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Ukraine pushes ahead with plans to secure NATO membership

Sep. 20, 2018 7:17 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine's president says the country needs to amend its constitution to make NATO membership its long-term goal. President Petro Poroshenko said Thursday that Ukrainians are finally convinced of the benefits of the alliance with NATO and said the Ukrainian army will meet the criteria...

Envoy: US willing to consider further lethal aid to Ukraine

Sep. 15, 2018 12:20 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The United States special envoy for Ukraine said Saturday that Washington would consider providing more armaments to the country, whose army is fighting with Russia-backed separatist rebels in the east. U.S. President Donald Trump this year reversed the Obama administration's refusal...

EU prolongs sanctions over meddling in Ukraine

Sep. 13, 2018 4:14 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has extended by six months sanctions against senior Russian officials, lawmakers and military officers accused of meddling in Ukraine. EU headquarters said Thursday the asset freezes and travel bans on 155 people and 44 "entities" — usually companies or...

Putin: Suspects in Britain poisoning are innocent civilians

Sep. 12, 2018 12:15 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Russian authorities know the identities of the two men accused by Britain of carrying out a nerve agent attack on a former spy, but he added that they are civilians and there is "nothing criminal" about them. The statement by Putin marked an abrupt...

Lawyer: Hunger-striking Ukraine filmmaker's health in danger

Sep. 10, 2018 11:55 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — An imprisoned Ukrainian filmmaker's health has suffered irreversible damage after 120 days of hunger strike, his lawyer said Monday. Oleg Sentsov, an opponent of Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2015 for conspiracy to conduct terror attacks, charges...

Activists stage protest for filmmaker detained in Russia

Sep. 10, 2018 9:34 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Human rights activists have held a silent protest in support of Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker on hunger strike in a Russian prison, at a major international conference in Poland. Activists stood in protest during the opening remarks of the Russian representative at the annual...

Bumblers or just brazen? Spotlight on Russia's ascendant GRU

Sep. 8, 2018 12:47 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — It seems like a spy film parody — two burly Russian agents staying in a low-end London hotel and doctoring a perfume flask with deadly nerve agent, oblivious to the security cameras filming them along the way. The operation to poison ex-spy Sergei Skripal in Britain was either botched,...

4000 children evacuated from Crimea town after chemical leak

Sep. 7, 2018 3:12 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — About 4,000 children have been evacuated from a town in Russia-annexed Crimea where a noxious chemical leak has been blamed on a local titanium factory. Residents of Armyansk complained in late August that a sour smell was pervading the community and a substance resembling rust had...

Russians rally to stop increase of pension eligibility age

Sep. 2, 2018 11:35 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russians held rallies throughout the country Sunday to protest a government plan to raise the age for receiving state pensions. Several thousand people gathered in central Moscow for a protest organized by the Communist Party. Another Moscow protest organized by the A Just Russia party...

Ukraine separatists say leader killed in cafe bombing

Aug. 31, 2018 4:09 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A blast in a war-themed cafe in eastern Ukraine on Friday killed the most prominent leader of the Russia-backed separatists who have fought Ukrainian forces since 2014, rebel officials said. The death of Alexander Zakharchenko, prime minister of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic,...