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Lenin statues toppled in government-held east Ukraine

Kharkiv - Masked men have toppled several statues of the Soviet leader Lenin in eastern Ukraine, authorities said Saturday, in a fresh show of anti-Russian sentiment as Kiev battles pro-Moscow separatists.

Museum or memory lane? Kiev mulls memorial to Maidan victims

Kiev - Confident and cheery in priestly black robes, 21-year-old seminarian Oleg is on duty in the small wooden chapel built a year ago above the Maidan, the scene of deadly protests in Kiev last year that shaped Ukraine's history.

US troops in Ukraine to train forces fighting pro-Russia rebels

Kiev - Hundreds of US paratroopers have arrived in Ukraine to train its forces fighting pro-Russian rebels, the US army said Friday, a move Moscow warned could "destabilise" the war-torn ex-Soviet country.

Pro-Russia journalist gunned down in Ukraine

Kiev - A pro-Russian journalist was shot dead in Ukraine's capital Thursday, leading Kiev to brand the latest murders of pro-Moscow figures an enemy "provocation".

Ukraine resort town crumbles under frontline shells

Ukraine - A year ago, the building housed a children's seaside camp, but now a two-metre blast hole gapes in its whitewashed wall.

Another ally of Ukraine ex-president Yanukovych found dead

Kiev - A former Ukraine deputy was shot dead in Kiev Wednesday, the fourth ally of ousted pro-Moscow ex-president Viktor Yanukovych to die in suspicious circumstances in the past two months.

One detained after gyrocopter lands at the U.S. Capitol

The U.S. capitol remains of high alert after a small gyrocopter lands outside the west end of the Capitol building. The pilot has been detained at this time.

Army unmoved as Ukraine villagers plead for guns to go

Berdyansk - Reduced to drinking rainwater, their houses rattled by artillery blasts despite a ceasefire, villagers on the frontline of Ukraine's eastern conflict are pleading for the forces to withdraw.

Last male white rhino on Earth guarded by armed men 24/7

The last endangered white rhino on Earth is currently being guarded constantly by four armed rangers. It is their hope to aid the rhino in mating before the animal becomes extinct.

Six Ukrainian soldiers killed as clashes flare in east

Ukraine - Six soldiers were killed and a journalist injured by a mine in separatist-held eastern Ukraine Tuesday as a flare-up of fighting undermined a shaky two-month ceasefire.

Pro-Russians blast destruction of Soviet statues in Ukraine

Kharkiv - Masked men toppled Soviet-era statues in night raids in Ukraine's second city Saturday, as moves to erase fraught symbols of the past widen the country's divide.

Germany beefing up tank battalions as Ukrainian tensions persist

Berlin - Germany is to beef up its army by bringing back into service 100 tanks that were mothballed following the end of the Cold War. The move comes as tensions remain high in Eastern Europe concerning perceived Russian involvement in Ukraine.

Russia lashes out at law to erase Ukraine's Soviet past

Kiev - Controversial laws designed to leave Ukraine's Soviet past behind stoked tension in the war-divided country Friday and prompted an angry reaction from Russia which called the ban on communist-era symbols "totalitarian".

Ukraine says 39 pro-Russian 'saboteurs' arrested in Odessa

Kiev - Ukrainian authorities on Thursday said 39 people had been arrested for planning a pro-Russian rebellion in the southern port city of Odessa which has been rocked by mysterious explosions in past months.

Amnesty condemns 'summary killing' of Ukraine troops by rebels

Kiev - Amnesty International on Thursday said it had new proof of the "summary killings" of Ukrainian soldiers captured by pro-Russian separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine, and demanded a quick impartial probe.

Ukraine outlaws Communist names in fresh break with Soviet past

Kiev - Ukraine on Thursday outlawed Communist names, symbols and even songs in a fresh break with the country's Soviet past as its soldiers fight pro-Russian separatists in the east.

Ukraine separatist leader warns of possible return to war

Donetsk - Ukrainian pro-Russian separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko accused the Kiev government and warned in an interview with AFP that fighting might resume.

Lurking landmines threaten lives, livelihoods in Ukraine

Ukraine - As a tenuous ceasefire brings a lull to Ukraine's yearlong conflict between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian troops, the lurking danger of landmines threatens lives as well as economic recovery, particularly on once rich agricultural lands.

'Terror' probe after blasts in Ukraine city of Kharkiv

Kharkiv - Two bomb attacks early Tuesday shook Ukraine's second largest city Kharkiv, causing some damage but no casualties in the government-controlled hub near the Russian border and the separatist-held east.

Cossacks in east Ukraine fight government and other rebels

Ukraine - The young Cossack fighter gripped his automatic rifle as he swore he would defend the town of Perevalsk in war-torn east Ukraine that he and his comrades now control. "We're expecting an attack.
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