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Ukraine rebels bid farewell to notorious commander

Donetsk - Thousands of pro-Russian rebels and supporters in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday turned out to bid farewell to notorious rebel commander Arseny Pavlov, who was killed in a weekend bombing.

Pro-Russia rebel commander killed in Ukraine bombing

Donetsk - Ukraine's pro-Russian rebels announced three days of mourning on Monday after notorious rebel commander Arseny Pavlov, known as "Motorola", was killed in a lift bombing.

Donaire's tormentor Nicholas Walters to face Lomachenko Nov. 26

Nonito Donaire's tormentor Nicholas Walters of Jamaica is set to face reigning WBO lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachengko on Nov. 26 at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in Paradise, Nevada.

Far-right Ukraine fighters create political party

Kiev - Members of a controversial Ukrainian far-right nationalist group that has battled pro-Russian rebels in the country's east announced on Friday they were creating a political party.

Ukraine summons Russian consul over reporter's arrest

Kiev - Ukraine on Thursday summoned the Russian consul after Moscow detained one of its state media reporters for alleged espionage.

Ukraine's rebel miners choose lethal toil over bullets

Shakht - "You either steal, fight or dig."These are the stark choices that led a lean 28-year-old to risk his life on a daily basis by working in an illegal coal mine in Ukraine's war-torn industrial east.

Russia demands loyalty or silence, say Crimea's hounded Tatars

Bakhchysaray - Crimean Tartar activist Ilmi Umerov walks slowly and has difficulty controlling his left arm but his voice is strong and his eyes are piercing as he reiterates his rejection of Moscow's rule in the peninsula, an opinion for which he faces trial.

Ukraine army, rebels pull back troops from eastern town

Kiev - Ukraine's army and pro-Russian separatists both announced Saturday the pull back of their troops from a small eastern city as agreed in a demilitarisation accord signed last month.

Luxury thrives amid misery in Ukraine's war-torn east

Donetsk - Fancy restaurants and trendy boutiques stand just blocks away from stuffy bomb shelters where survivors hunker down in eastern Ukraine's pro-Russian rebel capital city of Donetsk.

Sombre Ukraine marks 75 years since Nazi slaughter of Jews

Kiev - A sombre Ukraine on Thursday marked 75 years since the Nazis slaughtered 34,000 Jews on the outskirts of Kiev during one of the worst single massacres of the Holocaust.

Kiev's last survivor of Nazi 'path to death' at Babi Yar

Kiev - "We were gathered here, and sent along 'the path to death'," says Raisa Maistrenko, pointing to a Kiev ravine that 75 years ago witnessed one of the worst atrocities of World War II.

Pride and pressure as Crimea holds first Russia parliament vote

Simferopol - Crimea went to the polls Sunday to elect deputies to Russia's parliament for the first time since the region was annexed by Moscow -- stirring pride in some, but pushing others to protest.

In Moscow's grip, Crimea holds first vote to Russian parliament

Simferopol - Shaded by cypress trees on Crimea's Black Sea shore, a group of locals watch as folk singers in tall headdresses boom out a patriotic song about Russia with the lyrics: "I have no other motherland.

France tells Ukraine 'no plan B' to ending war

Kiev - The French foreign minister told Ukraine on Wednesday there was "no plan B" to a tattered blueprint for ending a 29-month pro-Russian revolt that has destabilised the European Union's backyard.

Six fighters killed in Ukraine ahead of new EU push for peace

Kiev - Ukraine suffered one of its deadliest days in weeks Tuesday as both government forces and pro-Russian rebels each reported the deaths of three fighters on the eve of a new peace push by Germany and France.

Russia flaunts military might in Crimea drills

Yalta - Under a blazing sun, Sukhoi jets zoomed across the sky and dropped explosives, as Russian warships sailed right up to the shore.And beyond on a dusty steppe, paratroopers made a mass landing while ground forces ignited a wall of fire with napalm.

New Ukraine truce jeopardised by first combat death

Kiev - Ukraine on Friday reported its first combat death since a new ceasefire with pro-Russian rebels went into effect on September 1 before the new school year.

Russia frees Crimea Tatar activist Umerov from psychiatric hospital

Simferopol - Authorities in Russian-annexed Crimea on Wednesday released prominent Crimean Tatar activist Ilmi Umerov from a psychiatric hospital, where he was forcibly detained for three weeks as he faces extremism charges.

Ukraine leader calls joining NATO 'strategic goal'

Kiev - President Petro Poroshenko said Tuesday that Ukraine's membership in NATO remained a "strategic goal" even though the Western military alliance remained sceptical about enlisting the former Soviet state.

Ukraine draws Western ire for attack on 'pro-Russia' TV

Kiev - Ukraine drew rare Western anger Monday after the studio of one of its most popular TV channels was set ablaze by protesters unhappy with its alleged support for Russia.
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