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Ukraine protesters clash with police over coronavirus evacuees

Feb 21, 2020 - 10:35 AM

Dozens of protesters block a road near a local hospital even before officials confirm that the site would hold evacuees

FIRE. Protesters set fire to barricades as they block a road ahead of the arrival of evacuees from coronavirus-hit China for quarantine at a medical facility in the settlement of Novi Sanzhary on February 20, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

Roger Stone gets 40 months in prison amid Trump meddling row

Feb 21, 2020 - 8:35 AM

The self-avowed 'dirty trickster' is convicted of lying in testimony to Congress about acting as an intermediary between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks

LIGHT SENTENCE. In this file photo Roger Stone, former adviser to US President Donald Trump, enters the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Court House on November 5, 2019 in Washington, DC. Andrew Caballero-Rwetynolds/AFP

Block placed on email details about Trump hold on Ukraine aid – media

Feb 02, 2020 - 10:26 AM

The Office of Management and Budget 'has redacted portions of 24 documents pursuant to the Presidential Communications Privilege,' OMB deputy general counsel Heather Walsh says in a court filing

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump at the White House on December 06, 2019 in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Trump attacks Bolton as Senate impeachment trial enters new phase

Jan 30, 2020 - 8:05 AM

The White House is making an effort to block publication of an explosive book by Bolton, who is the former national security advisor

BOLTON. US President Donald Trump's former National Security Advisor, John Bolton, speaking during the International Conference for Democracy in Venezuela in Lima on August 6, 2019. Photo by HO/Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs/AFP

Trump defense lawyers attack Bidens at impeachment trial

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:35 AM

Hunter Biden had been paid 'millions' of dollars to serve on the board of a Ukrainian gas company while his father was Barack Obama's vice president, claims one Trump lawyer

JOE BIDEN. In this file photo taken on March 16, 2019, former US vice president Joe Biden speaks during the First State Democratic Dinner in Dover, Delaware. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump denies telling Bolton Ukraine aid was tied to probe

Jan 27, 2020 - 11:19 AM

(UPDATED) John Bolton says US President Donald Trump wanted to tie Ukraine aid to a probe against his political rivals. Trump says Bolton's statements were made 'only to sell a book.'

BOLTON. Former national security advisor John Bolton speaks to the Federalist Society in Washington DC on September 10, 2018, when he was still in office. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Ukraine presses Iran to hand over downed jet's black boxes

Jan 21, 2020 - 7:56 AM

'Ukraine has the technical capacity and experienced specialists' to read the information on the Boeing flight recorders, the presidency says in a statement

BLACK BOX. An image grab from footage obtained from the state-run Iran Press news agency on January 10, 2020 shows what Iran's civil aviation says is the black box of the Ukrainian airline flight that crashed near Tehran killing all 176 on board. (Photo by Iran Press/AFP)

Bodies of Ukrainian victims of downed plane repatriated from Iran

Jan 19, 2020 - 7:37 PM

The caskets are to remain for a while at the airport terminal so that relatives and members of the airline could say their last goodbyes

A man reacts in front of a memorial for the victims of the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 crash in the Iranian capital Tehran, at the Boryspil airport outside Kiev on January 8, 2020. - A Ukrainian airliner crashed shortly after take-off from Tehran Wednesday killing all 176 people on board, in a disaster striking a region rattled by heightened military tensions. (Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP)

Ukraine president rejects PM's resignation over leaked recording

Jan 18, 2020 - 10:37 AM

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky says he will give Prime Minister Oleksiy Goncharuk a 'second chance'

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (L) listens as the Prime Minister Oleksiy Goncharuk speaks during a meeting with the new members of the government and new president of Parliament, in Kiev on September 2, 2019. - The participants of the meeting discuss the implementation of new reforms in the country after the appointment of a new government last August 29, 2019. (Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP)

Ukraine says Iran to hand over downed jet's black boxes

Jan 17, 2020 - 10:18 PM

Ukraine's foreign minister says Iran would grant a team of investigators from Iran and Canada – as the countries that have lost the most nationals – access to the recorders.

FLIGHT RECORDER. An image grab from footage obtained from the state-run Iran Press news agency on January 10, 2020 shows what Iran's civil aviation says is the black box of the Ukrainian airline flight that crashed near Tehran killing all 176 on board. Photo by Iran Press/AFP

Ukraine PM offers resignation after leaked recording

Jan 17, 2020 - 5:29 PM

'To remove any doubts about our respect for and trust in the president, I have written a resignation letter and handed it over to the president,' Oleksiy Goncharuk writes

RESIGNING. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (L) listens as the Prime Minister Oleksiy Goncharuk speaks during a meeting with the new members of the government and new president of Parliament, in Kiev on September 2, 2019. Photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Ukraine launches probe into alleged surveillance of former U.S. envoy

Jan 17, 2020 - 12:15 AM

The Ukrainian interior ministry says it could not ignore 'illegal activities' on its territory

Former US Ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as part of the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill on November 15, 2019 in Washington DC. - Public impeachment hearings resume Friday with the testimony of former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who says she was ousted because the Trump administration believed she would not go along with plans to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democrat Joe Biden, a potential Trump White House rival in 2020. (Photo by Saul LOEB / AFP)

New footage shows Iranian missiles hitting Ukraine plane

Jan 15, 2020 - 4:34 PM

The blurry film, shot from a rooftop in a village 4 miles from an Iranian military site, shows the Kiev-bound plane on fire and circling back to Tehran's airport. Minutes later, the aircraft explodes and crashes.

SHOT DOWN. People stand near the wreckage after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran on January 8, 2020. Photo by Rouhollah Vahdati/ISNA/AFP

Iran makes first arrests over airliner downing

Jan 14, 2020 - 6:39 PM

President Hassan Rouhani says, 'It cannot be that only the person who pressed the button is at fault. There are others, and I want this to be explained to the people explicitly.'

VICTIM. An Iranian man holds a picture of a victim of the Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 plane crash during a demonstration in front of Tehran's Amir Kabir University on January 11, 2020. Photo by AFP

Russia hacked Ukrainian gas firm in Trump impeachment – U.S. cyber firm

Jan 14, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Russia's GRU spy agency launched a 'phishing'' attack in November to access the email of Burisma Holdings employees, California cyber firm Area 1 Security says in a report

Iran warns UK ambassador against 'interference'

Jan 14, 2020 - 4:16 AM

This comes hours after UK's foreign office had summoned Iran's ambassador in London to lodge its 'strong objections' to the arrest of Britain's ambassador Rob Macaire

(FILES) UK Ambassador to Iran Rob Macaire is briefly arrested in Tehran on January 11, 2020. Photo courtesy of gov.uk

Iran police ordered to show 'restraint' at air disaster demonstrations

Jan 13, 2020 - 8:53 PM

'The police treated the people who had gathered with patience and tolerance" in a second night of demonstrations in Tehran on Sunday,' says General Hossein Rahimi

SHOWING RESTRAINT. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on September 22, 2019 shows Iranian uniformed police members in the capital Tehran. Photo by Iranian Presidency/AFP

Iran denies 'cover-up' over shot down airliner

Jan 13, 2020 - 7:45 PM

(UPDATED) Government spokesman Ali Rabiei says all details provided by officials prior to Saturday's admission had been based on the information available to them at the time

MEMORIAL SERVICE. Mourners stop and look at photos at the end of a memorial service for the victims of Ukrainian Airlines flight PS752 crash in Iran while at the Saville Community Sports Center in Edmonton. Photo by Walter Tychnowicz/AFP

Anger and grief as Canada remembers Iran plane crash victims

Jan 13, 2020 - 1:08 PM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tells a memorial event in Edmonton that 'this tragedy struck our Iranian-Canadian community, leaving cities like Edmonton reeling, but this was truly a Canadian tragedy'

GRIEF. Mourners place flowers by photos of the victims in front of the stage before the start of a memorial service for the Ukrainian Airlines flight PS752 who crashed in Iran at the Saville Community Sports Centre in Edmonton, Canada on January 12, 2020. Photo by Walter Tychnowicz/AFP

Britain's Iran envoy denies attending demo before arrest

Jan 12, 2020 - 5:30 PM

(UPDATED) The British government calls Ambassador Rob Macaire's arrest a 'flagrant violation of international law'

ARRESTED. UK Ambassador to Iran Rob Macaire is briefly arrested in Tehran on January 11, 2020. Photo courtesy of gov.uk

Ukraine demands punishment for Iran plane downing

Jan 11, 2020 - 10:01 PM

Ukrain says it expects Iran to bring to justice those responsible for the crash of a Ukrainian airliner that killed 176 people on board

IRAN CRASH. In this file photo taken on January 8, 2020 people and rescue teams are pictured amid bodies and debris after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in the Iranian capital Tehran early in the morning on January 8 killing everyone on board. - Iran said on January 11 that it unintentionally shot down the Ukrainian plane due to 'human error'. Photo by Rouhollah/AFP

Iran's Khamenei ordered truth be told over downed airliner – report

Jan 11, 2020 - 5:46 PM

Fars News Agency says Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered that the outcome of investigations 'be made known to the people explicitly and honestly'

(FILES) A handout picture provided by the office of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei shows him addressing a meeting in Teharn on January 8, 2020. Photo by HO / IRANIAN SUPREME LEADER'S WEBSITE / AFP

Iran's statement on downed Ukrainian airliner

Jan 11, 2020 - 4:49 PM

Here are the main elements from the five-point statement

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 8, 2020 people and rescue teams are pictured amid bodies and debris after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in the Iranian capital Tehran early in the morning on January 8 killing everyone on board. Photo by Rouhollah Vahdati/ISNA/AFP

Ukraine, Canada demand accountability after Iran plane admission

Jan 11, 2020 - 2:34 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'This is a national tragedy, and all Canadians are mourning together,' Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says in a statement

CRASH. People stand near the wreckage after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran on January 8, 2020. Photo by Rouhollah Vahdati/AFP

Iran says it 'unintentionally' shot down Ukraine passenger jet

Jan 11, 2020 - 12:15 PM

(4th UPDATE) 'The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets this disastrous mistake,' Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tweets

VICTIMS. In this file photo taken on January 8, 2020 people and rescue teams are pictured amid bodies and debris after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in the Iranian capital Tehran early in the morning on January 8 killing everyone on board. Photo by Rouhollah Vahdati/ISNA/AFP

U.S. gives Ukraine 'important' data on Iran plane crash

Jan 10, 2020 - 11:33 PM

'Our goal is to establish the undeniable truth,' says Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. 'The value of human life is above all political motives.'

'IMPORTANT DATA.' People stand near the wreckage after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran on January 8, 2020. File photo by Rouhollah Vahdati/ISNA/AFP

Iran denies missile downed Ukrainian plane

Jan 10, 2020 - 6:00 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The declaration comes as Tehran faces mounting international pressure to allow a 'credible' investigation into the crash

IRAN DENIAL. An image grab from footage obtained from the state-run Iran Press news agency on January 10, 2020 shows Iran's civil aviation chief Ali Abedzadeh delivering a press statement in Tehran. AFP PHOTO/HO/IRAN PRESS

Canadian PM Trudeau says Iranian missile shot down Ukrainian jet

Jan 10, 2020 - 7:46 AM

Trudeau's comments come as images posted on social media increasingly pointed to a catastrophic mistake by Tehran's air defense batteries bringing the down Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 in flames

People stand near the wreckage after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran on January 8, 2020. All 176 people on board a Ukrainian passenger plane were killed when it crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran on January 8, Iranian state media reported. State news agency IRNA said 167 passengers and nine crew members were on board the aircraft operated by Ukraine International Airlines. ROHHOLLAH VADATI / ISNA / AFP

Ukraine in national mourning after deadly airliner crash

Jan 09, 2020 - 7:04 PM

'Ukraine's priority is to establish the causes of the catastrophe. We are undoubtedly going to get to the truth,' says Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky

NATIONAL MOURNING DAY. A man reacts in front of a memorial for the victims of the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 crash in the Iranian capital Tehran, at the Boryspil airport outside Kiev on January 8, 2020. Photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Ukraine passenger jet crashes in Iran, killing all 176 on board

Jan 08, 2020 - 12:18 PM

(5th UPDATE) Iran's civil aviation authority says search and rescue teams have found the airliner's two black boxes but that it will not hand them over to Boeing or US authorities

CRASH SITE. People stand near the wreckage after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran on January 8, 2020. Photo by Rohhallah Vadati/ISNA/AFP

Russia, Ukraine mulling new prisoner swap – Kiev

Dec 31, 2019 - 9:02 PM

The news comes after a massive exchange of prisoners on Sunday, with 12 Ukrainian soldiers and 64 civilians flown to Kiev

Pompeo to travel to Ukraine in January

Dec 30, 2019 - 10:56 PM

The trip will make Pompeo the most senior US official to visit Ukraine since the scandal at the heart of the ongoing impeachment process against President Donald Trump erupted

STATE SECRETARY. In this file photo, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on during a discussion on the major foreign policy priorities of the State Department in Washington, DC, on April 29, 2019. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Ukraine rivals exchange 200 prisoners in controversial swap

Dec 29, 2019 - 5:51 PM

(4th UPDATE) A plane carrying 76 captives, including 12 military personnel and 64 civilians, is met by a crowd of relatives, some holding flowers and balloons

PREPARATIONS. Ukrainian servicemen are seen in the settlement of Odradivka near the Mayorsk checkpoint prior to a prisoner exchange between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels on December 29, 2019. Photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

Ukraine rivals to swap prisoners on December 29 – separatists

Dec 28, 2019 - 6:07 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Kiev and the Donbass have reached an accord on an exchange of prisoners this Sunday, December 29,' says Donetsk government spokesperson

PRISONER SWAP. In this file photo, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (C) is talking with officers at the map during his visit to Donetsk region in October 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

U.S. moved to freeze Ukraine aid 90 minutes after Trump phone call

Dec 23, 2019 - 9:23 AM

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer meanwhile called the emails 'explosive'

TRUMP IMPEACHMENT. The U.S. House Judiciary Committee meets during the markup of the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill on December 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Images/AFP

Russia, Ukraine leaders in Paris for crunch talks on ending war

Dec 09, 2019 - 11:38 PM

No comprehensive peace deal is expected from the meeting but diplomats hope the summit will help to bolster trust between Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky

TALKS. French President Emmanuel Macron (R) welcomes Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky (L) upon his arrival at the Elysee Palace to attend a summit on Ukraine, on December 9, 2019, in Paris. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

IMF and Ukraine reach tentative $5.5-billion aid deal

Dec 08, 2019 - 12:59 PM

IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva commends Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for 'impressive progress' on reforms and 'sound economic policies'

IMF AID. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky waves to supporters as he arrives for his inauguration ceremony in Kiev on May 20, 2019. File photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Ukraine president meets frontline troops ahead of Putin talks

Dec 07, 2019 - 8:49 AM

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet in Paris on Monday for the summit, with French and German leaders mediating, in a bid to revive efforts to end Europe's only active war

ZELENSKY. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with servicemen while visiting the Donetsk region on December 6, 2019. Photo by Evgeniya Maksymova/AFP

Ukraine president denies quid pro quo with Trump

Dec 02, 2019 - 5:20 PM

'I did not speak with US President Trump in those terms: you give me this, I give you that,' Volodymyr Zelensky says in an interview with European publications including Germany's Der Spiegel magazine

NO QUID PRO QUO. The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky attends a joint press conference with Lithuanian President (unseen) after talks at the presidential palace in Vilnius, Lithuania, on November 27, 2019. Photo by Petras Malukas/AFP

Ukraine slams Apple for calling Crimea part of Russia

Nov 28, 2019 - 4:21 PM

'@Apple, please, please, stick to high-tech and entertainment. Global politics is not your strong side,' Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko says on Twitter

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

Trump aide curbed access to Ukraine call, fearing fallout

Nov 17, 2019 - 2:23 PM

White House's Ukraine expert Timothy Morrison says, however, the summary of the July 25 call had been placed on a highly classified system due to a 'mistake' by White House staff

TESTIMONY. Tim Morrison, the top Russia and Europe adviser on President Donald Trump's National Security Council, arrives to review his testimony in the impeachment inquiry at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on November 6, 2019. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

MH17 calls 'show ties between Russian officials, rebels'

Nov 14, 2019 - 8:41 PM

(UPDATED) The international probe says the communications raise questions about the possible involvement of top officials in Moscow in the deployment of the missile that shot down the Malaysia Airlines plane in 2014

MH17. A picture taken on July 17, 2014, shows wreckages of the Malaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. File photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

Impeachment: The allegations against U.S. President Donald Trump

Nov 11, 2019 - 6:05 PM

Trump is threatened with removal from office over allegations he abused his powers and broke the law by pressuring Ukraine to supply damaging information on rival Democrats and possible 2020 presidential election challenger Joe Biden

TRUMP AND ZELENSKY. In this file photo taken on September 25, 2019 US President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speak during a meeting in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump faces perilous test as impeachment hearings open

Nov 11, 2019 - 1:05 PM

The hearings begin on November 13, with the first witnesses two officials who have already provided evidence against Trump in private testimony: Bill Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent

US CAPITOL. In this file photo taken on November 01, 2019 The sun shines over the US Capitol Building on an autumn afternoon in Washington DC. File photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

Ukraine foes start troop withdrawal in war-torn east

Nov 09, 2019 - 11:27 PM

Senior Ukrainian army representative Bogdan Bondar says the withdrawal would be completed in 3 days

PULL OUT. Observers of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) queue in their vehicles as they monitor the withdrawal of the Ukrainian forces near Bogdanivka village, in the Kiev-controlled territory, in the Donetsk region, on November 9, 2019. AFP photo

Pence aide testifies in Trump impeachment inquiry

Nov 07, 2019 - 11:57 PM

A veteran diplomat who advises Vice President Mike Pence on Europe and Russia, Jennifer Williams will be the first person from the vice president's office to testify

IMPEACHMENT PROBE. Jennifer Williams, (L), Foreign Service Officer at the State Department is escorted to a closed-door deposition, on November 7, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Top Trump ally admits tying Ukraine aid to Biden investigation

Nov 06, 2019 - 8:15 AM

(UPDATED) Gordon Sondland, US ambassador to the EU, tells Ukraine Advisor Andriy Yermak 'resumption of US aid would not likely occur until Ukraine provided the anti-corruption statement that we had been discussing for weeks'

GORDON SONDLAND. In this file photo taken on October 17, 2019, US Ambassador Gordon Sondland (C) arrives at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump aide said Ukraine behind Democratic party hack, documents show

Nov 03, 2019 - 10:08 AM

Trump and his surrogates have suggested that Kiev hacked Democratic National Committee servers and planted evidence to frame Russia

RUSSIA PROBE. US President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on September 20, 2019. File photo by Alex Edelman/AFP

Trump rallies Republicans as impeachment probe goes public

Oct 31, 2019 - 11:11 PM

'If we don't hold this president accountable, we could be ceding our ability to hold any president accountable,' says Jim McGovern, chariman of the House Rules Committee

IMPEACHMENT PROBE. The US Capitol is seen in Washington, DC on January 22, 2018. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP