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Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels agree Orthodox Easter truce

Kiev - Ukraine's government on Friday agreed a new truce with pro-Russian insurgents to take effect on Orthodox Easter this weekend, reinforcing a deal signed more than a year ago.

Pregnant woman among four killed in east Ukraine

Ukraine - Four civilians including a pregnant woman were killed and eight others wounded early Wednesday when their cars came under mortar fire in war-torn eastern Ukraine, rebel officials said.

Ukraine strips top political talk show host of work permit

Kiev - Ukraine's most prominent political talk show host was stripped of his work permit on Tuesday in what he described as a politically-charged case.

Thirty years on, Ukraine mourns victims of Chernobyl

Chernobyl - Ukrainians held candlelit vigils Tuesday to mark 30 years since the world's worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl spewed radiation across Europe and left several thousand people dead or dying.

Donors pledge cash to keep Chernobyl safe 30 years after disaster

Kiev - Global donors on Monday pledged additional money to help Ukraine keep Chernobyl safe for generations after causing the world's worst nuclear power disaster 30 years ago.The 87.

Pilot jailed in Russia may return 'in weeks': Ukraine leader

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Sunday he hoped to see a Kiev-born pilot who received a 14-year jail sentence in Russia return home as part of a prisoner swap "in a few weeks".

Three Ukrainian troops killed in new upsurge of fighting: Kiev

Kiev - Three Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and six injured in a fresh upsurge of fighting between pro-Russian rebels and government forces in the country's separatist east, the Kiev military said on Sunday.

Op-Ed: Voice of America or Voice of Castro without any balance?

U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) has just helped Fidel Castro promote his communist legacy in a report without one word of balance.

Ukraine warns it may take 'years' to end separatist war

Kiev - Ukraine's defence minister warned Wednesday it may take years to settle the ex-Soviet republic's pro-Russian separatist conflict that has killed nearly 9,200 people and plunged Moscow's relations with the West to a post-Cold War low.

Russia opens 'extremism' probe into U.S.-funded Crimea news site

Simferopol - Russian security forces in annexed Crimea on Tuesday opened a criminal probe into a US-funded news site for allegedly condoning extremism, searching three journalists' homes and hauling them in for questioning. The Krym.

Ukraine president says jailed pilot to halt hunger strike

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Tuesday that jailed pilot Nadiya Savchenko had agreed to end her hunger strike in a Russian jail, as Kiev tries to hammer out a prisoner swap deal with Moscow.

Chernobyl zone turns into testbed for Nature's rebound

Chernobyl - What happens when the site of the world's worst nuclear accident is left all but abandoned for nearly 30 years?

Ukraine court jails alleged Russian soldiers, paving way for swap

Kiev - A Ukrainian court on Monday sentenced two alleged Russian soldiers to 14 years in prison for fighting in the rebel east, in a ruling that could prelude a swap for pilot Nadiya Savchenko jailed by Russia.

Defying radiation, elderly residents cling on in Chernobyl

Chernobyl - Defying radioactive contamination and a government evacuation order, Yevgeny Markevich returned to his beloved Chernobyl shortly after it suffered the world's worst nuclear accident 30 years ago this week.

30 years on, Chernobyl worker remembers disaster aftermath

Ukraine - Igor Magala can still remember the metallic taste he got in his mouth as he drove up to the Chernobyl nuclear power station on the morning of April 26, 1986.

Ukraine prepares to mark 30 years since Chernobyl shook the world

Kiev - Ukraine is preparing to mark 30 years since the Chernobyl disaster, the world's worst nuclear accident whose death toll remains a mystery and which continues to jeopardise the local population's health.

Groysman: Poroshenko protege and Ukraine's crisis PM

Kiev - Volodymr Groysman has catapulted from being a small city mayor to Ukraine's premier over a remarkable two-year span during which he stuck close by President Petro Poroshenko's side.

Review: The Soft Shades explore different moods on 'Keeper of the Groove'

Formed in 2011, The Soft Shades is an ambitious prog rock/metal instrumental project - the brainchild of Ukrainian musician Dmitry Gubsky. 'Keeper of the Grove' is their debut album.

Ukraine turns to young pro-EU premier to battle crises

Kiev - Ukraine's parliament on Thursday appointed pro-Western speaker Volodymyr Groysman as prime minister in a bid to end months of political gridlock and unlock vital aid to the war torn-state.

UN says employee captured by Ukraine rebels

Kiev - The United Nations said Wednesday that one of its staff members had been captured by pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine's separatist east.The UN is carrying out a humanitarian mission in the war-torn republics of Lugansk and Donetsk.
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