Ukraine

Ukraine's famed ex-prisoner Savchenko meets inmates in rebel region

Nadiya Savchenko, a military pilot who became the most famous prisoner of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, met Ukrainian prisoners in the separatist region of Donetsk, according to local media reports on Saturday.

Ukrainian lawmaker says he was "bait" in fake abduction

Ukrainian lawmaker Oleksiy Honcharenko told reporters Thursday that his reported abduction in the Odessa region was fake, part of a sting operation to expose an organized crime group, state media reported.

Germany, France slam Russia's acceptance of Ukrainian rebel passports

EU member states Germany and France, which have been seeking to mitigate the conflict between the Ukrainian military and Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine, on Monday broadly condemned Russia's recognition of rebel-issued passports.

Russia 'disappointed' with Pence's remarks on Ukraine conflict

Russia is "disappointed" with US Vice President Mike Pence's comments regarding Moscow's implementation of a ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine, a senior Russian lawmaker says.

Boris Johnson: No crises in Ukraine, Syria with Trump in charge

The crises in Ukraine and Syria wouldn't have happened had Donald Trump been US president at the time, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Friday.

Three Ukrainian soldiers killed in fighting with pro-Russian rebels

Three Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 10 others injured in fighting with Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine in the past day, the country's military said Friday.

OSCE: Ukraine military, rebels both responsible for killing civilians

Both the Ukrainian military and the rebels have been responsible for the "maiming and killing of civilians" in eastern Ukraine, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said Friday, following an escalation in the conflict.

EU commission approves 600-million-euro loan to Ukraine

Ukraine will receive an EU loan worth 600 million euros (640 million dollars) in the coming weeks, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Friday, after a meeting in Brussels with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman.

Putin requests new Ukraine peace talks in conversation with Merkel

There need to be new Ukraine peace talks as soon as possible, Russian President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a telephone conversation on Tuesday.

Lavrov rejects step-by-step removal of sanctions against Russia

Russia will not engage in a reciprocal process with the West to remove Ukraine-related sanctions step by step, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made clear in an interview that was published online on Sunday.

Surge in Ukraine fighting hits dozens of civilian areas

Fighting in eastern Ukraine has intensified amid reports Friday of deadly shelling in dozens of civilian areas and mounting hardships for people living in the conflict zone.

Ukraine 'absolutely satisfied' with US support on Crimea

Ukraine's Permanent Representative to the UN said Wednesday that he was "absolutely satisfied" with the support of the US on the issue of Crimea.

NATO urges Russia to end Ukraine conflict as fighting surges

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg urged Russia on Wednesday to "use its considerable influence over the separatists to bring the violence to an end" in eastern Ukraine.

Soldier, two civilians dead amid heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine

A Ukrainian soldier and two civilians have been killed and several others wounded in the past day as heavy fighting continues between government forces and Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine's east.

Intense fighting in Ukraine leaves seven dead, thousands without heat

Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists saw some of their heaviest battlefield losses in months on Tuesday as combat in the east lead to power outages and no heat or water for thousands.

Tillerson sees key Italy role on Libya, Russia, Ukraine

The US sees Italy as a key partner on the geopolitical challenges in Libya, Russia, and Ukraine, US secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson told La Stampa newspaper in an interview published Monday.

Ukraine's simmering conflict enters third year with no end in sight

The conflict in Ukraine's two eastern-most regions between Russian-aligned rebels and the Ukrainian military is entering its third year with no end in sight.

Militants in Ukraine, Turkey and Yemen fuel rise in global attacks

The number of attacks worldwide by terrorists and militants soared by 26 per cent to more than 24,000 last year, fuelled by a huge escalation of violence in Ukraine, Turkey and Yemen, a closely-watched report has said.

Ukrainian president sees Croatia as trustworthy partner

Croatia is a trustworthy partner of Ukraine and we find Croatia's experience valuable in our struggle for independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Friday in Davos where he met with Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.

Poroshenko's chocolate factory in western Russia to end production

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's eponymous Roshen chocolate factory in the Lipetsk region of western Russia announced on Friday that it would end production in the coming months.

Poroshenko to Biden: Ukraine will never submit to Russia

Ukraine will never submit to Russian aggression and return to being a vassal of the Russian empire, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Monday to US Vice President Joe Biden, who was visiting Ukraine just days before his term ends.

13 die from hypothermia in Ukraine and Belarus amid unusual cold

At least eight people have died from hypothermia in Ukraine and another five in neighbouring Belarus in recent days, local media reported Monday, as temperatures sank below minus 20 degrees Celsius amid an unusual cold spell affecting much of Europe.

Ukraine threatens to ban France's Le Pen over remarks on Crimea

Ukraine on Wednesday threatened to ban Marine Le Pen, leader of France's far-right National Front party, from entering the country following her claim that Russia's annexation of Crimea was not illegal.

Austria gives 2 million euros for aid to eastern Ukraine

Austria is providing an additional 2 million euros (about 2.1 million dollars) "for humanitarian aid to the people in eastern Ukraine," Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said Wednesday on Twitter.

West gets "Ukraine fatigue" as conflict with Russia appears unending

Ukraine continues to fend off the advances of Russian-supported troops in the country, but the West is losing interest in providing crucial backup to a government in Kiev fraught with corruption. How long can Ukraine's embattled leadership keep this up?

Ukraine takes down 1,320 Lenin statues in move away from Soviet past

Ukraine has taken down 1,320 statues of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin and renamed 51,500 streets in the last year as part of a sweeping transition away from its communist past, the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance said Tuesday.

Ukraine summons Israeli ambassador over cancelled visit by Netanyahu

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has summoned Israel's ambassador to discuss a cancelled meeting between the nations' prime ministers, said an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman on Monday.

Stolen Old Masters' paintings recovered in Ukraine to return to Italy

A collection of 17 Old Masters' paintings, stolen from a museum in Italy last year and later recovered in Ukraine, was due to return home on Wednesday, the Italian ministry for culture said in a statement.

NATO, Russian officials refuse to budge over Ukraine conflict

Top officials from NATO and Russia found no common ground on the situation in Ukraine when they gathered behind closed doors on Monday for the first NATO-Russia Council in more than five months.

EU extends sanctions on Russia by six months

EU member states extend economic sanctions on Russia by six months.

Ukrainian government in surprise takeover of largest bank

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced Monday that the government had taken over the country's largest bank, Privatbank, citing concerns of instability in the domestic financial system.

NATO-Russia Council meets to discuss Ukraine, European security

Top officials from NATO and Russia gathered behind closed doors on Monday for a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council at the military alliance's headquarters in Brussels.

NATO-Russia Council to discuss Ukraine next week in Brussels

The NATO-Russia Council, the military alliance's only current channel for dialogue with Russia, will meet at NATO headquarters in Brussels on December 19, a NATO official confirmed Friday.

Ukraine deal won't lead to membership, EU leaders assure Netherlands

EU leaders have given Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte the assurance he wanted that a free trade deal between the European Union and Ukraine would not put the former Soviet republic on the path to EU membership.

EU leaders to discuss Syria, Ukraine, Brexit at last summit of 2016

EU heads of state and government gathered in Brussels on Thursday for a one-day summit to discuss some of the major crises faced by the European Union this year.

Crimean treasures must go to Ukraine, not Russia, Dutch court rules

A trove of Crimean treasures loaned to the Netherlands for a 2014 museum exhibit must be returned to Ukraine, a Dutch court ruled Wednesday, defying warnings from Russia.

Merkel and Hollande talk Ukraine, Syria ahead of EU leaders' meeting

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that talks with French President Francois Hollande in Berlin on Tuesday would allow the two to prepare for a European leaders' summit on topics like the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.

Three Ukrainian soldiers killed in clash with pro-Russian separatists

Three soldiers were killed in eastern Ukraine during a clash with pro-Russian separatists, the Ukrainian Defence Ministry said on Sunday.

No agreement reached between Russia, Ukraine on gas deliveries

Russian and Ukrainian officials failed to reach an agreement on gas deliveries this winter in a first round of EU-led talks on Friday.

Ukraine moves to ban imports of Russian books

The import of Russian books into Ukraine would be sharply limited under new legislation passed in the Ukrainian parliament on Thursday.

Dynamo Kiev and Besiktas charged for Champions League crowd trouble

Dynamo Kiev and Besiktas have been charged by European football governing body UEFA for the behaviour of their fans after violence marred Tuesday's Champions League match.

EU deal brings visa-free access closer for Ukraine

Visa-free access for Ukrainian citizens to the European Union came within reach late Wednesday when EU lawmakers struck a deal to strengthen an "emergency brake" that could pause the access if needed.

NATO strongly supports Ukraine's integrity, says Croatian FM

NATO strongly supports Ukraine's territorial integrity and the European Union's sanctions against Russia will remain in force until the Minsk agreement is honoured, Croatian Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier said in Brussels on Wednesday after a meeting of foreign ministers of NATO's 28 member states and their Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin.

Stier: Cyber-attack may have come from east, unrelated to PM's Ukraine visit

Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier said on Saturday that no strategic piece of information was compromised in a cyber-attack on the ministry's computer network in October, allowing for the possibility that the attack came from the east, but adding that it was not related to Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic's visit to Ukraine because it happened before it.

Plenkovic disappointed at comments regarding his Ukraine visit

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Wednesday that his offering Croatia's help to Ukraine regarding the peaceful reintegration of occupied territory was part of broader international efforts to have the Minsk agreements implemented, expressing disappointment with comments by some opposition politicians and media in Croatia regarding his offer and calling them unfounded.

EU court backs sanctions on Putin's judo partner

Were EU member states justified in freezing the assets of Russian President Vladimir Putin's former judo partner from 2014 in response to the Ukraine crisis?

Parliament speaker meets ambassadors of Ukraine, Hungary, China

Croatian Parliament Speaker Bozo Petrov on Tuesday received the ambassadors of Ukraine, Hungary and China with whom he discussed bilateral relations, and the strengthening of both political and economic cooperation.

Chernobyl gets steel dome boost to help old shell contain radiation

A new steel cover was moved into place on Tuesday to prevent radiation from escaping past a concrete sarcophagus hastily erected at the Chernobyl power plant three decades ago to control one of the worst nuclear disasters in history.

Ukraine's ex-leader speaks from Russian exile about deaths on Maidan

Ukraine's former president, Viktor Yanukovych, answered questions on Monday for a Kiev court via a videolink from his self-imposed exile in Russia about deaths during protests that swept him from power almost three years ago.

EU boosts support for Ukraine, inches closer to visa-free travel deal

The European Union strengthened its support for Ukraine on Thursday, allocating millions of euros for an anti-corruption programme in the former Soviet republic and inching closer to enabling Ukrainians to travel to the EU without a visa.

Ukraine's Poroshenko expects continued US support under Trump

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he expects continued support from the United States despite US president-elect Donald Trump's pledges to boost ties with regional rival Russia.

Russian ex-naval officer detained on suspicion of spying for Ukraine

Russian authorities have detained a former naval captain in Crimea on suspicion of spying for Ukraine, the Federal Security Service (FSB), the main successor agency of the Soviet KGB, said Thursday.

Croatian PM says Russian response to his Ukraine initiative comes from "lower level"

Zagreb supports the Minsk agreement, whose aim to end the war in eastern Ukraine is similar to Croatia's experience with the peaceful reintegration of occupied territories, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Wednesday in a comment on a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Moscow concerned about Plenkovic's statement in Ukraine

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that it was concerned about the statement by Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic that Croatia would share with Ukraine its own experience with the peaceful reintegration of occupied territories applicable to eastern Ukraine where government forces are fighting against pro-Russian rebels.

Croatia to help Ukraine with peaceful reintegration of occupied territories

Croatia will continue to support Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic aspirations and will help it with the peaceful reintegration of its occupied territories, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said during a visit to Kiev on Monday.

Croatia advocates visa-free regime for Ukrainians travelling to EU

Croatia advocates the cancellation of the visa regime imposed on Ukrainian nationals, and urges the European Union to lift those visas as soon as possible, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said in Kiev on Monday after he held talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Groysman.

PM Plenkovic arrives in Ukraine for official visit

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic arrived in Kiev on Sunday for an official visit during which he is expected to hold talks with top Ukrainian officials about bilateral relations and possibilities for promoting economic cooperation.

Croatian Prime Minister travels to Ukraine for official visit

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic is travelling to Kiev on Sunday for an official visit during which he is expected to hold talks with top Ukrainian officials about bilateral relations and possibilities for promoting economic cooperation.

EU members want 'emergency brake' on visa-free travel for Ukraine

Ukrainian citizens should be allowed visa-free access to the European Union, but only with a strong "emergency brake" in place, EU member states said Thursday.

Putin, Merkel discuss gas transit via Ukraine as temperatures drop

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday warned Germany about Ukraine possibly disrupting gas supplies to Europe during an expected severe winter.

EU adds six Crimean lawmakers to Ukraine sanctions list

The European Union has imposed sanctions on six Crimean lawmakers voted into the Russian parliament, bringing the overall number of people hit with Ukraine-related travel bans and asset freezes to 152, it announced Wednesday.

Saakashvili resigns as Ukraine governor, citing entrenched corruption

Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili left another political job behind him Monday when he gave up his post as governor of Ukraine's Odessa region, citing entrenched corruption.

Dutch government seeking adjustments to EU-Ukraine agreement

The Dutch government said Monday that it wants to reach a compromise that would allow it to ratify an agreement to boost ties between the European Union and Ukraine.

Yezidi survivors of sexual slavery win top EU rights prize

Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar, Yezidi women who survived sexual enslavement by Islamic State, have been awarded the European Union's top prize for human rights, the European Parliament announced Thursday.

Putin: Ukraine cutting power off in Crimea was "serious crime"

Ukraine's shut-off of electricity and drinking water to Crimea following Russia's annexation of the peninsula was "on the verge of a crime against humanity," Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.

Diplomats: Many open questions about armed OSCE mission in Ukraine

The deployment of an armed police mission to eastern Ukraine is not yet a done deal, and there are several open questions about the plan as proposed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, diplomats told dpa on Thursday.

Agreement on road map in Ukraine crisis after Berlin meeting

Angela Merkel played down expectations ahead of a crisis summit in Berlin. But she got unexpected results: An agreement on a road map toward peace in eastern Ukraine.

Merkel to host crisis summit in Berlin on Ukraine, Syria

Germany and France are to call on Wednesday for extending the suspension of Russian-led airstrikes against the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo at a crisis summit hosted by Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.

Putin to attend Wednesday Ukraine summit hosted by Merkel in Berlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin is to attend a summit in Berlin on Wednesday, part of a fresh bid to resolve the long-running Ukraine crisis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office said Tuesday.

Exiled Turkish journalist shortlisted for top EU rights prize

Can Dundar, an exiled Turkish journalist who was sentenced to jail for publishing information about arms shipments to Syria, was shortlisted Tuesday for the European Parliament's 2016 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

Wales held by Georgia, wins for Ukraine, Croatia in WC qualifiers

Wales dropped points in their bid for World Cup qualification when they were held 1-1 by Georgia in Cardiff on Sunday.

Netherlands summons Russian envoy over MH17 crash probe criticism

The Dutch Foreign Ministry has summoned Russia's ambassador to the Netherlands following Moscow's criticism of a criminal probe into the downing of a passenger jet over eastern Ukraine in 2014.

Russia denounces MH17 crash investigation as "politically motivated"

Russia's Foreign Ministry denounces the Dutch-led investigation into the MH17 airliner crash as "biased" and "politically motivated."

MH17 probe: Missile brought from Russia downed plane over Ukraine

The Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight shot down over eastern Ukraine was struck by a Buk missile brought into the conflict zone from Russia, prosecutors said Wednesday on presenting the long-awaited findings of a criminal investigation into the crash.

Plenkovic visits Ukraine at helm of EP delegation

The chair of the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee, Andrej Plenkovic, visited Kiev on Wednesday at the head of a European Parliament delegation for talks with Ukrainian officials about the political, security and economic situation in Ukraine, Plenkovic's party, the Croatian Democratic Union, said in a press release.

Poroshenko: Russia is waging an undeclared war against Ukraine

Russia is waging an undeclared, hybrid war against Ukraine with the use of a "terrorist component," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

Presidents of Croatia and Ukraine meet in New York

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has met with her Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko on the margins of the 71st United Nations General Assembly session in New York, Poroshenko's office said in a press release on Wednesday.

NATO units for Poland and Baltic states to arrive in May

New NATO units for Poland and the Baltic states should be deployed starting in May, a spokesman for the military alliance said Sunday.

Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels poised for prisoner exchange

The Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels in the country's east appeared ready on Friday to exchange prisoners.

EU court partially nixes sanctions on Ukraine ex-president Yanukovych

An EU court has partially annulled sanctions imposed on former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych and two associates following his ouster, arguing Thursday that there was insufficient evidence against them for the period in question.

EU further extends sanctions on Putin associates over Ukraine action

The European Union on Thursday extended sanctions for a further six months against 146 people and 37 entities in connection with the crisis in Ukraine, with the targets including close associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Steinmeier: Ukraine agrees to new ceasefire for eastern regions

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenkop agreed on Wednesday to a new ceasefire for the country's conflict-ridden eastern regions, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said after meeting with Poroshenko.

Pro-Russian rebel leaders ban opening fire on Ukrainian military

The leaders of the two major pro-Russian separatist groups in eastern Ukraine announced on Tuesday that they are banning their militias from opening fire against the Ukrainian military, Russian state news agency TASS reported.

Ukraine reports three soldiers dead, 15 wounded, in fighting in east

Three Ukrainian servicemen were killed and 15 wounded during fighting with pro-Russian rebels in the country's east in the past 24 hours, a spokesman for Ukraine's military operation said Tuesday.

Czech President Zeman says Crimea belongs to Russia

The Black Sea peninsula of Crimea belongs to Russia, the Czech Republic's pro-Moscow President Milos Zeman reportedly said Friday.

Ukraine vows to ban certain Russian singers from Eurovision

Ukraine will not allow Russian singers who have supported the pro-Russian rebellion in eastern Ukraine to perform at next year's Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev, Ukraine's Culture Minister Yevhen Nyshchuk said Friday.

Ukraine and US deepen military collaboration with five-year agreement

Ukraine and the United States strengthened their military collaboration on Thursday with a five-year agreement, including to supply military equipment and train soldiers.

Sanctions won't be lifted on Russia over Ukraine, Obama says

US President Barack Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday that sanctions will remain in place until Moscow changes course on Ukraine.

Russia begins massive military exercise near Ukraine

Russia began a large-scale military exercise on Monday in its southern military district, near neighbouring Ukraine.

Merkel, Putin speak about Syria, Ukraine on sidelines of G20

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke in person late Sunday for nearly two hours on the sidelines of the Group of 20 (G20) summit in China.

NATO member Lithuania delivers 150 tons of ammunition to Ukraine

NATO member Lithuania has delivered Ukraine more than 150 tons of munition to aid it in the battle against pro-Russian separatists.

German lawmaker sees Britain's EU future on par with Turkey, Ukraine

Britain and its 27 EU partners face the thorny task of hashing out their future relationship after the country voted in June to leave the bloc - a complicated process that will take several years to complete.

Ukrainian military shelling kills civilian, pro-Russian rebels say

Pro-Russian rebels on Thursday said Ukraine's military killed a civilian woman with shelling that hit a residential area, as both warring sides trade allegations of ceasefire violations.

Ukraine defiant against Russia as it marks 25 years of independence

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko struck a defiant tone towards Russia on Wednesday, accusing his country's larger neighbour of vain attempts at invasion as Ukraine celebrated 25 years of independence.

OSCE: Ukraine fighting has surged in past week

Fighting in eastern Ukraine has surged in the past week, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said Friday, amid mounting tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

Ukraine investigating Trump campaign chairman over alleged corruption

Ukrainian anti-corruption authorities said Friday they are investigating Donald Trump's campaign chairman over allegations related to his work on behalf of a pro-Russian political party.

Russia: Relations with Germany "not experiencing their best times"

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Sunday that Russia is not to blame for a current low point in relations between Berlin and Moscow.

Russia deploying long-range S-400 missile systems in Crimea

Russia is deploying long-range S-400 missile systems in Crimea amid heightened tensions with Ukraine, Russian state news agency TASS reported Friday.

NATO: Russian military activity in Crimea is "not helpful"

NATO is concerned about heightened tension between Moscow and Kiev, an alliance official says on condition of anonymity, adding that recent Russian military activity in Crimea "is not helpful."

Ukraine puts troops on combat alert as tensions flare with Russia

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ordered the military to be on combat alert on the de facto border with Crimea and in the country's two easternmost regions amid heightened tensions with Russia.