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Ukraine News

A year after Kiev protests, Ukraine vanishes in rebel east

Donetsk - The symbols of Ukraine have been hidden somewhere in the school in the country's war-torn east -- but the headmistress will not say exactly where.

Ukrainian pro-Western parties sign coalition deal

Kiev - Pro-Western lawmakers in Ukraine announced Friday the creation of a parliamentary coalition which, for the first time, will be able to pass amendments to the constitution.

Ukraine shelled from Russian territory: Kiev

Kiev - Ukraine's military on Friday accused Russia of shelling its territory for the first time since the signing of a nominal ceasefire in early September.

Biden warns Russia over Ukraine on Maidan anniversary

Kiev - US Vice President Joe Biden told Russia Friday it faced paying an ever-higher price over Ukraine as tensions ratcheted up on the first anniversary of mass protests which unleashed a year of turmoil.

NATO reports 400 intercepts of Russian aircraft in 2014

Tallinn - NATO said Thursday there have been around 400 intercepts of Russian military flights near its member countries this year, amid heightened tension between Moscow and the West over the Ukraine crisis.

Nearly 1,000 killed during Ukraine ceasefire, UN says

Kiev - Almost 1,000 people have been killed in Ukraine since a truce came into effect in September, an average of 13 people a day, the United Nations said Thursday, as the conflict in the east drags on.

International monitors shot at in east Ukraine: OSCE  

Kiev - A convoy of international monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) was shot at by "uniformed personnel" in east Ukraine, the organisation said Thursday.

No regrets for protesters who sparked Ukraine revolution

Kiev - When Igor Romanenko's friend suggested heading to a gathering on Kiev's Independence Square a year ago Friday, he had no idea he was about to witness the birth of a movement that would change his country forever.

Russia urges Ukraine not to join NATO

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday called for Ukraine to stay out of the NATO alliance, insisting that a "non-aligned status" was in the interests of the ex-Soviet country.

Ukraine rebel leader Plotnitsky challenges president to duel

Kiev - A rebel leader in east Ukraine on Wednesday challenged President Petro Poroshenko to a duel, claiming it could bring peace to the war-torn region.

How to identify a Russian tank in Ukraine — By British embassy

Kiev - Britain's embassy in Kiev risked provoking fresh Russian ire Wednesday by posting a diagram on Twitter "to help the Kremlin spot its tanks" in Ukraine."#Putin still denying #Russia's troops & hardware are in #Ukraine.

Ukraine rebels fight boredom of war with tanks and guns

Ilovaysk - Bored of war and dreaming of peace, pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine pass the time firing off weapons as months of conflict drag on with no resolution in sight.

Game on for Ukraine's video games makers despite conflict

Kiev - With empty pizza boxes and coffee cups littering the desks of bearded young programmers, Frogwares looks like any other successful video games company, even though this is not California, but Kiev.

Teachers, doctors struggle on without pay in eastern Ukraine

Donetsk - With Kiev cutting off their salaries and pro-Moscow rebels struggling to set up their statelets, teachers and doctors in eastern Ukraine are left wondering where their next pay cheque will come from.

Grim prognosis for sick and dying in hospital on Ukraine frontline

Donetsk - Facing frequent shelling and desperate conditions, staff and patients at Donetsk's Hospital 21 in eastern Ukraine say they have no choice but to hunker down, stay put and cling to life as best they can.

Ukraine PM calls for talks with Russia on 'neutral territory'

Kiev - Ukraine's prime minister on Tuesday called for fresh talks with Russia on "neutral territory" as deadly fighting rumbled on in the country's east."We invite the Russian Federation to hold serious negotiations on a neutral territory.

Germany sees 'no grounds for optimism' in Ukraine conflict

Moscow - Germany's foreign minister said Tuesday he was not optimistic about an end to the conflict in Ukraine because of a "dangerous" escalation of fighting in the east.

EU sanctions separatists as Ukraine crisis deepens

Brussels - The EU agreed to blacklist more Ukrainian separatists Monday but stopped short of fresh sanctions against Russia, saying there was hope of restarting dialogue with Moscow to end the worst standoff since the Cold War.

Exclusive: Ukraine minister urges EU to send 'clear message' to Russia

Brussels - The EU must speak with one voice to Russia over Ukraine and be ready to send a "clear message" it will impose more sanctions if necessary, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin told AFP in an interview Monday.

Ten Ukrainian soldiers, police killed in east in last 24 hours

Donetsk - Seven Ukrainian soldiers and three police officers were killed in eastern Ukraine in the past 24 hours, security officials in Kiev said Monday.The officers were killed in shelling while out on patrol near Makarove in the Lugansk region.

Russia expels diplomats as EU set for new Ukraine sanctions

Moscow - Russia expelled several Polish diplomats for spying on Monday, deepening the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War as the EU eyed fresh sanctions against Moscow over the violence in Ukraine.

Russia-West tensions soar as Putin quits G20 summit

Moscow - Vladimir Putin's early exit from a G20 summit in Australia after an icy reception from world leaders may further stoke Russia-West tensions and lead to renewed fighting in Ukraine, analysts said.

MH17 wreckage removal starts in east Ukraine

Torez - Workers started winching debris from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on to trucks in eastern Ukraine Sunday, paving the way for its eventual return to the Netherlands four months after it was downed, killing 298 people.

In Donetsk, homeless Ukrainians loathe Kiev government

Donetsk - Despite living in a tiny cellar in Donetsk for more than three months, Sergei is not complaining about the frequent shelling or lack of running water. Instead, he saves his fury for his own country -- Ukraine.

Ukraine cuts off rebel east as fighting rumbles on

Kiev - Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko issued a decree Saturday ordering the withdrawal of all state services from rebel-held eastern regions, a further acknowledgement that the Kremlin-backed statelets are effectively breaking away.

Five civilians including two children die in east Ukraine

Kiev - Five civilians, including two children, and three more Ukrainian soldiers have died in the latest fighting in Ukraine, officials said Saturday.

Young girl among six killed in east Ukraine

Kiev - A five-year-old girl, a mine company worker and four government soldiers were killed Friday during fighting in war-torn east Ukraine, officials said.

New Ukraine offensive 'unlikely' despite build-up fears: experts

Kiev - Fears may be rising in the West that eastern Ukraine could be plunged back into all-out conflict but a new offensive by pro-Russian forces is unlikely any time soon, analysts said Thursday.

Putin to face icy reception at G20 summit

Brisbane - Vladimir Putin faces an icy reception at the G20 summit with Britain's David Cameron telling the Russian leader to stop bullying smaller states and Australia's Tony Abbott accusing him of trying to relive the "lost glories of tsarism".

Trench life at last rebel checkpoint before Donetsk airport

Donetsk - For weeks now, Pavel has spent his nights sleeping in a trench, eating what little he can find and washing himself from a cooking pot.
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Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the US Department of State in Washington, D.C. in March.
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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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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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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 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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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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