Latest Ukraine government 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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

Ukraine: Ex-premier Tymoshenko announces presidential run

Aug. 30, 2018 5:25 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Yulia Tymoshenko, who became Ukraine's prime minister after helping lead the 2004 Orange Revolution and was later imprisoned when her arch-foe came to power, says she will run for president in next year's election. She announced her candidacy on Thursday, her website reported. With...

Australian lawmaker says MH17 was her most emotional time

Aug. 28, 2018 12:46 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's former foreign minister on Tuesday described the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines flight over Ukraine in 2014 as the most emotional time of her life. Julie Bishop was reflecting on her five years as Australia's first woman foreign minister after she quit the...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Aug. 27, 2018 12:50 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves: ___ EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look...

4 troops killed, 7 wounded in fighting in eastern Ukraine

Aug. 23, 2018 12:30 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — An outbreak of fighting in Ukraine's rebel-held east has killed four troops and left another seven wounded, officials said Thursday. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said the losses were the biggest in months and followed fighting that lasted five hours. The ministry said the fighting erupted...

Putin dances at Austrian wedding; talks with Merkel on Syria

Aug. 18, 2018 1:46 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin made a flying visit to Austria to attend the wedding of the country's foreign minister Saturday before heading to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Austrian authorities imposed tight security measures around the site of the ceremony near...