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UN: 2015 peace accord for Ukraine's east not implemented

Feb. 12, 2019 8:01 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A 2015 agreement to bring peace to Ukraine's volatile east remains largely unimplemented and civilians are paying the highest price, with more than 3,300 killed and 3.5 million needing humanitarian aid this year, U.N. officials said Tuesday. Russia's annexation of the Crimean...

Ukrainian president vows to push for EU, NATO membership

Feb. 9, 2019 10:01 AM EST

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine must join the European Union and NATO to protect itself from Russia's expansionist actions, Ukraine's president said Saturday as he officially launched his re-election campaign. President Petro Poroshenko, who is seeking a second five-year term in the March 31 vote, accused...

Ukraine has 44 presidential candidates in all-time record

Feb. 8, 2019 12:45 PM EST

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Election officials in Ukraine said Friday that 44 candidates have registered to compete in the March presidential election — a record for the nation. The latest polls show that comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who plays the nation's president in a popular TV series, has surged...

Dutch, Russia in talks about responsibility in MH17 downing

Feb. 7, 2019 8:47 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands is in diplomatic discussions with Russia about the European country's assertion that Moscow bears legal responsibility for its role in the 2014 downing of a passenger jet over Ukraine, the Dutch foreign minister said Thursday. Foreign Minister Stef Blok said...

Ukrainian lawmakers bar Russians from observing election

Feb. 7, 2019 10:58 AM EST

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's parliament has barred Russian citizens from serving as election monitors during an upcoming presidential election. The Supreme Rada voted to exclude Russians from international observers' missions that will be monitoring the voting in Ukraine next month. The Organization for...

Comedian who plays Ukraine's president on TV leads real race

Feb. 7, 2019 6:26 AM EST

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Volodymyr Zelenskiy has spent more than 20 years as a comedian in Ukraine peppering his stand-up routines with imitations of politicians. So when his production company needed an actor to play an everyman who unexpectedly becomes president, Zelenskiy was a clear choice. But in an...

Ukraine's parliament votes to support NATO, EU aspirations

Feb. 7, 2019 6:03 AM EST

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's parliament has passed constitutional amendment to commit to join NATO and the European Union. Massive protests in Ukraine in 2013 centered on the then-president's refusal to sign an association agreement with the EU, which was seen as a betrayal of the aspirations of many...

Ukraine's exiled ex-president claims possible vote rigging

Feb. 6, 2019 10:14 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's exiled former president, who was found guilty of fueling a deadly separatist conflict in the east, on Wednesday claimed there could be possible vote rigging in the country's upcoming presidential election. Ukrainians will vote March 31 to elect a new president. Former President...

AP Interview: Ukraine ex-PM accuses president of corruption

Feb. 4, 2019 3:02 PM EST

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A former Ukrainian prime minister who is a candidate in next month's presidential election accused the incumbent of corruption Monday — charges President Petro Poroshenko's office rejected as a lie as the race was heating up. Yulia Tymoshenko alleged during an interview with The...

Comedian takes lead in Ukraine presidential race, polls show

Jan. 31, 2019 1:53 PM EST

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A comedian has taken the lead in Ukraine's presidential race, according to the latest polls released Thursday. A poll by the Razumkov Center and two other organizations shows Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who played the nation's president in a popular TV series, surging ahead of incumbent...