Ukraine reverses nationalization of tycoon’s bank
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian court on Thursday ruled that the 2016 nationalization of a major bank owned by a tycoon was illegal, sending shockwaves through the country's financial...
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stood next to an empty lectern bearing his election rival's name and used a solo appearance at Ukraine's largest sports stadium Sunday to...
Ultra-right activists hound European lesbian conference
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ultra-right activists in Ukraine have attempted to derail a European lesbian conference in the capital of Kiev and scuffled with security guards.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Police have moved in to stop a scuffle between supporters of rival candidates in Ukraine's presidential election.
Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who stars in a widely...
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The campaign for Ukraine's presidential election has taken a turn for the strange, but voters may find it reassuring that the two candidates in the runoff apparently aren't on...
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president was holding off a long-time rival in a bid to claim the other spot in a runoff set for later this month, while a comic actor with no political experience...
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Volodymyr Zelenskiy has no political experience, but that's no problem for the people of Ukraine who have already seen him performing the role of president.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Early results in Ukraine's presidential election showed a comedian with no political experience with a sizable lead over 38 rivals but far from a first-round victory, while...
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...
Comedian leads presidential polling in Ukraine
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A comedian who's never held political office tops the public opinion polls ahead of Ukraine's presidential election, but even he appears to be falling far short of enough...
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Five years after a deadly separatist conflict broke out in eastern Ukraine, the front line between government forces and Russia-backed separatists has become a de-facto...
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's interior minister has accused both the president and a former premier of waging campaigns that involve bribing voters ahead of Sunday's presidential election — a...
5,000 nationalists protest corruption in Ukraine
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — About 5,000 nationalist demonstrators have held a protest in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev calling for arrests in a defense industry corruption case.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — 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...
Chelsea makes complaint to UEFA about racist abuse
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea made a complaint to UEFA about racist abuse being aimed at one of its players by Dynamo Kiev fans during a Europa League match, the English club said Monday.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Police in the Ukrainian city of Poltava have arrested 10 people as nationalist demonstrators attempted to interrupt a campaign appearance by President Petro...
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukrainian police said 15 officers were injured Saturday in a clash with far-right demonstrators who disrupted a campaign appearance of President Petro Poroshenko.
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Chelsea closed in on the Europa League quarterfinals with a 3-0 win over Dynamo Kiev on Thursday, while Arsenal and Benfica will have to overturn deficits in the second leg of their round-of-16...
US ambassador slams Ukraine over corruption
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Kiev directed unusually scathing criticism at the Ukrainian government in remarks released Wednesday, urging authorities to replace a senior...
Protesters in Ukraine call for president’s impeachment
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators marched across the Ukrainian capital Thursday calling for the impeachment of the country's president over embezzlement claims.
Ukraine candidate urges public to propose future Cabinet
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A comedian who is leading Ukraine's presidential election race on Monday urged his supporters to propose candidates for top government jobs.
Chelsea to face Dynamo Kiev, Arsenal to meet Rennes
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Chelsea was drawn to face Dynamo Kiev in the last 16 of the Europa League on Friday, and Arsenal will play French club Rennes without the suspended Alexandre...
Ukraine bars entry to Russian Church-affiliated bishop
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The Ukrainian Border Guards Service says it has stripped a Russian Church-affiliated bishop of his Ukrainian citizenship and barred him from entering the country.
Border Guards spokesman Oleh Slobodyan said on Thursday that Bishop Gedeon was stopped as he tried to fly into the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. Slobodyan said the priest, who is father superior in a renowned monastery in Kiev, has been engaged in "anti-Ukrainian activities."
Ukrainian official: Hacking intensifies as election nears
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian hackers are redoubling their efforts in the run-up to presidential elections in Ukraine, according to the head of Ukraine's cyber-police.
Serhii Demediuk said in an interview with The Associated Press that Russian-controlled digital saboteurs are stepping up attacks on the Central Elections Commission and its employees, trying to penetrate electronic systems in order to manipulate information about the March 31 election.
Ukraine’s prosecutor names suspect in attack on activist
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's top prosecutor says the chief of a regional council is suspected of ordering an acid attack on an activist.
Kateryna Handziuk, an anti-corruption activist who was also an aide to the mayor of the city of Kherson, died in November, three months after being doused with sulfuric acid in the city in southern Ukraine.
Ukrainian human rights activists, as well as the European Union and United States, have called on Kiev to bring the attackers to justice.
Ukraine detains dozens of far-right activists in Kiev
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Several dozen far-right activists in Ukraine have been detained after clashes with police in the capital of Kiev.
Far-right activists on Saturday tried to storm a police station in Kiev after several others were detained at a campaign event for presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko. The activists were demanding justice in the killing of an anti-corruption activist. They suspect that a member of Tymoshenko's party was involved in the slaying.
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Ukrainian president vows to push for EU, NATO membership
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine must join the European Union and NATO to protect itself from Russia's expansionist actions, Ukraine's president said Saturday as he officially launched his re-election campaign.
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.
Comedian who plays Ukraine’s president on TV leads real race
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Volodymyr Zelenskiy has spent more than 20 years as a comedian in Ukraine peppering his stand-up routines with imitations of politicians. So when his production company needed an actor to play an everyman who unexpectedly becomes president, Zelenskiy was a clear choice.
Head of Ukraine’s new Orthodox Church assumes office
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — 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 Sunday, a month after the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople granted independence to a new Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
Ukraine’s president announces re-election bid for March vote
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has launched his campaign for re-election in March's vote, which promises to be a bitter contest between him and a former prime minister.
Addressing supporters Tuesday in the capital of Kiev, Poroshenko said he hoped that Ukraine will push on with efforts to join both the European Union and NATO if he were to win another five-year term.
Ukrainian court convicts ex-president of treason
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A Ukrainian court on Thursday sentenced former President Viktor Yanukovych in absentia to 13 years in prison after finding him guilty of treason and helping Russian aggression.
There was no immediate reaction from Yanukovych to the decision by a court in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital.
Ukraine’s ex-PM announces presidential bid
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — 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.
Building at renowned Kiev monastery complex catches fire
MOSCOW (AP) — Fire has broken out in a building at the renowned Pechersk monastery complex in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, but is not endangering any significant buildings and there have been no reported injuries.
The fire broke out Monday afternoon on the second floor of the two-story building and spread to the roof. The cause of the fire was not immediately determined.
The building reportedly was undergoing renovation after being derelict.
UEFA allows Shakhtar to play in Kharkiv again
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA says it will allow Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk to return to its usual home stadium in Kharkiv for European games after martial law was lifted.
Shakhtar had to relocate its last Champions League game, a 1-1 draw with Lyon last month, to Kiev because martial law had been introduced in several regions for 30 days after Russia fired on and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels on Nov. 25.
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.
Ukraine Orthodox leaders approve break with Russian church
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian Orthodox leaders on Saturday approved the creation of a unified church independent of the Moscow Patriarchate and elected a leader to head that new church — a move that could exponentially raise tensions with neighboring Russia.
The Latest: Ukraine Orthodox OKs break with Russian church
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Latest on the split between Orthodox Churches in Ukraine and Russia (all times local):
Ukrainian Orthodox leaders say they have approved the creation of a unified church independent of the Moscow Patriarchate and elected a leader to head the new church.
The leader of the new autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church will be Metropolitan Epiphanius, a 39-year-old bishop from the Kiev Patriarchate.
Lyon rescues draw at Shakhtar to edge into knockout rounds
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Lyon scraped into the knockout rounds of the Champions League after salvaging a 1-1 draw away to a tenacious Shakhtar Donetsk team on Wednesday.
Shakhtar’s Champions League game against Lyon moved to Kiev
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA says next week's Champions League game between Shakhtar Donetsk and Lyon has been moved to Ukraine's capital Kiev after martial law was introduced in parts of the country.
The game had been scheduled to take place in Kharkiv, where martial law is in effect, on Dec. 12.
Both Shakhtar and Lyon can qualify for the knockout stage with a win. Lyon would also progress with a draw.
Ukrainian police search homes of Russian Orthodox priests
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian police searched the homes of Russian Orthodox priests and Russian Orthodox churches in several cities Monday, stepping up pressure as Kiev pushes for the creation of an independent Ukrainian church.
The eight searches in Ukraine's capital and the nearby Zhytomyr region were part of a criminal investigation into inciting hatred and violence, according to a police statement.
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.
Ukraine: Leader pledges church choice for Orthodox faithful
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president has promised the country's Orthodox Christian faithful they will be free to remain part of the Russian Orthodox Church after the creation of an independent Ukrainian church.
Amid deteriorating ties with Moscow, Kiev has been pushing for the creation of an autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church that would be free of control from the Moscow Patriarchate.
The Latest: Russian cleric: Ukraine raid on home ‘political’
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Russia-Ukraine tensions (all times local):
A senior Russian Orthodox Church cleric says the raid at his home was meant to put the "political" pressure on his church.
The Ukrainian intelligence agency earlier on Friday raided the home of the father superior of Kiev's biggest and oldest monastery which is part of the Russian Orthodox Church.
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.
Vorskla says Arsenal game will go ahead in Kiev
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian club Vorskla Poltava says its Europa League game against Arsenal will go ahead in Kiev after days of wrangling over the venue.
UEFA ordered the game to be moved Tuesday to the capital city after the Ukrainian parliament voted to impose martial law in some regions of Ukraine, not including either Kiev or the original venue of Poltava.
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.
Correction: Ukraine-Nationalist Youth Camp story
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — In a story Nov. 12 about nationalist youth camps in Ukraine, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Ministry of Youth and Sports earmarked 4 million hryvnias (about $150,000) to fund some of the camps. The ministry spent that amount for youth and patriotic education, and some of that money went to youth camps. There is no evidence that the camp featured in the article was among them.