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Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine tighten regional cooperation

Jul. 28, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine on Tuesday announced a new platform for increasing cooperation in security, economy, and political matters, as well as for fighting COVID-19. The foreign ministers of the three neighboring nations launched the so-called Lublin Triangle during their...

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...

FILE - In this Wednesday July 22, 2020 file photo, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a press conference in Eigtved's Warehouse, in Copenhagen. Mike Pompeo said Wednesday the Soviet occupation and annexation of the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in 1940 was “a criminal act” and draws parallel with present-day Russia’s military maneuvers in Ukraine and Georgia. (Mads Claus Rasmussen/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Pompeo: 1940 Soviet occupation of Baltics 'a criminal act'

Jul. 23, 2020 12:30 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — The top U.S. diplomat says the Soviet occupation and annexation of the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in 1940 was “a criminal act” and draws parallel with present-day Russia’s military maneuvers in Ukraine and Georgia. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo...

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...

Ukraine appoints new head of the National Bank

Jul. 16, 2020 8:43 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s parliament on Thursday voted to appoint a new head of the country's central bank after its former chief stepped down citing political pressure. The parliament approved 47-year-old banker Kyrylo Shevchenko as the new head of Ukraine's National Bank on Thursday with 332...

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 file photo, Australian and Dutch investigators examine a piece of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 plane, near the village of Hrabove, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. The Dutch government is taking to Russia to the European Court of Human Rights for its alleged role in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine six years ago, the foreign minister announced Friday July 10, 2020.(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)

Dutch government to take Russia to European court over MH17

Jul. 10, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government is taking Russia to the European Court of Human Rights for its alleged role in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine six years ago, the foreign minister announced Friday. The move is intended to support individual cases...

Ukraine's parliament accepts chief banker's resignation

Jul. 3, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s parliament on Friday accepted the resignation of the country’s top banker, who has stepped down citing political pressure. National Bank head Yakiv Smolii submitted his letter of resignation Wednesday, pointing at “systematic political pressure” as...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, rescue workers search the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr, southwest of Tehran, Iran. Sweden’s Foreign Minister Ann Linde said Thursday, July 1, 2020 that Iran had agreed to compensate the families’ of the foreign victims of a Ukrainian passenger plane that was shot down outside Tehran in January. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Sweden: Iran to compensate Ukraine plane crash victims

Jul. 2, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Iran has agreed to compensate the families’ of the foreign victims of a Ukrainian passenger plane that was shot down by Iranian forces outside Tehran in January, Sweden’s foreign minister said on Thursday. “We have signed an agreement of mutual understanding that we...

Ukraine's central banker chief steps down citing pressure

Jul. 2, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president on Thursday accepted the resignation of the country's top banker, who has complained of political pressure. National Bank head Yakiv Smolii cited “systematic political pressure” as the reason for his decision to step down, but didn't provide any...