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Ukraine bans Russians from monitoring elections

Feb 08, 2019 - 9:34 AM

Kiev, fighting a Moscow-backed insurgency in eastern Ukraine, says it suspects Russia of planning to interfere in the election

RUSSIA BAN. Ukrainian lawmakers applaud as they react after the voting in the parliament in Kiev on February 7, 2019. Photo by Sergei Supinsky/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

Novelist Paulo Coelho denies endorsing Ukraine's ex-PM Tymoshenko

Jan 24, 2019 - 11:18 PM

'I never recorded any message supporting her current candidacy,' says the writer

Ex-PM Tymoshenko launches bid for Ukraine presidency

Jan 22, 2019 - 9:02 PM

(UPDATED) 'Maybe sometimes I'm wrong, but I'm wrong sincerely,' former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko tells an audience waving yellow-and-blue Ukrainian flags

PRESIDENTIAL BID. In this file photo, Ukraine's former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko speaks during a political forum in Kiev on June 15, 2017. File photo by Genya Savilov/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

Ukraine priests to hold historic 'unification' synod

Dec 15, 2018 - 12:18 PM

The synod seeks to recognize Ukraine's independence from the Russian Orthodox Church

HISTORIC. Kiev authorities express hope that the unification synod will be a one step closer to independence from Russia. Photo from Shutterstock

U.S., Ukraine navy heads meet after Russia ship seizure

Dec 14, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Ukraine's foreign minister calls for a speedy international response to Russia's 'aggression' after it seized the 3 Ukrainian navy ships and 24 sailors

Ukraine calls for international action against Russian 'aggression'

Dec 06, 2018 - 11:57 PM

At a meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Milan, Pavlo Klimkin says this is the fifth consecutive OSCE ministerial meeting to be dominated by Russia's 'destabilizing' behavior in Europe

PAVLO KLIMKIN. Ukraine's Foreign Affairs minister Pavlo Klimkin (L) talks with Turkey's Foreign Affairs minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) during a NATO Foreign Ministers meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on December 4, 2018. Photo by John Thys/AFP

Putin defends 'lawful' seizure of Ukrainian ships

Nov 29, 2018 - 1:38 PM

Moscow and Kiev have traded angry accusations since Russian navy vessels fired on, boarded, and captured the 3 Ukrainian ships off the coast of Crimea

PUTIN. Russia's President Vladimir Putin is pictured at the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7. File photo by Kay Nietfeld/AFP

Trump says may cancel Putin meet after Ukraine-Russia sea clash

Nov 28, 2018 - 7:21 PM

Trump is scheduled to meet Putin at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires at the end of this week, but that may not happen because of a confrontation at sea between Russia and Ukraine

-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and US President Donald Trump attend a meeting in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018.  Brendan SMIALOWSKI / 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

U.N. chief urges 'maximum restraint' from Russia, Ukraine

Nov 27, 2018 - 11:34 PM

UN secretary general Antonio Guterres urges Russia and Ukraine 'to take steps without delay to contain this incident and reduce tensions through all available peaceful means in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations'

CONDEMNING THE LAUNCH. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. File photo by Manuel Elias/UN

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

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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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