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Monitor suggests arms transferred from Russia to rebel-held east Ukraine

Kiev - An independent watchdog on Thursday told AFP it had seen vehicles carrying weaponry enter rebel-held areas of eastern Ukraine from Russia over the last week, appearing to contradict Moscow's claim it is not arming separatists.

Ukraine votes to hand landmark Kiev church to Constantinople

Kiev - Ukraine's parliament on Thursday voted to hand over a landmark Kiev church to the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate after it agreed to recognise the independence of Ukraine's Orthodox Church.

Tears, confusion as Crimea mourns college shooting

Kerch - A crowd of mostly young people gathered at a makeshift memorial on Thursday outside the college in Crimea's Kerch where a teenage gunman killed at least 20 people a day earlier.

Nine minors dead in Crimea school shooting, youngest 15

Kerch - A 15-year-old boy was the youngest to die when a teenage gunman attacked his college in the Crimean city of Kerch, while at least nine of the dead were minors, authorities said.

18 dead in Crimea college rampage

Simferopol - Eighteen people died and dozens more were wounded, mostly teenagers, Wednesday when a student opened fire at a college in Russian-annexed Crimea.

Two pilots killed in Ukraine fighter jet crash: military

Kiev - Ukraine's military said Tuesday that two pilots died when a Sukhoi fighter jet crashed during military exercises with the United States and other NATO countries.

Fears of further Orthodox Church rifts after Russia-Constantinople split

Moscow - Orthodox Church leaders from numerous countries on Tuesday called for unity and raised fears of further discord after the Moscow branch announced it would break ties with the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate, in what has been described as one of ...

War drills on the school curriculum in eastern Ukraine

Sartana - Huddled in a basement, dozens of children cover their heads with their hands, practising what to do if their school comes under attack in eastern Ukraine's war.

Russian Orthodox Church cuts ties with Constantinople

Minsk - The Russian Orthodox Church said Monday it is breaking ties with the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate over its decision to grant independence to the Ukrainian church, which Moscow does not recognise.

Russian Orthodox Church cuts ties with Constantinople

Minsk - The Russian Orthodox Church said Monday it is breaking ties with the Constantinople Patriarchate over its decision to grant independence to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which Moscow does not recognise.

Rival prayers, police presence as Ukraine marks holiday

Kiev - Police were out in force in Kiev Sunday as Ukraine marked Defender's Day, an event with nationalist roots, shortly after a decision to grant independence to the country's Orthodox Church brought fresh tensions.

Russian FM says independent Ukrainian Church is US-backed 'provocation' 

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday said the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate's decision to recognise the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church was a "provocation" backed by Washington.

Fears of 'religious war' over Ukrainian Church independence

Kiev - Moscow has promised to defend Orthodox believers in Ukraine while Kiev accuses its neighbour of preparing for "religious war" after the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate's decision to recognise the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Ukraine hails Church independence move as 'blow' to Moscow

Kiev - Ukrainian media outlets on Friday welcomed what they said was a "serious blow" to Moscow after a historic decision by the Ecumenical Patriarchate to recognise the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

'Glory to Ukraine': worshippers praise church independence decision

Kiev - Applause erupted outside a Kiev cathedral Thursday after Orthodox clerics in Istanbul agreed to recognise the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Orthodoxy: world's third Christian religion

Moscow - The Orthodox Church, the third main Christian faith after Catholics and Protestants, counts between 125 and 180 million believers around the world, mainly in Russia and eastern Europe.

Ukraine leader hails decision to recognise independence of country's Orthodox Church 

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday hailed a decision by the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate to agree to recognise the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church despite protests from Russia.

Moscow rages as Ukrainian Church's independence recognised

Istanbul - The Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate on Thursday said it had agreed to recognise the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, in a move welcomed with jubilation by Kiev but condemned as "catastrophic" in Moscow.

Warnings from Moscow as Orthodox bishops to rule on Ukraine church

Istanbul - Orthodox clerics led by the Patriarch of Constantinople are set to decide the fate of Ukraine's Orthodox Church, with Moscow warning Wednesday that granting it independence would provoke street protests.

Ukraine sends aircraft as fire rages at arms depot

Kiev - Kiev said on Wednesday it had sent in aircraft to fight a massive fire as explosions continued at an arms depot in northern Ukraine.

Thousands evacuated as explosions spark fire at Ukraine arms depot

Kiev - More than 12,000 people were evacuated after ammunition stored at an arms depot in northern Ukraine began exploding early on Tuesday sparking a huge fire, authorities said.

Fire and explosions erupt at Ukraine arms depot

Kiev - Some 12,000 people were evacuated after a fire and a series of explosions at an arms depot containing thousands of tonnes of ammunition in the north of Ukraine early Tuesday, authorities said.

Ukraine launches large-scale air exercises with NATO countries

Kiev - Ukraine on Monday began a series of large-scale air force exercises with the United States and other NATO countries, the defence ministry said.The "Clear Sky 2018" war games, which will run until October 19, are being held in western Ukraine.

Ukraine hunger striker ends protest 'to avoid force-feeding'

Moscow - Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov, who has refused food for 145 days in a Russian jail, said on Friday he was halting his high-profile protest to avoid being force-fed.

Ukraine decorates 'immense' ex-president Hollande

Kiev - President Petro Poroshenko decorated Francois Hollande with one of Ukraine's highest awards on Monday praising the former French leader's "immense" role in the peace process with Russia and pro-Moscow separatists.

Blast injures election candidate in Ukraine's rebel east

Donezk - Three people were injured in an explosion in Ukraine's rebel stronghold Donetsk on Saturday, including a candidate for the post of the self-proclaimed republic's leader.

Russia releases photo of hunger-striking director Sentsov

Moscow - Russia's prison service released Saturday a rare photograph of Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov on day 139 of his hunger strike in an Arctic colony where he is serving 20 years on terror charges.

Russia's 'blockade' of Sea of Azov ports angers Ukraine

Mariupol - Seagulls whirl over the docks of Ukraine's port of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov as huge cranes once used to unload ships' cargoes stand idle.

Ukrainian leader Poroshenko suing BBC for libel: lawyer

Kiev - Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko is suing British broadcaster BBC for libel over an article that said Kiev paid $400,000 to secure a meeting with US leader Donald Trump last year.

Ukraine region ban on Russian culture sparks controversy

Lviv - The decision by a fiercely pro-Western region of Ukraine to ban Russian-language arts, from songs to books and films, prompted widespread condemnation on Thursday even as it remained unclear how it would be implemented.
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