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Ukraine moves toward energy independence

2014-10-31 | As Ukraine pursues strategies and laws that will lead to energy independence, it is becoming more difficult for Russia to dictate the terms of gas supplies, ...

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Ukraine, EU care for refugees

2014-10-30 | A new Ukrainian law will assist citizens displaced by pro-Kremlin militants in the east, as the EU prepares to increase financial support for refugees.

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Ukraine chooses EU

2014-10-29 | For the first time in many years, Ukraine has a clear foreign policy direction that is taking it toward the West and away from Russia.

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Steadfast Javelin shows NATO's readiness

2014-10-29 | NATO exercise Steadfast Javelin II showed that the safety of member states will not be compromised, experts said.

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Elections bring Ukraine closer to Europe

2014-10-28 | Ukrainians voted for a pro-European course, exit polls suggest.

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Police say separatists transfer stolen property, natural resources to Russia

2014-10-27 | Pro-Russian separatists are dismantling and stealing equipment from Donbas industrial plants and illegally transporting coal from Ukraine to Russia, Luhansk ...

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Ukraine to adopt a new defence strategy

2014-10-24 | Ukraine's Defence Ministry and General Staff begin working on a defence plan initiated by President Petro Poroshenko to cover the new threats faced by the na...

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Rebel-controlled regions suffer from food shortage

2014-10-23 | People in the occupied territories are in need of food and medicine, a poll shows.

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Illegal elections are separatists' next move

2014-10-23 | Observers say Russian influence is motivating separatists' plans to hold elections that would violate the Minsk Protocol.

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Anti-corruption reform to move Ukraine closer to European standards

2014-10-22 | Authorities in Kyiv said the new anti-corruption strategy will allow Ukraine to counter corruption and fulfil the EU's requirements.

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Ukraine finds evidence of modern Russian weapons in Donbas

2014-10-21 | Experts say Russia is using the conflict in eastern Ukraine as an opportunity to test and deploy new weapons systems.

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Ukraine planning to strengthen border with Russia

2014-10-21 | Officials say "the wall" project will provide security and will one day define the eastern border of the EU.

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Lustration law paves way for change in Ukraine

2014-10-20 | President Petro Poroshenko signed a law that sets the stage for removing public officials who were connected to the Yanukovych regime.

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Experts predict high turnout in upcoming elections

2014-10-17 | Ukrainian authorities and civil activists are joining efforts to hold transparent and fair parliamentary elections on October 26th.

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Experts say 'inglorious end' awaits separatist leaders

2014-10-17 | Militia leaders in eastern Ukraine conduct themselves as gangsters and solve problems with guns.

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Donbas poll finds support for united Ukraine

2014-10-16 | September polling shows weak support for separation and that more people want to be citizens of a united Ukraine.

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Humanitarian support arrives in Ukraine from Germany

2014-10-15 | More than 100 trucks full of winter supplies and temporary housing are on their way to displaced citizens from the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

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Ukraine, NATO strengthen co-operation

2014-10-15 | Kyiv allows NATO advisers access to classified data in order to prepare a roadmap for interoperability of the armed forces.

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Donbas citizens say buffer zone will stop occupation by militants

2014-10-14 | Representatives from Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE are working to establish a buffer zone between Ukrainian forces and separatists.

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Human rights violations rampant in self-proclaimed Ukraine republics

2014-10-13 | International human rights organisations warn of major violations in the self-proclaimed territories in Ukraine.

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Volunteers help Ukraine Defence Ministry improve army logistics

2014-10-10 | Army authorities in Ukraine are trying to improve civil-military co-operation through a volunteer effort aimed at helping the army manage logistics.

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Despite ceasefire, terrorists still working to disrupt elections

2014-10-09 | Observers say militias are trying to eject government forces from eastern Ukraine and prevent free voting in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

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Ukraine launches new reform strategy

2014-10-08 | Reorganising the judiciary and fighting corruption are the main reforms needed in Ukraine, President Poroshenko said.

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Novorossia movement 'a myth,' experts say

2014-10-07 | An effort by separatists to unify the pro-Kremlin republics in Ukraine has failed and its leaders have been discredited, experts said.

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Ukraine joins new European combat unit

2014-10-06 | Establishment of the Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine trilateral military brigade will increase regional security and link Ukraine to the EU military structure.

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Ukrainians believe elections are chance to 'restart' government

2014-10-03 | Upcoming elections will change the future of Ukraine, voters and political analysts say.

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Plenkovic: EU 'to promote peaceful solution for Ukraine'

2014-10-02 | EU experts will help Ukraine launch democratic reforms for the peaceful reintegration of its territory, according to the European Parliament's Delegation for...

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Crimean authorities act against supporters of united Ukraine

2014-10-01 | Crimean authorities and the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) are raiding houses of Crimean Tatars and other supporters of the Kyiv go...

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Romania assists Ukraine with cyber defence

2014-10-01 | The NATO member state provides technical assistance and training to Ukrainian intelligence agencies.

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DNR's former leaders continue to follow Kremlin's plans

2014-09-30 | The Kremlin was forced to replace the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) leaders, keeping them away from the Ukrainian forces, experts say.

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Ukraine citizens sharing their vision

2014-09-19 | Ukraine starts an online campaign giving citizens a chance to participate in the building of a strong, democratic state.

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Ukraine starts prisoner exchange process

2014-09-17 | Hundreds of Ukrainian citizens have been freed from separatists' custody since the beginning of negotiations over the prisoner exchange process earlier this ...

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Experts praise Poroshenko's management in Ukraine

2014-09-16 | After 100 days of his presidency Petro Poroshenko has the highest rating among politicians and enjoys support among most Ukrainians.

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Ukraine strengthening its cyber security

2014-09-15 | Western experts are assisting Ukraine to improve its cyber defence.

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Kyiv cautiously optimistic about peace initiatives

2014-09-12 | While Russian troops are leaving Ukraine's territory, the Kremlin-backed separatists continue provocations, violating a cease-fire agreement reached in Minsk...

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NATO backs peaceful solution to military conflict in eastern Ukraine

2014-09-10 | The Alliance member states will help Ukraine improve its security and defence system.

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Allies ready to help wounded Ukrainian soldiers

2014-09-09 | NATO and EU states will help Ukraine rehabilitate soldiers injured during the military operations in eastern Ukraine.

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Ukraine strengthens border security

2014-09-08 | With the support of its Western allies, Kyiv starts the Russian border demarcation process.

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Former Russian chief to form separatist law enforcement system

2014-09-05 | Experts say Donetsk and Luhansk self-recognised republics' leaders are appointed by Moscow and follow the Kremlin's directions.

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Kyiv finds ways to replace Russian gas

2014-09-04 | While looking for alternative natural resources, Ukraine launches a public awareness campaign to educate the population about how to save natural resources.

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Russia to face tougher sanctions over its apparent incursion in Ukraine

2014-09-02 | Kyiv and its allies accuse Russia of "direct and open aggression" in eastern Ukraine.

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Putin is not ready to compromise, experts say

2014-09-01 | Analysts say the only way to get Russia to negotiate is to hold the positions in Donbas.

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Groups denounce parade of Ukrainian prisoners in Donetsk

2014-08-29 | A parade of Ukrainian prisoners in Donetsk on August 24th violated the standards of international law, human rights defenders and officials said.

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Lustration accelerates as Poroshenko calls for parliament elections

2014-08-27 | President Petro Poroshenko said that re-election of parliament is the only way for the country's democratic development.

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Ukraine is getting ready for the new school year

2014-08-26 | Most Donbas schools will be able to start the new school year on September 1st.

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Experts say Minsk meeting brings 'risks and opportunities'

2014-08-25 | The inclusion of neighbouring officials as well as discussion of the ongoing conflict presents a diplomatic success for Kyiv, experts and officials say.

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Ukraine Independence Day has extra meaning this year

2014-08-22 | United Ukraine celebrates its Independence Day on August 24th and believes in a European future.

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Kyiv is optimistic about Poroshenko-Putin meeting

2014-08-21 | With the Ukrainian army's major breakthrough in Lugansk, Kyiv and Moscow announce that Presidents Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko will meet in Minsk.

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Kiev adopts law allowing sanctions against Russia

2014-08-19 | The measure targets those who support separatist elements.

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Government aid to Lugansk slowed by Kremlin-backed separatists

2014-08-18 | Thousands of families are forced to leave Lugansk, which is in a state of "total blockade" as rebels control the city.

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Russia's ongoing support for rebels alarms Ukrainian authorities

2014-08-15 | Russia continues to use its resources to destabilise situation in Ukraine, experts and officials warn.

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Kiev returning to normal as citizens dismantle Maidan barricades

2014-08-14 | Kiev's mayor says the removal of barricades will allow the city to "get back to a normal way of life."

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Ukrainians receive training on how to avoid conflict zones

2014-08-12 | Programs in Kiev aim to give urban residents basic skills in survival and first aid.

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Kiev lobbying for 'terrorist' designation for separatist leaders

2014-08-11 | The designation would be made for those who supported efforts to break Crimea, Donetsk and Lugansk from Ukraine, officials said.

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Separatists slow Malaysia Flight 17 crash investigation

2014-08-08 | Crash site investigators say they can't continue their work because of fighting in the area and they are being prevented from examining victims' personal items.

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Residents flee Lugansk and Donetsk as fighting intensifies

2014-08-06 | The Defense Ministry says soldiers and border guards are being fired upon from within Russia.

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Pro-separatist mayor of Stakhanov arrested in Berdyansk

2014-08-05 | Ukrainian security service officers arrested the mayor on allegations that he has aided and abetted the separatists.

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Grenade attack against Lviv mayor signals expansion of conflict

2014-08-04 | Police are treating the June 26th incident as a terrorist attack that is connected to the Kremlin-supported conflict in the east.

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Joint drills enhance military co-operation and mutual confidence

2014-08-01 | Military exercises brought allies and partners together to deepen strategic co-operation.

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Strategic bombers reinforce allies' preparedness

2014-07-31 | The B2s and B52s have deterrence capacity that reassures allies, analysts say

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Ground-breaking pilot still being held in Russian prison

2014-07-31 | Nadiya Savchenko, the first Ukrainian to become a military pilot, is charged with murder for the deaths of two Russian journalists in June.

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New round of EU sanctions targets Russian industry

2014-07-30 | Only sanctions against entire industries will stop Russia's aggression in eastern Ukraine, political analysts told SETimes.

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Ukrainian soldiers support NATO mission in Afghanistan

2014-07-29 | Despite ongoing conflict in their own country, Ukrainian soldiers continue to contribute to world peace and security.

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Kiev to reinforce its army in eastern Ukraine

2014-07-28 | Kiev announces a 45-day mobilisation to strengthen Ukrainian army positions in the East.

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Ukraine warns about military attacks from Russian territory

2014-07-25 | Authorities in Kiev say there is evidence that Russia is directly involved in a military operation against Ukraine.

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Kremlin propaganda machine spins 'completely absurd' theories about doomed jet

2014-07-23 | By making up different scenarios about downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, separatists in eastern Ukraine try to hide the truth about the disaster, experts say.

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Malaysia jet crash site remains under separatists' control

2014-07-22 | Kremlin-backed rebels continue to block the investigation of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 attack, which killed all 298 people aboard last week.

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Poll finds growing support for NATO in Ukraine

2014-07-21 | Polls show that the number of citizens supporting Ukraine membership in NATO has tripled.

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Evidence suggests pro-Kremlin rebels responsible for jet disaster

2014-07-18 | The Malaysian Airlines flight was shot down Thursday in eastern Ukraine, killing 298 people.

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Ukraine to use Georgia's experience in justice reform

2014-07-16 | Ukraine's new leadership starts co-operation with regional and international experts to establish a modern system of governance.

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Wealthy Ukrainians fleeing from the east to avoid conflict

2014-07-15 | Separatists at roadblocks are demanding bribes from drivers and threatening the regional economy, an executive says.

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Army reform leads to military success in the east

2014-07-14 | Reforms in the army are credited for progress made in the government's anti-terrorist operation in eastern Ukraine.

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Kremlin conducts informational warfare against Ukraine

2014-07-11 | Journalists and analysts say Russian news outlets are distorting information about the conflict in eastern Ukraine and swaying public opinion.

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Eastern Europe leaders express support for EU

2014-07-11 | While closely watching the conflict in Ukraine, officials say they are looking forward to solidifying relationships with the European Union.

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Berdyansk takes in refugees from eastern Ukraine

2014-07-10 | A group of Berdyansk friends decide to help those fleeing the conflict in the east.

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Economy of Crimea deteriorating under Kremlin control

2014-07-08 | Food prices and unemployment have increased in Crimea, which was illegally annexed by Russia nearly three months ago.

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OSCE monitors in eastern Ukraine ask for improved working conditions

2014-07-07 | Armed militants limit OSCE capability to monitor the situation in eastern Ukraine, officials of the organisation's Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine say.

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Analysts say Ukraine ending its cease-fire was necessary, logical

2014-07-04 | After a 10-day cease-fire, Ukraine resumes its anti-terrorist operation to "liberate our land."

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EU funds to help create new jobs in Donbas

2014-07-02 | EU member states agreed to create a special fund to support President Petro Poroshenko's plan to recover Donbas economy and create new jobs for its citizens.

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Ukraine starts police reform from Lviv

2014-07-01 | The European Council and OSCE will assist Ukraine to reform its police force.

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Turkey gives support for Ukraine's European future

2014-06-30 | Ukrainian Ambassador to Turkey Sergiy Korsunsky tells SES Türkiye that Ankara's support has been "continuous and adequate."

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B-2 and B-52 bombers joint exercises strengthen allies' interoperability

2014-06-27 | Rare mission to Europe provides allies with opportunity to integrate military tactics.

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Association agreement opens new opportunities for Ukraine

2014-06-27 | The association agreement with the EU is a turning point in the history of Ukraine and the only way to assure the country's better future, analysts, official...

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Many in Ukraine have high hopes for cease-fire

2014-06-25 | The temporary truce gives both sides the opportunity to settle their differences without further loss of life.

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New recruits make up Ukraine's special-forces units

2014-06-24 | The newly minted soldiers helped the government regain the port city of Mariupol.

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Analysts: Russia might lose from gas dispute with Ukraine

2014-06-23 | Ukraine's government calls upon Russia to stop dictating its rules over gas prices, while looking for alternative ways to break free of Russian gas.

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Experts warn about influx of Russian weapons in eastern Ukraine

2014-06-20 | Despite the government's proposed peace plan for eastern Ukraine and a unilateral ceasefire, the Kremlin-backed rebels continue fighting.

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Analysis: Kremlin yet to show inclination toward peace

2014-06-18 | President Poroshenko's efforts to create peace in eastern Ukraine may succeed if the Kremlin agrees to stop supporting and funding separatists.

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Families from Donbas find refuge in the west

2014-06-17 | People from eastern Ukraine said they don't want to be human shields for separatists.

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Civil activists join efforts to support united Ukraine

2014-06-16 | Ukrainians are supporting their new leadership and the government's anti-terror operation to protect their country's territorial integrity.

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Self-recognised leader in eastern Ukraine serves Kremlin's interests

2014-06-13 | Separatists in Donetsk are headed by a political strategist from Russia who is closely tied to the Kremlin.

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Analyst: Public is confident in Poroshenko's experience

2014-06-12 | The Ukraine president's success in business and government raise hopes for his term.

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NATO to strengthen partnership with Ukraine

2014-06-11 | The Alliance pledges to help Ukraine launch military reforms and develop its defence capacities.

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Some Maidan demonstrators headed home

2014-06-10 | As Poroshenko takes office, some Maidan protesters are dismantling their tents.

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New president sets eyes on EU, Crimea

2014-06-09 | President Petro Poroshenko unveiled several initiatives aimed at bringing Ukraine's estranged eastern provinces back into the fold.

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Ukraine to strengthen border security

2014-06-06 | Ukraine will receive military aid to secure its borders and preserve its territorial integrity.

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Experts say Poroshenko's visit to Donetsk is 'important and necessary'

2014-06-04 | Citizens in Donetsk say the newly elected president's plan to visit the region creates hope for peace.

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Fighting forces many to flee Donetsk

2014-06-03 | Amid on-going violence, citizens in Donetsk urge the government to strengthen its anti-terror operations.

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Ukraine continues national dialogue over constitutional reform

2014-06-02 | The Venice Commission will examine the first draft of amendments to the constitution.

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Journalists risk their lives to report from eastern Ukraine

2014-05-30 | Self-proclaimed authorities punish dozens of journalists for objective coverage of the on-going unrest in eastern Ukraine, advocates say.