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Ukraine truce in tatters as election season kicks off

Kiev - Ukraine's tenuous truce and troop withdrawal deal lay in tatters on Tuesday after the deadliest wave of attacks by pro-Russian insurgents in more than a month killed nine government soldiers.

Back to school in Donetsk to sound of mortar fire

Donetsk - Students returning for the new school year in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday will get real-life conflict lessons as they take their seats in battle-scarred classrooms.

Thirteen killed in Ukraine fighting

Kiev - Thirteen soldiers and civilians have died in Ukraine, officials said Monday, in the deadliest surge of violence since the government and pro-Russian insurgents struck a shaky truce in their five-month conflict.

Ukrainian nationalists topple massive Lenin in Kharkiv

Kharkiv - Pro-Ukrainian protesters in eastern Ukraine's city Kharkiv on Sunday toppled a giant Lenin statue seen as a symbol of Soviet legacy and Moscow's control. The 8.

Echoes of the past at Ukraine's rebel-held WWII monument

Snizhne - The Savur-Mohyla memorial in east Ukraine, commemorating thousands of Russian and German soldiers who perished in World War II, stood for decades as testament to the strategic hill's bloodstained history.

Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels eye troop pullback

Kiev - Ukraine waited Sunday to see if a Russian-backed truce lasted through the day before starting to withdraw forces from a frontline against pro-Moscow separatist rebels stretching across the war-torn east.

Ukraine backs off from EU-backed Russia gas deal

Kiev - War-torn Ukraine has distanced itself from an EU-brokered agreement with Russia that would have restored its gas supplies during winter and helped rebuild trust between the neighbouring foes.

Ukraine backs off from EU-backed Russia gas deal

Kiev - War-torn Ukraine on Saturday distanced itself from an EU-brokered agreement with Russia that would have restored its gas supplies during winter and helped rebuild trust between the neighbouring foes.

Ukraine's border to Russia wide open in rebel-held zone

- Ukraine's president may have ordered the closure of his nation's border with Russia but, when asked about it, the rebel commander of this crossing point just smiles and points to the snaking queue of cars traversing the international line.

Ukraine leader sees end to war, eyes EU membership by 2020

Kiev - President Petro Poroshenko has proclaimed an end to the "most dangerous" part of Ukraine's pro-Russian uprising and the start of a post-war recovery that would lead to an EU membership bid in 2020.

Ukraine leader sees end to war, eyes EU membership by 2020

Kiev - President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday proclaimed an end to the "most dangerous" part of Ukraine's pro-Russian uprising and the start of a post-war recovery that would lead to an EU membership bid in 2020.

Ukraine to shut Russia border, seek EU membership

Kiev - President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday ordered a temporary closure of Ukraine's porous border with Russia and voiced plans to apply for EU membership in 2020 as part of his ex-Soviet country's Westward shift.

Ukraine rebels plan votes in blow to Poroshenko truce

Donetsk - Pro-Russian rebels defiantly announced Tuesday they will stage their own elections in just six weeks, raising the stakes in a standoff with Kiev despite both sides moving to end five months of deadly fighting.

Living on Ukraine frontline, trying to make sense of war

Mariupol - From the balcony of his apartment in Mariupol, a strategic city in the conflict between the Ukraine army and pro-Russian separatists, Piotr Galanji can see the frontline.

Russia agrees to separate warring factions in Ukraine

Minsk - Russian Federation negotiators have agreed to a deal to keep Ukraine's armed forces from attacking anti-government separatists believed to be supported by Moscow.

Ukraine troops prepare pullback as truce holds

Kiev - The Ukrainian military said Monday it was preparing to pull back its guns from the frontline in the separatist east as a fragile truce with pro-Russian insurgents appeared to be taking hold.

Poroshenko warns Ukraine will defend itself if truce fails

Kiev - President Petro Poroshenko warned Sunday that Ukraine must be ready to defend itself should a peace plan aimed at ending a five-month war with pro-Russian insurgents fall through.

NATO cautiously welcomes Ukraine buffer zone deal

Kiev - NATO's top military commander expressed cautious optimism Saturday that a tenuous Ukrainian ceasefire whose details were thrashed out in marathon overnight negotiations would help end a bloody pro-Kremlin uprising that has inflamed East-West ties.

Rival Ukraine forces ready pullback under new peace plan

Kiev - Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian militias were due Saturday to pull back their troops from a demilitarised zone created under a new peace plan agreed in marathon overnight talks.

Russia evicts Crimean Tatars from assembly

Simferopol - Russian authorities have ordered Crimean Tatars to leave their assembly building, in a move that the leader of the ethnic minority -- which opposed Russia's annexing of Crimea from Ukraine -- called a return to Soviet oppression.
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