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House of Ukraine's former top central banker set on fire

Sep. 17, 2019 8:58 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The home of Ukraine's former central bank chief has been burned to the ground, the third chilling incident involving the banker over the past few weeks. Police said in a statement Tuesday that they are investigating a suspected arson attack late Monday on the house of Valeria...

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...

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...

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...

The Latest: Trump applauds Ukraine-Russia prisoner trade

Sep. 7, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on a prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia (all times local): 6:00 p.m. U.S. President Donald Trump is praising the exchange of prisoners carried out by Russia and Ukraine. Each country sent 35 freed prisoners to the other on Saturday. The trade could give new impetus to...

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...

Ukraine's new parliament approves top Cabinet officials

Aug. 29, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president on Thursday urged lawmakers to help liberalize the economy and pursue integration into Europe as the newly-elected parliament swiftly approved his appointees for top government jobs. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comedian elected president in April, told parliament that...

Ukrainian court frees Russian journalist

Aug. 28, 2019 6:48 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian court on Wednesday released a Russian journalist on parole after more than a year in jail, an apparent signal that a much-anticipated prisoner exchange with Russia is getting on track. Kirill Vyshinskiy, the Kyiv bureau chief for the Russian state RIA-Novosti news agency,...

Ukrainian leader's party on track to win parliament majority

Jul. 22, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The party of Ukraine's president was on track Monday to win an absolute majority in parliament, a first in the country's modern history that would hand President Volodymyr Zelenskiy a clear mandate for change. Zelenskiy, a popular comedian and political novice who was elected in April,...

Ukraine president's party buoyed by exit poll after election

Jul. 21, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's party was headed to win the biggest share of votes in the Ukraine's snap parliamentary election, according to an exit poll Sunday, but it was unclear if the party nailed down a solid majority in the legislature. The poll of 13,000 voters showed Servant...