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Ukraine's president: US will give extra $140 million in aid

Sep. 13, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president said Friday that the United States hasn't only released $250 million in military aid to his country but will also extend an additional $140 million. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told a conference in the capital Kyiv that Ukraine will get the new money on top of the...

EU extends sanctions linked to interference in Ukraine

Sep. 12, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is prolonging sanctions against scores of Russian and Crimean officials as well as companies and groups accused of undermining Ukraine's sovereignty and independence. EU headquarters said in a statement Wednesday that asset freezes and travel bans against 170 people and...

Ukraine: Director in prisoner swap backs jailed Russians

Sep. 10, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A film director who was included in a major prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia spoke out Tuesday on behalf of suspected political detainees in Russia, promising to advocate for both fellow Ukrainians and Russians behind bars. Oleg Sentsov, 43, was freed after spending five...

French foreign minister wants to rebuild ties with Russia

Sep. 9, 2019 9:22 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — France's top diplomat says a major prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine should act as a catalyst for improved ties between his country and Moscow. Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters Monday after his talks with the Russian foreign minister in Moscow that the "time has come...

Poles who saved Jews during Holocaust honored in Warsaw

Sep. 8, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A U.S.-based Jewish foundation honored Polish gentiles who rescued Jews during the Holocaust, a number that grows smaller each year, with U.S. and Israeli diplomats also paying their respects at the event Sunday in Warsaw to the elderly Poles who put their lives in danger to save...

Russia and Ukraine trade prisoners, each fly 35 to freedom

Sep. 7, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia and Ukraine conducted a major prisoner exchange that freed 35 people detained in each country and flew them to the other, a deal that could help advance Russia-Ukraine relations and end five years of fighting in Ukraine's east. The trade involved some of the highest-profile prisoners...

Key witness in MH17 downing released from jail in Ukraine

Sep. 5, 2019 7:26 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian court on Thursday unexpectedly released a key witness in the case of the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, just minutes before Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was optimistic about an impending prisoner swap with Ukraine. Russia and Ukraine, which remain...

MH17 investigators want to speak to Ukrainian prisoner

Sep. 3, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch prosecutors investigating the downing five years ago of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine want to speak to a man being held by Ukrainian authorities, calling him a "person of interest" in their probe, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. The fate of Volodymyr...

WWII's start marked in Poland with German remorse, warning

Sep. 1, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Germany's president expressed deep remorse for the suffering his nation inflicted on Poland and the rest of Europe during World War II, warning of the dangers of nationalism as world leaders gathered Sunday in the country where the war started at incalculable costs. "This war was a...

The Latest: Russia tweets reminder of Soviet role in WWII

Sep. 1, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II (all times local): 7:00 p.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin wasn't invited to attend ceremonies for the 80th anniversary of the day World War II started in Poland. But his Foreign Ministry tried to make sure the Soviet...