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Deputy head of Russia's Security Council Dmitry Medvedev pauses, during a meeting with members of the United Russia party's staff in the Gorky residence outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Medvedev on Wednesday described Belarus' arrest of dozens of Russian private security contractors as a presidential campaign stunt and warned that it would have grave consequences for the ties between the two neighbors and allies. (Yekaterina Shtukina, Sputnik, Photo via AP)

Russia warns Belarus will pay price for contractors' arrests

Aug. 5, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's security chief described the arrest of 33 Russian private military contractors in Belarus as a presidential campaign stunt and warned Wednesday that it would have grave consequences for ties between the two neighbors and allies. Authorities arrested the Russian contractors outside...

Ukraine's special police prepare to storm a city bank in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, after a man has threatened to blow up an explosive device inside the bank. The man, identified as Sukhrob Karimov, a 32-year-old citizen of the Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan, entered a bank office in Kyiv and said he had explosives in his backpack. He let bank clerks go and demanded that the authorities invite journalists so that he could make a statement. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Ukrainian police detain man threatening to blow up Kyiv bank

Aug. 3, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Police detained a man who allegedly threatened to set off an explosive device at a bank in Ukraine's capital and demanded to speak with journalists Monday. The man, identified as Sukhrob Karimov, a 32-year-old citizen of the Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan, entered a bank office in...

FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, Dec. 9 2019, a Ukrainian soldier takes position on the front line at the town of Novoluhanske in the Donetsk region, Ukraine.   Ukrainian and rebel forces in war-torn eastern Ukraine have started preparing for a “full and comprehensive” ceasefire scheduled to begin at midnight on Monday July 27, 2020. Rebel officials said Sunday they have instructed their troops about the ceasefire and issued a decree banning weapon use, while Ukraine's president said that if upheld, it would “pave the way for implementing other clauses” of the Minsk peace deal. (AP Photo/Vitali Komar, FILE)

Cease-fire in war-torn eastern Ukraine to begin at midnight

Jul. 26, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian and rebel forces in war-torn eastern Ukraine have started preparing for a “full and comprehensive” cease-fire scheduled to begin at midnight, a move that officials hope can lead to more steps to resolve the 6-year-old conflict. Rebel officials said Sunday they...

An assailant, who has seized a long-distance bus with 13 hostages, after police officers captured him in the city centre of Lutsk, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) west of Kyiv, Ukraine, on Tuesday late, July 21, 2020. Ukrainian police say the armed man who seized hostages on a long-distance bus in the western city of Lutsk has been detained and all the people he held have been freed unharmed after a standoff that lasted more than 12 hours. (Ukrainian Police Press Office via AP)

Ukraine's leader reveals details of talks with hostage-taker

Jul. 22, 2020 9:12 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — An armed man who took more than a dozen hostages on a long-distance bus in Ukraine’s western city of Lutsk on Tuesday fulfilled the agreement he had reached with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and released them shortly after Zelenskiy urged Ukrainians to watch an animal rights...

A policeman, who has brought water for hostages contained in a bus after an armed man seized the long-distance bus and took some 10 people hostage, reacts after a gun shot that the assailant sent to keep him away in the city centre of Lutsk, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) west of Kyiv, Ukraine on Tuesday July 21, 2020. The assailant is armed and carrying explosives, according to a Facebook statement by Ukrainian police. Police officers are trying to get in touch with the man and they have sealed off the area. (Ukrainian Police Press Office via AP)

Ukraine hostage-taker surrenders, bus passengers unharmed

Jul. 21, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

LUTSK, Ukraine (AP) — An “unstable” armed man who seized more than a dozen hostages on a long-distance bus in Ukraine's western city of Lutsk was detained late Tuesday after a standoff that lasted for over 12 hours and all hostages were freed unharmed, officials said. The assailant agreed to...

2 explosive devices disarmed at a market in Kyiv, mayor says

Jul. 21, 2020 9:32 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Two explosive devices were disarmed at a Kyiv market on Tuesday following an anonymous tip to the police, the Ukrainian capital's mayor said. Local police received a call Tuesday saying bombs were planted under two mobile kiosks at the site in northern Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko said on...

Ukraine receives $60M worth of military equipment from US

Jun. 17, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — More than $60 million worth of weapons and other equipment is going to Ukraine as part of the U.S. security aid program with the country, the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv said Wednesday. The embassy tweeted that the equipment its Office of Defense Cooperation received Tuesday included Javelin...