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In Ukraine race, some call for close ties with arch-foe Russia

Kiev - Ukrainian economist Yevgeniya Gorobey will vote for a pro-Moscow candidate in next week's presidential poll even though Russia annexed Crimea and fuelled a separatist uprising in the ex-Soviet country's east."What is the most important thing right now?...

Putin in Crimea as Russia marks five years since annexation

Simferopol - Russia on Monday marked the fifth anniversary of its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, a move condemned by Kiev and its Western allies but celebrated by most Russians.

Ukraine ready to take on Russian election hackers

Kiev - At the headquarters of Ukraine's SBU security service more than a dozen local and Western security experts watch a simulated foreign cyber attack on several big screens ahead of this month's presidential vote.

War-displaced Ukrainians struggle to get their vote

Ukraine - Natalya Nikitchenko was forced to flee the war in eastern Ukraine: now, like more than a million others, she is battling to get her vote in this month's presidential election.

Dozens of police injured after clashes ahead of Ukraine poll

Kiev - Ukraine's police said Sunday that 25 officers were injured in clashes with ultra-nationalists who tried to attack a presidential motorcade ahead of elections at the end of this month.

Leap of faith: Ukraine Church gives president re-election boost

Lviv - A portrait of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko clutching the decree that granted Kiev an independent Church features on billboards across the country, and a campaign slogan reads "Army! Language! Faith!

Ukraine actor turned presidential frontrunner says politics 'not the movies'

Kiev - Ukrainian comedy actor Volodymyr Zelensky, who is leading in opinion polls ahead of this month's presidential vote, has told AFP that he is running to help the people of his war-torn country.

Ukrainian actor turned presidential frontrunner says politics 'not the movies'

Kiev - Ukrainian comedy actor Volodymyr Zelensky, who is leading in opinion polls ahead of this month's presidential vote, told AFP on Wednesday that he is running to help the people of his war-torn country.

G7, World Bank decry Ukraine U-turn on corruption law

Kiev - G7 nations and the World Bank on Monday denounced Ukraine's annulment of a key anti-graft law "a serious setback" in the fight against corruption.

Crimean archbishop accuses Russia of trying to tarnish his name

Simferopol - The head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Moscow-annexed Crimea said on Monday he had been released by police, accusing Russian authorities of seeking to tarnish his reputation.

Ukraine presidential race heats up with fraud accusations

Kiev - With Ukraine's presidential election just weeks away, former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Friday turned up the heat on a top rival accusing incumbent Petro Poroshenko's campaign of fraud.

Ahead of vote, Ukraine leader under fire over Russia smuggling claims

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who faces a tough re-election bid next month, came under fire on Tuesday after a close associate was accused of enriching himself by smuggling military parts from Russia.

Ahead of vote, Ukraine leader under fire over Russia smuggling claims

Kiev - Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko, who faces a tough re-election bid next month, came under fire on Tuesday after a close associate was accused of enriching himself by smuggling military parts from Russia.

Tusk warns Ukraine against populism ahead of election

Kiev - EU President Donald Tusk warned Kiev against using populist and nationalist tactics ahead of a presidential vote next month during a speech to Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday.

Ukrainian Church in Crimea faces closure

Simferopol - The only major Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Russian-annexed Crimea is set to close, its head told AFP, following a historic religious split between Kiev and Moscow.

Kiev reports first measles death as cases soar

Kiev - Ukraine's capital has seen its first death from measles in a major outbreak, the health ministry said Monday.A 57-year-old woman died in hospital of complications from the highly infectious illness, health ministry spokeswoman Maryna Dadinova told AFP....

Ukrainian official arrested over deadly acid attack

Kiev - A Ukrainian court on Friday placed a high-ranking regional official in custody after he was charged with organising a deadly acid attack on an activist. Vladyslav Manger will be held until at least March 3, with bail of 2.

Bishop stripped of citizenship for 'anti-Kiev activities'

Kiev - Ukraine on Thursday said it had expelled an Orthodox bishop and stripped him of his citizenship little over a week after he met with US lawmakers.

In war-torn Ukraine, women get taste of combat training

Mariupol - In a gym in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, not far from the frontline with Russia-backed separatists, 20 women fall to the floor and pull back the rifle bolts of dummy Kalashnikovs.

Senior Ukraine official charged over deadly acid attack

Kiev - Ukrainian prosecutors said Monday they had charged a high-ranking regional official with organising a deadly acid attack on a prominent anti-corruption activist that prompted widespread outrage.
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