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U.S. diplomat: Trump pushed for Ukraine probe of firm linked to Biden son

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:30 PM

US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland tells Congress that in May, President Donald Trump ordered diplomats to involve his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani in discussions about Ukraine policy

PROBE. US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland arrives at a closed session before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees October 17. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Ukraine 'won't interfere' in Trump impeachment probe – Zelensky

Oct 17, 2019 - 12:16 AM

'As the president of Ukraine, I won't interfere with events in other countries, unlike some others [who] may try [to],' says President Volodymyr Zelensky

ZELENSKY. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky listens during a joint press conference with the president of Latvia after talks at the Riga Castle in Riga, Latvia, on October 16, 2019. Photo by Gints Ivuskans/AFP

Trump's lawyer dismisses impeachment subpoena

Oct 16, 2019 - 9:41 AM

Rudy Giuliani declares the inquiry 'illegitimate' and 'unconstitutional,' risking being declared in contempt of the Congress as he refused to turn over documents demanded by 3 Democrat-led committees

WILKES-BARRE, PENNSYLVANIA/USA – OCTOBER 10, 2016: Rudy Giuliani speaks during a rally for Donald Trump on Oct. 10, 2016, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Hunter Biden admits error in judgment but insists no wrongdoing

Oct 15, 2019 - 9:50 PM

'Did I make a mistake? Maybe in the grand scheme of things. But did I make a mistake based on some ethical lapse? Absolutely not,' says Hunter Biden

HUNTER BIDEN. In this file photo, Hunter Biden attends the T&C Philanthropy Summit with screening of 'Generosity Of Eye' at Lincoln Center with Town & Country on May 28, 2014 in New York City. File photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Town & Country/AFP

Bolton warned lawyers over 'hand grenade' Giuliani – report

Oct 15, 2019 - 3:12 PM

Former national security advisor John Bolton says Donald Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, is 'a hand grenade who's going to blow everyone up'

RUDY GIULIANI. In this file photo taken on July 18, 2016, lawyer Rudy Giuliani speaks on the first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images North America/AFP)

Trump demands whistleblower testify, as ex-aide talks to Congress

Oct 14, 2019 - 11:53 PM

US President Donald Trump faces a new setback with his former top Russia advisor, Fiona Hill, sitting for a closed-door deposition before Capitol Hill lawmakers

PROBE. Fiona Hill, former Special Assistant to US President Donald Trump and Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs on the United States National Security Council, arrives on Capitol Hill on October 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. Hill is expected to testify in connection with the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump. Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. ex-envoy in Congress to testify in impeachment probe

Oct 11, 2019 - 11:58 PM

Lawmakers are looking into whether Marie Yovanovitch was removed by Trump because she failed to go along with a bid to get Ukraine to open an investigation into former vice president Biden and his son Hunter

TRUMP IMPEACHMENT PROBE. Former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch arrives at the US Capitol October 11, in Washington, DC. Yovanovitch is invited to testify behind closed doors to the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees as part of the ongoing impeachment investigation against President Donald Trump. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Officials warned of Trump's Ukraine policy before Zelensky call – report

Oct 11, 2019 - 2:39 PM

At least 4 security officials raise concerns with National Security Council legal advisor John Eisenberg, according to a Washington Post report citing US officials and other people familiar with the matter

TRUMP AND ZELENSKY. This combination of pictures created on September 24, 2019 shows Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky in June 17, 2019 in Paris, and US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, DC, September 20, 2019. Photos by ludovic Marin and Saul Loeb/AFP

Ukraine's Zelensky denies Trump tried to 'blackmail' him

Oct 10, 2019 - 5:56 PM

The sole aim of the phone call, says Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, was to plan a meeting with Donald Trump

'NO BLACKMAIL.' In this file photo taken on March 6, Ukrainian comic actor, showman, and then presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky takes part in the shooting of the television series 'Servant of the People' where he plays the role of the President of Ukraine in Kiev. File photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Democrat Joe Biden calls for Trump's impeachment

Oct 10, 2019 - 9:37 AM

Donald Trump, however, shows no sign of buckling under pressure from the Democratic party probe into his alleged bid to damage Biden by strong-arming Ukraine to investigate the former vice president

US Vice President Joe R. Biden speaks during a portrait unveiling for outgoing Senate Minority Leader Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) on Capitol Hill December 8, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski

Trump seeks to discredit entire impeachment

Oct 09, 2019 - 9:33 AM

(UPDATED) In an eight-page letter signed by the White House counsel, the administration bluntly announces it will not cooperate with the Democratic-led House of Representatives, calling its impeachment push illegitimate

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 3, 2019 US President Donald Trump leaves after signing an executive order regarding Medicare at Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center in The Villages, Florida. A second whistleblower has comes forward, this one with first-hand information of the events that triggered an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump for alleged abuse of power, the informant's lawyer said Sunday. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

U.S. Democrats subpoena Pentagon docs in impeachment inquiry

Oct 08, 2019 - 12:44 AM

The chairmen of 3 House panels leading the impeachment investigation are seeking information related to President Donald Trump pressing his Ukrainian counterpart to uncover dirt on 2020 US presidential contender Joe Biden

SUBPOENA. This photo shows the US Capitol on December 31, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Second Trump whistle-blower comes forward with firsthand information – lawyer

Oct 06, 2019 - 9:10 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The existence of a whistleblower claiming firsthand knowledge would make it harder for the president and his supporters to dismiss the original complaint as hearsay, as they have repeatedly done

US President Donald Trump holds a meeting on the opioid epidemic in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) / ALTERNATIVE CROP

Smoking text? Diplomats bring drama to Ukraine scandal

Oct 05, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Here are the texts among the members of Trump's camp before and after his phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky

ZELENSKY AND TRUMP. Composite image of Donald Trump in 2018 and Volodymyr Zelensky in 2019 from Shutterstock

Trump says unsure if he'll cooperate with Congress on impeachment

Oct 05, 2019 - 12:00 AM

President Donald Trump once again denies that he's done anything wrong in his relations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, insisting that his only interest is 'looking at corruption'

UNSURE. US President Donald Trump gives a statement before boarding to Washington at Morristown Airport on August 04, 2019. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Ukraine reviews cases on firm linked to Biden's son – prosecutor

Oct 04, 2019 - 7:26 PM

Prosecutor-General Ruslan Ryaboshapka tells reporters his office will revisit 15 cases but stresses that they are not necessarily connected to US Democrat Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden

REVIEW. Ukraine's prosecutor-general Ruslan Ryaboshapka says on October 4 his office is reviewing the closure of a number of cases related to a gas firm linked to US Democrat Joe Biden's son. Photo by Sergei Chuzavkov/AFP

Trump openly calls on Ukraine, China to investigate Biden

Oct 03, 2019 - 11:59 PM

(UPDATED) 'China should start an investigation into the Bidens because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine,' says President Donald Trump

TRUMP ON BIDEN. This file photo shows US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 9, 2019. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump lashes out at rising impeachment storm

Oct 03, 2019 - 11:34 AM

The US president resorts to coarse language in his broadsides against the investigation and his adversaries conducting it

US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto (not shown) in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on October 2, 2019. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Democrats threaten to subpoena White House for Ukraine scandal docs

Oct 02, 2019 - 11:08 PM

'The White House's flagrant disregard of multiple voluntary requests for documents have left us with no choice but to issue this subpoena,' says the chairmen of House committees on intelligence, foreign affairs and oversight

WHITE HOUSE. In this file photo, a member of the Secret Service stands guard outside the White House on January 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump: I want to meet my accuser

Sep 30, 2019 - 8:26 AM

(UPDATED) 'He wrote down and read terrible things, then said it was from the mouth of the President of the United States,' Trump says

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump takes part in the 3rd Annual Made in America Product Showcase on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 15, 2019. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Aides claim Trump the true 'whistleblower' in Ukraine scandal

Sep 30, 2019 - 7:58 AM

'The president of the United States is the whistleblower,' Trump advisor Stephen Miller tells 'Fox News Sunday'

TRUMP THE 'WHISTLEBLOWER.' US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the Hispanic Heritage Month Reception at the White House in Washington, DC, September 27, 2019. Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP

U.S. envoy on Ukraine, named in Trump scandal, resigns – source

Sep 28, 2019 - 9:12 AM

A whistleblower complaint released Thursday says Volker met senior Ukrainian officials on how to 'navigate' Trump's demands of President Volodymyr Zelensky

KURT VOLKER. In this file photo taken on July 27, 2019, US Ambassador to NATO and US special envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker waves as he arrives prior to a press-conference in Kiev following his visit in Ukraine. Photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Chronology of events in the Trump phone call scandal

Sep 27, 2019 - 7:21 AM

Here is a chronology of events in the Ukraine scandal which prompts the opening of an impeachment into inquiry President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press after arriving on Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, September 26, 2019, after returning from New York. SAUL LOEB / AFP

White House sought to bury Trump-Ukraine call – whistle-blower

Sep 26, 2019 - 9:13 PM

(UPDATED) The top-secret complaint, declassified by the administration and released by Congress, caps a stunning week of revelations that have put Donald Trump in the sharpest political and legal jeopardy of his presidency

US-UKRAINE. US President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shake hands during a meeting in New York on September 25, 2019, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump-Zelensky transcript sheds light on world of classified convos

Sep 26, 2019 - 4:55 PM

The Trump-Zelensky exchange shows the two leaders, who had not yet met in person at the time of the call, attempting to establish a personal rapport.

ZELENSKY AND TRUMP. Composite image of Donald Trump in 2018 and Volodymyr Zelensky in 2019 from Shutterstock

Call summary confirms Trump asked Ukraine leader to investigate Biden

Sep 25, 2019 - 11:18 PM

The five-page document is released as Donald Trump is preparing to meet Volodymyr Zelensky on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York

PRESSURE? This combination of pictures created on September 24, 2019 shows Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky in June 17, 2019 in Paris, and US President Donald Trump during a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, September 20, 2019. Photos by Ludovic Marin and Saul Loeb/AFP

Facebook takes down pro-Trump pages with reported Ukraine links

Sep 25, 2019 - 12:09 PM

Facebook takes down 'I Love America' and related pages 'for violating our policies against spam and fake accounts, and are continuing to investigate for any further violations'

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on July 4, 2019 in Nantes, shows the logo of the US online social media and social networking service, Facebook. Photo by Loic Venance/ AFP

Ukraine affair adds to slew of investigations into Trump

Sep 25, 2019 - 9:57 AM

Here is a list of some of the legal woes facing the US president

US President Donald Trump talks delivers remarks on executive orders on energy and infrastructure at the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center in Crosby, Texas, on April 10, 2019. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)

Trump says he put 'no pressure' on Ukraine, as tension mounts

Sep 24, 2019 - 1:07 PM

Donald Trump swats away pressure from Democrats demanding his impeachment, rejecting accusations he offered aid to Ukraine only if it investigates political rival Joe Biden

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks prior to meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore during a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, September 23, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Selfies from the disaster zone: how the HBO series changed Chernobyl tourism

Sep 06, 2019 - 5:36 PM

'They do not need information anymore, they just want to take a selfie,' says the Chernobyl plant tour guide on a new generation of tourists flocking to the disaster site for photos and 'not learning'

Ukraine court releases MH17 'suspect' pending trial

Sep 05, 2019 - 8:33 PM

European lawmakers have described Vladimir Tsemakh as a 'key suspect' and asked Kiev to make him available for testimony in the probe

RELEASED. Vladimir Tsemakh, a Ukrainian man suspected of involvement in the downing of flight MH17, is about to leave a dock of Kiev court of appeal after the court verdict in Kiev on September 5, 2019. Photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Ukraine parliament approves lawyer Goncharuk as PM

Aug 29, 2019 - 11:39 PM

A majority of deputies vote to back Oleksiy Goncharuk, who has just 3 months of government experience and promised to 'put an end' to corruption during a speech in parliament

PRIME MINISTER. Ukraine's Oleksiy Goncharuk speaks during the first session of the new parliament, in Kiev, on August 29, 2019. Photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Ukraine seizes Russian tanker over naval clash – prosecutor

Jul 31, 2019 - 11:02 AM

Ukraine's chief military prosecutor says a court has ordered the seizure of the Russian tanker Nika Spirit in the latest dispute between the former-Soviet neighbors

This handout picture taken on July 25, 2019 and released on July 26, 2019 by Ukrainian border guard press-service shows a general view of the Russian tanker Nika Spirit as it was seized by Ukraine after it entered the port of Izmail, in the southern Odessa region. Ukraine on July 25 seized a Russian tanker it said was used in a naval confrontation last November amid sensitive prisoner swap talks between the two countries who have been at loggerheads since 2014.  Handout / Ukrainian border guard press-service / AFP

Russia warns of 'consequences' after Ukraine seizes tanker

Jul 25, 2019 - 10:35 PM

'We are looking into what happened to take appropriate measures,' says a Russian foreign ministry spokesperson

File photo of Izmail port in Ukraine from Shutterstock

Zelensky party wins absolute majority in Ukraine parliament vote – media

Jul 22, 2019 - 3:36 PM

Media projections show the results putting the Servant of the People party on track to pick up more than half the parliament's 450 seats

ZELENSKY'S PARTY. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gives a speech at his Servant of the People party's election headquarters in Kiev on July 21, 2019. Photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

Ukraine president's party poised to win parliament vote

Jul 21, 2019 - 11:34 AM

Comedian-turned-president Volodymyr Zelensky rise is viewed as a rejection of Ukraine's political elite for failing to improve living standards

ZELENSKY. In this file photo taken on March 06, 2019 Ukrainian comic actor, showman and then presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky takes part in the shooting of the television series 'Servant of the People'. File photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Putin says he will work to restore Ukraine ties

Jul 18, 2019 - 11:54 PM

The Russian leader holds talks in Saint Petersburg with Viktor Medvedchuk, a pro-Moscow Ukrainian politician and businessman who has claimed Putin is his daughter's godfather

PUTIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech at the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 12, 2018. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Thousands march in Ukraine capital's Gay Pride

Jun 23, 2019 - 6:48 PM

Homophobia is still commonplace, even though Kiev authorities have allowed gay pride marches to be held, unlike in neighboring Russia

PRIDE. A participant with his beard painted in the rainbow flag colours chants slogans as another holds a placard reading "Homophobia is a Stalin-era tradition" (L), during the annual Gay Pride parade in Kiev, on June 23, 2019. Photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

Putin says MH17 probe shows 'no proof' of Russia's guilt

Jun 20, 2019 - 11:12 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin also seeks to once again shift blame onto the Ukrainian authorities

MH17. Russian President Vladimir Putin also seeks to once again shift blame onto the Ukrainian authorities. File photo by AFP

4 charged with murder over downing of MH17

Jun 19, 2019 - 6:53 PM

(UPDATED) The move ramps up international pressure on Moscow over the downing of the plane

Flight MH17 crash probe set to name suspects

Jun 19, 2019 - 11:40 AM

The Dutch-led probe says it will first inform families, and then hold a press conference to unveil 'developments in the criminal investigation' into the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777

Russia's defence ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov (R) and the Chief of the Main Rocket and Artillery Department Lt. Gen. Nikolai Parshin attend a press briefing dedicated to the crash of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane operating flight MH17 in Moscow on September 17, 2018. All 298 people on the Malaysia Airlines flight en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur were killed when a Russian-made Buk missile slammed into the plane over territory held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP

6 dead in fire at Ukraine psychiatric hospital

Jun 11, 2019 - 2:51 PM

The fire erupts late on Monday evening, June 10, in the one-storey building, Ukraine's Emergency Service says in a statement. The cause of the fire is not immediately clear.

4 troops killed in Ukraine helicopter crash

May 30, 2019 - 4:15 PM

The Mi-8 helicopter crashes in the western Rivne region during a training flight late Wednesday, killing 3 crew members and the commander of the 16th Separate Army Aviation Brigade of Ground Forces, a statement says

Ukraine's Zelensky says first days of presidency 'a shock'

May 24, 2019 - 12:31 PM

Some of Zelensky's first staffing decisions raise eyebrows, sparking fear that he might be beholden to tycoon Igor Kolomoisky despite repeated denials.

Ukraine's Zelensky under fire over top appointment

May 22, 2019 - 10:32 PM

Ukraine's new president Volodymyr Zelensky issues a decree choosing as his top aide Andriy Bogdan, until now a personal lawyer of tycoon Igor Kolomoisky

CONTROVERSIAL APPOINTMENT. In this file photo, Ukrainian comedian and then 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. File photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

Kremlin warns new Ukraine leader against calls for more sanctions

May 21, 2019 - 9:12 PM

'This is the rhetoric that will not help Ukraine to sort out the problem of the southeast,' says Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, referring to the separatist conflict in the ex-Soviet country's industrial east

ZELENSKY. In this file photo taken on March 06, 2019 Ukrainian comic actor, showman and then presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky takes part in the shooting of the television series 'Servant of the People' where he plays the role of the President of Ukraine in Kiev. File photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Ukraine's new president Zelensky calls snap elections

May 20, 2019 - 4:23 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The legal status of President Volodymyr Zelensky's move to dissolve parliament is uncertain but it is still likely to go ahead, political analysts say

THE NEW PRESIDENT. Ukrainian president-elect Volodymyr Zelensky waves to supporters as he arrives for his inauguration ceremony in Kiev on May 20, 2019. Photo by Sergei Supinsky/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

Putin fast-tracks Russian citizenship for more Ukrainians

May 01, 2019 - 7:55 PM

(UPDATED) The new Kremlin decree published May 1 says several categories of Ukrainian nationals will have the right to receive a Russian passport within 3 months of applying for one

PUTIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin, officials and other attendees listen to the national anthem at the end of Vladimir Putin's annual state of the nation address in Moscow on February 20, 2019. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Russia slams 'scandalous' order in Ukraine to boost local language

Apr 25, 2019 - 11:05 PM

The reaction comes hours after Ukraine's parliament approved a controversial law to enhance the status of the Ukrainian language at the expense of Russian

LANGUAGE. Young activists write a placard reading 'Ukrainian language is us!' during a rally in front of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on April 25, 2019. The Ukrainian parliament has passed a law enforcing the use of Ukrainian in official settings. Photo by Sergei  Supinsky/AFP