Latest Ukraine News

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...

Region in Ukraine's west bans Russian-language books, movies

Sep. 19, 2018 8:37 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A regional council in western Ukraine has passed a motion to ban all Russian-language books, films and songs in the region. The legislature in the Lviv region voted on Wednesday to "impose a moratorium on the public broadcast and use of Russian-language content" until Russia withdraws...

UN reports uptick in civilian casualties in Ukraine

Sep. 19, 2018 8:10 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The United Nations says the number of civilian casualties in the conflict in eastern Ukraine has surged in the past three months. Fighting between Ukrainian government troops and Russia-backed separatists has killed more than 10,000 people since 2014. Hostilities have subsided since...

Orthodox envoys meet with Ukraine's president

Sep. 17, 2018 3:07 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president has met with two envoys dispatched by the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians to prepare for establishing a Ukrainian church that is ecclesiastically independent from the Russian Orthodox Church. The prospect of an autocephalous church in Ukraine has...

Russia: Missile that shot down flight MH17 was Ukrainian

Sep. 17, 2018 10:46 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military said on Monday that the missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, killing all 298 people on board, came from the arsenals of the Ukrainian army, not from Russia. The jet was shot down by a Soviet-made missile over rebel-held eastern Ukraine in July 2014, about...

Manafort plea deal raises key question: What does he know?

Sep. 15, 2018 1:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Trump associates folded one by one over the last year under the pressure of federal investigators, there was always Paul Manafort. Until suddenly there wasn't. Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, who for months stood resolute in his innocence and determined to fight charge upon...

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...

Manafort pleads guilty, will cooperate with special counsel

Sep. 15, 2018 4:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort agreed Friday to cooperate with the special counsel's Trump-Russia investigation as he pleaded guilty to federal crimes and avoided a second trial that could have exposed him to more time in prison. The deal gives special...

The Latest: Lawyer says Manafort has agreed to cooperate

Sep. 14, 2018 5:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort (all times local): 12:45 p.m. Paul Manafort's lawyer says the former Trump campaign chairman cut a deal with prosecutors "to make sure that his family was able to remain safe and live a good life." Kevin Downing says...

Russian church rebuffs Orthodoxy's leader after Ukraine move

Sep. 14, 2018 12:06 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday announced a rebuff to the leader of the worldwide Orthodox community, saying it would not participate in events headed by the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate due to a dispute over control of the church in Ukraine. The church also announced at a...