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In this handout photo released by Georgian Dream Party Press office, Georgian businessman Bidzina Ivanishvili, who created Georgian Dream party, wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, speaks to the media after voting at a polling station during the parliamentary elections in Tbilisi, Georgia, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Ivanishvili quickly congratulated his supporters on winning the vote after several exit polls showed his party with a strong lead.(Georgian Dream Party Press office via AP)

Georgia's ruling party claims victory in parliamentary vote

Oct. 31, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Georgia's governing party claimed victory in a tightly contested parliamentary election Saturday, but an opposition alliance around an ex-president who has spent years in self-imposed exile refused to concede defeat and aspired to form a new coalition government in the ex-Soviet...

FILE In this file photo taken on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks to the media during a news conference in Kyiv, Ukraine. Ukrainians are heading to the polls on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020 to cast ballots in local elections seen as a key test for President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Zelenskiy, a popular comedian without prior political experience, was elected by a landslide in April 2019 on promises to end fighting with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, uproot endemic corruption and shore up a worsening economy. (Sergey Dolzhenko/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Ukraine's president moves to dissolve top court over ruling

Oct. 30, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine faced a new political crisis Friday as the president moved to dissolve the nation's top court following its decision to freeze the country's anti-corruption reforms. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's action came after the Constitutional Court ruled to annul key parts of...

FILE In this file photo taken on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks to the media during a news conference in Kyiv, Ukraine. Ukrainians are heading to the polls on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020 to cast ballots in local elections seen as a key test for President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Zelenskiy, a popular comedian without prior political experience, was elected by a landslide in April 2019 on promises to end fighting with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, uproot endemic corruption and shore up a worsening economy. (Sergey Dolzhenko/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Ukraine's local elections test leader and his young party

Oct. 25, 2020 3:24 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainians were voting Sunday in local elections that are considered a test for President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a former comedian who took office last year vowing to bring peace, uproot endemic corruption and shore up a worsening economy. Zelenskiy was elected president by a landslide...

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy pose for photographs after they signed agreements, in Istanbul, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. President Zelenskiy is in Istanbul for a one-day working visit. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Turkey, Ukraine sign military cooperation agreements

Oct. 16, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey and Ukraine signed military cooperation agreements in Istanbul on Friday, deepening a defense partnership seen as an effort to counterbalance Russia’s dominance in the Black Sea region. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan oversaw...

Ukrainian army veterans attend a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in centre Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Anti-Semitic banner pinned to Ukrainian president's office

Oct. 14, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — About 5,000 ultra-right activists marched across the Ukrainian capital Wednesday to denounce a cease-fire in the conflict with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, leaving an anti-Semitic banner pinned to the presidential office's entrance. Ukrainian President Volodymyr...

Dr. Oleh Hornostayev speaks to a coronavirus patient at a hospital intensive care unit in Stryi, Ukraine, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Coronavirus infections in Ukraine began surging in late summer, and the ripples are hitting towns in the western part of the country. The government wants to avoid imposing a new lockdown, but officials acknowledge that the rising infections could make it necessary. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

'Catastrophically short of doctors': Virus wallops Ukraine

Oct. 8, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

STEBNYK, Ukraine (AP) — Coronavirus infections in Ukraine began surging in late summer, and the ripples are now hitting towns like Stebnyk in the western part of the country, where Dr. Natalia Stetsik is watching the rising number of patients with alarm and anguish. “It’s incredibly...

Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge meet the Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, right, and his wife, Olena, during an audience at Buckingham Palace, London, Wednesday Oct. 7, 2020. The President is on a two day official visit to Britain. (Jonathan Brady/Pool via AP)

Prince William and Kate welcome Ukraine president at palace

Oct. 7, 2020 9:13 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — London's Buckingham Palace held its first royal event in more than six months on Wednesday as Prince William and his wife Kate welcomed Ukraine’s president and his wife. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge greeted Volodymyr Zelenskiy and his wife Olena in a brief meeting at the...

People look an art installation to mark 79th anniversary of the 1941 Babi Yar massacre at a menorah monument close to a Babi Yar ravine where tens of thousands of Jews were killed during WWII, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Ukraine marked the 79th anniversary of the 1941 Babi Yar massacre. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Ukraine marks 79th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre

Sep. 29, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine on Tuesday marked the 79th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre, one of the most infamous mass slaughters of World War II. Babi Yar, a ravine in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, is where nearly 34,000 Jews were killed within 48 hours in 1941 when the city was under Nazi...

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko delivers a speech during his inauguration ceremony at the Palace of the Independence in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Lukashenko of Belarus has assumed his sixth term of office in an inauguration ceremony that wasn't announced in advance. State news agency BelTA reported that Wednesday's ceremony is taking place in the capital of Minsk, with several hundred top government official present. (Andrei Stasevich, BelTA/Pool Photo via AP)

Belarus president sworn in at unannounced inaugural ceremony

Sep. 26, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus was sworn in Wednesday to his sixth term in office at an inaugural ceremony that was not announced in advance amid weeks of huge protests of the authoritarian leader's reelection, which the opposition says was rigged. One opposition leader...

In this photo provided by the Emergency Situation Ministry, a view of the debris and remains of the AN-26 military plane  which crashed on Friday night, in the town of Chuguyiv close to Kharkiv, Ukraine, Saturday Sept. 26, 2020. Searchers combing the area where a Ukrainian military aircraft crashed found two more bodies on Saturday, bringing the death toll to 26. One person survived. The plane, a twin-turboprop Antonov-26 belonging to the Ukrainian air force, was carrying a crew of seven and 20 cadets of a military aviation school when it crashed and burst into flames Friday night while coming in for landing at the airport in Chuhuiv, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of the capital Kyiv.  (Emergency Situation Ministry via AP)

Ukraine plane crash death toll rises to 26, with 1 survivor

Sep. 26, 2020 8:24 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Searchers combing the area where a Ukrainian military aircraft crashed found two more bodies Saturday, bringing the death toll to 26. One person survived. The plane, a twin-turboprop Antonov-26 belonging to the Ukrainian air force, was carrying a crew of seven and 20 cadets of a military...