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Two children dead, one missing in Ukraine camp fire

Kiev - A fire swept through a children's camp in Ukraine's Black Sea port of Odessa, killing two girls and leaving a third one missing, authorities said Saturday.

Russia jails Crimean Tatar leader

Simferopol - A Crimean Tatar leader was jailed for eight years by Russia on Monday over a rally against Moscow's seizure of the region, in a trial branded a "sham" by rights activists.

Saakashvili vows Ukraine political comeback after return

Kiev - Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili vowed Monday to reclaim his place in Ukrainian politics after he defied the authorities and forced his way back into the conflict-riven country.

Ukraine vows punishments over Saakashvili border breach

Kiev - Ukrainian authorities on Monday vowed to punish those responsible after ex-Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili forced his way back into the country in the latest twist in a feud with President Petro Poroshenko.

Georgia seeks Saakashvili's extradition from Ukraine

Kiev - Tbilisi has asked Kiev to extradite former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, who is locked in a feud with Ukraine's leader, authorities said on Tuesday.

Ukraine to deport ex-Georgian leader's brother amid feud

Kiev - Ukrainian officials moved Saturday to deport the brother of former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, who is locked in a fierce feud with the country's leader Petro Poroshenko.

Ukraine, rebels accuse each other of violating new ceasefire

Kiev - Both Ukrainian military and Kremlin-backed rebels on Friday accused each other of breaking a new truce. established after midnight ahead of the start of the new school year.

US pledges aid for Ukraine's army

Kiev - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday stressed Washington's commitment to helping Ukraine's military, and said sanctions against Russia would remain in place until Moscow reversed its policy on Ukraine.

US pledges to strengthen Ukraine army, Russia sanctions to stay

Kiev - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday the United States was committed to helping Ukraine's military, and sanctions against Russia would remain in place until Moscow stops supporting rebels and returns Crimea.

Ukraine separatists agree fresh ceasefire from Friday

Kiev - Separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine said Wednesday that a fresh ceasefire would come into force on Friday, ahead of the start of the new school year.

Pentagon chief in Kiev as Ukraine seeks battlefield weapons

Kiev - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Ukraine Wednesday for talks on expanding US support for the country's military in its fight with Russian-backed rebels.

Ukraine war traps care home, clinic residents on front line

Stepnoye - Tamara Makarovna spends her afternoons sitting in a dilapidated armchair upstairs in her care home, watching an old TV set and talking to her neighbours.

Ukraine to probe claim it supplied NKorea missile engine

Kiev - Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday ordered an investigation into a report that North Korea procured an engine for its long-range missile from a Ukraine factory.

Kiev says engine type 'used in N.Korea missiles' made for Russia

Kiev - Ukraine's space agency said Tuesday that an engine type reportedly used in North Korean missiles was made at a Ukrainian factory, but solely for use in space rockets supplied to Russia.

Georgian ex-leader vows court battle over Ukraine citizenship

Kiev - Former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili on Tuesday pledged to fight a fierce court battle to reclaim his Ukrainian citizenship after political rival President Petro Poroshenko revoked his passport.

Crimea brought to standstill after Russian power shutdown

Sevastopol - The annexed Crimea peninsula was brought to a standstill for two hours Friday after a shutdown in Russia hit supplies there, officials said, the latest in a series of cuts.

Ukraine strips Georgia's ex-leader Saakashvili of citzenship

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Thursday he has stripped former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili of his Ukrainian citizenship, paving the way for his possible extradition to Georgia.

Ukraine leader slams Russia over arms given to rebels

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday demanded Russia's Vladimir Putin halt arms supplies to rebels as the leaders of France and Germany tried to revive a peace plan.

Russia is responsible for 'hot war' in Ukraine: US envoy

Kiev - The new US special envoy on Ukraine said Sunday that Russia is responsible for the "hot war" in the country's east, after fresh clashes between government forces and Russian-backed rebels.

In rebel-held Ukraine, activists struggle to stem HIV spread

Donetsk - As clashes drag on in east Ukraine between government forces and Russian-backed rebels, health activist Natalia Gurova is fighting another battle of her own.
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