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Ukraine court orders arrest of two 'Russian soldiers'

Kiev - A Kiev court on Friday ordered two suspected Russian soldiers who were captured by Ukrainian troops in the separatist east to be placed in pre-trial detention until July 19.

Ukraine truce talks make no breakthrough in Minsk

Minsk - A top pro-Russian rebel said on Friday that a new round of Ukraine crisis talks had resulted in no breakthrough but would continue in the coming weeks.

Eurovision to install anti-booing technology for Russian act

The organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest are installing "anti-booing" technology for the final this year. It comes after Russia's performance was met with heavy crowd protests last year, something that organisers have called "embarrassing."

Kremlin seeking to free Russians held by Kiev

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said Friday the Kremlin was doing all it could to secure the release of two men that Ukraine says are captured Russian soldiers.

Ukrainians don embroidered shirts to show unity

Mariupol - Ukrainians led by President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday donned the country's traditional embroidered dress -- a yearly celebration that has become a manifestation of national identity and unity.

Fighters captured in Ukraine admit to serving in Russia's army: OSCE

Kiev - European mediators in the Ukrainian crisis said Thursday that two men captured by Kiev's troops had confessed to being members of the Russian armed forces sent in to back up pro-Moscow separatist fighters.

Ukraine rips up key cooperation deals with Russia

Kiev - Kiev lawmakers on Thursday annulled five crucial security agreements with Moscow that had allowed Russia to transport troops to a separatist region of Moldova and purchase weapons that are only produced in Ukraine.

Poroshenko says Ukraine waging 'real war' with Russia

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko sparked fresh Kremlin fury by warning that his crisis-torn country was fighting a "real war" against Russian aggressors that could escalate at any time.

Russian activists say find fresh graves of soldiers killed in Ukraine

Moscow - Russian opposition activists investigating the deaths of three special forces soldiers said Wednesday their findings indicate that elite Russian army reconnaissance units are operating in Ukraine.

Ukraine charges two suspected Russian soldiers with 'terrorist activity'

Kiev - Ukraine has charged two suspected Russian soldiers who were captured during a gun battle in the separatist eastern region of Lugansk with involvement in "terrorist activity", a security official said Wednesday.

Poroshenko says Ukraine waging 'real war' with Russia

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko sparked fresh Kremlin fury on Wednesday by warning that his crisis-torn country was fighting a "real war" against Russian aggressors that could escalate at any time.

Ex-Soviet Georgia urges EU progress, despite Russian pressure

Tbili - Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has warned European Union leaders against letting Russian aggression in Ukraine undermine the bloc's project of building closer links with ex-Soviet nations.

EU, ex-Soviet states meet in Putin's shadow

Varsovia - European Union leaders and six ex-Soviet states hold a summit Thursday focussed on the bloc's Eastern Partnership project, which was designed to bolster mutual ties but has been undermined by Russia's intervention in Ukraine.

Ukraine takes first step toward debt payment freeze

Kiev - Ukraine's cash-starved government took the first step Tuesday toward freezing the payment of billions of dollars in sovereign and state-backed debt owed to some of the world's most powerful creditors.

NATO urges Russia to be more 'transparent' on military exercises

Brussels - NATO head Jens Stoltenberg urged Russia on Tuesday for full transparency during snap military exercises in order to avoid potentially catastrophic misunderstandings as the Ukraine crisis stokes tensions.

Kiev shows off captured 'Russian soldiers' to media

Kiev - Kiev on Tuesday showed off two purported Russian soldiers it captured during a gun battle in the separatist east that Ukraine's pro-Western leadership says proves the Kremlin's direct involvement in the war.

Sweden's Carl Bildt advises Ukraine President and Russian group

Stockholm - Sweden's former foreign minister Carl Bildt has been appointed as an advisor to Russian-controlled investment group LetterOne, the company said Monday, just days after he joined an advisory group to Ukraine's President.

Russia drops opposition to EU-Ukraine trade deal starting 2016: EU

Brussels - Russia has dropped its demands for a further delay in a landmark EU-Ukraine trade deal at the heart of the Ukraine crisis and accepts that it will now begin next year, the EU said Monday.

Ukraine vows to show off 'captured Russian soldiers'

Kiev - Ukraine vowed on Monday to show off two Russian soldiers it claimed to have captured while fighting Moscow-backed forces in the separatist east.

Ukraine says two Russian soldiers captured in east

Kiev - Ukraine has captured two Russian soldiers in its conflict with separatists in the country's east, Kiev said Sunday.Military spokesman Andriy Lysenko simply named those captured as "Russian soldiers", while giving no further details.

One Ukrainian soldier killed, 3 wounded in war-torn east

Kiev - A Ukrainian soldier was killed and three were wounded in fighting between government forces and separatists in eastern Ukraine, the armed forces said Saturday.

Ukraine president enacts controversial laws banning Soviet symbols

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday enacted laws banning Soviet symbols and communist-era propaganda, his office said, after the measures drew strong Russian criticism when they were approved by parliament last month.

U.S. Senator McCain turns down Ukraine advisor role

Kiev - Republican U.S. Senator John McCain has turned down a post as advisor to Ukraine's pro-Western President Petro Poroshenko, saying constitutional constraints prohibited him from accepting.

Ukraine accuses Facebook of pro-Russia bias

Kiev - A senior aide to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday accused Facebook of political bias, ahead of a question-and-answer session with co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Hollande denounces 'unacceptable' violations of Ukraine ceasefire

Aachen - France's President Francois Hollande on Thursday denounced as "unacceptable" ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine, after speaking briefly with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko in Germany.

Ukraine navy left high and dry after Crimea losses

Odessa - A clutch of rusty old naval boats bob about mournfully in the Black Sea off the harbour of Ukraine's southern city Odessa near an ageing missile boat.

NATO warns Putin 'critical' to implement Ukraine truce

Antalya - NATO leaders on Wednesday warned President Vladimir Putin to waste no time in implementing a fragile peace deal to end the fighting in Ukraine, after the Russian strongman's meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry raised hopes of a slackening in ...

U.S., Russia vow to boost cooperation, but no concrete progress

Sochi - Russia and the United States vowed to improve strained ties after "frank" talks between President Vladimir Putin and top US diplomat John Kerry, but there was no concrete breakthrough after eight hours of meetings.

Ukraine criticises creditors over debt talks

Kiev - Cash-strapped Ukraine said Tuesday its debt restructuring talks were moving slowly and criticised its creditors for a lack of willingness to engage in negotiations.

Kerry holds 'frank' talks with Putin in bid to improve ties

Sochi - Russian President Vladimir Putin and US Secretary of State John Kerry held four hours of rare face-to-face talks on Tuesday as the two nations sought ways to cooperate after a sharp deterioration in relations.
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A pro-Russia rebel walks past shrapnel at a seperatist checkpoint in Dyakovsky, Ukraine, on July 2, 2014
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Klezhokics of Poland on a festival stage in Lvov, an ancient W. Ukrainian city populated traditionally by different nations settled on this European road-crossing.
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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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Ukrainian ad for police uniforms stars famous celebs.
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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 Fuengirola, Spain on July 22, 2014.
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A masked protester is seen in front of thick smoke from burning vehicles during clashes with police in Kiev February 18, 2014
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Guards from Ukraine's Berkut security force guard a checkpoint at the entrance to the Crimea Peninsula in March.
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A man holds a sledgehammer as he smashes 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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Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich looks on during a signing ceremony of an EU-mediated peace deal with opposition leaders at the presidential headquarters in Kiev in this picture taken on February 21, 2014
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(Screen TV shot) Xabi Alonso in the game against France, EURO 2012, Poland - Ukraine.
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Car rally in solidarity with protests in Ukraine.
Lvov is an ancient W. Ukrainian city populated traditionally by different nations settled on this Eu...
Lvov is an ancient W. Ukrainian city populated traditionally by different nations settled on this European road-crossing. A photo exhibition "Uman Rash Hashanah" by local artist Max Dondyuk is interesting testimony to a traditional Jewish life resurgency in Uman (U-m-a-n'), a traditionally Jewish schtattle in the Eastern Ukraine famous for Jewish cultural sights survived communist epoch and Holocaust.
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Wind blows through the desolate town of Pripyat. On April 26, 1986, this amusement park was being readied for the annual May Day celebrations when the Chernobyl nuclear accident occurred.
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(TV screen shot) Spanish fans after scoring first goal in 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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Ukrainian troops guarding a road in Donbass, eastern Ukraine.
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NIGHT VIEW: Photo shows Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine's capital, at night in 2011.
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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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