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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.

Beatings and a lost kidney: life in Ukraine's 'secret prisons'

Ukraine - Secretly detained by Ukrainian authorities for almost 600 days, Mykola Vakaruk suffered repeated beatings, battled the freezing cold and lost a kidney in an ordeal he described as pure hell.

Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels say truce holding

Kiev - Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels on Thursday said their forces were respecting a ceasefire aimed at halting a recent spike in violence in time for the start of the new school year.

Protests as Russia holds Crimea Tatar activist in psych ward

Simferopol - International rights groups and Ukrainian officials protested Friday against the incarceration in a psychiatric hospital of a prominent Crimean Tatar activist charged with calling for extremism in the Russian-annexed peninsula.

Ukraine marks 25th independence day with show of force

Kiev - Tanks rumbled across Kiev on Tuesday as Ukraine marked 25 years of independence with a show of force against an increasingly assertive Russia and a war simmering in the pro-Kremlin separatist east.

Ukraine sheds Soviet past on 25th year of independence

Kiev - Ukraine marks the 25th anniversary of its freedom from Kremlin rule Wednesday with moves to sweep away its totalitarian past and embrace a European future while grappling with its tense relations with Russia.

'Putin-mask' protester seeks asylum in Ukraine

Kiev - A Russian man who was repeatedly arrested for donning masks of President Vladimir Putin in anti-Kremlin pickets has crossed into Ukraine and is seeking political asylum.

Ukraine details alleged payments to ex-Trump aide by pro-Russians

Kiev - Ukrainian authorities have released details of payments worth million of dollars that US presidential campaign hopeful Donald Trump's former campaign chief allegedly received from Kiev's deposed Russian-backed leaders.

Ukraine reports heaviest rebel shelling attack for a year

Kiev - Ukraine on Thursday reported the heaviest rebel shelling attack in the separatist east for a year in what the president said could be a prelude to a full-scale Russian invasion.

Ukrainian protesters accuse prosecutors of abetting corruption

Kiev - Ukrainian activists on Wednesday held a protest in central Kiev accusing the country's powerful prosecutors of obstructing a newly formed national agency that has exposed massive official corruption.

Violence flares in Ukraine flashpoint after Crimea claims

- Ukrainian paratrooper Boroda says pro-Russian rebels have recently ramped up their shelling of one key village -- a move he links to Moscow's claim of a Kiev plot against annexed Crimea.
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