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Ukraine's new president visits troubled Mariupol

Mariupol - New Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday made his first official visit to the major trading port city of Mariupol, where he observed joint military exercises in the Sea of Azov.

Investigators to unveil new MH17 findings next week

Den Haag - International investigators probing the downing of flight MH17 said Friday they will reveal fresh findings next week, nearly five years after the Malaysia Airlines plane was shot over Ukraine.

'I'm no hero' says Chernobyl diver portrayed in hit TV series

Kiev - In the acclaimed US mini-series "Chernobyl", Oleksiy Ananenko is hailed as one of three men who helped avert an even greater disaster after the worst nuclear accident in history.

Olympic wrestler enters ring for Ukraine's Zelensky

Kiev - Ukraine's new president Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday named candidates including an Olympic wrestler with Rwandan roots to represent his party in snap parliamentary elections next month.

Putin says acting talent may not help Ukraine's new leader

Sanktpeterburg - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Ukraine's new leader Volodymyr Zelensky may be a talented actor but his former television role as a fictional president does not automatically give him the skills to be a real one.

Chernobyl TV series reaps praise, criticism in Russia

Moscow - A US-made television series on the Chernobyl nuclear disaster was well-received by Russian audiences, even if some critics accused the makers of distorting the facts to show the Soviet-era authorities in a particularly bad light.

Ukraine's new leader asks Europe to pressure Russia to end war

Apo - Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed to press Europe to step up pressure on Russia to end the war in his country's east, as he arrived in Brussels on Tuesday for his first foreign trip as leader.

Ukraine cops arrested over drunken shooting of 5-year-old boy

Kiev - Ukraine on Tuesday arrested two policemen on suspicion of shooting dead a five-year-old boy while drunk in a case that has sparked outrage over lingering corruption and impunity in the force.

Germany urges resumption of Ukraine peace talks

Kiev - German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called Thursday for the resumption of stalled Ukraine peace talks, after a meeting with French colleague Jean-Yves Le Drian and new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev.

Ukrainian parliament rejects PM's resignation

Kiev - Ukraine's parliament Thursday rejected the prime minister's resignation, despite new president Volodymyr Zelensky urging the government to quit their posts ahead of a snap election.

Former Georgian president gets back Ukrainian citizenship

Kiev - Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday restored the Ukrainian citizenship of former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili, less than two years after he was stripped of it and expelled.

Ukraine's Zelensky visits rebel front line

Kiev - Just a week after taking office, Ukraine's new president Volodymyr Zelensky made his first visit Monday to the front line of fighting against Russian-backed rebels in the east of the country, his press office said.

Hundreds of prisoners start fires, wound staff in Ukraine riot

Odessa - A major riot involving 500 prisoners broke out at a penitentiary in the Ukrainian city of Odessa on Monday with the inmates setting fire to buildings and wounding seven staff members, officials said.

Global tribunal tells Moscow to free Ukrainian sailors 'immediately'

Berlin - An international tribunal on Saturday urged Russia to release "immediately" 24 Ukrainian sailors seized last November off the Crimea peninsula.

Global court to rule on Russia's detention of Ukrainian sailors

Berlin - An international tribunal is due to rule Saturday on a dispute over Russia's holding 24 Ukrainian sailors and three naval vessels seized off the Crimea peninsula late last year.

Campaigning kicks off for Ukraine early parliamentary polls

Kiev - Campaigning for Ukraine's snap parliamentary polls began Friday as comedian-turned-president Volodymyr Zelensky seeks to cement his grip on power.

Campaigning kicks off for Ukraine early parliamentary polls

Kiev - Campaigning for Ukraine's snap parliamentary polls began Friday as comedian-turned-president Volodymyr Zelensky seeks to cement his power.

Ukraine's Zelensky says first days of presidency 'a shock'

Kiev - Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian with no previous political experience, on Thursday said his first days in office have been "a bit of a shock".

Ukraine's Zelensky says first days of presidency 'a bit' shocking

Kiev - Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Thursday that his first few days since assuming office have been "a bit of a shock", pointing to the challenges at hand.

Ukraine's Zelensky under fire over top appointments

Kiev - Ukraine's new president Volodymyr Zelensky came under fire Wednesday, just days after taking office, over key hiring decisions including appointing a chief of staff with links to a controversial oligarch.

Ukraine's Zelensky under fire over top appointment

Kiev - Ukraine's new president Volodymyr Zelensky came under fire Wednesday, just days after taking office, for appointing a chief of staff with links to a controversial oligarch.

Ukraine's Zelensky calls snap parliamentary polls for July 21

Kiev - New Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday called early parliamentary elections for July 21, a controversial move aimed at replacing lawmakers who he says no longer enjoy public support.

UN Security Council rejects Russian bid to hold Ukraine meeting

New York - European countries backed by the United States on Monday blocked a Russian request to hold a UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine's new language law.

Ukraine's new president Zelensky calls snap elections

Kiev - Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelensky called snap parliamentary polls in his inaugural speech Monday and said his top priority is ending the war with Russia-backed separatists in the country's east.

Ukraine to inaugurate comedian Zelensky as president

Kiev - Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky steps into his new role as Ukrainian president with his inauguration on Monday, launching a new era for the country wracked by war and economic difficulties.

Council of Europe bid to reconcile with Russia angers Kiev

Apo - Council of Europe ministers meeting in Helsinki on Friday issued a joint declaration appeasing Russia amid a long-running conflict which was swiftly denounced by Ukraine as an "embarrassment".

Ukraine's new president caught in US political crossfire

Kiev - Ukraine's incoming president has been caught up in a drama that could influence the course of the US 2020 presidential election, risking tensions with a crucial ally at a time of crisis with Russia.

Tensions rise over Ukraine's new independent church

Kiev - Ukrainian clerical infighting broke out into the open Wednesday in a development that analysts say may threaten the future of Ukraine's new unified Orthodox Church -- to Moscow's delight.

Tensions rise over Ukraine's new independent church

Kiev - Bitter divisions among Ukraine's religious leaders were laid bare Wednesday when honorary Patriarch Filaret accused the young head of the newly created united church of governing single-handedly despite earlier agreements.

Fifth anniversary of Ukrainian director's Russian detention marked

Kiev - A protest in Ukraine's capital Kiev on Friday marked the fifth anniversary of the arrest of Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov by Russian authorities.
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Car rally in solidarity with protests in Ukraine.
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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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An event to protest the ongoing genocide in both Ukraine and Palestine was held on the beachfront in Fuengirola, Spain on July 22, 2014.
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Ukrainian ad for police uniforms stars famous celebs.
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Dogs are awarded points by a referee for how aggressive its attack is, said FOUR PAWS.
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NIGHT VIEW: Photo shows Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine's capital, at night in 2011.
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A pro-Russia rebel walks past shrapnel at a seperatist checkpoint in Dyakovsky, Ukraine, on July 2, 2014
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A man videos a shell crater in Donetsk, on July 29, 2014
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U.S. Information Service photo of Ukrainian pilot held hostage by Russia
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Ukrainian troops guarding a road in Donbass  eastern Ukraine.
Ukrainian troops guarding a road in Donbass, eastern Ukraine.
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Workers must wear plastic suits and respirators for protection inside Reactor #4, where radiation levels remain so high shifts are limited to only 15 minutes per day.
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A Pro-Russian militant kisses members of his family leaving for Russia on July 16, 2014 in Donetsk
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A firefighter stands as flames burst amongst the wreckage of the Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 17, 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.
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.
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Ukraine is often referred to as the 'break basket of Europe" ©dobrych
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Police guard the Ukrainian parliament during a closed session in Kiev on July 31  2014
Police guard the Ukrainian parliament during a closed session in Kiev on July 31, 2014
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Ukrainian ad for police uniforms stars famous celebs.
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