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Ukraine separatists hold elections in defiance of capital Kiev

Nov 11, 2018 - 3:28 PM

The election can be traced to 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea and supported the outbreak of an insurgency in eastern Ukraine in what Kiev sees as punishment for its pivot to the West

SUPPORT RALLY. People stand with flags as they wait for Denis Pushilin, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic, during his campaign meeting and a concert in Donetsk on November 9, 2018. Photo by Aleksey Filippo/AFP

EU prize awarded to Ukraine's Sentsov in slap to Russia

Oct 25, 2018 - 11:39 PM

The European Parliament gives the Sakharov human rights prize to Ukrainian Oleg Sentsov and called for Russia to free the filmmaker

HUNGER STRIKE. In this handout picture released by the Federal Penitentiary Service in Russia's Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug on September 29, 2018, Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov undergoes medical examination at a state hospital in Labytnangi. Photo by Russian Federal Penitentiary Service/AFP

Ukraine rebel's murder a 'provocation' against peace, says Kremlin

Sep 01, 2018 - 5:26 PM

Alexander Zakharchenko, head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, is killed in a bombing at a cafe in Donetsk, becoming the 4-year conflict's most prominent victim from the Moscow-backed side

SEPARATIST LEADER. In this file photo taken on November 4, 2014, the newly elected leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko (R), takes the oath during an inauguration ceremony in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. Photo by Alexander Khudoteply/AFP

Paul Manafort: from Trump campaign to prison

Aug 22, 2018 - 9:18 AM

What should have been his dream job ended up being his undoing

PAUL MANAFORT. Donald Trump's former campaign manager is convicted of 5 counts of making false income tax returns, two counts of bank fraud, and one of failure to report foreign bank and financial accounts. AFP file photos

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 dismisses U.S. Crimea declaration

Jul 26, 2018 - 5:56 PM

'We know the worth of these 'fateful declarations',' Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova says in a sarcastic comment on Facebook late Wednesday, July 25

MARIA ZAKHAROVA. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova speaks to the media in Moscow on March 29, 2018. File photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

At Trump summit, Putin made 'concrete' Ukraine offer, says envoy

Jul 21, 2018 - 9:02 AM

A US State Department spokesperson tweets, 'To be clear: The Administration is not considering supporting a referendum in [eastern] Ukraine'

TRUMP-PUTIN SUMMIT. Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) listens while US President Donald Trump speaks ahead of their meeting in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

OSCE watchdog slams Ukraine for extraditing blogger to Turkey

Jul 19, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Ukrainian authorities confirm journalist and blogger Yusuf Inan had been handed to the Turkish authorities after Kiev received a request to extradite him last October

HARLEM DESIR. Human rights activist focused in media law Fultura Kusar, OSCE Media Freedom Representative Harlem Desir. Photo by Vladimir Simicek/AFP

White House won't recognize Crimea annexation – official

Jul 03, 2018 - 10:12 AM

'We agree to disagree and the sanctions against Russia remain in place until Russia returns the peninsula to the Ukraine,' White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders tells reporters

WHITE HOUSE. In this file photo, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders addresses a briefing at the White House June 25, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Attack on Roma camp in Ukraine leave 1 dead, 4 injured

Jun 24, 2018 - 6:31 PM

(UPDATED) The incident follows a series of attacks on Roma communities in Ukraine's capital Kiev and in the cities of Lviv and Ternopil that have been condemned by rights groups

Temporary blackout in Crimea after incident at Russian power station

Jun 13, 2018 - 11:25 PM

(UPDATED) Crimea's pro-Kremlin leader Sergei Aksyonov says the blackout is the result of an incident at a power station in Russia's southern Krasnodar region

SERGEI AKSYONOV. Sergei Aksyonov, Crimean leader, takes part in an festive event marking the fourth anniversary of Crimea voting to leave Ukraine and join the Russian state in Simferopol on March 16, 2018. File photo by 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'

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

Going home to Chernobyl ghost town 32 years on

Apr 27, 2018 - 12:01 AM

All the inhabitants of Pripyat, a town of nearly 50,000 built just two kilometers from the plant to house its employees, were evacuated the day after the world's worst nuclear disaster

GHOST TOWN. Natalia Shevchuk stands near a radioactive sign on April 23, 2018 in the ghost town of Pripyat, as she is revisiting her childhood home 32 years after the Chernobyl disaster. Photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

5 diplomatic rows looming over Russia's World Cup

Mar 10, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Poisonings, doping, cyberattacks and conflicts in Syria and the Ukraine make for a tense World Cup in 2018

COUNTDOWN. A photo taken on the evening of March 5, 2018 shows the digital FIFA World Cup 2018 countdown clock placed in front of the Red Square and the Kremlin in Moscow marking 100 days to the beginning of the tournament. Photo by Mladen Antonov / AFP

Ukraine arrests 'Avalanche' cybercrime organizer – police

Feb 26, 2018 - 6:44 PM

A cyber police spokeswoman confirms the arrested man was Gennadiy Kapkanov, a Ukrainian citizen who was using a passport with a different identity

Nearly 2 million lose mobile access in war-torn east Ukraine

Jan 16, 2018 - 11:48 PM

Vodafone says it appealed to the warring sides and monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to get its repair crews safe access to the damaged line. 'It has been futile so far,' spokeswoman Viktoria Ruban writes.

Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels in mass prisoner swap

Dec 28, 2017 - 11:17 AM

The swap of captives on a dusty road close to the town of Gorlivka is an attempt to revive a tattered peace deal between the Kiev army and rebels from the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics

PRISONERS. Ukraine and Russian-backed rebels have swapped hundreds of prisoners in the war-torn east of the country, one of the largest exchanges since the outbreak of an insurgency almost 4 years ago.

EU leaders agree to roll over Russia sanctions – Tusk

Dec 15, 2017 - 4:07 PM

EU President Donald Tusk calls the agreement, inaugurated by EU leaders flanked by soldiers in combat uniforms, 'bad news for our enemies'

EUROPEAN UNION. European flags are reflected at the entrance of the Berlaymont building EU Commission in Brussels on May 21,2014. Photo by Georges Gobet/AFP

Vasyl Lomachenko takes on unbeaten Guillermo Rigondeaux

Dec 09, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The 29-year-old Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) will defend his World Boxing Organization junior lightweight belt against the unbeaten Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) when they meet at Madison Square Garden Theater

PROMISING. File photo of Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine after beating Miguel Marriaga of Columbia by TKO in the seventh round during their WBO World Championship Junior Lightweight title fight at the Microsoft Theater on August 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

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Nov 03, 2017 - 11:30 AM

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Nov 03, 2017 - 7:09 AM

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Nov 01, 2017 - 8:53 PM

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Rappler gets award from Albright's pro-democracy group

Oct 28, 2017 - 9:31 PM

Rappler is set to receive the highest honor from the US-based National Democratic Institute, chaired by former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

Thousands evacuated after Ukraine arms depot 'sabotage' blasts

Sep 27, 2017 - 6:10 PM

The national police says more than 30,000 people are evacuated from areas immediately surrounding the military site

Crimea brought to standstill after Russian power shutdown

Jul 28, 2017 - 11:54 PM

The temporary power outage causes havoc around the region as traffic lights cut out and electric trolley buses stop running

Fresh Ukraine clashes kill 2 as rebels plan new 'state'

Jul 19, 2017 - 9:57 PM

Kiev says the two servicemen were killed by shelling from Russian backed rebels some 40 kilometers north of the insurgent capital Donetsk the deadliest daily toll in two weeks

Ukraine rebels announce new 'state'

Jul 19, 2017 - 12:05 AM

Ukraine s pro Western authorities immediately ridicule the idea as a Kremlin project they would never allow to get off the ground

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White House accuses Democrats, Ukraine of 'collusion'

Jul 18, 2017 - 7:29 AM

White House spokesman Sean Spicer repeats allegations that a Democratic operative had met with Ukrainian embassy officials during the campaign

Voters cast ballots at a polling station at the Big Bear Lake Methodist Church in Big Bear, California, November 8, 2016. Bill Wechter/AFP

MH17 lawyer tells Putin to 'make amends' over crash

Jul 12, 2017 - 3:24 PM

My clients have waited 3 years Mr Putin There is still no accountability says Jerome Skinner an American lawyer representing victims from Australia Malaysia New Zealand and the Netherlands

Trump, world leaders head into stormy G20 summit

Jul 05, 2017 - 11:29 AM

3rd UPDATE The year s biggest diplomatic event outside the UN will also provide a stage for other world leaders muscling for power and regional influence

READY. Flags of participating countries and organizations stand on July 4, 2017 at the foyer of the Messehallen convention centre in Hamburg, northern Germany, venue of a two-day G20 summit. Christian Charisius/Pool/AFP

Focus on defenses as users scramble after global cyberattack

Jun 28, 2017 - 5:30 PM

UPDATED The director of Europol Rob Wainwright says there are clear similarities with the WannaCry incident but warns there are also indications of a more sophisticated attack capability intended to exploit a range of vulnerabilities

Ukraine, Maersk hit in new wave of global cyberattacks

Jun 27, 2017 - 11:05 PM

UPDATED Several companies and organizations are targeted in what appears to be another major spread of ransomware

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

Macron, Putin hold 'frank' talks on Syria, Ukraine

May 29, 2017 - 8:57 PM

UPDATED France s President Emmanuel Macron and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin seek to improve their countries strained ties

MACRON AND PUTIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and French President Emmanuel Macron (L) wave upon their arrival at the Versailles Palace, near Paris, on May 29, 2017, ahead of their meeting. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Ukraine's presidential office says website attacked by Russia

May 17, 2017 - 4:39 PM

The president s website has sustained an organized attack says President Petro Poroshenko s deputy administration chief Dmytro Shymkiv in a statement

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

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

Pope urges end to Syria 'horror' in Easter address

Apr 16, 2017 - 10:00 PM

The pontiff also speaks out against the hostilities and famine in South Sudan Sudan Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo

In this file photo, a Syrian man carries his two girls as he walks across the rubble following a barrel bomb attack on the rebel-held neighborhood of al-Kalasa in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on September 17, 2015. Karam al-Masri/AFP

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