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New NATO supreme commander vows tough line on Russia

Belgique - NATO's new supreme commander US General Curtis Scaparrotti said on Wednesday that he would "strengthen" the alliance's stance in eastern Europe against a resurgent Russia.

Ukraine's tense Odessa marks two years since clashes killed 48

Odessa - Ukrainian police in the tense southern city of Odessa on Monday discovered grenades near the site of commemorations marking two years since clashes between Moscow and Kiev supporters killed 48.

Germany says to host fresh Ukraine talks

Berlin - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier Saturday said he had invited his Russian, Ukrainian and French counterparts to talks in Berlin on May 11 intended to smooth differences between Moscow and Kiev.

Two Ukrainian soldiers killed in rebel east despite truce

Kiev - Two Ukrainian soldiers were killed in fresh fighting between government forces and pro-Russian rebels in the east even as a new truce took effect, Kiev said Saturday.

Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels agree Orthodox Easter truce

Kiev - Ukraine's government on Friday agreed a new truce with pro-Russian insurgents to take effect on Orthodox Easter this weekend, reinforcing a deal signed more than a year ago.

Ukraine at UN seeks to shore up ceasefire

New York - Ukraine told the UN Security Council on Thursday that a fragile ceasefire must be strengthened before progress can be achieved in political talks on solving the two-year conflict in the country's east.

Ukraine ceasefire violations 'highest in months': OSCE

Vienna - Ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine have reached their highest level in months, with violence again reaching "worrying levels," the chief OSCE monitor said Thursday.

Pregnant woman among four killed in east Ukraine

Ukraine - Four civilians including a pregnant woman were killed and eight others wounded early Wednesday when their cars came under mortar fire in war-torn eastern Ukraine, rebel officials said.

Ukraine strips top political talk show host of work permit

Kiev - Ukraine's most prominent political talk show host was stripped of his work permit on Tuesday in what he described as a politically-charged case.

Thirty years on, Ukraine mourns victims of Chernobyl

Chernobyl - Ukrainians held candlelit vigils Tuesday to mark 30 years since the world's worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl spewed radiation across Europe and left several thousand people dead or dying.

Donors pledge cash to keep Chernobyl safe 30 years after disaster

Kiev - Global donors on Monday pledged additional money to help Ukraine keep Chernobyl safe for generations after causing the world's worst nuclear power disaster 30 years ago.The 87.

Pilot jailed in Russia may return 'in weeks': Ukraine leader

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Sunday he hoped to see a Kiev-born pilot who received a 14-year jail sentence in Russia return home as part of a prisoner swap "in a few weeks".

Three Ukrainian troops killed in new upsurge of fighting: Kiev

Kiev - Three Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and six injured in a fresh upsurge of fighting between pro-Russian rebels and government forces in the country's separatist east, the Kiev military said on Sunday.

EU proposes visa-free travel for Ukrainians

Brussels - The EU on Wednesday proposed offering visa-free travel in Europe to Ukrainians, delivering on a key pledge to the pro-Western government in Kiev.

Ukraine warns it may take 'years' to end separatist war

Kiev - Ukraine's defence minister warned Wednesday it may take years to settle the ex-Soviet republic's pro-Russian separatist conflict that has killed nearly 9,200 people and plunged Moscow's relations with the West to a post-Cold War low.

Lessons of Chernobyl disaster, 30 years on

Vienna - Ukraine next week marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, when human error and flawed Soviet reactor technology led to the world's worst nuclear accident.

Lessons of Chernobyl disaster, 30 years on

Vienna - Ukraine will next week mark the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, when human error and flawed Soviet reactor technology led to the world's worst nuclear accident.

NATO-Russia talks end in 'profound disagreements'

Brussels - NATO and Russia ran up against "profound disagreements" over Ukraine and other issues as their ambassadors met on Wednesday for the first time since 2014, alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said.

Dutch govt narrowly beats call to scrap EU-Kiev deal

Den Haag - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's ruling coalition Tuesday narrowly defeated a motion calling for the country to immediately pull out of an EU-Ukraine deal rejected by voters in a referendum this month.

MH17 families mulling lawsuit against Malaysia Airlines

Den Haag - Dozens of families of those killed when a missile shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine two years ago are considering suing the carrier for compensation, their lawyer told AFP Tuesday.

Russia opens 'extremism' probe into U.S.-funded Crimea news site

Simferopol - Russian security forces in annexed Crimea on Tuesday opened a criminal probe into a US-funded news site for allegedly condoning extremism, searching three journalists' homes and hauling them in for questioning. The Krym.

Ukraine president says jailed pilot to halt hunger strike

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Tuesday that jailed pilot Nadiya Savchenko had agreed to end her hunger strike in a Russian jail, as Kiev tries to hammer out a prisoner swap deal with Moscow.

Chernobyl zone turns into testbed for Nature's rebound

Chernobyl - What happens when the site of the world's worst nuclear accident is left all but abandoned for nearly 30 years?

Putin, Poroshenko discuss jailed Ukrainian pilot, Russians held in Ukraine: Kremlin

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko on Monday discussed the fate of a hunger-striking Ukrainian pilot jailed in Russia and two Russians captured and tried in Ukraine, the Kremlin said.

Ukraine court jails alleged Russian soldiers, paving way for swap

Kiev - A Ukrainian court on Monday sentenced two alleged Russian soldiers to 14 years in prison for fighting in the rebel east, in a ruling that could prelude a swap for pilot Nadiya Savchenko jailed by Russia.

Defying radiation, elderly residents cling on in Chernobyl

Chernobyl - Defying radioactive contamination and a government evacuation order, Yevgeny Markevich returned to his beloved Chernobyl shortly after it suffered the world's worst nuclear accident 30 years ago this week.

30 years on, Chernobyl worker remembers disaster aftermath

Ukraine - Igor Magala can still remember the metallic taste he got in his mouth as he drove up to the Chernobyl nuclear power station on the morning of April 26, 1986.

Ukraine prepares to mark 30 years since Chernobyl shook the world

Kiev - Ukraine is preparing to mark 30 years since the Chernobyl disaster, the world's worst nuclear accident whose death toll remains a mystery and which continues to jeopardise the local population's health.

Russia to tell NATO Baltic buildup 'absolutely unjustified'

Brussels - Russia will use rare talks with NATO next week to protest the alliance's "absolutely unjustified" military buildup in the Baltic states, Moscow's ambassador to Brussels said Friday, adding the alliance was using the Ukraine crisis as a pretext.

Groysman: Poroshenko protege and Ukraine's crisis PM

Kiev - Volodymr Groysman has catapulted from being a small city mayor to Ukraine's premier over a remarkable two-year span during which he stuck close by President Petro Poroshenko's side.
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The International Space Station is seen in 2008 in a photo taken from the shuttle Discovery.
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Ukrainian ad for police uniforms stars famous celebs.
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A memorial in Chernobyl, Ukraine.
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Klezhokics of Poland on a festival stage in Lvov, an ancient W. Ukrainian city populated traditionally by different nations settled on this European road-crossing.
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Svoboda in western Ukrainian city of Lviv wearing uniforms of the former Ukrainian Insurgent Army
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Lorries with a Russian humanitarian convoy approach a checkpoint at the Ukrainian border some 30 km outside the town of Kamensk-Shakhtinsky in the Rostov region, on August 17, 2014
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Dogs are awarded points by a referee for how aggressive its attack is, said FOUR PAWS.
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A Pro-Russian militant kisses members of his family leaving for Russia on July 16  2014 in Donetsk
A Pro-Russian militant kisses members of his family leaving for Russia on July 16, 2014 in Donetsk
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Refugees from southeastern Ukraine wait after arriving at a refugee camp in the Russian border city of Donetsk near Rostov on Don, on August 6, 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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TV screen shot after the game Greece and Russia (1-0) as part of 2012 EURO Football Tournament in Warsaw, Poland.
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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Anti-government protesters clashed with riot police at the Independence Square in Kiev January 18, 2014
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U.S. Information Service photo of Ukrainian pilot held hostage by Russia
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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.
A pro-Russian militant stands guard outside the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk  on May 15  2014
A pro-Russian militant stands guard outside the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, on May 15, 2014
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The new 10 000 meter bear sanctuary will house Nastia  her mother Masha  and other rescued Ukrainian...
The new 10,000 meter bear sanctuary will house Nastia, her mother Masha, and other rescued Ukrainian bears.
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As you can see the passenger compartment escaped severe damage but the front of the car got crushed.
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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.