Council of Europe to allow Russia to vote again
MOSCOW (AP) — The Council of Europe adopted a declaration Friday that allows Russia to start voting again at the continent's main human rights body despite its 2014 annexation of the Crimea...
HELSINKI (AP) — Over 30 European foreign ministers have gathered in the Finnish capital to mark the 70th anniversary of the continent's key human rights body, the Council of Europe.
BERLIN (AP) — A U.N. court said Friday it will deliver a decision this month on Ukraine's demand for the release of 24 sailors and three naval vessels captured by Russia in November.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The crisis in Venezuela has been thrust to the top of a list of long-simmering spats between the United States and Russia, with both sides entrenched in diametrically opposed...
Putin raises possibility of meeting Ukraine leader
BEIJING (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday raised the possibility of meeting Ukraine's president-elect in a sign Moscow might want to improve relations that soured after its 2014...
Presidents of Russia, Estonia meet after nearly a decade
MOSCOW (AP) — The presidents of Russia and Estonia held talks at the Kremlin for the first time in nearly a decade Thursday, a step toward reversing an absence of high-level contacts that Russian...
BERLIN (AP) — A series of potential scandals is plaguing the far-right Alternative for Germany party, overshadowing the launch of its campaign for next month's elections for the European Union's...
WASHINGTON (AP) — NATO foreign ministers approved a series of measures Thursday aimed at countering Russia in the Black Sea region, an agreement that comes amid public rifts between the United...
MONACO (AP) — The IAAF's Athletics Integrity Unit says runner Ksenia Savina and her husband have been charged in a doping case that includes allegations of "complicity" and tampering with a...
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Latest on Ukraine's presidential election (all times local):
Ukraine's central elections commission says nearly 64 percent of the country's...
Rare white lion cubs born in Crimea safari park
What’s at stake in Ukraine’s presidential election
Awash in corruption, plagued by a war with Russia-backed separatists, reliant on international institutions for billions of dollars in aid, Ukraine presents stern challenges for its next...
Unified cruiserweight champ Usyk moves to heavyweight
MOSCOW (AP) — The undisputed world cruiserweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk, is finally moving up to heavyweight.
The Ukrainian fighter said he's vacated the WBA cruiserweight title rather...
Russian security forces raid homes of Crimean Tatars
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian intelligence agency in the occupied Ukrainian Crimean peninsula says that it is searching multiple homes for members of a banned extremist organization.
MOSCOW (AP) — Five years into Ukraine's conflict with Russia, Moscow seems to have Ukraine pinned against the ropes. Ukraine's ambition of joining the European Union and NATO is indefinitely...
Poland snubs Russia before World War II commemoration
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish authorities have refused to invite a Russian delegation to a commemoration ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II.
Ukraine introduces new sanctions against Russia
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president has ordered new sanctions against Russian companies and individuals involved in construction and other activities in Crimea.
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MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin led thousands to chant "Russia!" on a visit Monday to Crimea marking the fifth anniversary of the Black Sea peninsula's annexation from Ukraine, as NATO and...
NATO, EU condemn Russia’s 2014 seizure of Crimea
BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO and the European Union are condemning Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula five years after Moscow declared the region Russian territory.
House passes 4 bills targeting Russia, Putin’s wealth
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House passed a series of bills Tuesday pushing back on the Russian government, demanding accountability for corruption, human rights abuses and...
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A comedian leading Ukraine's presidential race says the country needs to negotiate with Russia to put an end to fighting in the east.
Ukraine drops out of Eurovision after spat with singer
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine has pulled out of this year's Eurovision song contest following a politically-tinged dispute between the singer who won the national competition and the country's...
Putin spokesman’s daughter interning at EU Parliament
BRUSSELS (AP) — The daughter of the spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin has secured an intern's job at the European Union's legislature at a time of increasing political confrontation...
Ukraine blocks Eurovision nominee in politically-tinged spat
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's public broadcaster on Monday refused to sign a contract with the performer who won the right to represent her country in the Eurovision contest — a move that follows a...
UN: 2015 peace accord for Ukraine’s east not implemented
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A 2015 agreement to bring peace to Ukraine's volatile east remains largely unimplemented and civilians are paying the highest price, with more than 3,300 killed and 3.5 million needing humanitarian aid this year, U.N. officials said Tuesday.
Ukraine has 44 presidential candidates in all-time record
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Election officials in Ukraine said Friday that 44 candidates have registered to compete in the March presidential election — a 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 ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in the run-up to the March 31 vote.
Ukrainian lawmakers bar Russians from observing election
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's parliament has barred Russian citizens from serving as election monitors during an upcoming presidential election.
The Supreme Rada voted to exclude Russians from international observers' missions that will be monitoring the voting in Ukraine next month.
Ukraine’s exiled ex-president claims possible vote rigging
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's exiled former president, who was found guilty of fueling a deadly separatist conflict in the east, on Wednesday claimed there could be possible vote rigging in the country's upcoming presidential election.
Comedian takes lead in Ukraine presidential race, polls show
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A comedian has taken the lead in Ukraine's presidential race, according to the latest polls released Thursday.
A poll by the Razumkov Center and two other organizations shows Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who played the nation's president in a popular TV series, surging ahead of incumbent President Petro Poroshenko and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
6 remain missing after Black Sea ship fire
MOSCOW (AP) — Ambulance crews on the Crimean Peninsula transported a dozen survivors of a ship fire to hospitals on Tuesday while six of their crewmates have remained missing in the Black Sea. At least 14 sailors died in the tragedy.
Moscow courts extends arrest for Ukrainian seamen
MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court has extended the detention of eight Ukrainian seamen who were among 24 captured by Russian coast guards in the Black Sea.
Three Ukrainian vessels and their crews were fired at and seized by the Russians in November. Russia insists the men should be put on trial for violating its border. Ukraine calls them prisoners of war who were illegally captured.
Ukraine FM: Russia will do everything to break up
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The Ukrainian foreign minister says Russia "will be doing everything to break up Ukraine, somehow to divide Ukraine further."
Pavlo Klimkin says Moscow doesn't want "to have a free and democratic Ukraine as such" and his country needs "military, political and economic support to fight Russia's attempt to 'suffocate' southern Ukraine by blocking access to the Azov Sea."
Klimkin spoke Friday to the Baltic News Agency during a visit to Lithuania.
Campaigning in ambiguous presidential race starts in Ukraine
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A 90-day political campaign period has opened in Ukraine, where the incumbent president's future is uncertain.
President Petro Poroshenko hasn't yet announced whether he plans to run in a March 31 election, although he is expected to seek re-election. Monday marked the official start of campaigning.
Germany, France press Russia to free Ukrainian sailors
BERLIN (AP) — The leaders of Germany and France are pressing Russia to release Ukrainian sailors captured over a month ago in time for the new year and Orthodox Christmas.
In a joint statement Friday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron also vowed to keep up pressure to implement a 2015 peace deal for eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine’s leader orders Orthodox Church to change its name
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president on Saturday signed a bill that orders the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to change its name to reflect its ties to Moscow.
Orthodox believers rally to protest Ukraine parliament vote
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Over 1,000 believers of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church rallied outside the country's parliament Thursday to protest its demand that their church's name is changed to reflect its ties to Moscow.
Parliament passed a bill earlier Thursday demanding that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church explicitly indicate its link to the Moscow Patriarchate in its name. The church rejected the demand as unconstitutional.
Ukraine secures new IMF loan after making reforms
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian leader says the International Monetary Fund has approved a new loan for the country.
President Petro Poroshenko hailed the move as recognition of Ukraine's progress in stabilizing its economy and implementing reforms.
US envoy dismisses Russia’s warnings of Ukraine attack
MOSCOW (AP) — The special envoy of the United States on Ukraine has dismissed Russia's warning of a Ukrainian offensive near Crimea as an attempt to deflect attention from its own aggressive actions.
The long-simmering conflict between Russia and Ukraine broke into the open last month when Russian coast guards near Russia-annexed Crimea fired on and seized three Ukrainian vessels and their crew.
EU eyes ways to bolster Ukraine economy amid Russia tension
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is studying ways to help bolster the economy in strife-torn eastern Ukraine, the EU's top diplomat said Monday, amid tensions with Russia over a naval confrontation in the Black Sea last month.
Ukraine has been seeking help from its international partners at the EU and NATO since Russian border guards fired on three Ukrainian navy vessels in the Black Sea on Nov. 25. The crews were captured and the ships seized.
Ukraine says will send naval ships through Kerch Strait soon
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine's defense ministry warned Russia on Friday that it will soon send navy ships through the Kerch Strait where Russia fired on and seized three Ukrainian vessels two weeks ago.
Ukrainian authorities: We thwarted ‘massive’ cyberattack
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukrainian authorities say they've thwarted a huge cyberattack and are blaming Russia for the alleged digital assault as tensions between the two countries have flared.
The Security Service of Ukraine said in a statement that hackers used malicious accounting documents to target the information technology systems of the country's judiciary.
The Latest: Ukraine seeks NATO support over Russia standoff
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Latest on the tensions between Russia and Ukraine(all times local):
NATO foreign ministers are meeting with Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin as the country seeks international backing for its Black Sea standoff with Russia.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the 28 other NATO foreign ministers will offer political support to Ukraine, but will not provide naval escorts or any military assistance beyond what's being done now.
Ukraine calls up reservists amid rising tensions with Russia
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president announced a partial call-up of reservists for training amid tensions with Russia, saying Monday that the country needs to beef up its defenses to counter the threat of a Russian invasion.
The Kremlin dismissed the Ukrainian leader's statement as an "absurd" attempt to inflame tensions.
The Latest: Merkel: Russia can’t block Ukraine’s ports
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Latest on the current dispute between Russia and Ukraine (all times local):
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Russia must allow ships access to Ukrainian ports on the Sea of Azov through the Kerch Strait, which separates the Russian mainland from the annexed Crimean Peninsula.
Merkel spoke to reporters Saturday on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires after holding a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Latest: UN chief urges calm in Russia-Ukraine dispute
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The latest on raised tensions between Russia and Ukraine (all times local):
U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres says he hopes the international community can help calm tensions between Russia and Ukraine over a ship standoff near Crimea.
Guterres urged Russia on Thursday to respect "the territorial integrity of Ukraine" and "avoid the worst" after Russia seized Ukrainian naval ships and their crews in a dispute over maritime access.
Ukraine urges NATO to deploy ships in dispute with Russia
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The president of Ukraine is urging NATO to deploy warships to the Sea of Azov, a proposal that has been sharply criticized by Russia as a provocation that could worsen tensions between the two countries following a weekend confrontation in the waters off the Crimean Peninsula.
Putin derides Ukraine’s martial law as political trick
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president donned combat fatigues to implement martial law in much of the country on Wednesday, a move Russia denounced as a cynical political trick as both sides ratcheted up tensions after a weekend standoff in the Black Sea.
Each side blamed the other for the bellicose turn of events, with Ukraine saying Russia is preparing for a full-scale invasion and Moscow calling it a political stunt by an unpopular president facing tough elections.
The Latest: Trump, Erdogan talk about Russia-Ukraine dispute
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on raised tensions between Russia and Ukraine (all times local):
U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have spoken on the phone to express their concerns about the Russia-Ukraine clash in the Kerch Strait and Russia's detainment of three Ukrainian ships and 24 crew members.
Russia starts prosecuting Ukrainians after sea clash
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia on Tuesday began prosecuting the crew of Ukrainian navy vessels captured over the weekend in a confrontation off Crimea, putting some of the seamen on camera, where they confessed to intruding into Russian waters.