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Ukraine fails to agree new pro-EU cabinet after PM quits

Apr 13, 2016 - 12:45 AM

The latest twist in the ex Soviet state s volatile political drama came when the man tipped to succeed Yatsenyuk appeared unwilling to assume his duties

RESIGNATION. Ukraine's prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation on Sunday. File photo by Yury Kirnichny/AFP

Embattled Ukraine PM Yatsenyuk resigns

Apr 11, 2016 - 8:36 AM

Having done everything to ensure stability and make a smooth transition of power possible I decided to step down from the post of prime minister of Ukraine

A file picture dated December 29, 2015 shows Ukrainian Prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk during his press conference in Kiev, Ukraine. Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Embattled Ukraine PM Yatsenyuk resigns

Apr 10, 2016 - 10:04 PM

This comes less than two months after he survived a no confidence vote in parliament

RESIGNATION. Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says he has decided to resign, less than two months after surviving a no-confidence vote in parliament. File photo by Yury Kirnichny/AFP

Ukraine's graft problem tests Western patience and resolve

Feb 14, 2016 - 12:23 PM

Ukraine s failure to fight state graft is testing the patience of its Western allies and threatening renewed economic and political chaos

In this file photo, workers decorate Independence Square with Ukrainian flags during National Flag Day celebrations in Kiev on August 23, 2015. Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Ukraine bans Russia's airlines from crossing its airspace

Nov 25, 2015 - 9:05 PM

The announcement comes just moments after Russia said it is halting gas shipments to energy dependent Ukraine

CONFRONTATION. Black smoke billows from Donetsk international airport, seen behind a cemetery, during heavy gun battle between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian militants in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk in 2014. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Ukrainian PM warns West not to lift Russia sanctions

Sep 12, 2015 - 7:44 PM

Sanctions could be lifted only if the Minsk peace deal is fully implemented and if Donetsk Lugansk and Crimea are back in Ukraine says Arseniy Yatsenyuk

RETAIN SANCTIONS. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk believes that Russia, a permanent UN Security Council member, 'constantly violates the UN charter' with regards to Ukraine. File photo by Yury Kirnichny/AFP

Germany warns Ukraine truce turning 'very fragile'

May 30, 2015 - 9:32 AM

The truce has succeeded in containing the fighting but has failed to put an end to daily clashes around some of the most disputed hotspots

'FRAGILE' CEASEFIRE. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier answers questions of journalists during their joint press conference with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (not pictured) in Kiev, Ukraine, May 29, 2015. Photo by Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Ukraine arrests officials on live TV, sacks powerful oligarch

Mar 26, 2015 - 2:41 AM

PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk says the sight of handcuffed officials being marched out of a government meeting serves as a warning to officials suspected of graft

Ukraine declares NATO ambition on protests anniversary

Nov 22, 2014 - 1:31 PM

Ukraine s leaders announce a new coalition following October elections which affirmed that joining the NATO military alliance would be a priority

ONE YEAR. Ukrainians mark the first anniversary of the Euromaidan Revolution on the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, November 21, 2014. Photo by Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Ukraine to ask EU, US for help paying for Russian gas – PM

Oct 30, 2014 - 10:16 PM

Ukraine PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk plans to speak to US Vice President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel as EU mediated negotiations between Russian and Ukrainian energy officials continue in Brussels

War-scarred Ukraine set for key polls

Oct 25, 2014 - 12:58 PM

Ukraine voters will go to the polls Sunday in elections set to dramatically reshape parliament after a year of upheavals in which a deadly pro Russian uprising has threatened to splinter the ex Soviet state

GETTING READY. Valentina Borshchova (L) and Raisa Gorbova (R), both members of a local election commission, prepare a ballot box in a polling station based near the frontline in the eastern Ukrainian village Kamyshevakha, Luhansk region, 24 October 2014. Roman Pilipey/EPA

EU keeps Russia sanctions as clashes resume in Ukraine

Sep 30, 2014 - 11:29 PM

UPDATED Meanwhile a promise by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to grant temporary self rule for territories under rebel control as long as they give up separatist ambitions has dominated political debate in the run up to the parliamentary polls

UKRAINE. Soldiers of the Ukrainian National Guard get winter uniforms and flak jackets before being send send to east Ukraine, at their base in the village Novi Petrivtsi, near Kiev, Ukraine, 30 September 2014. Roman Pilipey/EPA

Obama offers to lift sanctions if Russia 'changes course' on Ukraine

Sep 25, 2014 - 11:10 AM

Ukraine s prime minister meanwhile urges the West to maintain sanctions on Russia until Ukraine takes control of its entire territory

Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, addresses the general debate of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly, 24 September 2014, United Nations, New York. Cia Pak/UN Photo

Ukraine rebels plan votes in blow to Poroshenko truce

Sep 24, 2014 - 11:30 AM

The self proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People s Republics said they would hold simultaneous votes on November 2 to choose their leaders and Supreme Soviets or parliaments

Smoke from a burning fuel dump at the Donetsk airport can be seen from a pro-Russia separatists checkpoint on September 23, 2014. John Macdougall/AFP

Obama, Poroshenko meet as peace deal hopes rise

Sep 18, 2014 - 12:37 PM

President Poroshenko will cast Russia as a global menace when he meets Obama in Washington in the hope of winning a special status guaranteeing his troubled nation s security

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks to supporters during a pro Ukraine rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa during Poroshenko's first official visit to Canada, September 17, 2014. Goeff Robins/AFP

Russia, Ukraine trade blame as fighting tests truce

Sep 14, 2014 - 1:30 PM

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk called on world leaders not to trust Russian President Vladimir Putin despite his decision to sign Moscow up to a truce aimed at ending a five month war that has claimed more than 2 700 lives

A unit of Ukrainian soldiers are accompanied by a dog as they march on a road at a checkpoint near Pervomaysk, in the Luhansk region, Ukraine, 13 September 2014. Roman Pilipey/EPA

Ukraine PM accuses Russia of seeking to 'eliminate' country despite truce

Sep 13, 2014 - 3:40 PM

[Putin] wants to eliminate Ukraine as an independent country says Ukraine s prime minister

A picture made available on 09 July 2014 shows Ukrainian solider raising a National flag at the headquarters of anti-terrorist operation (ATO) near Izyum of Kharkiv area, Ukraine, 08 July 2014. Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels agree ceasefire

Sep 06, 2014 - 1:40 AM

Skeptical Western governments said they still planned to impose tough new sanctions on Moscow over what they claim is Russian aggression in the former Soviet state

CEASEFIRE DEAL. (From L-R) Representative of self-proclaimed 'People Republic of Donetsk' Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko, Russian Ambassador to the Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov, rebel leader of 'People Republic of Lugansk' Igor Plotnitsky, OSCE envoy Heidi Tagliavini, and former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma make an official statement on the signing of a ceasefire agreement in Minsk, Belarus, on September 5, 2014. Ukraine, Vasily Maximov/AFP

US, Britain rally NATO allies on Ukraine, Islamic State threats

Sep 04, 2014 - 10:44 AM

UPDATED Ukraine and the new threats posed by Islamic extremists in Iraq Syria and beyond will dominate the two day summit in Newport in Britain along with a troubled withdrawal from Afghanistan

Final preparations are made to the main conference room in the main conference room in the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales, on 03 September 2014, on the eve of hosting the NATO Summit. Leon Neal/Pool/EPA

Russian troops 'directly involved' in Ukraine conflict

Aug 29, 2014 - 7:47 AM

Obama: Russia has deliberately and repeatedly violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and the new images of Russian forces inside Ukraine make that plain for the world to see

AGAINST WAR.  Protesters hold placards during a rally outside the Russian Consulate in Kharkiv, Ukraine, 28 August 2014. Photo by EPA

Dutch, Australians ready MH17 troops amid Ukraine deadly fighting

Jul 26, 2014 - 8:52 AM

This is a humanitarian mission with a clear and simple objective: to bring them home says Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott All we want to do is to claim our dead and to bring them home

Ukraine PM resigns, parliament coalition dissolves

Jul 24, 2014 - 11:27 PM

Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk resigns in protest over the dissolution of the majority coalition

PROVOKE. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk accuses Russia of trying to spark a conflict by violating Ukrainian airspace. File photo by Yury Kirnichny/AFP

Russia cuts Ukraine's gas after talks fail

Jun 16, 2014 - 9:02 PM

Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk called the supply halt another stage of Russia s aggression against the Ukrainian state

GAS CUT. Russia has stopped delivering gas to Ukraine, but the country has enough reserves until December, the country's energy company said on June 16, 2014. File photo by Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

IMF approves $17 billion aid for Ukraine

May 01, 2014 - 7:04 AM

The IMF executive board s green light opens the way for an immediate deployment of 3 2 billion to KIev

Ukraine PM accuses Russia of trying to provoke war

Apr 27, 2014 - 12:17 AM

Ukrainian PM accuses a Russian military aircraft of violating Ukrainian airspace hence potentially sparking more conflict between the two

PROVOKE. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk accuses Russia of trying to spark a conflict by violating Ukrainian airspace. File photo by Yury Kirnichny/AFP

Pope promises to help Ukraine

Apr 26, 2014 - 11:39 PM

Pope Francis and Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk discuss the role religious organizations could play in fostering mutual respect and harmony in Ukraine

COOPERATION. The Vatican said in a statement that Francis and Yatsenyuk had discussed the "specific role" that religious organizations could play "in fostering mutual respect and harmony." File photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

G7 agrees sanctions on Russia as Ukraine invasion fears mount

Apr 26, 2014 - 10:49 PM

The Group of Seven rich countries agreed on the need for further sanctions on the government of President Vladimir Putin

Ukraine PM to meet Pope Francis amid crisis

Apr 22, 2014 - 9:35 PM

The Vatican has faced some criticism over its low key reaction to the spiraling crisis in Ukraine

Pro-Russian gunmen seize more buildings in east Ukraine

Apr 12, 2014 - 10:03 PM

Ukraine s interior ministry says the first assault was led by 20 armed men whose main purpose was to seize 20 machine guns and 400 Makarov guns stored in the police headquarters

US admits low expectations for 4-way Ukraine meet

Apr 10, 2014 - 11:23 AM

While the US is not expecting much from the talks it believes the 4 way negotiations involving Ukraine are important in keeping the diplomatic door open

IMF bails out Ukraine as UN rejects Crimea annexation

Mar 28, 2014 - 2:10 PM

The IMF bails out Ukraine to the tune of US 14 18 billion

ANNEXED? People gather at Lenin Square after the end of the referendum in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine, March 16, 2014. 96.6% of Crimeans voted for the Ukrainian region's accession to Russia in a controversial referendum on March 16. Photo by Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

EU, Ukraine sign political provisions of historic accord

Mar 21, 2014 - 9:27 PM

It was this deal that sparked protests leading to Yanukovych s fall last month setting off the worst East West crisis since the end of the Cold War

Ban Ki-moon heading to Russia and Ukraine – UN

Mar 19, 2014 - 10:38 PM

Ban will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Thursday and with Ukraine s interim leader President Olexsandr Turchynov in Kiev on Friday

In this file photo, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a press conference in Manila, Philippines, 22 December 2013. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Ukraine pleads for talks as stand-off turns bloody

Mar 14, 2014 - 7:34 AM

At least one pro Kiev protester was stabbed and killed in Donetsk when a demonstration in favor of Ukrainian unity was attacked by a Russian separatist crowd

TURNING VIOLENT. Pro- Russian protestors attack participants of a Single Ukraine rally who were attacked by pro-Russian protestors during their rally in downtown Donetsk, Ukraine, 13 March 2014. Photomig/EPA

Western powers prepare UN resolution on Crimea vote

Mar 13, 2014 - 7:16 AM

It seems likely Western diplomats will wait to gauge Russia s response to the referendum before acting

AT THE OVAL OFFICE. US President Barack Obama, with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, delivers remarks after their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, USA 12 March 2014. Shawn Thew/EPA

World powers warn Russia against Crimea 'annexation'

Mar 13, 2014 - 12:28 AM

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk seeks US President Barack Obama s help against the Kremlin s expansionist threat

SEEKING HELP. Ukraine's interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk gives a speech at the Ukrainian Parliament during a session in Kiev. Photo by Yury Kirnichny/ AFP

Obama to meet Ukrainian PM at White House

Mar 09, 2014 - 11:23 PM

I am going to the United States for meetings at the highest level aimed at settling the situation in Ukraine says Ukraine PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk

AGENDA: UKRAINE. Top Western diplomats meet in Paris to discuss the situation in Ukraine, 5 March 2014. In this photo, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius chairs a meeting with the foreign ministers of the EU, UK, Germany, and Poland. Image courtesy of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Russia warns US against 'hasty' actions on Ukraine

Mar 08, 2014 - 9:36 AM

The United States is suggesting that international mediation efforts could bring Ukraine and Russia together for discussions

MEETING IN BALI. US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) chats with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of the APEC Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia on October 7, 2013. AFP / Sonny Tumbelaka

Crimean parliament asks to join Russia as EU leaders meet

Mar 06, 2014 - 6:50 PM

UPDATED The local parliament in Crimea took another step towards seceding from Ukraine asking to become part of Russia as EU leaders held an emergency summit to deal with the worst East West crisis since the Cold War

UNREST IN CRIMEA. Unidentified armed men patrol outside of Simferopol airport in the autonomous republic of Crimea in Ukraine on February 28, 2014. Photo by AFP

Ukraine makes first contacts with Russia to avert war

Mar 05, 2014 - 7:23 AM

Yatsenyuk said the consultations with Moscow mainly concerned the status of a 15 billion loan package that Putin promised to Yanukovych in December

WAR IN SIGHT? Ukrainian troops watch as Russian Navy ships bloc the entrance of the Ukrainian navy base in Sevastopol, Ukraine 04 March 2014. Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA

Rappler Newscast | March 3, 2014

Mar 03, 2014 - 8:28 PM

Binay Cayetano brace for 2016 presidential polls Senators Enrile Estrada and Revilla challenged to a lifestyle check Ukraine Russia on the brink of war

Russian troops flood into Crimea

Mar 03, 2014 - 8:13 PM

UPDATED Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the troops were needed in the flashpoint Black Sea peninsula until the stabilization of the situation in Ukraine

STANDING GUARD. Ukrainian troops stand guard as unrest intensifies between their government and Russia. Photo by AFP

Ukraine mobilizes army as West warns Russia

Mar 02, 2014 - 11:56 PM

Hundreds of armed men in green military fatigues blocked the entrance to a unit of Ukraine s border guards Sunday in a tense standoff in the flashpoint Crimea peninsula

SECESSION? Pro-Russia activists stand with Crimean and Russian flags in front of a building of Crimea autonomy parliament in Simferopol, Ukraine, 27 February 2014. Arthur Shwartz/EPA

'We are on the brink of disaster' – Ukraine PM

Mar 02, 2014 - 9:20 PM

A group of 1 000 armed men are blocking the entrance to a unit of Ukraine s border guards in a tense standoff in the south of the flashpoint Crimea peninsula according to the defence ministry

PROTEST. A demonstrator holds a sign reading "Putin get out of Ukraine" in front of the Russian Embassy in Kiev. Photo by Yury Kirnichny/AFP

Putin gets green light to send troops into Ukraine‎

Mar 01, 2014 - 11:15 PM

It s up to Russia s president to decide when to use the right granted to him a deputy foreign minister says

PROTEST. A demonstrator holds a sign reading "Putin get out of Ukraine" in front of the Russian Embassy in Kiev. Photo by Yury Kirnichny/AFP

Obama expresses deep concern on Ukraine, may skip G8 summit

Mar 01, 2014 - 8:20 AM

UPDATED US President Barack Obama says any violation of Ukraine s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing

'DEEPLY-CONCERNED'. US President Barack Obama says they will continue communicating directly with the Russian government on the crisis. File photo from the White House

Police, protesters wage 'war' in Kiev after deadly clashes

Feb 19, 2014 - 6:37 AM

UPDATED Tuesday is the bloodiest day since protests started against President Viktor Yanukovych in November when he infuriated a large part of the population by ditching a pact promising closer ties with the EU

KIEV BURNING. Smoke from exploding fireworks and fires billows into the night sky as Ukrainians gather on the Independence Square during continuing protest in Kiev, Ukraine, 18 February 2014. Igor Kovalenko/EPA

Ukraine leader calls for concessions as protesters freed

Feb 15, 2014 - 12:52 PM

None of the 234 people arrested between December 26 and February 2 are in custody anymore says Ukraine s attorney general Viktor Pshonka

Ukraine PM resigns to ease crisis

Jan 28, 2014 - 4:44 PM

Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov resigned Tuesday January 28 hoping the action will help defuse the crisis in Ukraine

MYKOLA AZAROV. This photo taken on March 28, 2013 shows Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov during a visit to Budapest. Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/AFP