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Ukraine president to end his sweets deal in Russia

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's confectionery company on Friday announced plans to shut down his key asset in Russia, a candy factory, after a barrage of criticism at home for his maintaining business activities on rival ground.

'Three-parent' baby born in Ukraine using new technique

Kiev - A baby boy has been born in Ukraine to an infertile couple after the first ever use of a new technique using the DNA of three parents, the head of a Kiev fertility clinic said Wednesday.

Ukraine files 'terrorism' case against Russia at world court

Den Haag - Ukraine has urged the UN's top court to order Russia to pay damages for attacks on civilians during its bloody conflict with separatist pro-Russia rebels, accusing Moscow of "sponsoring terrorism", officials said Tuesday.

Biden urges unity in face of Russian 'aggression'

Kiev - Outgoing US Vice President Joe Biden on Monday urged the international community to remain united in the face of Russian "aggression", insisting sanctions on Moscow should stay over its actions in Ukraine.

Ukraine army and rebels say new truce in east disrupted

Kiev - Ukrainian government forces and the pro-Russian separatist rebels fighting in eastern Ukraine on Saturday accused each other of disrupting a fragile truce declared late December.

MH17 relatives mull new search in Ukraine for remains

Den Haag - Families of the MH17 plane disaster victims may push for a renewed search of the crash site in eastern Ukraine after the recent discovery of a bone fragment belonging to one of the dead.

Ukraine freeze kills 40 people in two weeks

Kiev - Sub-zero temperatures across Ukraine have claimed 40 lives since late December, officials said Friday as the death toll from the cold snap hitting Europe keeps rising.

OSCE head calls for boost to Ukraine observers

Vienna - The OSCE's observer mission in eastern Ukraine needs to be strengthened by better equipment and the ability to patrol at night, the security body's new rotating chair Austria said on Thursday.

Ukraine's military denies Russian hack attack

Kiev - Ukraine's military on Friday denied reports claiming Russia may have hacked targeting software for its heavy artillery in a breach that could have helped Moscow track and destroy Kiev's big guns.

OSCE says displeased with 'status quo' in Ukraine conflict

Kiev - The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, which has been monitoring the pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine, said Wednesday it was displeased with the "status quo" in the 32-month conflict.

Ukraine slashes gas use as subsidies phased out

Kiev - Ukraine on Monday reported a one-third drop in its use of natural gas and general energy savings that will be cheered by its financial backers from the International Monetary Fund.

Ukraine bans books promoting Russia

Kiev - Ukraine on Friday banned Russian books glorifying the Kremlin and its leaders or espousing what it views as "totalitarian views" in a move certain to further sour relations between the two foes.

Seeking investment, Ukraine calls off its tax police

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday tried to bring in foreign investment and slash corruption by temporarily banning the tax police from conducting unannounced checks on companies' operations.

Ukraine reports first combat death since new truce

Kiev - Ukraine on Thursday reported its first combat death since Kiev agreed a new "indefinite" ceasefire deal with pro-Russian insurgents in the separatist east last week.

OSCE victim of 'major' cyber attack

Vienna - The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, an international election and war monitor, said Wednesday it had become the latest global institution to suffer a "major" cyber attack.

Hero pilot Savchenko launches Ukraine opposition movement

Kiev - A popular Ukrainian female combat pilot who served time in a Russian prison gave President Petro Poroshenko a new headache Tuesday by launching her own opposition movement."This is meant to ...

Ukraine insurgents release two women thanks to Savchenko

Donetsk - Ukraine's pro-Moscow insurgents on Tuesday released two women they had held captive thanks to the intervention of Nadya Savchenko -- a Kiev-born female combat pilot who spent nearly two years in a Russian jail.

Israel postpones Ukraine PM visit after UN vote

Jerusalem - Israel has postponed this week's visit of Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman following a landmark UN Security Council vote demanding a halt to Israeli settlement building, officials said Monday.

Fragile new Ukraine truce holds for third day

Kiev - A new indefinite truce in Ukraine held by a thread for a third day Monday as both pro-Russian insurgents and Kiev reported clashes near a prized railroad hub but no deaths.

Ukraine rebels agree to new indefinite truce

Kiev - A top Ukrainian insurgent said Friday the rebels had agreed to an indefinite ceasefire negotiated by Moscow and Kiev that would go into effect this weekend.

Ukraine monitor warns of 'massive upsurge in violence'

Kiev - A top monitor for the conflict in Ukraine warned Thursday that a "massive upsurge in violence" has pushed fighting between Kiev's forces and pro-Russian rebels to levels not seen in months.

Ukraine pours $500 mn into nationalised bank

Kiev - Ukraine's central bank on Tuesday poured more than half a billion dollars into the country's largest bank after nationalising it in a bid to avert its collapse and a financial meltdown.

NATO urges Russia to prod Ukraine rebels to honour truce

Brussels - NATO on Monday urged Russia to use its clout with insurgents in eastern Ukraine to make a troubled truce stick, as the two sides held talks to defuse the worst tensions since the Cold War.

Ukraine says five troops killed in worst clash in months

Donetsk - Ukraine said five of its troops were killed Sunday by pro-Russian insurgents in the bloodiest clash in the war-scarred ex-Soviet republic in months.

EU, Dutch seal deal to save Ukraine pact, rebuff Russia

Brussels - The EU struck a compromise with the Netherlands on Thursday to save the bloc's historic association pact with Ukraine that was sealed over bitter Russian opposition but then rejected by Dutch voters.

NATO to hold talks with Russia Monday: Stoltenberg

Brussels - NATO will hold a fresh round of formal talks with Russia on Monday to discuss European security and the Ukraine conflict, alliance head Jens Stoltenberg said.

Kiev to free 15 east Ukraine prisoners in 'goodwill gesture'

Kiev - Kiev said Thursday it would unilaterally release 15 prisoners captured in war-torn eastern Ukraine in a bid to encourage a prisoner swap with pro-Russian rebels. "Ukraine is handing over 15 people on a list of 228 people...

Crimea treasures must be returned to Ukraine: Dutch court

Den Haag - A Dutch court ruled Wednesday that priceless Crimean art treasures loaned to an Amsterdam museum shortly before Russia annexed the peninsula in 2014 should go back to Ukraine.

Merkel, Hollande back extended Russia sanctions over Ukraine

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday they favour extending EU sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine conflict, ahead of a Brussels summit where the issue will be discussed.

Ukrainian schoolchildren learn to the echoes of shelling

- Two long bells mean children must pack their blankets and clothing and run into a bomb shelter at this dilapidated school on the frontline of Ukraine's smouldering war.
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Anti-government protesters whose tents were burning, throw missiles during clashes with riot police at the Independence Square in Kiev January 18, 2014
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A man takes pictures as anti-government protesters and journalists walk on the grounds of the Mezhyhirya residence of Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich in the village Novi Petrivtsi, outside Kiev February 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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Evgeny and Svetlana live in Ukraine. They have 11 children, nine are adopted and seven of these adopted children are HIV-positive.
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Pro-Russia separatists control the streets of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine in photo from June.
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Anti-government protesters clashed with riot police at the Independence Square in Kiev January 18, 2014
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An anti-government protester prepares to throw a petrol bomb during clashes with riot police at Independence Square in Kiev February 18, 2014
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Mustang Wanted - a daredevil from Kiev, Ukraine.
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Sign of city of Debaltsevo.
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Anti-government protesters and journalists walk on the grounds of the Mezhyhirya residence of Ukrain...
Anti-government protesters and journalists walk on the grounds of the Mezhyhirya residence of Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich in the village Novi Petrivtsi outside Kiev February 22, 2014
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Ukrainian troops guarding a road in Donbass, eastern Ukraine.
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An Ukrainian border guard passes by the wreckage of a rocket as he walks to a barracks following the overnight attack of the frontier guard station in Milove, Lugansk region, on August 8, 2014
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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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(TV screen shot) Balotelli (Italy) getting ready for a free kick against Spain, final game of EURO 2012, Kiev, Ukraine.
Volodymyr Litvyn shielded by umbrellas in the Ukraine parliament as eggs are hurled at him
Volodymyr Litvyn shielded by umbrellas in the Ukraine parliament as eggs are hurled at him
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Two of Nikolas Tolmachev's prize-winning pieces, on display at the 2013 UART finale in Paris, France.
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Ukranian riot police take cover behind their shields during clashes with anti-government protesters near Independence Square in Kiev February 18, 2014
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