage. Credit: Sky Calcio HD

The match was briefly suspended and the teams taken off the field after the incident shortly after kick off at the Gradski Stadium in Podorica.

Akinfeev was taken away for treatment before the players returned to continue the match.

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