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In this photo made on Saturday, April 4, 2020, an aerial view of a forest fire burning near the village of Volodymyrivka in the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Ukraine. The fire was still burning on Sunday, April 5, Emergency Ministry firemen kept extinguishing the fire. (Emergency Situation Ministry via AP)

Ukraine continues to battle forest fire near Chernobyl

Apr. 6, 2020 9:45 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Emergency teams in Ukraine on Monday continued battling a forest fire in the contaminated area around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant that has raised radiation fears. Police said they tracked down a person suspected of starting the blaze by setting dry grass on fire in the area. The...

A view of a forest fire burning near the village of Volodymyrivka in the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Ukraine, Sunday, April 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Yaroslav Yemelianenko)

Ukraine battles forest fires near Chernobyl

Apr. 5, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukrainian firefighters labored into Sunday night trying to put out two forest blazes in the area around the Chernobyl nuclear power station, which was evacuated because of radioactive contamination after the 1986 explosion at the plant. Ukraine's emergencies service said one of the...

Advisor to Secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council on reintegration and restoration of the occupied territories of the Donetsk region Serhiy Syvokho is helped to stand from the floor in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, March 12, 2020.  Syvokho was pushed to the floor by veterans of the military conflict in the country's east, during presentation of his national program of reconciliation and unity with the separatist region. Syvokho was a showman, creative producer of Studio Kvartal 95 entertainment program led at that time by current President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Ukraine right-wingers derail peace conference

Mar. 12, 2020 10:18 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Right-wing activists in Ukraine on Thursday derailed a conference on the steps needed for a political settlement to the armed separatist conflict in the country's east. Members of the National Corps, a radical nationalist group that includes veterans of the conflict, denounced the...

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy gestures as he addresses the Ukrainian parliament in Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, March, 4, 2020. Ukraine's parliament has endorsed the resignation of Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Ukraine prime minister ousted, president seeks 'new brains'

Mar. 4, 2020 1:45 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian lawmakers overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to accept the resignation of the nation's prime minister after a six-month tenure in which his performance came under severe criticism from President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. The president's Servant of the People party dominates the...

Former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch speaks at Georgetown University in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. She was awarded the 2020 J. Raymond

Ex-US envoy to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch has book deal

Feb. 22, 2020 3:13 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and career diplomat who during the impeachment hearings of President Donald Trump offered a chilling account of alleged threats from Trump and his allies, has a book deal. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt confirmed Friday to The Associated...

A protester, who planned to stop buses carrying passengers evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, kindles a fire outside Novi Sarzhany, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Several hundred residents in Ukraine's Poltava region protested to stop officials from quarantining the evacuees in their village because they feared becoming infected. Demonstrators put up road blocks and burned tires, while Ukrainian media reported that there were clashes with police, and more than 10 people were detained. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Ukrainians hurl stones at evacuees from China

Feb. 20, 2020 9:38 PM EST

NOVI SANZHARY, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's effort to quarantine more than 70 people evacuated from China over the new virus outbreak plunged into chaos Thursday as local residents opposing the move hurled stones at the evacuees and clashed with police. Officials deplored the violence and the country's health...

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, left, greets U.S. Senators Ron Johnson Chris, second left, Chris Murphy and John Barrasso during their visit in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

Ukraine's president vows to end war, invites Trump to Kyiv

Feb. 15, 2020 8:51 AM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy vowed Saturday to end the separatist conflict in the east of his country, where fighting between Russia-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops has killed more than 14,000 people since 2014. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Zelenskiy said he...

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks during a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday Jan. 31, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool via AP)

Ukrainian leader seeks more independence, fires top aide

Feb. 11, 2020 7:42 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president dismissed his chief of staff on Tuesday in a sign of intensifying rivalries in his entourage and a possible move to distance himself from a powerful billionaire. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's administration released his decree ousting Andriy Bohdan and putting...