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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

Comedian, president in stadium debate ahead of Ukraine election

Apr 19, 2019 - 7:56 PM

The debate, set to take place in Kiev's 70,000-seater Olympic Stadium Friday evening, will be the first and only policy head-to-head of the campaign between Volodymyr Zelensky and Petro Poroshenko

DEBATE. This combination of files pictures made on March 31, 2019 shows portraits of presidential candidates: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) taken on November 3, 2018 and Ukrainian comic actor and showman Volodymyr Zelensky taken on March 6, 2019. Photos by Kayhan Ozer and Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Appeals for restraint as Ukraine's presidential race turns nasty

Apr 13, 2019 - 11:40 PM

After the first round of voting, the gloves have come off, with President Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelensky trading barbs and sparring bitterly on television

UKRAINE ELECTIONS. Presidential candidates Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) and comic actor and showman Volodymyr Zelensky. Photos by Sergei Supinsky and Kayhan Ozer/AFP

No joke – comedian Zelensky sets course for Ukraine presidency

Apr 01, 2019 - 6:11 PM

Volodymyr Zelenky's political experience is limited to playing the president in a TV show but he leapfrogs establishment candidates amid public frustration over corruption and a stalling economy

ZELENSKY ON COURSE. Ukrainian comic actor and presidential frontrunner Volodymyr Zelensky plays table tennis with a journalist ahead of the provisional results at the headquarter in Kiev on March 31, 2019. Photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

Ukraine's Poroshenko vows to beat comedian rival as campaign closes

Mar 29, 2019 - 10:39 PM

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has sought to position himself as the only candidate who can stand up to Moscow as he seeks to beat back support for poll-leader Volodymyr Zelensky

UKRAINE ELECTIONS. This combination of pictures show the 3 frontrunners in Ukraine's presidential election: comedian Volodymyr Zelensky, incumbent Petro Poroshenko and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Photos by Petras Malukas and SergeiSupinsky/AFP

Putin in Crimea as Russia marks 5 years since annexation

Mar 18, 2019 - 8:49 PM

In Russia, March 18 has been proclaimed the 'Day of Crimea's Reunification with Russia' and celebrated with events across the country. In Crimea, it is a public holiday.

5 YEARS. People carry Russian flags during celebrations of the fifth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea in Simferopol on March 15, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

Exiled Yanukovych slams Poroshenko ahead of Ukraine vote

Feb 06, 2019 - 11:50 PM

Former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych warns that Petro Poroshenko winning a second term in office would have 'unpredictable consequences' for Ukraine

Facing uphill fight, Ukraine's Poroshenko announces reelection bid

Jan 29, 2019 - 10:37 PM

Opinion polls put him behind ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who rose to international prominence in 2004 during the anti-corruption Orange Revolution demonstrations

PETRO POROSHENKO. This file photo shows Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko giving a press statement on January 30, 2017. File photo by Odd Andersen / AFP

Orthodox patriarch signs decree on independent Ukraine church

Jan 06, 2019 - 12:09 AM

'Dear Ukrainians, this is a historic event! This is a great day!' says Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko

SIGNED. This handout picture taken and released by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Service on January 5, 2019 shows Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I signing the 'Tomos' decree of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church at the Patriarchal Church of St George in Istanbul. Photo by Mykola Lazarenko/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/AFP

Ukraine creates church independent from Russia

Dec 16, 2018 - 12:27 AM

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko addresses the synod of bishops, saying Kiev's national security depends on 'spiritual independence' from Moscow

SYNOD. This handout picture taken and released by Ukrainian Presidential press-service shows Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) talking as he attends the historic synod expected to establish an Orthodox church independent from Russia on December 15, 2018. Photo by Genya Savilov/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/AFP

Ukrainian president warns of threat of 'full-scale war' with Russia

Nov 28, 2018 - 9:25 AM

'I don't want anyone to think this is fun and games. Ukraine is under threat of full-scale war with Russia,' says Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

POROSHENKO. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko delivers his speech from Parliament tribune during an emergency session in Kiev on November 26, 2018, ahead of a parliamentary vote on the request of the Ukrainian President to impose martial law in the country. Photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

Ukraine backs martial law after confrontation at sea with Russia

Nov 27, 2018 - 2:00 PM

After intense debate, 276 lawmakers vote in favor of President Petro Poroshenko's request for martial law in border areas for 30 days

MARTIAL LAW. In this file photo, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko holds a press conference on August 30, 2014. File photo by John Thys/AFP

NATO calls emergency meeting with Ukraine on sea clash

Nov 26, 2018 - 8:29 PM

A naval standoff between Ukraine and Russia off the coast of Crimea spikes tension in Europe

PROTEST. Activists of Ukrainian far-right groups hold flares during their rally in front of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on November 26, 2018, as they demand to set martial law in the country and to cut diplomatic relations with Russia. Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Russia confirms seizing 3 Ukrainian naval ships off Crimea

Nov 26, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Ukraine's navy says the incident took place as two small warships and a tugboat were heading through the strait for the port of Mariupol

INCIDENT IN THE BLACK SEA. This handout picture taken and released by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Service on November 25, 2018 shows Ukraine's Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin delivering a statement in Kiev. Handout photo by Ukrainian Presidential Press Service

Ukrainian president slams Russian church as 'national security threat'

Jul 28, 2018 - 11:23 PM

Conflict between Ukraine and Russia has exacerbated tensions between the two churches, with Ukranian Patriarch Filaret once saying Putin was 'possessed by Satan'

LEADERS. Patriarch Filaret (L) of the Kiev-based Ukrainian Orthodox Church and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (2nd L) attend a religious procession in Kiev on July 28, 2018, marking the 1030th anniversary of the Christianization of Kievan Rus. Photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

Russia, Ukraine discuss 'exchange' of Sentsov, other prisoners

Jun 09, 2018 - 10:53 PM

Both Moscow and Kiev says that rights ombudsmen would visit the two countries' prisoners 'in the near future'

Ukrainians cheer on first day of visa-free EU travel

Jun 11, 2017 - 8:20 PM

The visa free regime for Ukraine has started Glory to Europe Glory to Ukraine tweets Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

A handout picture released by the Ukrainian presidential press service shows Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (back C-R) posing for a picture with people during a ceremony on the Slovak-Ukrainian border not far from Ukrainian city of Uzhgorod to mark the first day of visa-free travel to Europe on June 11, 2017. Ukrainians celebrated the first day of visa-free access to the European Union, with hundreds crossing the border as Poroshenko proclaimed a dramatic "breakaway" from Moscow. / AFP PHOTO / UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE / Mykhailo PALINCHAK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE / MYKHAILO PALINCHAK" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Ukraine, Belarus leaders mark Chernobyl anniversary

Apr 26, 2017 - 7:02 PM

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko calls the explosion and its dire aftermath an unhealing wound with which we as a people live with

THE UNHEALING WOUND. This aerial shot shows the membrane that is being built to keep the radiation from Chernobyl from leaking out. Photo from Twitter account of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

American OSCE monitor killed in rebel east Ukraine

Apr 24, 2017 - 11:01 AM

The OSCE s announcement about the US monitor s death sees Kiev and the insurgents quickly trading blame over who was at fault

Russia's actions in Ukraine 'obstacle' to improved relations – U.S.

Apr 24, 2017 - 8:35 AM

The phone call comes as the two leaders discussed the death on Sunday of an American monitor with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe who hit a landmine while on patrol in eastern Ukraine

TILLERSON ON RUSSIA. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson looks over papers at the World Conference Center in Bonn, western Germany, on February 17, 2017. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Calm returns to flashpoint Ukraine town as Trump pledges to help

Feb 05, 2017 - 11:45 PM

The White House quotes US President Donald Trump as saying that the US will help restore peace in the conflict zone

People kneel as servicemen carry a coffin with the body of an Ukrainian serviceman who died during fighting in the eastern Ukrainian town of Avdiivka, in Donetsk region, during obsequies on Independence Square in Kiev on February 3, 2017.  Clashes between Ukrainian forces and Moscow-backed rebels left two more dead in a flashpoint town on February 3 and four others elsewhere in bloodshed that has prompted the US to condemn Russia's "aggressive" stance. The latest reports from both sides put the death toll in fighting since January 29 in the eastern war zone to 32 -- a figure that has not been reached since the height of the war in 2014 and 2015. / AFP PHOTO / Sergei SUPINSKY

Trump to speak to Poroshenko as Ukraine unrest surges

Feb 04, 2017 - 9:17 PM

UPDATED The scheduled call will see Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko seeking to win assurances of Washington s continued diplomatic and non lethal military support

TRUMP. President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with technology executives at Trump Tower, December 14, 2016 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Ukraine leader says will hold referendum on joining NATO

Feb 02, 2017 - 6:58 PM

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says 54 of Ukrainians now favored membership up from 16 four years ago

PETRO POROSHENKO. Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko gives a joint press statement with the German Chancellor (not in picture) prior to their talks at the Chancellery in Berlin on January 30, 2017. Photo by Odd Andersen / AFP

Ukraine on high alert over Crimea tensions with Russia

Aug 12, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Ukraine s pro Western President Petro Poroshenko has earlier met his top brass and has ordered forces along the frontier with Crimea and across the conflict wracked east onto high alert level

HIGH ALERT. This handout picture taken and released by Ukrainian Presidential press service in Kiev on August 11, 2016 shows Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (2L) speaking to the country's high-ranking military officials during their meeting. Photo by AFP/Mykola Lazarenko/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service

Two years on, villagers, relatives mourn MH17 crash

Jul 17, 2016 - 10:40 PM

UPDATED Majority of the families of the 196 Dutch victims reach an agreement with Malaysia Airlines for compensation

Local villagers place pictures of the passengers of MH17 flight at a makeshift memorial in Petropavlivka village, Donetsk region, on the second anniversary of the tragedy on July 17, 2016. Dozens of local villagers gathered on July 17 in separatist eastern Ukraine at the crash site of the MH17 flight two years after the jet was hit by a missile killing 298 people. Some 60 local people carried flowers and lit the candles on the small square of the village of Petropavlivka where some of the remains and personal belongings of passengers on the Malaysia Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur fell to the ground. / AFP PHOTO / Aleksey Filippov

Ukraine fails to agree new pro-EU cabinet after PM quits

Apr 13, 2016 - 12:45 AM

The latest twist in the ex Soviet state s volatile political drama came when the man tipped to succeed Yatsenyuk appeared unwilling to assume his duties

RESIGNATION. Ukraine's prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation on Sunday. File photo by Yury Kirnichny/AFP

Embattled Ukraine PM Yatsenyuk resigns

Apr 11, 2016 - 8:36 AM

Having done everything to ensure stability and make a smooth transition of power possible I decided to step down from the post of prime minister of Ukraine

A file picture dated December 29, 2015 shows Ukrainian Prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk during his press conference in Kiev, Ukraine. Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Ukraine's graft problem tests Western patience and resolve

Feb 14, 2016 - 12:23 PM

Ukraine s failure to fight state graft is testing the patience of its Western allies and threatening renewed economic and political chaos

In this file photo, workers decorate Independence Square with Ukrainian flags during National Flag Day celebrations in Kiev on August 23, 2015. Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Russia decries 'new Cold War' as East-West strains cloud talks

Feb 13, 2016 - 7:53 PM

Meanwhile Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko says at the Munich Security Conference: This is not a civil war in Crimea this is your soldiers who occupied my country

'NEW COLD WAR'? Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev speaks at the 52nd Security Conference in Munich, Germany, 13 February 2016. Andreas Gebert/EPA

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

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

Ukraine warring sides announce start of small arms withdrawal

Oct 03, 2015 - 9:47 PM

The announcement comes after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko voiced cautious optimism over the future of a peace deal

Poroshenko says Ukraine truce holding despite Russia 'threat'

Sep 11, 2015 - 9:03 PM

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko warns that Russia is harboring imperialist ambitions under Putin and trying to seize back former tsarist and Soviet lands

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

Truce upheld for first time in war-torn eastern Ukraine – president

Sep 05, 2015 - 8:31 PM

I have some good news There has been no shooting on the front for a week says Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko in televised remarks This is the first week that the Minsk agreements are being implemented

File photo of Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko by John Thys/AFP

Ukraine on edge after clashes as third policeman dies

Sep 02, 2015 - 8:43 AM

The unrest further exacerbates divisions in Poroshenko s ruling coalition with nationalists deeply opposed to giving the separatists greater control over the country s war ravaged east

ANGER IN THE STREET. Opponents of changes to Ukrainian Constitution clash with police in front of Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, August 31, 2015 as lawmakers accepted the project to changing Ukrainian Constitution about decentralization of power in first reading. Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Berlin won't rule out Putin joining Ukraine talks after 'snub'

Aug 19, 2015 - 9:30 PM

Violence in eastern Ukraine this week has sparked a new diplomatic flareup between Moscow and Western powers

FRIENDLIER TIMES. Russian President Vladimir Putin (C), German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and French President Francois Hollande (R) met in Russia in February 2015 to discuss with Putin a last minute peace initiative for Ukraine. File photo by Sergei Ilnitsky/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

New deaths and diplomatic warfare rattle Ukraine truce

Jun 14, 2015 - 1:20 PM

The latest fatalities in the twisting and hotly disputed zone separating Ukrainian forces from their pro Russian foes in the separatist east add to the strains of a February truce

READY FOR BATTLE. Volunteers of the Azov Battalion stand in line as the attend parade in the eastern city of Mariupol, Ukraine, June 13, 2015. Sergey Vaganov/EPA

Washington accuses Russia of 'outright lies' on Ukraine

Jun 12, 2015 - 10:57 AM

Samantha Power addresses a crowd of hundreds in Kiev delivering one of Washington s toughest messages to Moscow since a February truce

TALKING TO UKRAINE. Samantha Power, US Ambassador to the United Nations, holds a lecture to Ukrainians in Kiev, on June 11, 2015. Photo by Roman Pilipey/EPA

Japan's Abe visits Ukraine ahead of tough G7 summit

Jun 06, 2015 - 9:52 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tells Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko that he resolutely opposes a military solution to the conflict roiling the troubled country s separatist east

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a joint press conference with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (not pictured) in Cairo, Egypt, 17 January 2015. Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

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

Poroshenko warns of 'colossal threat' of new Ukraine fighting

Jun 04, 2015 - 6:57 PM

Fresh clashes erupt near the rebel stronghold of Donetsk reviving fears in Kiev that the separatists may be gearing up for a new push into government controlled territory

SHELLED. Firemen put out a fire at damaged shops after shelling at a market in the outskirts of Donetsk, Ukraine, June 3, 2015. Alexander Ermochenko/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 marks 29 years since Chernobyl disaster

Apr 26, 2015 - 8:37 PM

Ukrainians marks 29 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster laying wreaths and candles near the plant where work to lay a new seal over the reactor site has been delayed

GROUND ZERO. A picture taken through the windows of a van shows a general view of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, 21 April 2015. Roman Pilpey/EPA

'Grave concern' about Ukraine fighting at 4-way talks

Apr 14, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Foreign ministers from Russia Ukraine France and Germany gather to assess progress in the truce deal agreed in February between the Ukraine government and pro Russian rebels

BERLIN MEETING. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pose for a group photo as they attend a meeting to examine the implementation of the Minsk peace accords at Villa Borsig in Berlin, Germany, April 13, 2015. Clemens Bilan/Pool/EPA

Four-way talks on Ukraine to be held in Berlin April 13

Apr 09, 2015 - 8:49 AM

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says the focus of the upcoming talks should be the deployment of a peacekeeping mission to monitor the country s fragile truce

In this file photo, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, (2-L), points as he, welcomes his counterparts from France, Laurent Fabius (R), Russia, Sergei Lavrov (L), and Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin (2-R), in Berlin, Germany, 12 January 2015 for a meeting on the situation in Ukraine. Michael Sohn/Pool/EPA

Poroshenko raises decentralization referendum but rebels reject

Apr 07, 2015 - 7:46 AM

Poroshenko: Federalization is like an infection a biological weapon which they are trying to impose from outside Ukraine to destroy our unity And we will not allow it

In this file photo, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (C) speaks to top military officials in Kiev, Ukraine, 14 February 2015. Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

6 Ukrainian soldiers killed as war marks year

Apr 06, 2015 - 12:00 AM

The fatalities bring to 9 the number of soldiers reported dead within two hours threatening an already shaky ceasefire deal between the Ukraine government and pro Russian separatists

STRIFE. A Ukrainian serviceman arrives to take a new position in the Peski village, about 1.5 kilometers from the embattled airport of Donetsk, Ukraine, 27 October 2014. Photo by Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

Ukraine says rebels attack near Mariupol, NATO deploys Baltics troops

Mar 09, 2015 - 11:53 PM

UPDATED Meanwhile NATO forces prepared for a major exercise in the Baltics where Russia s involvement in the Ukraine war has jangled nerves

ROCK THE VOTE. People hold Russian flags as they gather at Lenin Square after the end of the referendum in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine, March 16, 2014. Photo by Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Two killed as clashes threaten Ukraine truce

Mar 01, 2015 - 12:38 AM

UPDATED The two warring sides both said they were continuing the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the front

AMONG THE RUINS. A man works to repair a damaged building after heavy fighting in eastern Ukrainian town Ilovaysk, Donetsk area, Ukraine, 27 February 2015. Luca Piergiovanni/EPA