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Ukrainian leader's party on track to win parliament majority

Jul. 22, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The party of Ukraine's president was on track Monday to win an absolute majority in parliament, a first in the country's modern history that would hand President Volodymyr Zelenskiy a clear mandate for change. Zelenskiy, a popular comedian and political novice who was elected in April,...

Ukraine president's party buoyed by exit poll after election

Jul. 21, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's party was headed to win the biggest share of votes in the Ukraine's snap parliamentary election, according to an exit poll Sunday, but it was unclear if the party nailed down a solid majority in the legislature. The poll of 13,000 voters showed Servant...

The Latest: Ukraine's president outlines main priorities

Jul. 21, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Latest on Ukraine's parliamentary election (all times local): 9:55 p.m. Ukraine's president, buoyed by an exit poll showing his party taking the largest share of votes in parliamentary elections, says fighting corruption and establishing peace in the war-wracked east will be the...

Ahead of vote, Ukrainian museum shows 'election trash'

Jul. 20, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A Darth Vader costume, playground equipment, pastries and boxes of food all are part of an exhibit at Ukraine's National History Museum displaying the colorful behavior and sometime-questionable practices that characterize the country's elections. The exhibition, called "The Museum of...

Ukraine's president says he backs prisoner swap with Russia

Jul. 19, 2019 9:29 AM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president on Friday outlined the details of an impending prisoner swap with Russia, saying that Kiev is willing to release a jailed Russian journalist in exchange for a Ukrainian film director. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's statement comes at the end of the week of shuttle...

Ukraine president's party leads ahead of parliamentary vote

Jul. 18, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's party has the most support in opinion polls ahead of Sunday's early parliamentary election, but its ability to obtain a solid majority is far from certain. Zelenskiy, who took office in May, has so far been stymied by a parliament dominated by...

Swedes can't give residence permit to terror attack victim

Jul. 18, 2019 7:44 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden's justice minister says a Ukrainian woman who lost her leg in the deadly Stockholm terror attack cannot be granted a permanent residence permit out of compassion. Morgan Johansson said Thursday such a permit can't be given to Iryna Zamanova because "clemency only applies...

Austria: Ukrainian businessman's US extradition on hold

Jul. 16, 2019 8:07 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's justice minister has approved the extradition to the U.S. of Ukrainian businessman Dymitro Firtash, but he can stay in Austria while a court considers a defense motion to reopen the case, authorities said Tuesday. Last month, Austria's Supreme Court of Justice ruled that Firtash...

Major prisoner swap between Russia, Ukraine in limbo

Jul. 15, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A much-anticipated prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine was thrown into uncertainty on Monday after a Ukrainian court postponed a hearing that was expected to release an imprisoned Russian journalist. Russia and Ukraine were on track to launch a major prisoner swap involving the Russian...

Putin and Ukraine's new leader discuss east Ukraine conflict

Jul. 11, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin had his first phone call with Ukraine's new president on Thursday and discussions centered on the conflict in eastern Ukraine that has bitterly blighted relations between the two countries. Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin and Ukraine's President...