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Residents of eastern Ukraine vote on extending Putin’s rule

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Residents of separatist-controlled regions in eastern Ukraine who have Russian citizenship are travelling to Russia to vote on constitutional amendments that would allow President Vladimir Putin to remain in power until 2036. Authorities of the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics have organized bus services to polling stations in the neighboring […]

Ukraine president’s wife hospitalized with virus

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The wife of Ukrainain President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has been hospitalized with double pneumonia after contracting the new coronavirus, joining the ranks of several first ladies around the world who got infected with COVID-19 earlier this year. Zelenskiy’s office said in a statement Tuesday that Olena Zelenska’s condition was stable and the […]

Ukraine receives $60M worth of military equipment from US

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — More than $60 million worth of weapons and other equipment is going to Ukraine as part of the U.S. security aid program with the country, the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv said Wednesday. The embassy tweeted that the equipment its Office of Defense Cooperation received Tuesday included Javelin anti-tank missiles, radios and […]

Small plane crashes in southern Ukraine; 1 killed

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A small plane crash-landed Wednesday in the southern Ukrainian city of Odesa, killing one person and injuring another one, local police said in a statement. Photos of the crash site released by the Odesa police department showed a damaged plane lying on a road without its landing wheels. Police say they […]

Foreigners allowed into Ukraine to get surrogate-born babies

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Authorities have allowed foreign parents into Ukraine to collect babies who were born to surrogate mothers and stranded in the eastern European country due to the coronavirus pandemic. Ukraine’s human rights ombudswoman, Lyudmila Denisova, said Wednesday that 31 couples had arrived and been united with their children. “It is a special […]

EU prolongs sanctions against Russia over Ukraine conflict

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Monday prolonged economic sanctions against Russia for six months for failing to live up to its commitments to the peace agreement in Ukraine. The measures target Russia’s financial, energy and defense sectors, as well as goods that can be used for both civilian and military purposes They are […]

Ukraine: Bribe in probe of gas chief; unrelated to Bidens

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian authorities said Saturday they intercepted an attempt to offer a $6 million bribe in return for the dropping of a criminal investigation into the head of a natural gas company where the son of former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden once held a board seat. At a news conference, during which […]

Ukraine to investigate leaked tapes with ex-president, Biden

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Wednesday that prosecutors have opened a criminal inquiry into leaked tapes that allegedly feature the country’s former leader discussing conditions for a $1 billion loan with former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. The tapes, which are yet to be authenticated, were released on Tuesday by Ukrainian […]

Surrogate-born babies stranded in Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s human rights ombudswoman has appealed to authorities to find a solution for scores of infants born to surrogate mothers for foreign parents who are stranded because the country’s borders are closed under coronavirus restrictions. Ukraine has a thriving surrogate industry and is one of the few countries that allows the […]

Defense lawyers seek more investigations into MH17 downing

SCHIPHOL, Netherlands (AP) — Defense lawyers for a Russian charged with involvement in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 cast doubt Monday on prosecutors’ assertions that the passenger jet was shot down by a Buk surface-to-air missile. The comments came as Dutch defense lawyers for Oleg Pulatov began listing […]

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