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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.

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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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PM sets up £20 million fund for eastern European states

David Cameron has launched a new drive to bolster former communist states under pressure from Vladimir Putin as the stand-off between Russia and the West over Ukraine continues.

The Prime Minister is setting up a £20 million Good Governance Fund to strengthen democratic institutions across a series of Eastern European states to help them counter intimidation from the Kremlin.

Prime Minister David Cameron arrives ahead of the EU Summit . Credit: Wiktor Dabkowski/DPA/PA Wire

British officials said the scheme is based on the Know-How Fund set up by Margaret Thatcher following the fall of the Berlin Wall to help Poland and other former Soviet bloc states make the transition to democracy.

The move came as EU leaders meeting in Brussels agreed there would be no easing of sanctions against Moscow until it was clear the Minsk ceasefire deal was being fully honoured.

Biden and Poroshenko agree over Russian sanctions

US Vice President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko have agreed that sanctions against Russia must be tied to the full implementation of the Minsk peace plan, the White House said.

US Vice President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Credit: Andreas Gebert/DPA/PA Images

"As long as Russia continues to fuel violence and instability in Ukraine, the international community must be prepared to increase the costs to Russia for pursuing such actions," a statement reads.

Biden also welcomed the decision by the Ukrainian parliament to allow special status for rebel-controlled eastern regions and grant them limited self-rule.

Biden and Poroshenko made the agreement in a telephone call.

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