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Ukraine mixed-race wrestler tackles prejudice in run for parliament

Boyarka - Zhan Beleniuk, an Olympic wrestler with Rwandan roots, is seeking to enter Ukraine's parliament as the first mixed-race MP in a bid to overcome racist attitudes and support the country's young new leader.

Ukraine's Zelensky eyes parliament makeover in early polls

Kiev - Volodymyr Zelensky, a 41-year-old comedian with no political experience, shocked Ukraine three months ago, becoming the country's youngest ever post-Soviet leader.Now he wants to replicate his unorthodox success at this month's parliamentary election.

Ukraine inaugurates giant dome over destroyed Chernobyl reactor

Chernobyl - Ukraine and its European partners on Wednesday formally inaugurated a new metal dome encasing the destroyed reactor at the infamous Chernobyl plant, wrapping up a two-decade effort.

Ukraine's Zelensky offers to meet Putin for first talks

Kiev - Ukraine's recently elected President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday offered to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for their first talks, calling for Western leaders to mediate."Now I want to address the Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Op-Ed: Safer reactors coming with new tech and mixed feelings

Sydney - The next generation of nuclear reactors has been a long time coming. The good news is that some of the major issues now have solutions. The mixed feelings, however, are much the same.

Ukraine says European observers not welcome at July polls

Kiev - Ukraine on Tuesday announced it is withdrawing its invitation to monitors from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to observe elections later this month, in protest against Russia's reinstatement in the body.

'Emotional' Ukraine president urges Putin to free sailors

Kiev - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday made an "emotional" plea to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to free 24 sailors captured last November near Crimea.

War veterans join biggest gay pride march in Ukraine

Kiev - War veterans in fatigues joined more than 8,000 people marching in Kiev's Gay Pride parade amid tight security on Sunday, the biggest ever annual celebration of diversity in ex-Soviet Ukraine.

Thousands march in Ukraine capital's Gay Pride

Kiev - More than 8,000 people turned out on Sunday for Kiev's annual Gay Pride parade amid tight security as far-right activists sought to disrupt the celebration, organisers said.

Former patriarch threatens future of new Ukraine church

Kiev - The former head of Ukraine's breakaway independent church held a rare conference of clerics Thursday with the aim of restoring his religious leadership, threatening the future of Ukraine's new unified Orthodox Church.

Backlash in Ukraine as president says beautiful women 'our brand'

Kiev - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has described beautiful women as part of the country's "brand", prompting a furious backlash from activists and on social media Tuesday.

Ukraine's new president visits troubled Mariupol

Mariupol - New Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday made his first official visit to the major trading port city of Mariupol, where he observed joint military exercises in the Sea of Azov.

'I'm no hero' says Chernobyl diver portrayed in hit TV series

Kiev - In the acclaimed US mini-series "Chernobyl", Oleksiy Ananenko is hailed as one of three men who helped avert an even greater disaster after the worst nuclear accident in history.

Olympic wrestler enters ring for Ukraine's Zelensky

Kiev - Ukraine's new president Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday named candidates including an Olympic wrestler with Rwandan roots to represent his party in snap parliamentary elections next month.

Ukraine cops arrested over drunken shooting of 5-year-old boy

Kiev - Ukraine on Tuesday arrested two policemen on suspicion of shooting dead a five-year-old boy while drunk in a case that has sparked outrage over lingering corruption and impunity in the force.

Germany urges resumption of Ukraine peace talks

Kiev - German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called Thursday for the resumption of stalled Ukraine peace talks, after a meeting with French colleague Jean-Yves Le Drian and new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev.

Ukrainian parliament rejects PM's resignation

Kiev - Ukraine's parliament Thursday rejected the prime minister's resignation, despite new president Volodymyr Zelensky urging the government to quit their posts ahead of a snap election.

Former Georgian president gets back Ukrainian citizenship

Kiev - Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday restored the Ukrainian citizenship of former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili, less than two years after he was stripped of it and expelled.

Ukraine's Zelensky visits rebel front line

Kiev - Just a week after taking office, Ukraine's new president Volodymyr Zelensky made his first visit Monday to the front line of fighting against Russian-backed rebels in the east of the country, his press office said.

Hundreds of prisoners start fires, wound staff in Ukraine riot

Odessa - A major riot involving 500 prisoners broke out at a penitentiary in the Ukrainian city of Odessa on Monday with the inmates setting fire to buildings and wounding seven staff members, officials said.
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