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Five Ukraine police killed in friendly fire mix-up

Kiev - Five Ukrainian police were killed by friendly fire in a tragic accident in which officers mistook colleagues for burglars, officials said Sunday.

600,000 risk losing water in war-scarred Ukraine

Kiev - International monitors warned on Friday that around 600,000 impoverished people could be left without water or heat in war-scarred eastern Ukraine this winter.

Russia says foreign spies plotted huge cyberattack

Moscow - Russia on Friday said it had uncovered plans by foreign intelligence services to carry out massive cyberattacks this month targeting the country's financial system.

Ukraine launches missile drills near Russia-annexed Crimea

Kiev - Ukraine on Thursday unleashed a barrage of missile tests near Russian-annexed Crimea in a show of strength and defiance bound to irritate Moscow.

Ukraine warns Russia of missile tests near Crimea

Kiev - Ukraine ratcheted up tensions with Moscow on Wednesday by warning the Kremlin its army intended to hold two days of missile-launching exercises near the border with Russian-annexed Crimea.

'No progress' at Ukraine peace meeting: Lavrov

Minsk - Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said the meeting on Tuesday with his Ukrainian, French and German counterparts made "no progress" in ending the war between Kiev and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine's east.

Ukraine moves giant new safety dome over Chernobyl

Chernobyl - Ukraine on Tuesday unveiled the world's largest moveable metal structure over the Chernobyl nuclear power plant's doomed fourth reactor to ensure the safety of Europeans for future generations.

Ukraine's ousted leader says protestors started war

Kiev - Ukraine's former Moscow-backed president on Monday accused pro-EU protesters who forced his ouster of provoking the 31-month pro-Russian revolt in the southeast that has claimed nearly 10,000 lives.

Ukraine ex-president 'regrets' not calling in army

Moscow - Ukraine's ousted former president Viktor Yanukovych said Friday he regretted "not having called in the army and declared martial law" in his bid to crush a pro-EU revolt in February 2014.

Spain issues arrest warrant for Ukraine oligarch

Madrid - Spanish police have announced an international arrest warrant against a powerful Ukrainian oligarch, identified by media Friday as controversial gas magnate Dmytro Firtash.

Belarus to host four-nation Ukraine peace meeting Tuesday

Paris - The foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany will meet in Belarus next week to try to push Ukraine's stalled peace process forward, Paris announced Friday.

Ukraine leader confident of Trump support

Brussels - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko insisted on Thursday he was confident of US support having spoken to President-elect Donald Trump on the phone about Russian "aggression".

Ukrainian teacher held for trying to sell schoolgirl, 13

Kharkiv - A school teacher on Wednesday appeared in court in Ukraine after allegedly trying to sell a 13-year-old schoolgirl under her care for more than $10,000.

Russia accuses Ukraine of abducting two soldiers in Crimea

Moscow - Russia has accused Ukraine of abducting two Russian servicemen on the annexed Crimea peninsula, but Kiev said it had merely detained two Ukrainian army deserters.

Ukraine says 'no' to Russia on pro-EU revolt anniversary

Kiev - Ukraine on Monday marked the third anniversary of the start of its pro-EU revolution with President Petro Poroshenko's firm rejection of "the Russian world".

Obama wants Ukraine deal 'before term is up'

- US President Barack Obama said he told Vladimir Putin on Sunday that he wants to reach a settlement that solves the Ukraine crisis before he leaves office in January.

IMF team leaves Ukraine without new loan promise

Kiev - The International Monetary Fund said Friday its team had ended a visit to Kiev without seeing sufficient economic restructuring progress to release a new loan to Ukraine this year.

Tired of graft, foreign reformers flood out of Ukraine

Kiev - It began as a trickle but turned into a flood: foreign technocrats are leaving Ukraine at the very moment the impoverished country needs them most to tackle endemic graft.

Poroshenko appeals to Trump for support in phone call

Kiev - Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko asked Donald Trump for support against "Russian aggression" during a congratulatory telephone conversation with the US president-elect on Tuesday.

Giant safety arch begins sliding over Chernobyl

Kiev - A giant arch shielding radioactive waste from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster began sliding into place Monday with a mission of keeping the site safe for generations to come.

Poroshenko 'sure' Trump supports Ukraine against Russia

Stockholm - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday said he has "no doubt" that president-elect Donald Trump will refuse to recognise Russia's annexation of Crimea, and will cooperate with his country.

Georgia's ex-president vows to force early Ukraine elections

Kiev - Georgia's pro-Western former president Mikheil Saakashvili on Friday announced plans to create a new opposition movement in Ukraine that aims to topple the current leadership and force early elections.

Ukraine hopes for US support under Donald Trump

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko congratulated US president-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday, expressing hoping that Washington will maintain its support for Kiev after he moves to the White House.

Ukraine pushes UN to step up scrutiny of Crimea

New York - Ukraine on Tuesday launched a bid at the United Nations to condemn rights abuses in Crimea and press Russia to allow UN monitors to visit the territory.

EU adds to Crimea sanctions blacklist

Brussels - The European Union has added several people, including some recently elected to Russia's parliament, to its sanctions blacklist for their role in supporting Moscow's seizure of Crimea from Ukraine, officials said Tuesday.

Georgia's Saakashvili resigns as governor in Ukraine

Kiev - Georgia's pro-Western former president Mikheil Saakashvili announced his resignation Monday from his post as governor of Ukraine's Odessa region out of frustration at allegedly being reined in from fighting corruption.

Ukraine's leader speaks to 'fake' Kyrgyz president

Kiev - Ukrainian president spoke to what he thought was his Kyrgyz counterpart by phone this week -- only to discover that the person on the other end was someone else entirely.

IMF arrives in Ukraine with tough demand for new loan

Kiev - An International Monetary Fund team arrives in Kiev on Thursday to check on cash-strapped Ukraine's books and set out a series of tough conditions for the disbursement of further loans.The IMF approved a $17.5-billion (15.

Ukraine removes last conscripts from war zone

Kiev - Ukraine said Wednesday it no longer had conscripted soldiers fighting pro-Russian insurgents for the first time since a conflict that has claimed nearly 10,000 lives began in April 2014.

Ukraine officials declare jaw-dropping riches

Kiev - A luxury watch collection, millions of dollars in cash and a Picasso painting are just several items listed on Ukraine officials' income and asset declarations, shocking a country vowing to curb corruption.
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(TV screen shot) Second Spanish goal by Jordi Alba, final game of EURO 2012, Kiev, Ukraine.
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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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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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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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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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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Thousands of Ukrainians opposed to the Russian Federation's seizure of Crimea protest in the streets of Kiev in March.
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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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(TV screen shot) The big man, Spanish coach looks on in the beginning of the final game of EURO 2012, Kiev, Ukraine.
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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Lvov is an ancient city located in the Western Ukraine, beautiful parks and gardens formatted upon a troubled regional history-a part of European story many nations are traditionally involved in.
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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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Ukrainian ad for police uniforms stars famous celebs.
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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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People surround a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin, which was toppled by protesters during a rally organized by supporters of EU integration in Kiev, December 8, 2013
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Ukrainian troops guarding a road in Donbass, eastern Ukraine.
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