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Merkel expects tough talks with Putin

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she expected tough talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin Saturday on issues from the Syria and Ukraine conflicts to energy cooperation.

Hunger-striking Ukrainian filmmaker 'losing hope': cousin

Kiev - Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is "losing hope" and no longer believes that he will be freed after almost 100 days on hunger strike in a Russian prison, his cousin told AFP.

Ukrainian rights activist claims Poland banned her from Schengen zone

Warsaw - A Ukrainian human rights activist on Thursday claimed that Warsaw had banned her from Poland and the rest of the Schengen zone in what she called "a political affair".

Ukraine demands 15 years in jail for ousted pro-Russian president

Kiev - Ukraine's Prosecutor General's office on Thursday said had it demanded a 15-year prison sentence for ousted ex-president Viktor Yanukovych, accused by Kiev of "betraying his nation" to Russia.

Ukraine's Sentsov 'wants to live' but will not end hunger strike: activist

Moscow - Hunger striking Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov "wants and hopes to live" but will not stop his protest despite deteriorating health, a rights campaigner who visited him in the Russian Arctic prison where he is held said Wednesday.

Western filmmakers urge action to save Ukraine's Sentsov

Paris - Britain's Ken Loach, Canada's David Cronenberg and dozens of other filmmakers called Monday on Russia to free Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, who has been on hunger strike for nearly three months in a Siberian jail.

Ukrainian hunger striker Sentsov 'ready to die': lawyer

Moscow - Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is "ready to die" after hunger striking in a Russian jail for nearly three months, his lawyer said Friday.

Macron to discuss Ukraine hunger striker Sentsov with Putin

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron will on Friday discuss with Vladimir Putin the case of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who has been on hunger strike in a Russian jail for almost three months, Macron's office said.

Ukrainian hunger striker Sentsov says 'end is near': cousin

Moscow - Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is in a "catastrophically bad" state and could be close to death after hunger striking in a Russian jail for nearly three months, his cousin said Wednesday.

Frontline pizza: Ukrainian veterans feed soldiers in hotspots

Ukraine - There's no knock on the door, just the tantalising smell of melted cheese, ham and tomato sauce reaching the noses of Ukrainian soldiers. The pizza delivery man has arrived.

Ukrainian hunger-striker Sentsov has lost 30 kg, in 'bad' state: lawyer

Moscow - Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov has lost 30 kilograms (66 pounds) and is suffering heart problems after hunger striking in a Russian prison for almost three months, his lawyer told AFP on Tuesday.

Poland slams Russian 'occupation' of Georgian regions since 2008

Warsaw - Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz on Monday condemned Russia's "occupation" of a part of Georgia ahead of the 10th anniversary of Moscow's lightning war with Tbilisi.

Three Ukrainians arrested for hacking over 100 US companies

Washington - Three Ukrainians have been arrested for hacking more than 100 US companies and stealing millions of credit and debit card numbers, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

Ukrainians protest after acid attack on rights activist

Kiev - Dozens of Ukrainians protested outside the interior ministry in Kiev on Wednesday after an anti-corruption campaigner was seriously injured in a shocking acid attack in the ex-Soviet country.

Ukraine's decrepit prisons languish despite promised reform

Kiev - Around 20 men are crammed into the foul-smelling cell, where cockroaches wander across the walls and barred windows.

Ukrainian president slams Russian church as 'national security threat'

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday condemned the influential Russian Orthodox Church, which counts millions of believers, as a threat to national security.

Russia dismisses US Crimea declaration

Moscow - Russia scoffed at a US declaration that said Washington would not accept Moscow's annexation of Crimea, suggesting the country's Ukraine policy could change in the future.

US reaffirms refusal to accept Russia annexing Crimea

Washington - The US government said Wednesday it will not accept Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine, as President Donald Trump continues to faced recriminations over his summit with Vladimir Putin.

European court urges Russia to treat Ukrainian hunger-striker

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday called on Russia to provide "appropriate treatment" to jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov who has been on hunger strike for two months.

Co-founder of Femen feminist group found dead in Paris

Paris - Oksana Shachko, one of the founders of the Femen feminist protest movement, has been found dead in her Paris apartment, the group said on Monday.

Ukraine teens pen plays to bridge war divide

Kiev - A boy flees his war-scarred hometown, leaving his mother behind. A gay youth struggles for acceptance from his parents. A gang harasses a young black footballer.

Pentagon to provide $200 mn to Ukraine in security funds

Washington - The US Defense Department said Friday it would give $200 million to Ukraine to help the war-torn nation bolster its military's defensive capabilities.

Ukrainians mark two years since reporter's unsolved murder

Kiev - Ukrainians and foreign diplomats marked Friday two years since the murder of top journalist Pavel Sheremet, with supporters accusing authorities of being unwilling to solve the crime.

At Trump summit, Putin made 'concrete' Ukraine offer: envoy

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a concrete offer on Ukraine to his US counterpart Donald Trump, the Russian ambassador to Washington said Friday, after a report that the Kremlin chief suggested a referendum in conflict-torn eastern Ukraine.

First Ukraine nuclear reactor loaded 'solely' with non-Russian fuel

Kiev - Ukrainian authorities said on Thursday that the first unit of a nuclear power plant was fully loaded with fuel from Westinghouse Electric Co as Kiev seeks to break its dependence on Russian energy supplies.

OSCE Ukraine mission says claim of Russian spying 'big blow'

Kiev - The OSCE mission monitoring the conflict in eastern Ukraine said Wednesday claims that Russia's security agency had received inside information about its activities came as a major blow.

Four years on Dutch remember those lost on flight MH17

Vijfhuizen - Bereaved relatives Tuesday held a solemn ceremony to remember flight MH17, as the families of those lost when the plane was shot down over war-torn Ukraine four years ago await justice.

Four years on Dutch remember those lost on flight MH17

Vijfhuizen - Bereaved relatives Tuesday held a solemn ceremony to remember flight MH17, as the families of those lost when the plane was shot down over war-torn Ukraine four years ago await justice.

Russia and Ukraine in EU-backed talks to avoid fresh 'gas wars'

Moscow - Officials from Moscow and Kiev were set to gather in Berlin on Tuesday for EU-backed talks on the future of the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine in a bid to minimise disputes when the current contract expires next year.

Russia must 'account for role' in MH17 tragedy: G7

Ottawa - Russia must "account for its role" in the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine and cooperate with efforts to establish truth and justice, foreign ministers of the world's industrial democracies said on Sunday.
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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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Police guard the Ukrainian parliament during a closed session in Kiev on July 31  2014
Police guard the Ukrainian parliament during a closed session in Kiev on July 31, 2014
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Pro-Russia separatists control the streets of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine in photo from June.
Pro-Russia separatists control the streets of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine in photo from June.
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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 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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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.
Ukrainian opposition leaders meeting John Kerry at the Munich Security Conference 2014
Ukrainian opposition leaders meeting John Kerry at the Munich Security Conference 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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Anti-government protesters walk past a burning tent encampment during clashes with riot police at Independence Square in Kiev February 18, 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.
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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Singing dog
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Mustang Wanted - a daredevil skywalker from Kiev, Ukraine.
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UKRAINE CRISIS: European Union representative Catherine Ashton  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a...
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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Pope Francis releases two white doves in a prayer for peace in Ukraine  which are instantly attacked...
Pope Francis releases two white doves in a prayer for peace in Ukraine, which are instantly attacked by a seagull and crow.
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U.S. Information Service photo of Ukrainian pilot held hostage by Russia
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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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Ukraine travel agency selling tickets to heaven and hell for December 21  2012.
Ukraine travel agency selling tickets to heaven and hell for December 21, 2012.
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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.
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.