Ukraine’s incumbent president announces re-election bid

Europe 01/29/19, 08:11

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he will run for re-election in March's presidential vote.Poroshenko declared Tuesday that he will seek another five-year term in office on March 31. Long before the formal announcement, the president has sought to bolster his sagging public support by spearheading efforts to secure the independence ...

Ukraine’s ex-PM announces presidential bid

Europe 01/22/19, 08:35

Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, one of Ukraine's most popular and resilient politicians, has announced her presidential bid.Opinion polls have consistently placed the 58-year-old, who was the country's prime minister between 2007 and 2010, as a front-runner in the presidential election set for March 31, ahead of incumbent Petro Poroshenko.Tymoshenko ...

President: Ukraine’s new church throws off Russia’s chains

Europe 01/07/19, 09:52

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says the establishment of an Orthodox Church independent of the Russian church is a major step toward moving out of Russia's shadow.On Christmas Day, which Ukrainian Orthodox believers celebrated on Monday, Poroshenko attended services in the capital's Sophia Cathedral. The service came a day after the ...

Independence decree presented to Ukrainian Orthodox bishop

Europe 01/06/19, 03:42

The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople has presented a decree of independence to the Metropolitan bishop of the nascent Orthodox Church of Ukraine.In Istanbul on Sunday, Patriarch Bartholomew I presented the Tomos, a scroll containing the decree, in a symbolic ceremony sanctifying the Ukrainian church's independence from the Russian Orthodox Church. ...

Independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church formalized in Istanbul

Europe 01/05/19, 05:52

The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople has signed a decree of independence for the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.Patriarch Bartholomew I signed the "Tomos" in Istanbul Saturday, formalizing the Ukrainian church's independence from the Russian Orthodox Church to which it has been tied to since 1686. The move is forcing Ukrainian clerics ...

Ukraine’s leader orders Orthodox Church to change its name

Europe 12/22/18, 09:39

Ukraine's president has signed a bill that orders the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to change its name to reflect its ties to Moscow.The Ukrainian church has been part of the Russian Orthodox Church for centuries, but some Ukrainian orthodox clerics, with government support, have moved to set up a separate independent ...

Update: Ukraine Orthodox OKs break with Russian church

World 12/15/18, 11:29

The Latest on the split between Orthodox Churches in Ukraine and Russia (all times local):Orthodox priests speak to people gathered to support an independent Ukrainian church near the St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)6:25 p.m.Orthodox priests bless people gathered to support independent Ukrainian church near ...

Ukraine Orthodox leaders to approve break with Russia church

World 12/15/18, 06:13

Thousands of people have gathered outside a Kiev cathedral to witness the birth of a new Ukrainian Orthodox Church as tensions between Ukraine and Russia continue to drive the two farther apart.Orthodox priests speak to people gathered to support an independent Ukrainian church near the St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, ...

Ukrainian ex-pilot Savchenko on hunger strike in prison

Europe 12/05/18, 13:58

A celebrated former Ukrainian military pilot in jail on charges of plotting an attack on parliament said Wednesday that she has started refusing food and water in protest.Nadiya Savchenko called herself a political prisoner and said she wants to protest what she called blackmail and pressure by investigators.Savchenko, a former ...

Key Ukrainian church gathering slated for next week

Europe 12/05/18, 07:21

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says local Orthodox communities will gather for a summit next week that is expected to form a new, independent Ukrainian church.The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, the Istanbul-based institution that serves as a center of the global Eastern Orthodox faith, has drafted a charter for an independent ...

Ukraine calls up reservists amid tensions with Russia

World 12/03/18, 05:26

Ukraine's president has announced a call-up of reservists amid tensions with Russia.Relations between the two neighbors have strained further following the Nov. 25 incident in which Russia fired upon and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crews.Ukrainian servicemen are seen aboard a naval ship in the Azov Sea port ...

Ukraine’s leader: Orthodox faithful to get religious freedom

Europe 12/02/18, 10:05

Ukraine's president has promised Orthodox parishioners that they will be free to choose their affiliation after the creation of the new autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church.A view of the 1000-year old Monastery of Caves in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. The Ukrainian intelligence agency is searching the home of the ...

Ukraine urges German naval presence in the Black Sea

Europe 12/02/18, 05:48

Ukraine's leader has called on Germany and its allies to boost their naval presence in the Black Sea to deter Russia from further aggression in the region.A view of the 1000-year old Monastery of Caves in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. The Ukrainian intelligence agency is searching the home ...

Update: Ukraine: Huge Russian military buildup on border

Europe 12/01/18, 11:29

The Latest on the current dispute between Russia and Ukraine (all times local):6:25 p.m.Ukraine's president says Russia is building up land forces and weapons along its border with Ukraine as tensions between the two countries flares in the wake of a recent naval clash in the Black Sea.President Petro Poroshenko ...

Ukraine stops 100 Russians from entering amid entry ban

Europe 12/01/18, 07:34

Ukraine's border service says that around 100 Russian citizens have been denied entry into the country since an entry ban for adult Russian males was announced.Border guards' spokesman Andrei Demchenko has told Ukrainian television Saturday that "the vast majority of (them) couldn't confirm the purpose of their trip to Ukraine."He ...

Update: Ukraine bars entry to Russian men from 16 to 60

Europe 11/30/18, 02:52

The Latest on Russia-Ukraine tensions (all times local):10:50 a.m.Ukraine's president says that the country has barred Russian men between 16 and 60 from traveling to the country.Ukrainian soldiers drive APCs near Urzuf, south coast of Azov sea, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Ukraine put its military forces on high ...

President: Ukrainian Orthodox church will get independence

World 11/29/18, 16:38

Ukraine's president announced Thursday that the Constantinople patriarchy has approved a decree granting the Ukrainian Orthodox Church independence from the Russian Orthodox Church, a major boost to the president's approval ratings.The Ukrainian church has formally been under the Russian Orthodox Church for centuries, so this step would be momentous, splitting ...

Update: Turkey ponders mediation in Russia-Ukraine spat

Europe 11/29/18, 03:15

The Latest on raised tensions between Russia and Ukraine (all times local):8:15 a.m.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he has discussed the possibility of a Turkish mediation to resolve tensions between Russia and Ukraine in the Sea of Azov.Erdogan made the comments early Thursday, hours after he held separate telephone ...

Ukraine urges NATO to deploy ships amid standoff with Russia

Europe 11/29/18, 02:57

The Ukrainian president is urging NATO to deploy naval ships to the Sea of Azov amid a standoff with Russia.President Petro Poroshenko made the call in an interview with the German daily Bild published Thursday, saying that "we hope that states within NATO are now ready to relocate naval ships ...

10 Things to Know for Today: Mexico, Midwest, Mars

U.S. 11/26/18, 06:22

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. FIRST GENE-EDITED BABIES CLAIMED IN CHINA A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world's first genetically edited babies — DNA he says he altered with a powerful new tool, AP learns. 2. MEXICO ...

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