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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

Trump impeachment drive enters crucial week in divided Congress

Dec 09, 2019 - 2:27 PM

Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler will convene his committee at 9:00 am Monday (1400 GMT; 10 pm, Manila time), to hear evidence from both Democratic and Republican lawyers from the intelligence and judiciary committees

DONALD TRUMP. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as he makes his way to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on May 4, 2017. File photo by Mandel Ngan/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

Trump on trial: the road to impeachment

Dec 04, 2019 - 8:22 AM

Here are the next steps of the process of impeaching US President Donald Trump:

DAMAGING. This photo of a computer screen shows a copy of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Report of The Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report on December 3, 2019 in Washington,DC.  Photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

Lawmakers to consider drawing up Trump impeachment articles

Dec 04, 2019 - 7:32 AM

(UPDATED) The House Intelligence Committee report published Tuesday accuses US President Donald Trump of subverting national security as he pressured Ukraine for dirt on a Democratic election rival

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 03: The House Intelligence Committee's Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report was released December 03, 2019 in Washington, DC. The report says the committee's investigation 'uncovered a months-long effort by President Trump to use the powers of his office to solicit foreign interference on his behalf in the 2020 election.' (Photo Illustration by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) CHIP SOMODEVILLA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / 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

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

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

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

Ukraine, separatists begin troop pullback

Oct 29, 2019 - 11:53 PM

The long-awaited pullback is a precondition for the first face-to-face talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky, to be mediated by the leaders of France and Germany

PULLBACK. This picture taken and released by Ukrainian presidential press-service on October 14, 2019, shows President Volodymyr Zelensky (C) talking with officers at the map during his visit to Donetsk region. File photo by STR/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

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)

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

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

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

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

Trump calls Democratic impeachment inquiry a 'joke'

Sep 26, 2019 - 7:31 AM

(UPDATED) Donald Trump denies claims he abused his office by repeatedly urging President Volodymyr Zelensky to probe his rival Joe Biden

JOKE. File photo of US President Donald Trump.

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

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

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

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

Merkel says she's 'fine' after trembling spell

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:50 AM

The German Chancellor says she was just a bit dehydrated in the heat and dismissed concerns about her health

German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel gives a speech during a party congress of Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party on December 7, 2018 at a fair hall in Hamburg, northern Germany. - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hand off leadership of her party after nearly two decades at the helm, with the race wide open between a loyal deputy and a longtime rival. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

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

Russian PM sees 'chance' for better ties with new Ukraine leader

Apr 22, 2019 - 3:54 PM

Following Sunday's landslide victory for Volodymyr Zelensky in Ukraine, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says 'there is a chance for improving cooperation with our country'

RUSSIA-UKRAINE TIES. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev speaks during his annual address to the State Duma, the lower chamber of Russia's parliament, in Moscow on April 17, 2019. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

From Ronald Reagan to Volodymyr Zelensky, stars who went into politics

Apr 22, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky joins a growing list of celebrities and personalities becoming world leaders in their respective countries

Comedian poised to take over presidency in Ukraine vote

Apr 21, 2019 - 3:35 PM

(UPDATED) Volodymyr Zelensky has tapped into widespread frustration over graft, poverty and a conflict with separatists that has claimed some 13,000 lives

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS. Ukrainian comic actor, showman and presidential frontrunner Volodymyr Zelensky surrounded by cameramen and photographers 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

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

Ukraine comedian Zelensky to meet Macron before presidential run-off

Apr 12, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Volodymyr Zelensky, whose only political experience is playing the president in a TV show, is due to meet Macron at the Elysee palace

ZELENSKY. Ukrainian comic actor, showman and presidential frontrunner Volodymyr Zelensky surrounded by cameramen and photographers plays table tennis with a journalist at the headquarters in Kiev on March 31, 2019. Photo by Genya Savilov/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

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