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Trans activists attacked during Ukraine march

Kiev - Two activists were attacked with pepper-spray in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on Sunday during a transgender rights march that was interrupted by dozens of far-right protesters.

Ukraine separatist leader vows closer Russia ties after polls

Donezk - The newly elected leader of a self-proclaimed republic in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday promised closer ties to Moscow following polls denounced by Kiev and the West as a sham.

Russian-backed Ukrainian church rejects unification

Kiev - The Russian-controlled branch of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine said Tuesday that it would not participate in the establishment of a unified church there as Kiev seeks to cut spiritual ties with Moscow.

Ukraine arrests suspect in acid attack case

Kiev - Ukraine on Monday arrested a man suspected of being involved in the deadly acid attack on anti-corruption campaigner Kateryna Gandzyuk.

Separatists voted back in as US denounces 'sham' east Ukraine polls

Donezk - Residents of Russian-backed areas of eastern Ukraine have voted to keep their separatist leaders, results showed Monday, cementing Moscow's hold on the disputed regions.

Ukraine separatists elect leaders in defiance of West

Donezk - Separatist leaders in Russian-backed areas of eastern Ukraine on Monday looked set for an expected victory according to preliminary results in polls condemned as illegal by Kiev and Western countries.

Four Ukraine soldiers killed ahead of separatist polls

Kiev - Four soldiers were killed in war-torn eastern Ukraine, the military said Saturday, as pro-Russian separatists prepared to hold elections in defiance of the West.

Ukraine leader refuses to fire prosecutor after activist acid attack death

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday refused to accept the resignation of his top prosecutor over the death of an anti-corruption campaigner following a horrific acid attack, his office said.

The Ukraine war: key facts

Kiev - A four-year war between the Ukraine government and breakaway Moscow-backed rebels in its east has left more than 10,000 people dead and strained relations between the West and Russia.

West, Kiev condemn separatist polls in eastern Ukraine

Donezk - Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine are set to hold elections in two self-proclaimed republics on Sunday, in an apparent bid to cement their split from the rest of the country.

Ukraine activist's death from acid attack deepens crisis

Kiev - Ukraine faced a deepening political crisis on Tuesday after an anti-corruption campaigner died from a brutal acid attack that critics have accused the country's authorities of not doing enough to investigate.

Ukrainian activist dies three months after acid attack

Kiev - Ukrainian anti-corruption campaigner Kateryna Gandzyuk, seriously injured in an acid attack in July, has died in hospital, supporters and the government said Sunday. "Katya (Kateryna) is dead.

Merkel, in Ukraine, vows to uphold Russia sanctions

Kiev - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in Kiev on Thursday she was determined to uphold sanctions against Russia for its role in the Ukraine conflict."Unfortunately...

Patriarch Filaret: champion of independent Ukrainian church

Kiev - Ukraine's Patriarch Filaret was one of the top leaders in the Soviet era Russian Orthodox Church.

Ukraine church head, 89, ready to rise above Russia rift

Kiev - Patriarch Filaret is months away from turning 90 but the Kiev cleric has told AFP he will not flinch in leading the Ukrainian Orthodox Church through a historic break with Moscow.

In Kerch, locals fear deadly college attack linked to 'terrorism'

Kerch - Residents of the Crimean city of Kerch, where 20 were killed and some 50 injured in an attack on a technical college, on Friday widely expressed doubts over claims by investigators that the teenage gunman acted alone.

Crimea mourns school massacre victims at tearful funeral

Kerch - Students wept over the coffins of their classmates Friday at the funeral for 20 people killed in a school shooting in Crimea dubbed the "Russian Columbine", the worst massacre of its kind in the region's history.

Monitor suggests arms transferred from Russia to rebel-held east Ukraine

Kiev - An independent watchdog on Thursday told AFP it had seen vehicles carrying weaponry enter rebel-held areas of eastern Ukraine from Russia over the last week, appearing to contradict Moscow's claim it is not arming separatists.

Ukraine votes to hand landmark Kiev church to Constantinople

Kiev - Ukraine's parliament on Thursday voted to hand over a landmark Kiev church to the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate after it agreed to recognise the independence of Ukraine's Orthodox Church.

Tears, confusion as Crimea mourns college shooting

Kerch - A crowd of mostly young people gathered at a makeshift memorial on Thursday outside the college in Crimea's Kerch where a teenage gunman killed at least 20 people a day earlier.
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