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.
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 ex-president Yanukovych to miss treason hearing
MOSCOW (AP) — Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych won't be able to appear before a Kiev court on Monday because of injuries sustained on a Moscow tennis court, his lawyer said.
Yanukovych "cannot appear in court seeing as he has been hospitalized" and is unable to move due to spinal and knee injuries, lawyer Aleksandr Goroshinsky told Russian news agencies Sunday.
Ukraine: Ex-premier Tymoshenko announces presidential run
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Yulia Tymoshenko, who became Ukraine's prime minister after helping lead the 2004 Orange Revolution and was later imprisoned when her arch-foe came to power, says she will run for president in next year's election.
She announced her candidacy on Thursday, her website reported.
With her fiery speeches and the striking braids she wore wrapped on her head, Tymoshenko gained international attention in the 2004 protests against a rigged presidential election.
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A former Ukrainian defense minister accused of embezzling $2 million has been granted refugee status in neighboring Belarus.
Mykhailo Yezhel told journalists in the Belarusian capital on Wednesday that he and his family are living in Minsk.
AP Travel: Kiev culture, cathedrals, and side trip to Chernobyl
Ukrainian lawmakers must leave guns outside parliament
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday approved a bill requiring lawmakers to lock up their guns before entering the chamber.
The bill that obliges lawmakers to leave weapons and explosives in lockers follows last week's statement by Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko, who accused lawmaker Nadiya Savchenko, of plotting an attack on parliament with grenades and automatic weapons.
MOSCOW (AP) — A former military pilot who became famous in Ukraine after spending two years in a Russian prison accused Ukraine's parliament speaker of being associated with snipers who fired on protesters during Ukraine's 2014 uprising but retracted her statement hours later.
EU extends $1.2 billion loan to Ukraine
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief says the EU will extend a 1 billion-euro ($1.2 billion) loan to struggling Ukraine.
Federica Mogherini, who was visiting the capital Kiev on Monday, told reporters the loan should "support Ukraine's economic stability and structural reforms."
Ukraine is trying to improve its economy after years of inefficiency and corruption under the previous president, Viktor Yanukovych, and has been hit hard by the separatist conflict in the east.
How a law firm’s work on Ukraine ties into the Russia probe
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex van der Zwaan, an attorney, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to lying to federal investigators about his contacts with a Trump campaign official. Van der Zwaan worked for the international law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which was hired to write a 2012 report on the Ukrainian government's prosecution of an opposition leader on corruption charges.
Ukraine lawmaker says he gave FBI information on Manafort
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian opposition politician who helped uncover off-the-books payments allegedly made to Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort says he provided the information to the FBI but never heard back from the agency.
Serhiy Leshchenko also told The Associated Press on Friday that his attempts to inform Ukrainian officials about the payments ran into roadblocks.
Ukraine to cooperate with FBI on Manafort
MOSCOW (AP) — A Ukrainian report says the national prosecutor is ready to cooperate with the FBI's investigation of the activities of Paul Manafort, the former campaign manager of President Donald Trump.
Manafort and associate Rick Gates were indicted Monday on charges including working as unregistered foreign agents for Ukraine and its former Russia-friendly president Viktor Yanukovych.
EU chief welcomes deal creating closer ties with Ukraine
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union chief Jean-Claude Juncker is welcoming the full entry into force of an agreement on closer ties with Ukraine, despite Russian attempts to derail the accord.
The European Commission President said Friday that "determination is a virtue. Today, in spite of all the challenges, we have made it."
The Latest: FBI agents search Manafort home in Virginia
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign (all times EDT):
FBI agents looking for financial documents have searched one of the homes of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.
Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni says FBI agents obtained a warrant and searched one of Manafort's homes.
It would be easy to dismiss as comic opera President Trump’s bromance with Russian President Vladimir Putin and even the increasingly dubious web of relationships between the Trump campaign and Russia.
It would be easy — until another Putin foe is gunned down in the streets, this time the streets of Kiev in what Ukraine’s president called “an act of state terrorism” by Russia.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian lawmaker on Tuesday released a document that he said links Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort to attempts to hide a $750,000 payment from a pro-Russia political party — a claim strongly denied by Manafort's spokesman.
- The Washington TimesSkadden Arps settles FARA claims arising from Manafort investigationJanuary 17, 2019
- The Washington TimesUkrainian prosectors seek 15-year prison sentence for Yanukovych, Paul Manafort's former clientAugust 16, 2018
- The Washington TimesRick Gates testifies in Paul Manafort trial: Income 'difficult to come by' for former bossAugust 7, 2018
- The Washington TimesJudge orders Paul Manafort jailed away from other inmatesJune 22, 2018
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has extended for six months sanctions against 150 Russia-linked people over the territorial disputes in eastern Ukraine.
The EU said in a statement Monday that the asset freezes and travel bans for those concerned were extended because the situation on the ground had not changed.
Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014 and support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine has soured relations between the EU and Russia.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has extended for a year sanctions against 15 people in Ukraine accused of misusing state funds.
The EU said in a statement Friday that the asset freezes are being prolonged for people "identified as responsible for the misappropriation of Ukrainian state funds or for the abuse of office causing a loss to Ukrainian public funds."
Once again the nation is deeply divided — this time over whether to be more concerned about leaks from the U.S. intelligence community or about the substance of those leaks — contacts between Trump advisers and Russian intelligence.
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn may be gone, but the broader issue of how many members of the Trump team had contact with operatives of the Russian government lingers on.
Russian leader Putin, due for talks in Japan, is late again
NAGATO, Japan (AP) — Vladimir Putin is living up to a reputation for being late.
The Russian president was due in Japan on Thursday afternoon for talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a hot springs resort in western Japan.
Japanese officials say Putin's flight has departed but is behind schedule. Japanese media reported that he would arrive about three hours late in the evening.
Swiss extend freeze of Ben Ali, Mubarak, Yanukovych assets
BERLIN (AP) — Switzerland has decided to keep assets of the former presidents of Tunisia, Egypt and Ukraine and their associates frozen for another year, a move meant to support investigators' efforts.
Ukraine’s ousted president testifies in court
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's ousted president on Monday testified in the trial of five former special forces policemen charged with fatally shooting scores of demonstrators, and denied giving orders for them to shoot at the protesters.
Ex-Ukrainian president testimony postponed
MOSCOW (AP) — Video testimony by Ukraine's ousted president was postponed on Friday in the trial of five former special forces policemen charged with fatally shooting scores of demonstrators.
The shootings in February 2014 were the bloody climax of months of demonstrations on Kiev's main square against President Viktor Yanukovych. He fled the country only to surface in Russia days later.
Ukraine appoints young woman to lead purge of bureaucrats
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine's justice minister has appointed a 23-year-old law graduate to lead a campaign to purge officials tainted by corruption of the ousted regime, a second woman in her early 20s with little experience appointed for a top job in the past week.
Ukraine’s police chief resigns, complains of gov’t pressure
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's police chief, who was driving reforms through the country's notoriously corrupt police force, has resigned after a year in the job, complaining of government pressure.
Khatiya Dekanoidze, who also was a deputy interior minister, told a televised news conference Monday that her official powers were "not enough for dramatic changes." Dekanoidze complained of pressure by government officials and members of parliament who "interfered" in police work.
So much for the old accusation that the Republican Party has a “Cold War mentality.” Or if it still does, it has switched sides.
The 2016 presidential campaign continues to play out like a Christopher Buckley novel gone completely off the rails, perhaps most implausibly in Paul Manafort’s role (he resigned recently) in the Russia-friendly Donald Trump campaign.
Let’s consider the mind-bending reversals of the norms:
BY ROBERT C. WILLIAMS
Paul Manafort’s resignation as Donald Trump’s campaign manager should not surprise us. Nor should the recent allegations of $12.7 million in cash payments to Manafort’s company that advised pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine. Manafort has long been Putin’s poodle in Trump’s ever-changing kennel.