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Tymoshenko: Ukrainian politics' longtime leading lady

Kiev - Yulia Tymoshenko, the former Ukrainian prime minister who on Tuesday announced she would run for president, came to international prominence during the Orange Revolution popular protests of 2004.

Ex-PM Tymoshenko launches bid for Ukraine presidency

Kiev - Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Tuesday officially launched her bid for the presidency, with polls showing her as the frontrunner for the post.

Ex-PM Tymoshenko launches bid for Ukraine presidency

Kiev - Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Tuesday officially launched her bid for the country's presidency, with polls showing her as the frontrunner.

Ukraine's newly independent church holds 'historic' first service

Kiev - Ukraine's newly created independent Orthodox Church held its first service in Kiev on Monday after a historic break with the Russian Orthodox Church that has enraged Moscow.

Presidential campaign starts in conflict-torn Ukraine

Kiev - Campaigning began for a key presidential vote in Ukraine on Monday with President Petro Poroshenko facing an uphill re-election battle among voters disillusioned with corruption and the slow pace of reforms.

Mine-ridden Ukrainian village faces deadly threat

Ukraine - Outside the picturesque Ukrainian village of Chugynka, dozens of men and women in bulletproof vests kneel down and explore every inch of ground.

Poroshenko announces end to martial law in Ukraine

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday announced the end of a martial law in the country's border regions, which was introduced last month after Russia's seizure of three of Kiev's navy vessels in the Sea of Azov.

Ukrainian arts enjoy surprise revival in conflict-riven east

Donezk - In a grungy cellar bar, a young crowd sings along to a melancholy ballad in Ukrainian. Nothing unusual here -- except that the concert is taking place in the stronghold of Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Russia retains heightened military border presence: Ukraine leader

Kiev - Russia retains a heightened military presence on Ukraine's border, having pulled back "less than 10 percent" of its forces since tensions between the countries peaked in November, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Sunday.

Ukraine Orthodoxy in key points

Kiev - Ukraine is home to millions of believers of the Orthodox Church. But their loyalties are divided between the Kiev and Moscow patriarchies.

Yepifaniy, head of Ukraine's new orthodox church

Kiev - Yepifaniy, who was on Saturday elected the head of Ukraine's new Orthodox church, is known as a critic of Moscow's religious influence in Ukraine and even helped Kiev's army in their struggle against the pro-Russian independence movement.

Ukraine creates church independent from Russia

Kiev - A historic council of Orthodox bishops in Kiev has created a new Ukrainian church independent from Russia, President Petro Poroshenko announced on Saturday.

Ukraine priests to hold historic 'unification' synod

Kiev - Ukrainian priests will hold a historic synod on Saturday to work towards founding an independent church, in what Kiev authorities hope will be a further step out of Russia's orbit.

Ukrainian synod seeks to set up church independent of Russia

Kiev - Ukrainian priests will meet on Saturday to work towards an independent church, following an Orthodox "schism", in what Kiev authorities hope will signal a further step out of Russia's orbit.

Ukraine leader vows to bring home sailors captured by Russia

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met Tuesday with families of Ukrainian sailors captured by Moscow, vowing to do everything in his power to bring them home.

Ukraine raids Orthodox churches with Russia ties

Kiev - Ukrainian authorities on Monday raided three Orthodox churches aligned to Russia as political and religious tensions between the two countries grow.

Ukraine authorities search home of Moscow-linked cleric in Church split

Kiev - Ukraine's security forces on Friday searched the home of the head of a major Kiev Orthodox monastery loyal to the Moscow-based church, amid tensions over an historic split in the Orthodox Church.

Mother says Ukrainian sailor held by Moscow 'always dreamed of sea'

Ukraine - Pensioner Olga Oprysko only found out her son had been captured by Russian forces after a neighbour in her small western Ukrainian village told her about an incident in the Azov Sea.

Ukraine holds military drills after Russia sea confrontation

Babakh-tarama - A Ukrainian general wearing camouflage and a bulletproof vest looks out from his Mi-8 helicopter flying over the Sea of Azov, the flashpoint of rising tensions between Kiev and Moscow."Our presumed enemy is Russia.

Under martial law, Ukraine troops dig trenches, pack bags

Leninskiy - Ukrainian soldiers busily dug trenches and stuffed rucksacks with emergency rations and ammunition after an unprecedented state of martial law came into force on Wednesday.
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