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Ukraine leader vows to launch anti-corruption court

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowed on Friday to launch an anti-corruption court demanded by Kiev's Western allies and protesters camped out in a tent city near parliament.

Ukraine takes step to meet 'anti-corruption' protest demands

Kiev - ​Ukrainian lawmakers on Thursday took steps toward meeting one of the main demands of an anti-corruption protest that has resulted in the first tent city going up in Kiev since the 2014 pro-EU revolution.

Ukraine protesters set up tent camp outside parliament

Kiev - Hundreds of disgruntled Ukrainian activists gathered on Wednesday in a tent camp outside parliament to demand a more forceful fight against government graft.

Ukraine protesters set up tent camp outside parliament

Kiev - Hundreds of peaceful Ukrainian protesters gathered on Wednesday in a tent camp outside parliament during a mass protest demanding a more forceful fight against government graft.

Saakashvili assails Ukraine president at mass Kiev rally

Kiev - Former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili told a mass rally in Kiev on Tuesday that President Petro Poroshenko needed to quit as activists set out demands for the government to tackle entrenched state graft.

Fashionistas get the military look in war-scarred Ukraine

Donetsk - In war-scarred eastern Ukraine, the military look is all the rage this season, with fatigues and Soviet regalia a must-have for those who dress to impress in the battered crucible of the Russian-backed insurgency.

Ukraine's nationalists mark 75th anniversary of insurgent army

Kiev - Thousands of far-right activists gathered in the heart of Ukraine’s capital on Saturday to mark the 75th anniversary of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), for them a model of nationalism and resistance.

Ukraine bans Russian banknote with Crimea image

Kiev - Ukraine said on Friday it was banning a new Russian banknote showing an image of the Crimean peninsula that Moscow annexed in 2014.The announcement came one day after Russia unveiled a new note worth 200 rubles ($3.

Ex-NATO chief urges allies to boost help for Ukraine

Brussels - NATO members should step up efforts to help Ukraine in its conflict, the alliance's former chief said Wednesday, warning that a Russian proposal for a peacekeeping force was a "Trojan horse".

Ukraine detains two top defence officials in graft case

Kiev - Ukraine's anti-corruption bureau said Wednesday it had detained a deputy defence minister and another top military official for allegedly embezzling millions in state funding through an illegal oil-purchase scheme.

Ukraine extends insurgents' self-rule by one year

Kiev - A raucous Ukrainian parliament on Friday extended by another year the self-rule of its two Russian-backed insurgent regions in a vote the Kremlin called "important".

Ukraine security service plans to vet Russian stars

Kiev - Ukraine's parliament passed legislation Thursday allowing Russian pop stars and other performing artists to tour the former Soviet republic only after being vetted by its strict security service.

US tightens financial sanctions on Russian banks, energy firms

Washington - The US Treasury Friday announced tighter financial sanctions on Russian banks and energy firms because of Moscow's continued interference in Ukraine.

Ukraine rekindles war on top tycoon Kolomoyskiy

Kiev - A Kiev court has frozen four rail assets of billionaire Igor Kolomoyskiy in a long-running corruption case that led to the state's eventual takeover of Ukraine's largest private bank.

Ukraine and Russia fight over Crimean heritage

Simferopol - The painting "Moonlit Night" by famed 19th century maritime artist Ivan Aivazovsky is a study in tranquillity: two boats sailing calmly across a placid sea.

Russia hands Crimean Tatar leader 2-year sentence

Simferopol - A court in Moscow-annexed Crimea on Wednesday sentenced leading Crimean Tatar activist Ilmi Umerov to two years in a penal colony on charges of "separatism".

Tens of thousands evacuated from Ukraine arms depot 'sabotage' blasts

- Ukrainian authorities evacuated more than 30,000 people Wednesday from the central Vinnytsia region after a huge arms depot storing missiles caught fire and exploded in what prosecutors said was a possible act of "sabotage".

Poroshenko signs disputed Ukrainian language law

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday signed into law a controversial language bill which has sparked a standoff with Romania and other east European states.

Ukraine's ex-PM to sue Russia in European rights court

Kiev - Former Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Monday he would sue Russia in the European Court of Human Rights over allegations that he fought Kremlin forces in Chechnya.

Russian state agents behind 'grave violations' in Crimea: UN

Geneva - Russian state agents have committed serious abuses, including torture, in Crimea, the UN said Monday, warning that the rights situation in the annexed peninsula had "significantly deteriorated" under Moscow's occupation.

Russian state agents behind 'grave violations' in Crimea: UN

Geneva - Russian state agents have committed serious abuses, including torture, in Crimea, the UN said Monday, warning that the rights situation in the annexed peninsula had "significantly deteriorated" under Moscow's occupation.

Conflict leaves blind in rebel-held Ukraine stuck in dark

Donetsk - Partially sighted Georgiy Lukyanov makes his way through the ageing lathes in the factory where he works in rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine 'disappointed' as Romania cancels visit over language bill

Kiev - Ukraine on Friday expressed disappointment after the president of Romania said he would not travel to the ex-Soviet country next month in protest over a bill that obliges schools to teach in the Ukrainian language only.

NATO chief backs UN peacekeepers across east Ukraine

New York - NATO's chief on Thursday backed sending UN peacekeepers to Ukraine but said the force should operate throughout the zone of violence which Western powers say is backed by Russia.

Two children dead, one missing in Ukraine camp fire

Kiev - A fire swept through a children's camp in Ukraine's Black Sea port of Odessa, killing two girls and leaving a third one missing, authorities said Saturday.

Russia jails Crimean Tatar leader

Simferopol - A Crimean Tatar leader was jailed for eight years by Russia on Monday over a rally against Moscow's seizure of the region, in a trial branded a "sham" by rights activists.

Saakashvili vows Ukraine political comeback after return

Kiev - Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili vowed Monday to reclaim his place in Ukrainian politics after he defied the authorities and forced his way back into the conflict-riven country.

Ukraine vows punishments over Saakashvili border breach

Kiev - Ukrainian authorities on Monday vowed to punish those responsible after ex-Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili forced his way back into the country in the latest twist in a feud with President Petro Poroshenko.

Ex-Georgian president Saakashvili forces way into Ukraine

Medyka - Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili and hundreds of his supporters forced their way into Ukraine on Sunday in a bid by the firebrand politician to reclaim his citizenship stripped by President Petro Poroshenko after they fell out.

Former Georgian president Saakashvili forces his way into Ukraine

Medyka - Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili and hundreds of his supporters on Sunday forced their way into Ukraine in a bid by the firebrand politician to reclaim his citizenship stripped by President Petro Poroshenko after they fell out.
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NIGHT VIEW: Photo shows Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine's capital, at night in 2011.
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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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