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Ukraine workers skirt lockdowns to rescue European farms

Kiev - In an almost empty terminal at Boryspil airport in Kiev, Yuriy was waiting in a busy line of 200 seasonal workers to check in for a lone flight to Finland.

'Impossible to bear': Ukraine zoo struggles to survive in lockdown

Kiev - Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak in Ukraine, animals in Mykhailo Pinchuk's cash-strapped zoo have had to make do with leaner diets. High-quality beef has been partially replaced by other meats, and broccoli swapped for cheaper cabbage.

Ex Georgian leader appointed reform aide in Ukraine

Kiev - Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili on Thursday was appointed to a Ukrainian advisory body on reforms, in a move that marks his comeback to the ex-Soviet country's politics.

French foreign legionnaires slain in Mali honoured in deserted Paris

Paris - The coffins of two members of France's fabled foreign legion killed in its anti-jihadist operations in west Africa were on Thursday given a guard of honour in a Paris, a city otherwise deserted by the coronavirus lockdown.

Ukraine scientists navigate lockdown to reach Antarctica

Kiev - Yuriy Otruba was preparing for his sixth scientific expedition to Antarctica when the coronavirus pandemic hit, shutting borders, grounding flights and locking down countries he needed to travel through.

Ukraine TV series raises hopes of struggling teens

Kiev - Katya was shunned by her mother and bullied by classmates in her industrial Ukrainian hometown after she told them, aged 13, that she was a lesbian.

Flamboyant ex Georgia leader eyes Ukraine political comeback

Kiev - Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili said Friday he wants to help steer Ukraine through an economic crisis as new deputy prime minister but his plans sparked controversy both in Kiev and his native Georgia.

For one Ukrainian startup, coronavirus means business is booming

Kiev - The headquarters of Dmytro Voloshyn's startup in the historic centre of Kiev is eerily quiet. But online, his business is busier than ever.

Orthodox Easter services hit by virus as many stay home

Moscow - More than 260 million Orthodox Christians celebrated Easter Sunday, with church leaders urging worshippers to stay at home to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus.

Ukrainian priests make visors for anti-virus fight

Kiev - A bearded Orthodox priest carefully assembles a plastic visor as he works with a group of volunteers to provide Ukrainian medics with much-needed personal protective equipment.

Ukraine swaps prisoners with rebels ahead of Orthodox Easter

Kiev - Ukraine's government on Thursday swapped prisoners with Russia-backed separatists in the war-torn east of the country, ahead of Orthodox Easter celebrations.

Kiev says 'no open fire' in forests of Chernobyl nuclear zone

Kiev - Ukraine said Tuesday only small isolated fires remain at the scene of a blaze that erupted 10 days ago in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, scene of the world's worst nuclear accident in 1986.

Kiev says huge forest fire 'no threat' to Chernobyl nuclear zone

Kiev - Hundreds of firefighters on Monday battled a forest blaze in Ukraine's Chernobyl exclusion zone while officials insisted there was no risk to the ruined reactor and nearby storage facilities for nuclear waste.

Coronavirus delays analysis of downed Ukraine jet black boxes

Montr - Ottawa and other countries asked Tehran to delay downloading data on the black boxes from a downed Ukrainian international flight, because of coronavirus travel restrictions, Canada said Sunday.

French ski resort a slippery slope to virus for Ukraine MPs: report

Kiev - Several Ukrainian political figures who holidayed at a French ski resort have caught the coronavirus, and passed it on to others, a magazine reported Friday.

Ukraine parliament adopts 'historic' land reform bill

Kiev - Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday lifted a long-standing ban on the sale of farmland, a crucial and controversial piece of legislation needed to unlock support from the International Monetary Fund.

Ukraine struggles to debunk fake virus news

Kiev - The water service in Odessa, a port city in southern Ukraine, was suddenly overrun this week with calls from worried residents with a peculiar concern.

Ukraine gets masks, virus tests from China

Kiev - A Ukrainian military plane carrying masks, tests and ventilators to fight the spread of the coronavirus has arrived in Kiev from China, the presidency announced Monday.

'We're in panic': travellers stranded for days as Polish-German border shuts

Briesen - With blank stares or catching a few winks of sleep curled up on uncomfortable chairs, dozens of people have been stranded for four days on a bus locked in gigantic tailbacks at the Polish-German border due to virus restrictions.

Iran agrees to hand over downed jet's black boxes to Ukraine

Montr - Iran pledged Wednesday at a meeting of UN civil aviation agency to hand over black boxes from downed Flight 752 to Ukraine or France for analysis -- a move welcomed by Canada and Ukraine.

Russian meddling casts 'dark shadow' over MH17 trial: prosecutors

Badhoevedorp - Dutch prosecutors accused Russia on Tuesday of interfering with the probe into the downing of flight MH17 and casting a "dark shadow" over the trial of four suspects in the disaster.

Victims' names read out in sombre start to MH17 trial

Amsterdam - Bereaved family members listened silently with bowed heads as the names of all 298 victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 were read out on Monday at the start of the trial of four men accused of downing the plane.

Dutch MH17 trial to start without suspects

Amsterdam - The trial of four men accused of murder over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in 2014 opens in the Netherlands on Monday, even though the suspects are still at large.

Therapy dogs bring respite to Ukraine war veterans

Kiev - Ricky, a larger than life golden retriever, wags his tail as he nestles his head on Vasyl's lap. But still the war veteran looks tense.

Dutch trial seeks justice for MH17 families

Den Haag - The Netherlands will put four people on trial next week over the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014, giving families hope of justice even if the suspects are not in the dock.

Ukraine MPs approve new premier after tape scandal

Kiev - Ukraine's parliament approved Denys Shmygal as the new prime minister on Wednesday after his predecessor resigned following a leak of a recording where he criticised President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Canada urges Iran to give access to downed airliner's black boxes

Kiev - Iran must give access to the black boxes from a Ukrainian airliner shot down by an Iranian missile in early January, Canada's foreign minister said on Wednesday."We do expect and we demand...

Ukraine destroys 37,000 bottles of adulterated vodka

Kiev - Ukrainian authorities began the task of destroying 37,000 bottles of illicit adulterated vodka on Wednesday, a national "record" in a country where consumption of illegal alcohol regularly poisons and even kills.

COVID-19 update — Iran reports two more deaths and 13 new cases

World health officials said Friday the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Iran, where health officials confirmed 18 new cases and four deaths in just two days, is “very worrisome.”

Ukraine protesters clash with police over China virus evacuees

Kharkiv - Dozens of people clashed with police Thursday outside a hospital in central Ukraine over government plans to quarantine evacuees from coronavirus-hit China in the facility.
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An event to protest the ongoing genocide in both Ukraine and Palestine was held on the beachfront in...
An event to protest the ongoing genocide in both Ukraine and Palestine was held on the beachfront in Fuengirola, Spain on July 22, 2014.
An event to protest the ongoing genocide in both Ukraine and Palestine was held on the beachfront in...
An event to protest the ongoing genocide in both Ukraine and Palestine was held on the beachfront in Fuengirola, Spain on July 22, 2014.
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
An event to protest the ongoing genocide in both Ukraine and Palestine was held on the beachfront in...
An event to protest the ongoing genocide in both Ukraine and Palestine was held on the beachfront in Fuengirola, Spain on July 22, 2014.
Pope Francis releases two white doves in a prayer for peace in Ukraine  which are instantly attacked...
Pope Francis releases two white doves in a prayer for peace in Ukraine, which are instantly attacked by a seagull and crow.
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Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
Refugees wait in front of a hostel building ran by pro-Russian rebels in the center of Donetsk  on A...
Refugees wait in front of a hostel building ran by pro-Russian rebels in the center of Donetsk, on August 4, 2014
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(TV screen shot) Balotelli (Italy) getting ready for a free kick against Spain  final game of EURO 2...
(TV screen shot) Balotelli (Italy) getting ready for a free kick against Spain, final game of EURO 2012, Kiev, Ukraine.
A man videos a shell crater in Donetsk  on July 29  2014
A man videos a shell crater in Donetsk, on July 29, 2014
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Over 100,000 Ukrainians protested the government's decision to suspend negotiations with the EU on November 24th in the capital, Kiev.
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Ukraine Crisis Discussion at @america  on March 13  2014.
Ukraine Crisis Discussion at @america, on March 13, 2014.
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Pro-Russia separatists control the streets of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine in photo from June.
Pro-Russia separatists control the streets of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine in photo from June.
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Euro 2012 will be held in Poland and Ukraine
Euro 2012 will be held in Poland and Ukraine
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(TV screen shot) The Spanish after the final game of EURO 2012  Kiev  Ukraine.
(TV screen shot) The Spanish after the final game of EURO 2012, Kiev, Ukraine.
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This chained bear is jerked and controlled by three men. They pull on the chain to prevent the bear from injuring the dogs.
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Car rally in solidarity with protests in Ukraine.
Car rally in solidarity with protests in Ukraine.
More than 9 000 people have been killed since a Moscow-backed insurgency erupted in eastern Ukraine ...
More than 9,000 people have been killed since a Moscow-backed insurgency erupted in eastern Ukraine in April 2014
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Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
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A NATO Hungarian Army T-72 tank similar to the 100 reported to be on the way to Sudan.
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