Interview: Ukraine minister claims Russia on its knees

Europe 03/22/19, 10:08

With President Petro Poroshenko slipping in the polls a week ahead of elections, Ukraine's government is trying to put a brave face on his achievements, insisting it is well on its way to delivering on the demands of the Maidan protest movement that drove the previous Russia-backed president from power ...

10 arrested in nationalist protest against Ukraine’s leader

World 03/16/19, 10:23

Police in the Ukrainian city of Poltava have arrested 10 people as nationalist demonstrators attempted to interrupt a campaign appearance by President Petro Poroshenko.Police said the demonstrators aggressively tried to provoke a conflict with officers at the event Saturday in the city 350 kilometers (210 miles) east of Kiev, the ...

Ukraine police: 15 officers injured in clash with far-right

Europe 03/09/19, 16:41

Ukrainian police said 15 officers were injured Saturday in a clash with far-right demonstrators who disrupted a campaign appearance of President Petro Poroshenko.The clash took place in the city of Cherkasy, about 150 kilometers (90 miles) southeast of the capital Kiev, according to a police statement.Several dozen members of the ...

Ukrainian presidential ballot to have 39 names

Europe 03/08/19, 04:50

The ballot for Ukraine's presidential election will include 39 candidates, a marginally slimmer field after five contenders dropped out in recent days.The final candidates' list for the March 31 vote was announced Friday by the central elections commission.Opinion polls suggest that no candidate is likely to get anywhere close to ...

Ukraine: Tymoshenko promises prison for military embezzlers

Europe 03/07/19, 10:31

Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko has promised life imprisonment for anyone found guilty in alleged military corruption that reportedly includes incumbent Petro Poroshenko.A media investigation last week detailed alleged embezzlement schemes in the nation's military industries, including at a factory controlled by Poroshenko."Those who earned even one black kopeck by ...

Ukraine candidate urges talks to end conflict in east

Europe 03/01/19, 10:51

A comedian leading Ukraine's presidential race says the country needs to negotiate with Russia to put an end to fighting in the east.Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who plays the nation's president in a popular TV series, has surged ahead of incumbent Petro Poroshenko and ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, according to opinion polls ...

Protesters in Ukraine call for president’s impeachment

Europe 02/28/19, 11:16

Several hundred people have marched across the Ukrainian capital calling for the impeachment of the country's president.President Petro Poroshenko, who is seeking re-election in a March 31 vote, has come under fire over a journalistic investigation that implicated one of his senior associates in the alleged embezzlement of military funds.Poroshenko ...

Ukrainian president visits US destroyer on port call

Europe 02/26/19, 13:04

Ukraine's president has gone aboard a U.S. warship making a call at a Ukrainian port, hailing its visit as a warning to Russia.President Petro Poroshenko visited the destroyer USS Donald Cook in the port of Odessa on Tuesday. He said in a statement that the ship's visit was "an important ...

Ukraine candidate urges public to propose future Cabinet

Europe 02/25/19, 11:54

A comedian who is leading Ukraine's presidential election race on Monday urged his supporters to propose candidates for top government jobs.Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who plays the nation's president in a popular TV series, called on his backers to suggest candidates for prime minister, foreign and defense ministers and other top officials. ...

Ukraine’s president wants UN options for peace force in east

Europe 02/20/19, 15:47

A U.N.-mandated peacekeeping operation could be decisive in ending the conflict in Ukraine's east with Russian-backed separatists — and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres should send an assessment mission to come up with options, Ukraine's president said Wednesday.Petro Poroshenko accused Russia of conducting an "undeclared war against my country," but said his ...

Ukraine president signs amendment on NATO, EU membership

Europe 02/19/19, 09:47

Ukraine's president has signed a constitutional amendment committing to join NATO and the European Union.Speaking in parliament Tuesday, President Petro Poroshenko said he sees securing Ukraine's membership in the EU and NATO as his "strategic mission."Poroshenko, who is running for a second five-year term in the March 31 election, told ...

Ukraine: Comedian surges ahead in presidential election poll

Europe 02/14/19, 07:16

The latest opinion poll in Ukraine shows a popular comedian holding a strong lead in campaigning for the presidential election.The survey conducted by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology and released Thursday shows 41-year-old comedian Vladimir Zelenskiy, who plays the nation's president in a popular TV show, with nearly 27 ...

Ukrainian president vows to push for EU, NATO membership

Europe 02/09/19, 09:10

Ukraine's president says the nation needs to join the European Union and NATO to protect itself from Russia's expansionist actions.President Petro Poroshenko, who is seeking a second five-year term in the March 31 vote, accused Russia on Saturday of planning to meddle in the election. He described the election as ...

Ukraine has 44 presidential candidates in all-time record

Europe 02/08/19, 11:27

Ukraine's election officials say they have registered 44 presidential contenders — an all-time record for the nation.The latest polls show that comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who plays the nation's president in a popular TV series, has surged ahead of both incumbent President Petro Poroshenko and the ex-prime minister in the run-up ...

Ukraine’s parliament votes to support NATO, EU aspirations

Europe 02/07/19, 06:02

Ukraine's parliament has passed constitutional amendment to commit to join NATO and the European Union.Massive protests in Ukraine in 2013 centered on the then-president's refusal to sign an association agreement with the EU, which was seen as a betrayal of the aspirations of many Ukrainians. The new government that took ...

Ukraine’s exiled ex-president warns of possible vote rigging

Europe 02/06/19, 09:06

Ukraine's exiled former president, who was found guilty of fueling a deadly separatist conflict in the east, is warning of possible vote rigging in the country's upcoming presidential election.Ukrainians will vote March 31 to elect a new president. Former President Viktor Yanukovych fled the country in February 2014 following months ...

Interview: Ukraine ex-PM accuses president of corruption

Europe 02/04/19, 12:20

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who is running for president in next month's election, has accused the incumbent of corruption.Tymoshenko told The Associated Press in an interview Monday that President Petro Poroshenko has used his position to enrich himself. She also alleged that Poroshenko's associates have engaged in a ...

Head of Ukraine’s new Orthodox Church assumes office

Europe 02/03/19, 09:26

The newly elected head of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church has officially assumed office in the capital of Kiev, a month after the church severed its centuries-long ties with the Russian Orthodox Church.Metropolitan Epiphanius I, 40, was enthroned during a lavish service at St. Sophia Cathedral in central Kiev on ...

Comedian takes lead in Ukraine presidential race, polls show

Europe 01/31/19, 13:04

A comedian has taken the lead in Ukraine's presidential race, according to the latest polls.A poll by the Razumkov Center shows comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who played the president in a popular TV series, surging ahead of incumbent President Petro Poroshenko and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.The poll of 6,000 released ...

Russian leader assails Ukraine Orthodox church reform

Europe 01/31/19, 09:55

President Vladimir Putin has criticized Ukraine's move to set up a new Orthodox church independent from Moscow and promised to defend religious freedom.Earlier this month, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople granted independence to a new Orthodox Church of Ukraine, formally severing its centuries-long ties with the Russian Orthodox Church. ...

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