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EU slams Russia citizenship move as new attack on Ukraine

Apr. 25, 2019 9:39 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union hit out Thursday at Russia's move to fast-track citizenship applications from people living in conflict areas in eastern Ukraine, slamming it as an attack on Ukraine's sovereignty that undermines an already-fragile peace agreement. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed...

Ukraine's parliament adopts controversial language bill

Apr. 25, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian lawmakers have approved a language law that seeks to increase the use of Ukrainian in a country where Russian is also widely used. The Supreme Rada on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to support the bill which will force increased use of Ukrainian in the media and in public...

Russia offers Ukrainians in conflict zones quick citizenship

Apr. 24, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Wednesday to expedite citizenship applications from Ukrainians who live in parts of Ukraine held by Russia-backed separatists, a move that could hold back a peace process to end years of bloodshed. The decree, which was published on the...

Ukraine police find Impressionist painting stolen in France

Apr. 23, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian police have recovered a painting by French Impressionist Paul Signac stolen from a French museum. Police chief Serhiy Knyazev said the 1915 painting depicting the port of La Rochelle was found in the possession of a man who was arrested in Kiev on suspicion of involvement in...

Merkel: Ukraine vote gives leader Zelenskiy 'strong mandate'

Apr. 23, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel's office says the German chancellor has called Ukraine's president-elect to congratulate him, saying the vote gives him "a strong mandate." Merkel spoke Tuesday with Volodymyr Zelenskiy as election officials said the former TV comedian received 73% of the vote in Sunday's runoff...

Zelenskiy wins Ukraine's presidential election with 73%

Apr. 23, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Full preliminary results show TV comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy won Ukraine's presidential election with 73% of the vote. The Ukrainian Central Election Commission on Tuesday published the full and final count of votes in Sunday's election which also showed incumbent Petro Poroshenko...

Will Ukrainian comedian be any match for Vladimir Putin?

Apr. 22, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Volodymyr Zelenskiy's landslide victory in Ukraine's presidential election has thrust a comedian and political novice into the middle of the most dangerous flashpoint between Moscow and the West since the end of the Cold War. Whether Zelenskiy is any match at all for Vladimir Putin, a...

The Latest: Ukraine's routed leader vows to reclaim office

Apr. 22, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Latest on comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy's projected landslide victory in Ukraine's presidential election (all times local): 9:15 p.m. The outgoing president of Ukraine is telling supporters he plans to try to win the job back in a future election. President Petro Poroshenko was...

New Ukrainian leader's campaign took page from sitcom script

Apr. 22, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The president-elect of Ukraine does not have a political record that foreign governments and companies can search for clues. For now, a 51-episode TV sitcom might offer the clearest view of what kind of leader Volodymyr Zelenskiy will be. Zelenskiy, a career comedian, foretold his future when...

The Latest: Ukraine comedian romping to presidential win

Apr. 22, 2019 1:14 AM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The latest on Ukraine's presidential runoff: (all times local): 3:55 a.m. With just over half of Ukraine's polling stations reporting, a comedian whose only political experience consists of playing a president on TV is cruising toward a landslide victory in Sunday's presidential...