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The Latest: Leaders discuss Ukraine elections at Paris meet
PARIS (AP) — The latest on commemorations a century after the end of World War I (all times local):
The spokesman for Petro Poroshenko says the Ukrainian president has met with the leaders of Germany and France in Paris amid the ceremonies commemorating the end of World War I, and that they discussed elections held in the sectors of eastern Ukraine controlled by Russia-backed separatist rebels.
Ukraine rebel regions vote in ballot that West calls bogus
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Residents of the eastern Ukraine regions controlled by Russia-backed separatist rebels voted Sunday for local governments in elections denounced by Kiev and the West.
The elections were to choose heads of government and legislature members in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, where separatists have fought Ukrainian forces since the spring of 2014 in a war that has killed more than 10,000 people.
Russia and West clash over Nov. 11 elections in east Ukraine
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia clashed with European nations and the United States on Tuesday over the legality of elections in two Moscow-backed separatist areas in eastern Ukraine, and the U.N. political chief indicated backing for the Western view that the votes would violate a 2015 peace agreement.
4 wounded in blast at Communist meeting in eastern Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) — Four people were wounded Saturday in an explosion at a meeting of the local Communist Party in the largest city in Ukraine's separatist east.
The blast occurred in Donetsk, capital of the Donetsk region, where Russia-backed separatists have been fighting Ukrainian forces since 2014. The separatist government said in a statement that preliminary information indicated it was caused by a bomb. It did not say how seriously any of the four victims were wounded.
Ukraine rebels say bodyguard died with leader in bombing
MOSCOW (AP) — The health minister of Ukraine's separatist Donetsk region says a cafe bombing that killed the separatists' leader also killed a bodyguard and wounded 12 others.
Alexander Zakharchenko's death on Friday is re-escalating tensions in the conflict between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine. Separatists claimed that Ukraine was preparing new offensives.
Ukraine separatists say leader killed in cafe bombing
MOSCOW (AP) — A blast in a war-themed cafe in eastern Ukraine on Friday killed the most prominent leader of the Russia-backed separatists who have fought Ukrainian forces since 2014, rebel officials said.
The death of Alexander Zakharchenko, prime minister of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic, underlined the dismal prospects for resolving the conflict that has killed more than 10,000 people.
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe says that more than 160 people have been killed in fighting in eastern Ukraine since the beginning of the year.
Alexander Hug with the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine told reporters that as many as seven people were killed in July alone. Hug spoke to journalists in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine late on Thursday.
MOSCOW (AP) — Separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine say an accidental grenade explosion on a bus has killed one teenager and wounded three others.
Rebel military spokesman Ruslan Yakubov said in a statement carried by the Donetsk News Agency that the grenade was in a rucksack belonging to one of the boys when it went off on Tuesday.
Clashes escalate in eastern Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) — Clashes between Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine have escalated, the worst outbreak of fighting so far this year, officials said Monday.
The headquarters for the Ukrainian operations in the east said two soldiers were killed and another four were wounded in fighting near the village of Yuzhnoye early Monday.
Shakhtar comes from behind to beat Roma 2-1 in Champs League
KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Roma could be left ruing a poor second-half performance after allowing Shakhtar Donetsk to come from a goal down to win 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 meeting Wednesday.
Cengiz Under continued his fine run of form by giving Roma the lead shortly before halftime but Facundo Ferreyra leveled for Shakhtar shortly after the break and Fred showed why some of Europe's top clubs are reportedly after him with a perfect free kick in the 71st minute.
US hits Ukraine separatists, Russia officials with sanctions
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Friday it will punish 21 people and nine companies with sanctions over Russia's actions in Ukraine and annexation of Crimea.
Eleven of the individuals are Ukrainian pro-Russian separatists, the Treasury Department said. They hold titles such as minister of finance, trade, justice and security in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic in eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine passes bill to get occupied regions back from Russia
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's parliament on Thursday passed a bill that aims to reintegrate the eastern territories currently controlled by Russia-backed separatists, and goes as far as to declare support for taking them back by military force if necessary.
Ukrainian authorities and separatist rebels swap prisoners
HORLIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian authorities and Russian-backed separatist rebels on Wednesday conducted the biggest exchange of prisoners since the start of an armed conflict in the country's east and a sign of progress in the implementation of a 2015 peace deal.
Rebels from the self-proclaimed separatist republics in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions handed over 74 captives, while Ukraine's government delivered 233. Some had been held for more than a year.
Senior Ukraine separatist: Rebel chief has resigned
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A senior separatist official in eastern Ukraine on Friday announced the resignation of the beleaguered rebel chief in an apparent palace coup, ending a four-day showdown between rivaling factions.
Leonid Pasechnik, state security minister of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic, said in a statement on Friday evening that the republic's chief Igor Plotnitsky has resigned on health grounds. Pasechnik said he would be the acting chief until an election is called.
Ukrainian separatist chief accuses another of plotting coup
MOSCOW (AP) — A separatist leader in Ukraine's east on Thursday accused a former official of trying to unseat him as a showdown between the two entered its third day.
Breaking almost a week of silence, Igor Plotnitsky, leader of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic, claimed that former interior minister Igor Kornet "tried to seize power by force."
MOSCOW (AP) — Separatists in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday proclaimed a new state that aspires to include not only the areas they control but also the rest of the country. But Russia, their chief backer, sought to play down the announcement, saying it was merely part of public discussion.
3 government troops killed in eastern Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian authorities said Wednesday three of its troops have been killed and four wounded in eastern Ukraine in an apparent flare-up of fighting between government troops and Russia-backed separatists.
The press office for the Ukrainian government's operation in the east said their positions came under fire 65 times in the 24 hours to early Wednesday. It appeared to be the worst loss of lives reported in weeks.
Donetsk residents say OSCE monitors ineffective
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — About 1,000 residents of Ukraine's largest rebel-held city on Wednesday demonstrated outside the hotel were monitors with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe stay to complain that the monitoring mission in the conflict is ineffective.
Demonstrators in Donetsk Wednesday carried banners telling OSCE monitors to "open your eyes" and "speak the truth."
Separatist commander assassinated in eastern Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) — A prominent rebel leader in eastern Ukraine has been killed in an explosion in his office, his associates said on Wednesday.
The rebels' Donetsk News Agency said Mikhail Tolstykh, better known under his nom de guerre Givi, died early Wednesday morning in what it described as a terrorist attack. The agency said 35-year old Tolstykh was killed by a rocket fired from a portable launcher into his office.
Fighting abates in eastern Ukraine, OSCE says
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — International monitors say fighting in eastern Ukraine has abated but the warring sides have kept heavy weapons near the front line.
Alexander Hug, deputy head of the monitoring mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, said Monday that "the fighting has now subsided somewhat," but added the OSCE monitors still have registered more than 1,300 cease-fire violations over the past 24 hours.
Ukraine: 2 soldiers wounded but fighting declines
AVDIIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's military says two soldiers were wounded in fighting with rebels in the separatist east, but that artillery attacks were significantly lower after a week in which fighting surged.
The rebels' command on Sunday reported scores of mortar and tank firings by government forces. Eduard Basurin, spokesman for the rebel military command in Donetsk, did not report any casualties.
6 killed in Ukraine; Putin says Ukraine seeking US support
AVDIIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — Salvos of artillery shook eastern Ukraine on Thursday, the fifth day of escalated fighting between government troops and Russia-backed separatist rebels. Two Ukrainian troops were killed overnight and 10 others wounded, the government said, while rebels said one of their fighters was killed.
Shelling appeared to intensify after nightfall and both sides reported civilian deaths -- two in Avdiivka and one in Donetsk city.
Group calls for cease-fire amid upsurge in Ukraine fighting
AVDIIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — Freezing residents of an eastern Ukraine town battered by an upsurge in fighting between government troops and Russia-backed rebels flocked to a humanitarian aid center Wednesday to receive food and warm up.
Heavy fighting around government-held Avdiivka, just north of the rebel-stronghold city of Donetsk, began over the weekend and persisted into early Wednesday. Donetsk city also was hit.
At least 10 people have been killed since Monday and dozens wounded.
Deaths mount daily as renewed fighting hits eastern Ukraine
AVDIIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — Heavy artillery and rockets hit residential areas in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday amid a new outburst of fighting between government troops and Russia-backed separatist rebels, killing at least eight people and injuring dozens.
7 troops reported killed in fighting in eastern Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) — At least seven Ukrainian troops have been killed in an apparent uptick in fighting in eastern Ukraine, government officials said on Monday.
An armed conflict between government troops and separatist rebels has killed more than 9,600 since it began in 2014, according to the U.N. Human Rights Office. A January cease-fire had until recently helped to limit the fighting to sporadic shoot-outs.
Ukraine says it captured new positions in eastern Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) — A Ukrainian government official says the nation's forces have captured new positions in the rebel-held east.
Olexander Motuzyanyk, presidential spokesman for the operation in the east, said on Wednesday that one soldier was killed and three injured in fighting in the conflict zone in the past 24 hours.
Ukraine releases 15 people to separatists near front line
MOSCOW (AP) — Separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine say the government has released 15 people who had been held in custody.
The separatist mouthpiece Donetsk News Agency said Thursday that government representatives handed over eight men and seven women, some of them in poor health, to rebel commanders at a checkpoint near rebel stronghold Donetsk. The separatists this week released to the government two women they had held for months.
Govt troops, rebels claims cease-fire violations
MOSCOW (AP) — Both the Ukrainian government and Russia-backed rebels in the east of the country said on Saturday a new cease-fire that was to come into effect midnight on Friday has been violated.
Separatist mouthpiece Donetsk News Agency on Saturday accused government troops of shelling rebel positions at least 140 times since the time both parties had agreed to cease fire.
2 more Ukrainian troops killed in eastern Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) — At least two Ukrainian troops have been killed and three injured in the past 24 hours in renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine, a Ukrainian official said Friday.
Fighting between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian government troops has killed more than 9,600 people since the conflict began in April 2014. A 2015 cease-fire deal did not completely stop fighting but did lower its intensity.
OSCE reports spike in Ukraine cease-fire violations
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The international monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine says it has recorded a sharp rise in cease-fire violations following several days of lower activity.
Thousands attend warlord’s funeral in Ukraine’s rebel east
MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands turned out Wednesday for the funeral of a senior commander of pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine, who was killed in a bomb blast.
Arsen Pavlov, 33, also known by nom de guerre Motorola, was killed Sunday when an unidentified device exploded in an elevator of his apartment building in Donetsk. His bodyguard was also killed.
Thousands lined up in Donetsk on Wednesday to pay tribute at the local opera house, where his body was displayed.
Notorious warlord killed in bombing in eastern Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) — A notorious warlord has been killed in a bombing in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, separatist officials said.
Ukraine, rebels agree to pull back troops, weapons
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Representatives of Ukraine and separatist rebels agreed Wednesday to pull back troops and weapons from several areas in eastern Ukraine in an attempt to shore up a fragile peace agreement.
Ukrainian rebel leader announces unilateral cease-fire
MOSCOW (AP) — Separatist leaders in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday announced a unilateral cease-fire starting at midnight Wednesday, which could be a major step in solving the conflict that has raged for more than two years.
Kiev says new cease-fire in eastern Ukraine is holding
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says a new cease-fire in eastern Ukraine is holding, after months of fighting.
Poroshenko said in a statement released at noon local time on Thursday that his forces have not seen any fighting in the past 12 hours. The parties in the conflict, which has claimed more than 9,500 lives, earlier agreed to stop fighting by Sept. 1, which is the first day of school in Ukraine.