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Russia gives ships back to Ukraine ahead of summit

Nov 19, 2019 - 11:31 AM

After an exchange of prisoners in September and the withdrawal of some frontline forces over the last few weeks, the handover marks another step in trying to resolve the five-year conflict in eastern Ukraine

SUMMIT. File photo of Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky at the Riga Castle in Riga, Latvia, on October 16, 2019. Photo by Gints Ivuskans/AFP

Kiev will not recognize Russian passports from rebel areas – PM

May 08, 2019 - 9:43 PM

'We will never recognize any citizenship that was issued by the aggressor state. This is like Nazi Germany issuing Ausweis (identity document) for certain people,' says Ukraine's Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman

UKRAINE. Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman gives a speech at the German-Ukrainian Economic Forum in Berlin on November 29, 2018. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Russia eases citizenship rules in east Ukraine

Apr 24, 2019 - 11:14 PM

President Vladimir Putin signs the decree aimed at residents of the unrecognized Donetsk and Lugansk republics that broke away from Kiev in 2014 and are governed by Moscow-backed rebels

DONETSK. In this file photo taken on November 9, 2018, people stand as they wait for Denis Pushilin, acting leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic, campaigning meeting and the concert in Donetsk. File photo by Aleksey Filippov/AFP

Ukraine comedian Zelensky wins presidency in landslide

Apr 22, 2019 - 7:43 AM

(UPDATED) Volodymyr Zelensky, whose only previous political role was playing the president in a TV show, trounces incumbent Petro Poroshenko by taking 73.2%of the vote, according to nearly complete official results released on April 22

Ukrainian comedian and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky arrives at his campaign headquarters prior to the announcement of the first exit poll results in the second round of Ukraine's presidential election, Kiev, April 21, 2019.  Genya SAVILOV / AFP

Anti-Kremlin journalist defends faking own murder

Jun 01, 2018 - 3:00 PM

After initial expressions of relief that Arkady Babchenko is alive, many fellow journalists have sharply criticized the staging of his death for undermining the credibility of the profession

ALIVE. Anti-Kremlin journalist Arkady Babchenko addresses a press conference on May 31, 2018 in Kiev during which he dismissed criticism of cooperating with Ukrainian security services in the staging of his death, a day following his shock reappearance after Ukrainian authorities said he had been shot dead. Photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

Anti-Kremlin journalist back from the dead as Ukraine admits set-up

May 30, 2018 - 11:20 PM

(UPDATED) The reporter Arkady Babchenko apologizes to his wife and defiantly promises on Twitter to 'die at 96 after dancing on Putin's grave'

ALIVE. Russian anti-Kremlin journalist Arkady Babchenko (right) and head of Ukraine's security service Vasyl Grytsak react during a press conference at Ukrainian Security Service in Kiev on May 30, 2018. Photo by  Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Murder of anti-Kremlin war reporter shocks Russian opposition

May 30, 2018 - 8:42 PM

Ukrainian authorities blame Russia's 'totalitarian machine' for his murder, while Moscow denies the charges and the Kremlin warns that Kiev had become 'a very dangerous place' for journalists

Flowers lay under a picture of the 41-year-old anti-Kremlin reporter Arkady Babchenko on the memorial wall of Moscow's journalists house in Moscow on May 30, 2018. The prominent Russian war correspondent and former soldier was shot dead on May 29 evening in an apparent contract-style killing in the stairwell of his building in Kiev. He had moved to the Ukrainian capital last year following a campaign of harassment in Moscow. Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP

Salah 'confident' for World Cup despite shoulder injury

May 28, 2018 - 9:30 AM

New reports claim that the Liverpool star only suffered ligament damage and may be back in action in 3 weeks

FALLING STAR. Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (right) falls with Real Madrid's Spanish defender Sergio Ramos leading to the Egyptian forward's shoulder injury. Photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

Brilliant Bale breaks Liverpool hearts as Real Madrid rules Champions League

May 27, 2018 - 8:25 AM

The Spanish giants capture their 3rd straight – and 13th overall – European Cup against a distraught Liverpool that lost star striker Mohamed Salah to injury

GLORIOUS. Real Madrid becomes the first team to win the Champions League for 3 straight years since Bayern Munich in 1976. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Ronaldo shrugs off injury fears, lives for Champions League final

May 26, 2018 - 3:24 PM

The Real Madrid star seeks to join an elite group of just 10 other players to win 5 European Cups

ALL SET. Cristiano Ronaldo looks to lead Real Madrid to a 3rd straight Champions League title against Liverpool. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Liverpool out to end Real Madrid streak in Champions League Final 2018

May 25, 2018 - 7:46 PM

Real Madrid bids to become the first team since 1976 to lift the European Cup for 3 straight years

SHOWDOWN. Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah figure in a key battle when Real Madrid clashes with Liverpool in the Champions League final. Photos by Gabriel Bouys and Paul Ellis/AFP

A recap of TNC Pro Team's exit from Kiev Major

Apr 29, 2017 - 12:04 PM

The loss is a bit of a shock as many Dota fans expected TNC to be a strong contender in the tournament having beaten some heavyweights in the past

EARLY EXIT. After a fiery run in the earlier stages – one that saw one member set a kill count record – the Philippines' top Dota 2 team flames out in the first round of the main event

Here's how we think the Kiev Major Main Event will play out

Apr 27, 2017 - 5:46 PM

OG might have the best chance of taking home the 1 million grand prize

PH team TNC defeats North American powerhouse Digital Chaos

Apr 26, 2017 - 7:12 PM

TNC secures 4th seed with a victory over a team that includes former TnC captain Jimmy Ho and Filipino import Abed Yusop

PH team TNC loses bid for top seed in Kiev Major main event

Apr 25, 2017 - 5:24 PM

Russia s Virtus Pro sweeps TnC putting the brakes on the PH team s once hot run

Filipino 'Dota 2' player DJ Mampusti rejoins UK-based Fnatic

Apr 05, 2017 - 5:10 PM

Prior to his return Mampusti helped Fnatic win 1 4 million at last year s The International 6

Kiev slams Eurovision call to allow Russian singer

Apr 01, 2017 - 9:09 PM

Ukraine has barred Russian singer and Eurovision contestant Yulia Samoilova over illegally entering Moscow annexed Crimea for a 2015 performance

BANNED. Russian singer and Eurovision contestant Yulia Samoilova has been barred from entering Ukraine. Photo from Wikipedia

Ukraine and Russia wage war – in global courts

Sep 04, 2016 - 12:58 PM

Kiev is also facing various lawsuits that add up to tens of billions of dollars and may take months or years to resolve

IN COURT. Ukraine and Russia face off in a court in The Hague as the latter is keen on over one of Ukraine's largest banks as well as shipyards and hotels.

Ukraine at UN says Putin's Crimea decree 'null and void'

Jul 29, 2016 - 8:15 AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a decree merging Crimea into the southern federal district of Russia to strengthen the work of federal state bodies

File photo by Mikhail Metzel/AFP

Hundreds attend tightly-policed gay pride march in central Kiev

Jun 12, 2016 - 6:33 PM

UPDATED Organizers say police did an excellent job of securing the LGBT event

PRIDE MARCH. A participant carries a rainbow flag during the gay pride parade in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, 12 June 2016. Photo by Roman Pilipey/EPA

Ukrainians attack Russia embassy, demand pilot's release

Mar 07, 2016 - 3:40 AM

The protesters are furious over the Russian government s refusal to free Nadiya Savchenko

epa05198010 Protesters throw eggs at the Russian embassy building during a protest in Kiev, Ukraine, 06 March 2016. Protesters demanded Russia free former Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko. Savchenko announced on 03 March that she would go on a hunger strike while on trial in Russia for murder, Ukrainian state news agency Ukrinform reported. She faces up to 25 years in prison for allegedly helping kill two Russian state journalists in eastern Ukraine. She is a huge source of national pride in her home country as a poster child for the country's efforts to preserve its territorial integrity. EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO

Doubts over planned polls in restive east Ukraine

Mar 04, 2016 - 8:25 AM

UPDATED Kiev has long insisted there must be a total cessation of hostilities in the country s restive east before holding the polls

UKRAINE VOTE. Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister Pavlo Klimkine (L) and German Foreign Affairs Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (2-R) discuss with Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov and French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault during the Normandy Four meeting at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris, France, March 3, 2016. Photo by Etienne Laurent/EPA

3 killed as passenger bus hits mine in east Ukraine

Feb 10, 2016 - 10:20 PM

Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Zadubinniy says two civilians died at the scene and a third in the ambulance on the way to the hospital


Prediksi perdelapan final Liga Champions: Italia merana, Inggris butuh keajaiban

Dec 16, 2015 - 4:14 PM

Undian babak kedua Liga Champions sudah digelar pada Senin 14 Desember lalu Beberapa tim besar bertemu lawan sepadan Siapa yang akan lolos ke perempat final?

Biden visits war-scarred Ukraine to reaffirm US support

Dec 06, 2015 - 11:58 AM

A senior US official says Vice President Joe Biden would take extra care to stress that the overtures toward Russian President Vladimir Putin in no way affected the West s support for Kiev

US SUPPORT. In this file photo, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (R) and US Vice President Joe Biden (L) shake hands during their briefing in Kiev, Ukraine, 21 November 2014. File photo by Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Lawan Dynamo Kiev, penentuan nasib Jose Mourinho

Nov 03, 2015 - 11:34 AM

Pertandingan UCL melawan Dynamo Kiev akan menjadi partai penentuan bagi masa depan karir The Special One di Chelsea

KECEWA. Manajer Chelsea Jose Mourinho kecewa atas kekalahan timnya dalam pertandingan melawan Liverpool. Foto oleh Justin Tallis/AFP

Champions League: Arsenal downs Bayern, Dynamo holds Chelsea

Oct 21, 2015 - 5:05 PM

Arsenal in desperate need of a win after defeats to Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos in their first two games earned a stirring victory over Bayern Munich

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE. Jerome Boateng, Manuel Neuer, Thomas Mueller and Joshua Kimmich during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between FC Arsenal London and Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium in London. Photo by Tobias Hase/EPA

Ukraine says Russia must cede border by end of year

Oct 05, 2015 - 8:22 PM

The Western backed Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he never agreed to the terms announced by French President Francois Hollande at a media event held after summit talks on the crisis in Paris on Friday

RUSSIA A 'THREAT'. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks to supporters during a pro-Ukraine Rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa during Poroshenko's first official visit to Canada, September 17, 2014. File photo by Goeff Robins/AFP

Deadly clashes in Kiev over rebel legislation

Aug 31, 2015 - 8:45 PM

UPDATED A policeman believed to be a conscript dies while dozens are injured as lawmakers give initial backing to a legislation that grants more autonomy to pro Kremlin rebels

PROTESTS. Activists of few radical Ukrainian parties clash with police officers in front of the parliament in Kiev on August 31, 2015. Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Fierce Ukraine clashes kill 10

Aug 18, 2015 - 2:20 AM

Ukraine s foreign minister says forces were intensifying their activities in Shyrokine a flashpoint village 10 kilometers 6 miles from the government held port

MH17 investigators say 'possible' BUK missile parts found

Aug 11, 2015 - 8:49 PM

Investigators probing the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 say they had identified pieces that possibly come from a Russian made BUK missile from eastern Ukraine where the plane crashed

INVESTIGATION. Debris of the MH17 plane crash brought back from the crash site in eastern Ukraine is on display for friends and family of the flight's victims at airbase Gilze-Rijen in Rijen, The Netherlands, 03 March 2015. Photo by Robin Van Lonkhuijsen / EPA

Ukraine rebels withdraw from key frontline village

Jul 04, 2015 - 11:43 AM

But separatists warn that unilateral demilitarization by their side may not be enough to establish a lasting peace

REBELS WITHDRAW. A Ukrainian serviceman walks along boards used as protection against snipers in Shyrokyne, Donetsk region on June 29, 2015. Photo by Anatoli Stepanov/AFP

Nearly half of MH17's wreckage still in Ukraine

Jun 25, 2015 - 12:24 AM

The rebels and Moscow accuse the Ukrainian military of shooting the jet out of the sky

Kiev gay rights march ends in injuries, arrests

Jun 06, 2015 - 7:07 PM

The scuffles broke out when the police tried to keep a few dozen young men who had jumped out of a bus bearing Right Sektor insignia from attacking the peaceful marchers

PRIDE. A masked gay activist takes part in the first Gay Pride March in Kiev, under the eye of the riot police since fighting with pro-Moscow rebels broke out. Photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

UN seeks to shore up Ukraine truce as fighting flares

Jun 06, 2015 - 8:13 AM

We are either looking at a return to a deepening intractable conflict or a momentary upsurge in parts of the conflict zone We cannot afford either scenario says UN political chief Jeffrey Feltman

CEASEFIRE? Ukrainian servicemen patrol the area in the town of Marinka, near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, June 5, 2015. This week has seen the deadliest fighting between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian military since a ceasefire deal was signed in February. Photo by Alex Rom/EPA

Germany warns Ukraine truce turning 'very fragile'

May 30, 2015 - 9:32 AM

The truce has succeeded in containing the fighting but has failed to put an end to daily clashes around some of the most disputed hotspots

'FRAGILE' CEASEFIRE. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier answers questions of journalists during their joint press conference with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (not pictured) in Kiev, Ukraine, May 29, 2015. Photo by Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Ukraine truce talks make no breakthrough in Minsk

May 23, 2015 - 12:42 PM

The latest round of talks in Minsk are relatively low level discussions involving members of a special task force devoted to political settlement issues

'LOW-LEVEL TALKS.' Denis Pushilin (L), self-declared chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR), and Vladislav Deinego (R), who represents the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) in the negotiations, talk to media at the 'President-Hotel', where Ukraine peace negotiations takes place in Minsk, Belarus, 22 May 2015. Photo by Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

Ukraine court orders arrest of two 'Russian soldiers'

May 23, 2015 - 10:31 AM

Russia s defense ministry says the two were once members of the armed forces but had been demobilized by the time they crossed into the Ukrainian war zone nearly two months ago

VOLUNTEERS? Yevgeny Yerofeyev lies on a bed at a hospital in Kiev, Ukraine, 19 May 2015. Ukraine claims that Yerofeyev is one of two Russian soldiers captured in eastern Ukraine. File photo by Roman Pilipey/EPA

Fighters captured in Ukraine admit to serving in Russia's army – OSCE

May 22, 2015 - 11:24 AM

Ukraine has charged the captured men with involvement in terrorist activity and promised to release them should they fully confess during a public trial

CAPTURED. Alexander Alexandrov lies on a bed at a hospital in Kiev, Ukraine, 19 May 2015. Ukraine claims that Alexandrov is one of two Russian soldiers captured in eastern Ukraine. File photo by Roman Pilipey/EPA

Kiev shows off captured 'Russian soldiers' to media

May 19, 2015 - 11:27 PM

UPDATED Kiev shows off two purported Russian soldiers it captured during a gun battle with separatist fighters Kiev s ability to prove the Kremlin s direct involvement in fighting that has caused 6 250 deaths in the past 13 months would put additional pressure on Moscow

CAPTURED. Yevgeny Yerofeyev lies on a bed at a hospital in Kiev, Ukraine, 19 May 2015. Ukraine claims that Yerofeyev is one of two Russian soldiers captured in eastern Ukraine. Photo by Roman Pilipey / EPA

Dutch to renew MH17 crash site search

Apr 16, 2015 - 12:06 AM

The search will focus on finding body parts and debris

Thousands in Georgia march call for government to step down

Mar 22, 2015 - 1:08 AM

Protesters pack Tbilisi s central Freedom Square after being called onto the streets by exiled former president Mikheil Saakashvili s United National Movement UNM before marching towards the State Chancellery building the seat of government

LIBERATE GEORGIA. Exiled former Georgia president Mikheil Saakashvili addresses thousands of protesters by video link from Brussels as the cheering crowd chanted his name. File photo by Leigh Vogel/AFP

Ukraine, Russia start new talks to supply gas to Kiev

Mar 21, 2015 - 9:37 AM

A deal to ensure supplies for the current winter expires at the end of this month and that agreement was only agreed after tense negotiations against the backdrop of the war in eastern Ukraine

NEW TALKS. In this file photo, Minister of Energy of Russia, Alexander Novak speaks during a press conference on Russian gas supplies to Ukraine. File photo by Bernd Von Jutrczenka/EPA

Russia offers UN resolution on election talks with Ukraine rebels

Mar 20, 2015 - 8:20 AM

Russia argues that the Ukrainian legislation is not in line with the February peace deal aimed at ending the regional fighting objecting to Kiev s requirement that the separatists must hold local elections under Ukrainian law

RIGHT SECTOR. Members of volunteer’s corps ‘Right Sector’ stand near their position near of Tonen’koe village of Donetsk region, Ukraine, 19 March 2015. Photo by Oleg Petrasyuk/EPA

Putin says Kiev's gas cutoff in east Ukraine 'smacks of genocide'

Feb 25, 2015 - 11:40 PM

Naftogaz Ukraine s national gas company confirmed the move saying it was due to pipeline damage caused by fighting

US urges Russia to commit to ceasefire in Ukraine

Feb 05, 2015 - 11:23 PM

We talked about the largest threat that Ukraine faces today and that is Russia s continued aggression in the east Kerry said after talks with Ukraine s leaders

Ukraine rebels vow to push offensive if talks fail

Jan 31, 2015 - 9:36 AM

The urgent new round of talks in Minsk that had been agreed for Friday January 30 under pressure from European envoys is postponed due to disagreements over who should represent the rebel camp

WILL TALKS FAIL? Armed pro-Russian rebels ride a tank in downtown Donetsk, Ukraine, January 22, 2015. File photo by Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

More than 9 months of bloodshed in Ukraine

Jan 25, 2015 - 10:59 PM

Here are key dates in the conflict since pro Moscow separatists launched an uprising that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe OSCE estimates has killed more than 5 000 people since April 2014

VANTAGE POINT. A Ukrainian soldier stands on an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) close to a military camp, near the eastern Ukrainian town of Rassypnoe, 25 August 2014. Photo by Roman Pilipey/EPA

At least 10 killed in rocket attack on Ukraine's Mariupol

Jan 24, 2015 - 4:54 PM

UPDATED The police says long range Grad rockets hit a market in an eastern district facing roads that have come under attack from separatist militias in recent days

Putin accuses Kiev of launching 'large-scale operation' in east Ukraine

Jan 23, 2015 - 8:58 PM

Kiev authorities have given an official order to begin large scale combat operations along almost the entire frontline with pro Russian separatists says Russian president Vladimr Putin