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Ukrainians mark two years since reporter's unsolved murder

Kiev - Ukrainians and foreign diplomats marked Friday two years since the murder of top journalist Pavel Sheremet, with supporters accusing authorities of being unwilling to solve the crime.

First Ukraine nuclear reactor loaded 'solely' with non-Russian fuel

Kiev - Ukrainian authorities said on Thursday that the first unit of a nuclear power plant was fully loaded with fuel from Westinghouse Electric Co as Kiev seeks to break its dependence on Russian energy supplies.

OSCE Ukraine mission says claim of Russian spying 'big blow'

Kiev - The OSCE mission monitoring the conflict in eastern Ukraine said Wednesday claims that Russia's security agency had received inside information about its activities came as a major blow.

Ukraine drops corruption probe into interior minister's son

Kiev - Ukraine has dropped a probe into alleged embezzlement of state funds by the interior minister's son, prosecutors said Thursday, in a case widely seen as a test of the pro-Western country's commitment to tackling high-level graft.

Gay activist attacked in Ukraine ahead of pride march

Kiev - Unidentified assailants have attacked a gay activist in central Ukraine ahead of a gay pride parade he was helping prepare, LGBT rights activists said on Sunday.

Ukraine's Roma under attack in wave of hate crimes

Lviv - Blood-stained clothes, shoes and kids' toys lie scattered in several old tents where a Roma man was murdered in an attack on a forest camp in western Ukraine last week.

Two Ukraine minors in custody over deadly Roma attack

Lviv - A Ukrainian court has ordered that two minors suspected in a deadly attack on a Roma camp be held in custody for 60 days, officials said Tuesday, as concern grows over a wave of hate crimes.

Chernobyl's stray dogs offered new life in US

Chernobyl - The restricted zone around Chernobyl is eerily quiet but one building near the scene of the world's worst nuclear disaster is full of barking and whining.

G7 ambassadors 'deeply concerned' about jailed filmmaker Sentsov

Kiev - G7 Ambassadors said Thursday they were deeply concerned about Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who has been on hunger strike for more than a month as he serves a 20-year term in a Russian prison camp.

Kiev police detain 56 far-right activists during LGBT march

Kiev - Ukrainian police said Sunday they had detained 56 far-right activists who tried to disrupt a gay pride march in central Kiev, which saw around 5,000 people take part and a huge security presence.

Ukraine arrests second suspect in Babchenko case

Kiev - Ukraine on Friday announced it had arrested a suspected organiser of the planned murder of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, whose death was staged last month in an bid to foil what Kiev said was a real assassination attempt by Moscow.

Ukraine official denied access to hunger-striker in Russian jail

Kiev - Kiev protested to Moscow on Friday after a Ukrainian rights official was barred from visiting hunger-striking filmmaker Oleg Sentsov in a Russian prison amid growing concerns for his life.

Ukraine puts out forest fire around Chernobyl

Kiev - A forest fire that had raged for three days in the restricted zone around Chernobyl, scene of the world's worst nuclear accident in 1986, was put out Thursday and no increase in radiation in the air was detected, authorities said.

Ukrainian MPs approve anti-corruption court, sack finance minister

Kiev - Ukrainian lawmakers on Thursday approved key legislation to create an anti-corruption court while also voting to dismiss the country's finance minister, a respected reformer backed by the West.

Ukraine PM seeks to sack anti-corruption finance minister

Kiev - Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman submitted to parliament on Wednesday a motion for the dismissal of his finance minister as the ex-Soviet country seeks to receive more aid from donors.

Kiev urges Moscow to let doctors see hunger-striker Sentsov

Kiev - Ukraine urged Russia on Sunday to allow foreign doctors to visit film director Oleg Sentsov, who has gone on hunger strike in a Russian prison, as fears mount for his health.

Kiev seeks to reassure West over staging of journalist's murder

Kiev - Ukrainian law enforcement chiefs on Friday met Western diplomats to brief them on Kiev's decision to stage a contract-style killing of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, which has prompted widespread criticism.

Anti-Kremlin journalist smeared in pig's blood to fool the world

Kiev - Anti-Kremlin journalist Arkady Babchenko, who has dismissed criticism of helping stage his own death, disclosed Thursday some details of the ruse that fooled the world for a day.

Babchenko case sparks fears among anti-Kremlin emigres in Ukraine

Kiev - Fears for his personal safety drove Evgeniy Lesnoi, who previously presented TV shows in Russia, to move to Ukraine after he publicly criticised the Kremlin.

Journalists in Ukraine celebrate colleague's 'resurrection'

Kiev - Dozens of journalists descended upon the central square in Kiev late Wednesday, laughing, hugging and quaffing sparkling wine as they celebrated the "resurrection" of their Russian colleague and Kremlin critic Arkady Babchenko.
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