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Russia rejects UK claim of trying to replace Ukraine leader

Jan. 23, 2022 11:23 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday rejected a British claim that the Kremlin is seeking to replace Ukraine’s government with a pro-Moscow administration, and that former Ukrainian lawmaker Yevheniy Murayev is a potential candidate. Britain’s Foreign Office on...

Curtoni wins, Goggia crashes in mixed day for Italy ski team

Jan. 23, 2022 09:29 AM EST

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — There were mixed emotions within the powerhouse Italian ski team when Elena Curtoni won a super-G on Sunday while Sofia Goggia crashed again with the Beijing Olympics less than two weeks away. For the second victory of her career in her 230th World...

Geisenberger gets 52nd career win in luge season finale

Jan. 23, 2022 09:15 AM EST

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger is a World Cup winner once again, just in time for the Olympics. Geisenberger got her first win of the season and 52nd singles victory of her career on Sunday, holding off Madeleine Egle of Austria and Elina Vitola of...

Pope calls for day of prayer for peace for Ukraine

Jan. 23, 2022 07:02 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday expressed his concern over “rising tensions” in Ukraine that threaten peace, and called for political talks that put at the center “human brotherhood instead of partisan interests." “I am following with concern the rising tensions...

AP PHOTOS: Ukrainians observe pagan-rooted new year festival

Jan. 23, 2022 03:07 AM EST

KRASNOILSK, Ukraine (AP) — Dressed as goats, bears, oxen and cranes, many Ukrainians ring in the new year in the colorful rituals of the Malanka holiday. Malanka, which draws on pagan folk tales, marks the new year according to the Julian calendar, meaning it falls on Jan. 13-14. ...

Migrants at Hungary border become part of election campaign

Jan. 23, 2022 02:43 AM EST

MAJDAN, Serbia (AP) — A group of migrants huddles beside a small, smoky fire inside an abandoned building in northern Serbia, the last moments of warmth before they set out into the driving snow toward the razor wire, cameras and sensors of Hungary's electrified border fence. A few...

Britain says Russia seeking to replace Ukraine government

Jan. 22, 2022 20:28 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government on Saturday accused Russia of seeking to replace Ukraine’s government with a pro-Moscow administration, and said former Ukrainian lawmaker Yevheniy Murayev is being considered as a potential candidate. Murayev is head of the small pro-Russian...

German navy chief resigns following Ukraine comments

Jan. 22, 2022 19:17 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The head of the German navy resigned late Saturday after coming under fire at home and abroad for comments he made on Ukraine and Russia. Speaking at an event in India on Friday, vice admiral Kay-Achim Schoenbach had said Ukraine would not regain the Crimean...

British government accuses Russia of seeking to replace Ukraine’s government with a pro-Moscow administration.

Jan. 22, 2022 18:11 PM EST
LONDON (AP) — British government accuses Russia of seeking to replace Ukraine’s government with a pro-Moscow administration.

Where Ukraine's sunflowers once sprouted, fears now grow

Jan. 22, 2022 17:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a warm spring day in Ukraine 26 years ago, three men smiled for cameras as they planted symbolic sunflower seedlings in freshly tilled earth where Soviet nuclear missiles had once stood ready. That placid scene was, briefly, a launchpad for hope that the demise...