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Ukraine News

EU keeps Russia sanctions as clashes resume in Ukraine

Brussels - The European Union on Tuesday decided to keep in place biting economic sanctions on Russia over its alleged backing of pro-Kremlin insurgents who have largely ignored a four-week Ukrainian truce.

Ukraine truce in tatters as election season kicks off

Kiev - Ukraine's tenuous truce and troop withdrawal deal lay in tatters on Tuesday after the deadliest wave of attacks by pro-Russian insurgents in more than a month killed nine government soldiers.

Back to school in Donetsk to sound of mortar fire

Donetsk - Students returning for the new school year in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday will get real-life conflict lessons as they take their seats in battle-scarred classrooms.

Thirteen killed in Ukraine fighting

Kiev - Thirteen soldiers and civilians have died in Ukraine, officials said Monday, in the deadliest surge of violence since the government and pro-Russian insurgents struck a shaky truce in their five-month conflict.

Ukrainian nationalists topple massive Lenin in Kharkiv

Kharkiv - Pro-Ukrainian protesters in eastern Ukraine's city Kharkiv on Sunday toppled a giant Lenin statue seen as a symbol of Soviet legacy and Moscow's control. The 8.

Echoes of the past at Ukraine's rebel-held WWII monument

Snizhne - The Savur-Mohyla memorial in east Ukraine, commemorating thousands of Russian and German soldiers who perished in World War II, stood for decades as testament to the strategic hill's bloodstained history.

Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels eye troop pullback

Kiev - Ukraine waited Sunday to see if a Russian-backed truce lasted through the day before starting to withdraw forces from a frontline against pro-Moscow separatist rebels stretching across the war-torn east.

Ukraine backs off from EU-backed Russia gas deal

Kiev - War-torn Ukraine has distanced itself from an EU-brokered agreement with Russia that would have restored its gas supplies during winter and helped rebuild trust between the neighbouring foes.

Ukraine backs off from EU-backed Russia gas deal

Kiev - War-torn Ukraine on Saturday distanced itself from an EU-brokered agreement with Russia that would have restored its gas supplies during winter and helped rebuild trust between the neighbouring foes.

Ukraine's border to Russia wide open in rebel-held zone

- Ukraine's president may have ordered the closure of his nation's border with Russia but, when asked about it, the rebel commander of this crossing point just smiles and points to the snaking queue of cars traversing the international line.

Ukraine leader sees end to war, eyes EU membership by 2020

Kiev - President Petro Poroshenko has proclaimed an end to the "most dangerous" part of Ukraine's pro-Russian uprising and the start of a post-war recovery that would lead to an EU membership bid in 2020.

G7 leaders warn Russia of more sanctions

New York - Leaders of the world's most developed economies Thursday warned Russia of more sanctions unless all fighting stops in Ukraine and vowed to stand by the war-torn country as winter approaches.

Ukraine's Maidan movement wins Lech Walesa freedom prize

Warsaw - The Lech Walesa foundation on Thursday awarded its annual freedom prize to the Euromaidan protest movement that helped topple Ukraine's pro-Moscow government earlier this year.

Ukraine leader sees end to war, eyes EU membership by 2020

Kiev - President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday proclaimed an end to the "most dangerous" part of Ukraine's pro-Russian uprising and the start of a post-war recovery that would lead to an EU membership bid in 2020.

Ukraine to shut Russia border, seek EU membership

Kiev - President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday ordered a temporary closure of Ukraine's porous border with Russia and voiced plans to apply for EU membership in 2020 as part of his ex-Soviet country's Westward shift.

Obama will lift sanctions if Russia 'changes course' on Ukraine

New York - US President Barack Obama slammed Russia's "aggression" in Ukraine but offered to lift sanctions against Moscow if it threw its weight behind an unraveling peace deal with Kiev.

Ukraine PM asks West to keep sanctions on Russia

New York - Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk called on the West not to ease sanctions on Russia, in his address to the UN General Assembly. "We ask our partners not to lift sanctions until Ukraine takes control of its entire territory," Yatsenyuk said.

Op-Ed: Will Russia be next ISIS target?

New York - Despite being proposed by President Barack Obama, Russia supported a Security Council resolution condemning the Islamic jihadist group ISIS.

Obama offers to lift sanctions if Russia 'changes course' on Ukraine

New York - US President Barack Obama on Wednesday slammed Russia's "aggression" in Ukraine but offered to lift sanctions against Moscow if it threw its weight behind an unravelling peace deal with Kiev.

Op-Ed: Russia’s first line vegetable gardens, Internet firewall

Russian President Vladimir Putin is counting on the 40 percent of food produced by “dacha gardens” to fend off food sanctions. Yes, Russia claims 40 percent of its food and animals from such gardens.

Ukraine conflict death toll soars past 3,000: UN

Geneva - The death toll in Ukraine's conflict has soared past 3,000, likely by a significant margin, top UN human rights official Ivan Simonovic said Tuesday.

Ukraine rebels plan votes in blow to Poroshenko truce

Donetsk - Pro-Russian rebels defiantly announced Tuesday they will stage their own elections in just six weeks, raising the stakes in a standoff with Kiev despite both sides moving to end five months of deadly fighting.

Living on Ukraine frontline, trying to make sense of war

Mariupol - From the balcony of his apartment in Mariupol, a strategic city in the conflict between the Ukraine army and pro-Russian separatists, Piotr Galanji can see the frontline.

Russia agrees to separate warring factions in Ukraine

Minsk - Russian Federation negotiators have agreed to a deal to keep Ukraine's armed forces from attacking anti-government separatists believed to be supported by Moscow.

Ukraine troops prepare pullback as truce holds

Kiev - The Ukrainian military said Monday it was preparing to pull back its guns from the frontline in the separatist east as a fragile truce with pro-Russian insurgents appeared to be taking hold.

Moscow marchers condemn Kremlin role in Ukraine war

Moscow - Thousands of Russians on Sunday marched through Moscow to protest against the Kremlin's involvement in the Ukraine crisis, in the country's first major anti-war rally since fighting erupted in April.

Poroshenko warns Ukraine will defend itself if truce fails

Kiev - President Petro Poroshenko warned Sunday that Ukraine must be ready to defend itself should a peace plan aimed at ending a five-month war with pro-Russian insurgents fall through.

Op-Ed: Putin replaces ISIS and Ebola as public enemy No. 1

Moscow - Even as there were growing signs of peace in the Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is on the war path as far afield as the Bering Straits and Sweden/Finland.

NATO cautiously welcomes Ukraine buffer zone deal

Kiev - NATO's top military commander expressed cautious optimism Saturday that a tenuous Ukrainian ceasefire whose details were thrashed out in marathon overnight negotiations would help end a bloody pro-Kremlin uprising that has inflamed East-West ties.

NATO says Russian forces 'still inside Ukraine'

Vilnius - NATO's top military commander on Saturday said Russian forces were still operating in Ukraine and that a ceasefire was not working, but he expressed hope a new peace plan could bring progress.
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A pro-Russian militant stands guard outside the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, on May 15, 2014
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A protester at Euromaidan
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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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Screengrab: Ukrainian reporter harassed by Dutch fans at Euro2012
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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 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 pro-Russia rebel walks past shrapnel at a seperatist checkpoint in Dyakovsky, Ukraine, on July 2, 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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Guards from Ukraine's Berkut security force guard a checkpoint at the entrance to the Crimea Peninsula in March.
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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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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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