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Ukraine confirms pro-Western PM with mammoth tasks ahead

Kiev - Ukraine's parliament on Thursday confirmed pro-Western Arseniy Yatsenyuk as premier to lead a new coalition government, while fresh attacks in the east provided a reminder of the steep challenges ahead.

NATO warns over Russian military build-up in Crimea

Kiev - NATO's top military commander said he was "very concerned" that Russia's military build-up in the annexed Crimean region could be used as a launchpad for attacks across the whole Black Sea region.

Banking system shut down in rebel-held east Ukraine

Donetsk - Cash machines stopped working in rebel-held east Ukraine on Wednesday and businesses no longer accepted credit cards after the authorities in Kiev moved to shut down the banking system.

NATO warns over Russian military build-up in Crimea

Kiev - NATO's top military commander said Wednesday he was "very concerned" that Russia's military build-up in the annexed Crimean region could be used as a launchpad for attacks across the whole Black Sea region.

Ukraine's NATO hopes still a long way off

Kiev - For the first time, a majority of Ukrainians support the idea of joining NATO and the president this week spoke of putting the idea to a popular vote, but experts say it still remains a distant dream.

Rebels urge UN to send peacekeepers into east Ukraine

Kiev - Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine called on Tuesday for an emergency UN Security Council session that could authorise sending international peacekeepers into the war zone.

The fear and the chaos of a missile attack in east Ukraine

Donetsk - There was a blinding flash, then complete darkness and thick clouds of dust. A missile had just hit Ivan Balabanov's house in rebel-held east Ukraine. Stunned, Ivan groped around in the pitch black to find his flashlight.

Teenage cadets swear allegiance to Ukraine rebel state

Donetsk - Not long ago, the cadets at the military academy in east Ukraine's industrial hub of Donetsk swore allegiance to the Ukrainian flag.

Op-Ed: Russian military commander brags of role in Ukraine

Moscow - A Russian mercenary soldier long suspected of involvement in the Ukrainian rebellion now boasts of his role in an interview.

Russia regime change West's real aim in Ukraine row: Lavrov

Kiev - Russia on Saturday accused the West of seeking regime change in Moscow, raising tensions over the Ukraine conflict in the worst crisis in relations since the end of the Cold War.

Kiev says Russia has 7,500 troops in Ukraine

Kiev - Ukraine said Russia has thousands of troops in its conflict-ravaged east and vowed to boost its own military capacity, ratcheting up tensions Saturday after Kiev's new coalition pledged to make joining NATO a priority.

Yatsenyuk to remain Ukraine PM in coalition: President

Kiev - Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk will keep his post to lead a new coalition government after a deal between the country's pro-Western parties, President Petro Poroshenko said Friday.

Ukraine coalition agrees to make NATO membership a priority

Kiev - Ukraine's pro-Western political parties on Friday agreed to make joining NATO a priority in a coalition deal that will give them a parliamentary majority.

A year after Kiev protests, Ukraine vanishes in rebel east

Donetsk - The symbols of Ukraine have been hidden somewhere in the school in the country's war-torn east -- but the headmistress will not say exactly where.

Ukrainian pro-Western parties sign coalition deal

Kiev - Pro-Western lawmakers in Ukraine announced Friday the creation of a parliamentary coalition which, for the first time, will be able to pass amendments to the constitution.

Ukraine shelled from Russian territory: Kiev

Kiev - Ukraine's military on Friday accused Russia of shelling its territory for the first time since the signing of a nominal ceasefire in early September.

Ukraine declares NATO ambition on protests anniversary

Kiev - Ukraine's new coalition government declared joining NATO a priority Friday in a move likely to provoke fresh Russian anger as thousands gathered in Kiev to mark the first anniversary of protests which unleashed a year of turmoil.

Nearly 1,000 killed during Ukraine ceasefire, UN says

Kiev - Almost 1,000 people have been killed in Ukraine since a truce came into effect in September, an average of 13 people a day, the United Nations said Thursday, as the conflict in the east drags on.

International monitors shot at in east Ukraine: OSCE  

Kiev - A convoy of international monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) was shot at by "uniformed personnel" in east Ukraine, the organisation said Thursday.

No regrets for protesters who sparked Ukraine revolution

Kiev - When Igor Romanenko's friend suggested heading to a gathering on Kiev's Independence Square a year ago Friday, he had no idea he was about to witness the birth of a movement that would change his country forever.
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