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Ukraine's NATO hopes still a long way off

Kiev - For the first time, a majority of Ukrainians support the idea of joining NATO and the president this week spoke of putting the idea to a popular vote, but experts say it still remains a distant dream.

Rebels urge UN to send peacekeepers into east Ukraine

Kiev - Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine called on Tuesday for an emergency UN Security Council session that could authorise sending international peacekeepers into the war zone.

France delays warship delivery to Russia 'until further notice'

Paris - France on Tuesday pushed back "until further notice" the delivery of a controversial warship to Russia because of the Ukraine crisis, sparking a measured initial response from Moscow.

France halts warship delivery to Russia 'until further notice'

Paris - French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday delayed the controversial delivery of a high-tech warship to Russia "until further notice" over the Ukraine crisis.

Conditions not right to deliver warship to Russia: France

Paris - France's foreign minister Tuesday said the conditions were not right to deliver a high-tech warship to Russia given the Ukraine crisis, as pressure from Moscow grows to hand over the vessel.

The fear and the chaos of a missile attack in east Ukraine

Donetsk - There was a blinding flash, then complete darkness and thick clouds of dust. A missile had just hit Ivan Balabanov's house in rebel-held east Ukraine. Stunned, Ivan groped around in the pitch black to find his flashlight.

Teenage cadets swear allegiance to Ukraine rebel state

Donetsk - Not long ago, the cadets at the military academy in east Ukraine's industrial hub of Donetsk swore allegiance to the Ukrainian flag.

Op-Ed: Russian military commander brags of role in Ukraine

Moscow - A Russian mercenary soldier long suspected of involvement in the Ukrainian rebellion now boasts of his role in an interview.

Russia regime change West's real aim in Ukraine row: Lavrov

Kiev - Russia on Saturday accused the West of seeking regime change in Moscow, raising tensions over the Ukraine conflict in the worst crisis in relations since the end of the Cold War.

Kiev says Russia has 7,500 troops in Ukraine

Kiev - Ukraine said Russia has thousands of troops in its conflict-ravaged east and vowed to boost its own military capacity, ratcheting up tensions Saturday after Kiev's new coalition pledged to make joining NATO a priority.

Yatsenyuk to remain Ukraine PM in coalition: President

Kiev - Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk will keep his post to lead a new coalition government after a deal between the country's pro-Western parties, President Petro Poroshenko said Friday.

Ukraine coalition agrees to make NATO membership a priority

Kiev - Ukraine's pro-Western political parties on Friday agreed to make joining NATO a priority in a coalition deal that will give them a parliamentary majority.

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.

Ukraine declares NATO ambition on protests anniversary

Kiev - Ukraine's new coalition government declared joining NATO a priority Friday in a move likely to provoke fresh Russian anger as thousands gathered in Kiev to mark the first anniversary of 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.
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Ukrainian soldiers ride a tank on the outskirts of the key southeastern port city of Mariupol  on Se...
Ukrainian soldiers ride a tank on the outskirts of the key southeastern port city of Mariupol, on September 5, 2014
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U.S. Information Service photo of Ukrainian pilot held hostage by Russia
U.S. Information Service photo of Ukrainian pilot held hostage by Russia
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An event to protest the ongoing genocide in both Ukraine and Palestine was held on the beachfront in...
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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A stray dog in Ukraine (screenshot from RT news report)
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(TV screen shot) Italian fans not giving up after scoring first goal in the final game of EURO 2012, Kiev, Ukraine.
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NIGHT VIEW: Photo shows Independence Square in Kiev  Ukraine s capital  at night in 2011.
NIGHT VIEW: Photo shows Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine's capital, at night in 2011.
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An event to protest the ongoing genocide in both Ukraine and Palestine was held on the beachfront in...
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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A protester at Euromaidan
A protester at Euromaidan
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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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Mustang Wanted - a daredevil skywalker from Kiev, Ukraine.
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Jonathon Narducci's "Love Me" screens as part of 2014 Hot Docs festival.
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UKRAINE CRISIS: European Union representative Catherine Ashton, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius discussed the turmoil in Ukraine at their March 5 meeting in Paris.
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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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Protesters throw stones as they try to break through police lines during a rally held by supporters of EU integration in Kiev, December 1, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians shouting "Down with the Gang!" rallied on Sunday against President Viktor Yanukovich's U-turn on Europe
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Svoboda in western Ukrainian city of Lviv wearing uniforms of the former Ukrainian Insurgent Army
Svoboda in western Ukrainian city of Lviv wearing uniforms of the former Ukrainian Insurgent Army
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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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Over 100,000 Ukrainians protested the government's decision to suspend negotiations with the EU on November 24th in the capital, Kiev.
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A man with his dog looks at a damaged area after shelling in Donetsk on July 29  2014
A man with his dog looks at a damaged area after shelling in Donetsk on July 29, 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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