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Ukraine asks UN to move ahead with peacekeeping mission

New York - Ukraine urged UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday to draw up options for a peacekeeping mission to the war-torn Donbass region, despite opposition from Russia.

Tusk warns Ukraine against populism ahead of election

Kiev - EU President Donald Tusk warned Kiev against using populist and nationalist tactics ahead of a presidential vote next month during a speech to Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday.

Ukrainian Church in Crimea faces closure

Simferopol - The only major Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Russian-annexed Crimea is set to close, its head told AFP, following a historic religious split between Kiev and Moscow.

Kiev reports first measles death as cases soar

Kiev - Ukraine's capital has seen its first death from measles in a major outbreak, the health ministry said Monday.A 57-year-old woman died in hospital of complications from the highly infectious illness, health ministry spokeswoman Maryna Dadinova told AFP....

Ukrainian official arrested over deadly acid attack

Kiev - A Ukrainian court on Friday placed a high-ranking regional official in custody after he was charged with organising a deadly acid attack on an activist. Vladyslav Manger will be held until at least March 3, with bail of 2.

Bishop stripped of citizenship for 'anti-Kiev activities'

Kiev - Ukraine on Thursday said it had expelled an Orthodox bishop and stripped him of his citizenship little over a week after he met with US lawmakers.

In war-torn Ukraine, women get taste of combat training

Mariupol - In a gym in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, not far from the frontline with Russia-backed separatists, 20 women fall to the floor and pull back the rifle bolts of dummy Kalashnikovs.

Senior Ukraine official charged over deadly acid attack

Kiev - Ukrainian prosecutors said Monday they had charged a high-ranking regional official with organising a deadly acid attack on a prominent anti-corruption activist that prompted widespread outrage.

Ukrainian official charged in acid attack on activist after outcry

Kiev - Ukrainian prosecutors said Monday they had charged a high-ranking regional official with organising a deadly acid attack on a prominent anti-corruption activist that prompted widespread outrage.

Record 44 candidates enter Ukraine's presidential race

Kiev - Ukrainian authorities on Friday said a record 44 candidates have registered to contest next month's highly-unpredictable presidential election.

Ukrainian 'clown' Zelensky leading polls ahead of presidential vote

Kiev - Volodymyr Zelensky has already been elected president of Ukraine once -- in a television series. Now the popular actor with no political experience has confounded his critics to lead opinion polls before the real presidential race.

Exiled Yanukovych slams Poroshenko ahead of Ukraine vote

Moscow - Former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych who fled to Russia in 2014 slammed his pro-Western successor Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday, accusing him of planning to rig next month's presidential election.

Attacks on activists as Ukraine struggles with graft reform

Kiev - Last summer, Vitaliy Ustymenko was brutally attacked by two men in broad daylight in an assault he believes was linked to his work as an anti-corruption activist in Ukraine.

Ukraine opens treason case against Putin ally

Kiev - Kiev prosecutors on Tuesday said they had launched a treason probe into a politician close to Russian leader Vladimir Putin over calls to grant autonomy to regions in eastern Ukraine.

Comedian ahead in unpredictable Ukraine presidential poll

Kiev - A Ukrainian comedian who plays the country's president in a TV series is currently the favourite to take on the real-life role in this spring's election, recent polls show.

Head of Ukraine's new orthodox church enthroned

Kiev - The leader of the new independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church was enthroned in a ceremony in Kiev on Sunday, formalising a break with the Russian Orthodox Church that has enraged Moscow.

Facing uphill fight, Ukraine's Poroshenko announces re-election bid

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Tuesday launched an uphill battle for re-election, after five years in power marked by confrontation with Russia.

Ukraine's Poroshenko announces re-election bid

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Tuesday launched an uphill battle for re-election, five years on from a bloody uprising that brought him to power on a promise to tackle corruption."This feeling of deep responsibility towards my country...

Ukraine stages cybercrime raids in international probe

Apo - Ukrainian authorities aided by Belgian, US and other investigators have staged raids aimed at smashing the illegal trade of access to hacked computer systems, officials said Monday.

In Davos, fears of Russian interference in Ukraine election

Davos - Kiev's leadership and Western supporters expressed fears over Russian interference in Ukrainian elections this year, at a conference on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday.

Ukraine sentences ex-leader Yanukovych in absentia for treason

Kiev - A Ukrainian court on Thursday found ex-president Viktor Yanukovych guilty of high treason and sentenced him in absentia to 13 years in prison for asking Russia's Vladimir Putin to send troops to Ukraine.

Verdict due in former Ukraine leader's treason trial

Kiev - A Ukrainian court on Thursday began delivering a verdict in the case of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych who is on trial for treason for attempting to quash a 2014 pro-Western uprising.

'Stalinist Truman Show' claims it will change art forever

Paris - It is billed as a human "safari", the most controversial and potentially game-changing Russian cultural export since the Ballets Russes left the West shocked and awed 110 years ago.

Global terror deaths lowest since 2009: report

London - Heavy losses for jihadist and militant groups in Syria and Iraq fuelled a 33-percent drop in global terror attacks in 2018, with fatalities falling to a 10-year low, defence analyst Jane's said Wednesday.

Tymoshenko: Ukrainian politics' longtime leading lady

Kiev - Yulia Tymoshenko, the former Ukrainian prime minister who on Tuesday announced she would run for president, came to international prominence during the Orange Revolution popular protests of 2004.

Ex-PM Tymoshenko launches bid for Ukraine presidency

Kiev - Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Tuesday officially launched her bid for the presidency, with polls showing her as the frontrunner for the post.

Ex-PM Tymoshenko launches bid for Ukraine presidency

Kiev - Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Tuesday officially launched her bid for the country's presidency, with polls showing her as the frontrunner.

20 presumed dead from ship fires off Crimea

Moscow - Up to 20 people were presumed dead off Russian-annexed Crimea after a fire engulfed two fuel ships, authorities said on Tuesday.

14 dead after fire on two vessels off Crimea

Moscow - Fourteen people were killed and five were missing off Russia-annexed Crimea in the Black Sea on Monday after a fire engulfed gas tankers sailing under the flag of Tanzania, authorities said.

Russia agrees for Germany, France to monitor Kerch Strait: Lavrov

Moscow - Russia on Friday said it had agreed for France and Germany to monitor shipping traffic in the Kerch Strait following a naval confrontation between Moscow and Kiev last year.
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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.
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.
A worker paints a Donetsk People's Republic flag on a vehicle at a repair shop in the eastern U...
A worker paints a Donetsk People's Republic flag on a vehicle at a repair shop in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, February 25, 2015
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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.
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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An anti-government protester prepares to throw a petrol bomb during clashes with riot police at Inde...
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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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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Car rally in solidarity with protests in Ukraine.
Car rally in solidarity with protests in Ukraine.
TV screen shot after the game Greece and Russia (1-0) as part of 2012 EURO Football Tournament in Wa...
TV screen shot after the game Greece and Russia (1-0) as part of 2012 EURO Football Tournament in Warsaw, Poland.
Anti-government protesters whose tents were burning  throw missiles during clashes with riot police ...
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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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.
A firefighter stands as flames burst amongst the wreckage of the Malaysian airliner carrying 298 peo...
A firefighter stands as flames burst amongst the wreckage of the Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 17, 2014
Dominique Faget, AFP
(TV screen shot) Second Spanish goal by Jordi Alba  final game of EURO 2012  Kiev  Ukraine.
(TV screen shot) Second Spanish goal by Jordi Alba, final game of EURO 2012, Kiev, Ukraine.
Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko addresses anti-government protesters gathered in the In...
Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko addresses anti-government protesters gathered in the Independence Square as her daughter Yevgenia (center R) and opposition leader Arseny Yatsenyuk (center L) look on in Kiev February 22, 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.
The Commercial Hotel.
The Commercial Hotel.
A man takes pictures as anti-government protesters and journalists walk on the grounds of the Mezhyh...
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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Enjoyment at LvivKlezFest  a cultural event in Lvov  an ancient W. Ukrainian city populated traditio...
Enjoyment at LvivKlezFest, a cultural event in Lvov, an ancient W. Ukrainian city populated traditionally by different nations settled on this European road-crossing.
On 29 April the US administration announced an initiation of the third round of economic sanctions a...
On 29 April the US administration announced an initiation of the third round of economic sanctions against Russia. It’s anticipated they hit the major sectors of Russian economy after the most influential Russian top-managers and business owners have been banned from doing business in the U.S. It is also expected that the EU will join its Western ally in punishing Russia for building up a fire of the civil confrontation in Ukraine
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