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Ukrainian ultranationalist party Svoboda, a history of violence

Kiev - The Ukrainian ultranationalist party Svoboda, blamed for clashes that killed one person and injured dozens more outside parliament on Monday, has a long-established reputation for violent confrontation.

Ukraine president vows 'severe' punishment for instigators of deadly Kiev clashes

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday said those behind deadly Kiev clashes that erupted after a vote on autonomy for separatist eastern regions deserved severe punishment, calling the violence a "stab in the back.

Ukraine points finger at ultra-nationalists after Kiev clash

Kiev - A member of Ukraine's National Guard was killed and scores of people were injured Monday in clashes between police and nationalist protesters in Kiev as lawmakers gave initial backing to a contested bill boosting autonomy in the country's breakaway reg...

Ukraine MPs back reform giving more autonomy to pro-Russia east

Kiev - Ukraine's parliament on Monday backed a first reading of draft constitutional reforms demanded by the West which grant greater autonomy to the eastern territories controlled by pro-Russian rebels.

Jailed filmmaker inspires Ukraine with bestselling book

Kiev - Ukrainians are snapping up the autobiography of film director Oleg Sentsov, who was last week sentenced by Russia to 20 years in prison in a shock ruling that sparked global condemnation.

Ukraine clashes kill eight, hurting push for new truce

Kiev - Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels on Thursday reported the death of eight people in fresh clashes that endanger nascent talks on a new truce agreement for the war-torn separatist east.

Ukraine averts default with major debt write-down deal

Kiev - Ukraine said Thursday it has reached a crucial debt restructuring deal that will see lenders accept a 20-percent write-down and keep global markets open to the cash-strapped ex-Soviet state.

Ukraine says EU ready to toughen stance against Russia

Kiev - Ukraine said Tuesday that the leaders of Germany and France had agreed to back "firm" steps against Russia should pro-Moscow rebels hold disputed elections in the ex-Soviet state's separatist east.

Ukraine leader accuses Russia of arms supplies to rebel east

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday accused Russia of sending major military backup to pro-Moscow rebels, speaking just ahead of talks on the conflict with the French and German leaders.

Kremlin critic Maria Gaidar upbeat after Ukraine switch

Odessa - She has long been a figure within Russia's liberal opposition. And then came the war with Ukraine and a divorce with her homeland which saw her taking Ukrainian citizenship and a top post in Odessa.

Putin to be notable absentee at Ukraine crisis talks in Berlin

Kiev - The heads of Germany and France will meet Kiev's pro-Western leader in Berlin on Monday for Ukrainian crisis talks most notable for their diplomatically-charged exclusion of Russia's Vladimir Putin.

Ukraine, Russia trade blame for sharp violence spike

Kiev - Ukraine's pro-Western leadership and Russia traded blame on Tuesday for a sharp escalation in violence that threatened to see all-out warfare return to the former Soviet nation's separatist east.

Fierce Ukraine clashes kill 10 as fears grow of broader fighting

- The European Union and the United Nations on Monday expressed alarm over a spike in violence in east Ukraine that claimed 10 lives as Russia warned Kiev could be preparing a fresh offensive.

Ten killed in spike in east Ukraine violence

Kiev - Fierce clashes in east Ukraine killed at least 10 people in the past 24 hours, government and rebel officials said Monday, as Russia warned that Kiev could be preparing for a fresh offensive.

Three civilians killed as east Ukraine shelling flares up

Kiev - Three civilians have been killed in east Ukraine as government forces claimed Saturday that shelling by pro-Russian separatists hit a record high since the start of a tattered truce in February.

Masked men hurl smoke bombs at venue of Ukraine gay forum

Odessa - Masked men on Saturday hurled smoke bombs into a venue in the Ukraine port city of Odessa where gay rights activists were to hold a forum after deciding against marching in defiance of a ban.

Soldier, civilian killed in fierce Ukrainian clashes

Kiev - Two people were killed in another round of intense shelling between Western-backed Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian fighters in the separatist east, officials from both sides said on Friday.

Ukraine, creditors plan phone talks as debt deal eludes them

Kiev - Ukraine and its creditors sharpened their knives for a decisive battle Friday after direct negotiations failed to reach a workable solution for keeping the ex-Soviet country from hurtling into default.

Ukraine bid to shut out Russia with border 'wall' falters

Ukraine - A freshly-dug anti-tank ditch running along a short stretch of metal fence topped with barbed wire marks the start of a new border defence that Ukraine hopes will protect it from Russia.

Ukraine artist creates Putin portrait using 5,000 bullet shells

Ukrainian artist Dariya Marchenko has focused on visual representation to depict her belief that Vladimir Putin is complicit in a war that has torn her country apart. She has created a portrait of the Russian leader out of 5,000 bullet shells.
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