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Ukraine war traps care home, clinic residents on front line

Stepnoye - Tamara Makarovna spends her afternoons sitting in a dilapidated armchair upstairs in her care home, watching an old TV set and talking to her neighbours.

Ukrainian climber found dead on Mont Blanc

Grenoble - A Ukrainian climber was found dead on Mont Blanc on Saturday, a day after setting off to scale western Europe's highest peak, rescuers said. The 42-year-old became trapped in an overnight storm on the 4,810-metre (15,780-foot) mountain.

Stateless Saakashvili vows return to Ukraine next month

Varsovia - Georgia's exiled former president Mikheil Saakashvili, stripped of both his Georgian and Ukrainian citizenship, announced on Friday he would try to cross the border into Ukraine next month.

Ukraine to probe claim it supplied NKorea missile engine

Kiev - Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday ordered an investigation into a report that North Korea procured an engine for its long-range missile from a Ukraine factory.

Kiev says engine type 'used in N.Korea missiles' made for Russia

Kiev - Ukraine's space agency said Tuesday that an engine type reportedly used in North Korean missiles was made at a Ukrainian factory, but solely for use in space rockets supplied to Russia.

N.Korean missiles based on motor from ex-Soviet plant: report

Washington - North Korea's recent rapid progress in developing a long-range missile appears to have come after it refurbished rocket engines procured from a plant in the former Soviet Union, according to an expert report published Monday.

EU slaps new sanctions on Russia over Crimea turbines

Brussels - The EU expanded its Russia sanctions blacklist Friday, targeting three people including the deputy energy minister and three companies involved in diverting gas turbines sold by German firm Siemens to Russian-annexed Crimea.

Georgian ex-leader vows court battle over Ukraine citizenship

Kiev - Former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili on Tuesday pledged to fight a fierce court battle to reclaim his Ukrainian citizenship after political rival President Petro Poroshenko revoked his passport.

Romania blocks Russia minister plane to Moldova

Bucharest - Romania on Friday sparked fury in Moscow by blocking a Moldova-bound plane carrying a senior Russian minister entering its airspace because of an EU travel ban over the Ukraine crisis.

Crimea brought to standstill after Russian power shutdown

Sevastopol - The annexed Crimea peninsula was brought to a standstill for two hours Friday after a shutdown in Russia hit supplies there, officials said, the latest in a series of cuts.

Ukraine strips Georgia's ex-leader Saakashvili of citzenship

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Thursday he has stripped former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili of his Ukrainian citizenship, paving the way for his possible extradition to Georgia.

Ukraine leader slams Russia over arms given to rebels

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday demanded Russia's Vladimir Putin halt arms supplies to rebels as the leaders of France and Germany tried to revive a peace plan.

Russia is responsible for 'hot war' in Ukraine: US envoy

Kiev - The new US special envoy on Ukraine said Sunday that Russia is responsible for the "hot war" in the country's east, after fresh clashes between government forces and Russian-backed rebels.

Film director Emir Kusturica visits Moscow-annexed Crimea

Moscow - Acclaimed Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica on Sunday arrived in the Crimean peninsula annexed by Russia from Ukraine to give a concert with his No Smoking Orchestra group.

In rebel-held Ukraine, activists struggle to stem HIV spread

Donetsk - As clashes drag on in east Ukraine between government forces and Russian-backed rebels, health activist Natalia Gurova is fighting another battle of her own.

International talks set for Monday on Ukraine conflict

Kiev - The leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France will hold telephone talks on Monday, officials said, amid a fresh flare up in fighting in eastern Ukraine between government troops and Russian-backed rebels.

Fighting kills 6 Ukraine soldiers in fresh spike of violence

Kiev - Clashes with Russian-backed rebels killed six Ukrainian soldiers Thursday, officials said, in the bloodiest surge in fighting along the volatile frontline in recent months.

US fines Exxon $2 mn over Ukraine-related sanctions breaches

Washington - The United States on Thursday hit oil giant ExxonMobil with a $2 million fine for violating Ukraine-related sanctions at a time when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was still in charge of the company.

Azerbaijan jails Russian-Israeli blogger for three years

Bakou - Azerbaijan on Thursday sentenced a Russian-Israeli travel blogger who wrote in support of Armenian separatists to three years in jail for visiting the disputed territory of Nagorny Karabakh.

Colleagues demand answers a year after Kiev journalist slaying

Kiev - Journalists gathered in Kiev on Thursday to demand results from a stalled investigation into the car bomb killing of prominent independent reporter Pavel Sheremet one year after his death.

Fresh Ukraine clashes kill 2 as rebels plan new 'state'

Kiev - Fresh clashes in east Ukraine left two soldiers dead Wednesday in a spike in fighting as a key rebel leader announced he planned to create a new "state".

OSCE chief nomination ends leadership crisis

Vienna - The OSCE on Tuesday nominated a new chief, ending an unprecedented leadership crisis within the security body after months of squabbling between member states.

Facing Russia threat, Ukraine and Georgia join in push West

Tbili - The presidents of Ukraine and Georgia on Tuesday agreed to work together to further their ambitions to join NATO and the European Union, in defiance of threats from former master Russia.

Ukraine rebels announce new 'state'

Kiev - Russian-backed rebels fighting against Kiev on Tuesday announced a plan to create a new "state" they said would take the place of Ukraine and have its capital in their territory.

Ukraine wants Russia held to account over MH17 downing

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday insisted Russia must be held to account over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, three years on from the tragedy that killed 298 people.

On third MH17 anniversary, families unveil 'living memorial'

Vijfhuizen - Three years after Flight MH17 was shot down by a missile over war-torn Ukraine, nearly 2,000 relatives gathered Monday to unveil a "living memorial" to their loved ones.

Kicking up a stink: Ukraine's Lviv blighted by trash crisis

L'viv - Ukraine's western city of Lviv is famous for its picture-postcard graceful domes and cobblestone streets but it's not such a pretty sight in the back alleys, which are blighted by growing mountains of garbage.

On third MH17 anniversary, families to unveil 'living memorial'

Den Haag - Three years after Flight MH17 was shot down by a missile over war-torn Ukraine, more than 2,000 relatives gather Monday to unveil a "living memorial" to their loved ones.

Kiev raids properties in $800 mln ministerial graft probe

Kiev - Ukrainian law enforcement officers on Friday raided property allegedly controlled by a former minister under toppled pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych as part of an $800 million corruption probe.

EU pushes Ukraine on corruption at high-profile summit

Kiev - European Union leaders on Thursday pushed Ukraine to step up its battle against corruption after the 28-nation bloc agreed to ratify a landmark cooperation deal.
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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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A man made up in the colors of Ukraine takes part, with thousands of others dressed in the national colors, in a mass prayer for peace in downtown Kiev on June 19, 2014
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