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Ukraine: Sovereign state in Eastern Europe
Ukraine, sometimes called the Ukraine, is a country in Eastern Europe. It is bordered by Russia to the north-east; Belarus to the north; Poland, Slovakia and Hungary to the west; and Romania, Moldova, and the Black Sea to the south. Ukraine is currently in a territorial dispute with Russia over the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014. Including Crimea, Ukraine has an area of 603,628 km2 (233,062 sq mi), making it both the largest country entirely within Europe and the 46th largest country in the world. Excluding Crimea, Ukraine has a population of about 42 million, making it the 32nd most populous country in the world. Its capital and largest city is Kiev. Ukrainian is the official language and its alphabet is Cyrillic. The dominant religion in the country is Eastern Orthodoxy.

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Russia detains serviceman suspected of spying for Ukraine: RIA

Russia's FSB security service has detained a Russian serviceman suspected of spying for Ukraine, the RIA news agency reported on Wednesday.
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Ukraine says Russia returned ships in bad condition

Ukrainian naval ships, captured by Russia last November and released on Tuesday to be returned to Ukraine, are in very poor condition and cannot move independently, the commander of Ukraine's navy said..
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Videos for Ukraine


Impeachment Testimony Rattles Pompeo's Job Security [Video]Impeachment Testimony Rattles Pompeo's Job Security

The US Secretary of State played a more central role than previously known in President Donald Trump’s Ukraine dealings. That's according to testimony on Wednesday in the House of Representatives'..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:41Published

Cooper says Ukrainian officials asked about aid in July [Video]Cooper says Ukrainian officials asked about aid in July

Laura Cooper, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, told lawmakers on Wednesday that her staff had received an email on July 25 from the State Department saying..

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'Everyone was in the loop': Highlights from Ambassador Sondland's testimony [Video]'Everyone was in the loop': Highlights from Ambassador Sondland's testimony

A U.S. diplomat on Wednesday described broad involvement at the most senior levels of the Trump administration in a pressure campaign against Ukraine on Day 4 of the impeachment hearings against..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 08:40Published

“Getting caught is no defense” -Schiff [Video]“Getting caught is no defense” -Schiff

The Intelligence Committee's Democratic chairman, Adam Schiff, concluded testimony from senior U.S. diplomat Gordon Sondland by saying, “Getting caught is no defense - not to a violation of the..

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Sondland says he followed Trump's 'orders' on Ukraine [Video]Sondland says he followed Trump's 'orders' on Ukraine

A senior U.S. diplomat told lawmakers on Wednesday that President Donald Trump expressly ordered him and others to help pressure Ukraine into investigating a political rival of the president, providing..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 03:53Published

Trump on Ukraine: 'I want nothing' [Video]Trump on Ukraine: 'I want nothing'

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday read a segment of a witness's impeachment testimony to push back on the assertion he sought a 'quid pro quo' from the Ukrainian government. Zachary Goelman..

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Ambassador Sondland gives evidence at President Trump impeachment hearing [Video]Ambassador Sondland gives evidence at President Trump impeachment hearing

American Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland talks about the dealings he was involved with relating to the Ukranian government. Sondland, the most highly anticipated witness in the public impeachment..

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Sondland says Pence knew his concerns on delayed Ukraine aid [Video]Sondland says Pence knew his concerns on delayed Ukraine aid

Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, said he told Vice President Mike Pence in September that the Ukraine aid appeared to be stalled because of the demand for investigations...

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Sondland: 'Everyone was in the loop' [Video]Sondland: 'Everyone was in the loop'

U.S. envoy to the EU Gordon Sondland told an impeachment inquiry that his e-mails show Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney that Ukrainian President..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:18Published

Impeachment witness attests to Trump-Ukraine 'quid-pro-quo' [Video]Impeachment witness attests to Trump-Ukraine 'quid-pro-quo'

The American envoy to the E.U., Gordon Sondland, told an impeachment inquiry that the White House conditioned a meeting with Ukraine's president on that nation opening up investigations into one of..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:20Published

Knowledge of Trump-Ukraine 'scheme' was far and wide: Schiff [Video]Knowledge of Trump-Ukraine 'scheme' was far and wide: Schiff

Congressman Adam Schiff, the Democrat leading impeachment hearings in Congress, said Wednesday after receiving prepared remarks from U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland that "the..

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U.S. Ambassador Sondland arrives for impeachment hearing [Video]U.S. Ambassador Sondland arrives for impeachment hearing

The U.S. Ambassador to the European Union arrived at the Capitol to testify before lawmakers in an impeachment hearing.

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Former envoy to Ukraine Volker: Biden 'is an honorable man' [Video]Former envoy to Ukraine Volker: Biden 'is an honorable man'

The U.S. House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday heard testimony from the former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker, and Tim Morrison, a former White House aide with the National Security..

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'I couldn't believe what I was hearing': Highlights from Day 3 of impeachment hearings [Video]'I couldn't believe what I was hearing': Highlights from Day 3 of impeachment hearings

Four witnesses testified on Tuesday at the third public impeachment hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 08:45Published

WH Tweets Slam Against Decorated Vet During Impeachment Testimony [Video]WH Tweets Slam Against Decorated Vet During Impeachment Testimony

Decorated Iraq War veteran Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman testified in a public impeachment hearing Tuesday. Vindman is President Donald Trump's own top Ukraine expert. According to CNN, the White House..

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Trump blasts impeachment hearing as witnesses testify about Ukraine call [Video]Trump blasts impeachment hearing as witnesses testify about Ukraine call

U.S. President Donald Trump labeled impeachment proceedings "a big scam" on Tuesday as witnesses testified in a televised Congressional hearing. Zachary Goelman reports.

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Vindman describes 'shock' and 'worst fear' on Trump's July 25 call [Video]Vindman describes 'shock' and 'worst fear' on Trump's July 25 call

In reference to hearing President Donald Trump on the July 25 call with Ukraine, Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman testified, "Frankly, I couldn't believe what I was hearing. It was probably an..

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National security aides both 'concerned' after listening in on Trump's call with Ukraine [Video]National security aides both 'concerned' after listening in on Trump's call with Ukraine

Two top national security aides are giving evidence to the Trump impeachment investigation.

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Vindman: Trump request for Biden probe 'improper' [Video]Vindman: Trump request for Biden probe 'improper'

A White House official testified in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump that a phone call the president made to ask Ukraine to investigate his political rivals was improper. Jonah..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 03:59Published

Williams says first thing Zelensky asked Pence: security assistance [Video]Williams says first thing Zelensky asked Pence: security assistance

In her testimony, Jennifer Williams, an aide to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, discussed a meeting between Vice President Mike Pence and Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Witness to Trump's Ukraine call: 'What I heard was inappropriate' [Video]Witness to Trump's Ukraine call: 'What I heard was inappropriate'

U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman told a panel of lawmakers that he was alarmed when he listened in to a call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Impeachment witness has message for his father: 'I will be fine for telling the truth.' [Video]Impeachment witness has message for his father: 'I will be fine for telling the truth.'

U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman on Tuesday thanked his father in his opening statement for leaving the Soviet Union and said that, unlike in other nations, he can speak out about elected..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:23Published

Democratic chairman, Republican member open impeachment hearing [Video]Democratic chairman, Republican member open impeachment hearing

Democratic House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff introduced two witnesses testifying before a televised impeachment hearing, noting that both Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and State Department..

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Ukraine says it's ready to accept 'reasonable compromise' on conflict

Ukraine is ready to accept a "reasonable compromise" at a four-way summit on settling the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Factbox: Witnesses scheduled to testify this week in the U.S. impeachment inquiry

The U.S. House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump shifts into higher gear this week with a parade of officials facing questioning by lawmakers over Trump's dealings..
Reuters - Published

Ukraine wants timeline for return of territories from Russia at December summit

Ukraine wants to negotiate a clear timeline for the return of its territories and people from Russia at a four-way summit on the Donbass conflict in December, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told..
Reuters - Published

Ukraine confirms Russia returning three captured naval ships

Ukraine's military confirmed on Monday that Russia is returning three Ukrainian naval ships that it captured in the Kerch Strait in November 2018.
Reuters - Published

Russia hands back captured naval ships to Ukraine before summit

Russia on Monday handed back three naval ships it captured last year to Ukraine, something Kiev wanted to happen before a four-way peace summit on eastern Ukraine next month in Paris.
Reuters - Published

Kremlin confirms Putin to take part in Ukrainian peace summit in Paris

The Kremlin confirmed on Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin would take part in a four-way international summit in Paris on Dec. 9, an attempt to advance efforts for a peaceful resolution to..
Reuters - Published

Russia says it has handed captured naval ships back to Ukraine

Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday that Moscow had successfully handed three naval ships it captured last year back to Ukraine.
Reuters - Published

Russia starts process of returning captured naval ships to Ukraine: TASS

Russia on Monday began the process of handing over three captured naval ships to Ukraine in the Black Sea, the TASS news agency cited a security source as saying.
Reuters - Published

Russia to return Ukraine captured naval ships on Monday: Russian news agencies

Russia will return three captured naval ships to Ukraine on Monday and has already moved them to a handover location agreed with Kiev, Russian news agencies cited Crimea's border guard service as..
Reuters - Published

Russia flags possible 2019 summit on eastern Ukraine

A summit between France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine to try to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine is possible this year but no date has been agreed, a Kremlin aide said on Sunday.
Reuters - Published

Kremlin says 'Normandy' summit to happen later this year

Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said that the meeting of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine leaders aimed at a peaceful resolution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine will take place at the end of this year,..
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Russia begins moving captured Ukrainian ships before possible handover

Russia began moving three captured Ukrainian navy ships on Sunday after a Russian newspaper reported Moscow would return them to Ukraine ahead of a four-way summit on eastern Ukraine next month, a..
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France to host Dec. 9 'Normandy' summit in push for east Ukraine peace

The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine will meet in Paris on Dec. 9 in an attempt to advance efforts for a peaceful resolution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the French presidency said..
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Kiev says Macron promised Zelenskiy support ahead of east Ukraine summit

French President Emmanuel Macron assured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy of support during a phone call ahead of a peace summit on eastern Ukraine taking place on Dec. 9 in Paris, Zelenskiy's..
Reuters - Published

Ukraine says it has detained deputy to slain Islamic State official

Ukraine's security service said on Friday it had detained the deputy of Abu Omar al-Shishani, the man the Pentagon described as Islamic State's "minister of war", after he crossed into Ukraine on a..
Reuters - Published

Four-way leaders summit on Ukraine to take place December 9: France

The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine will meet in Paris on December 9 in an attempt to advance efforts in search of a peaceful resolution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the French..
Reuters - Published

Ukraine says detains senior Islamic State militant

Ukraine's state security service (SBU) said on Friday it had detained a senior Islamic State militant, Al Bara Shishani, who illegally came to Ukraine in 2018.
Reuters - Published

Ukraine adviser: excluding foreigners from buying land will hurt growth

Ukraine's chief economic adviser has told Reuters the government's decision not to let foreigners take advantage once a ban on selling farmland is lifted next year will slow investment, help local..
Reuters - Published

Putin: Russia welcomes troop disengagement in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Moscow welcomed the disengagement of Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists at two flash points in eastern Ukraine.
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MH17 investigators say phone taps reveal Russian political ties

Investigators released a series of phone intercepts on Thursday which they said revealed Moscow's influence over pro-Russian rebels accused of downing Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine..
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Kremlin sees 'positive dynamic' in work on four-way Ukraine summit

The Kremlin said on Wednesday there was a "positive dynamic" in preparations to hold a four-way international summit on the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
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Ukraine is 'victim' in Trump impeachment fight, Ukrainian-Americans say

Regardless of how the House of Representatives' impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump end, some Ukrainian-Americans believe their ancestral homeland has already become a unwitting victim of..
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Ex-Kazakhstan leader proposes Russia-Ukraine presidents meet in bid to ease conflict

Kazakhstan's former president Nursultan Nazarbayev is trying to arrange a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelenskiy, whose countries are at odds over the war..
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Former U.S. top diplomat Rice concerned by shadow diplomacy on Ukraine

Condoleezza Rice, a secretary of state under Republican President George W. Bush, said on Monday reports of an unofficial U.S. policy being carried out in Ukraine were "deeply troubling."
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Putin, Merkel say Ukraine's Donbass should get special status - Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed on Monday that Ukraine should give its separatist-led Donbass region a special status set out in Ukrainian law, the Kremlin..
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Kremlin eyes four-way Ukraine summit this year

An international summit on solving the Ukrainian crisis is likely to take place this year, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters in Moscow on Monday.
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Ukraine president: foreign ownership of farmland to be decided in referendum

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Monday that parliament would amend the law to stipulate that the issue of whether foreigners will be allowed to buy farmland would be put to a..
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Ukraine, Russian-backed rebels begin Donbass village withdrawal

Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed rebels began withdrawing from a village in the disputed Donbass region on Saturday, one of a series of measures that could pave the way for a summit..
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Ukraine, separatists begin planned troop withdrawal in eastern region: witness

Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed rebels began a planned withdrawal of troops and weaponry from a village in the eastern Donbass region on Saturday, a Reuters witness at the scene said.
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In Ukraine victory, top U.N. court rejects Moscow's bid to block case

In a legal victory for Ukraine, the United Nations' top court for disputes between states said on Friday it would hear a lawsuit filed by Ukraine against Russia for allegedly supporting pro-Russian..
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U.N. top court rejects Moscow's call to block Ukraine vs Russia case

The United Nations' top court for disputes between states on Friday said it has jurisdiction to hear a lawsuit filed by Ukraine against Russia for supporting pro-Russian separatists, rejecting Moscow's..
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Top U.N. court will hear Ukraine vs Russia case

The United Nations' top court for disputes between states on Friday said it has jurisdiction to hear a case filed by Ukraine against Russia over Moscow's alleged support of pro-Russian separatists in..
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U.N. top court to rule on jurisdiction in Ukraine vs Russia dispute

The top United Nations court rules on Friday on whether it has jurisdiction to hear a case brought by Ukraine against Russia over Moscow's alleged support of pro-Russian separatists in the Crimea and..
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Troop withdrawals in eastern Ukraine to start on Saturday: OSCE

Troop withdrawals in a village in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine will begin on Saturday at 1000 GMT, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said in a statement.
Reuters - Published

Brazil for first time votes against U.N. call for end to U.S. embargo on Cuba

Brazil voted for the first time with the United States on Thursday against an annual United Nations resolution condemning and calling for an end to Washington's economic embargo on communist-run Cuba,..
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Ukraine moving quickly toward new IMF loan program: finance minister

Ukraine is moving quickly toward agreeing a new three-year loan program with the International Monetary Fund, Finance Minister Oksana Markarova told reporters on Tuesday, denying suggestions that talks..
Reuters - Published

Kremlin says troop withdrawal delays in east Ukraine are cause for concern

The Kremlin said on Tuesday it was deeply concerned by reports of a delay in the withdrawal of troops in eastern Ukraine, but that it hoped the process would still be completed.
Reuters - Published

U.S. judge orders State Department to release more Ukraine records

A U.S. federal judge on Friday ordered the State Department to make public certain "readouts or summaries" of the July 25 call between President Donald Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart at the center..
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Exclusive: Overhaul of Ukraine prosecution agency buries Manafort inquiries - investigators

Sweeping changes to Ukraine's top law enforcement agency ordered by President Volodymyr Zelenskiy are set to derail a series of long-running criminal investigations, including two related to U.S...
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Timing of four-way summit on east Ukraine conflict depends on Russia: Kiev

The timing of an international summit on ending more than five years of fighting in eastern Ukraine depends on Russia, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said on Friday.
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Trump may read summary of Ukraine call in 'fireside chat': interview

"READ THE TRANSCRIPT!" U.S. President Donald Trump exhorts regularly on Twitter, referring to a telephone call with Ukraine's president that led to an impeachment inquiry. Now he is threatening to do..
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Ukraine foreign minister: four-way peace talks date depends on Russian side

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said on Friday that the timing of a four-way summit on the conflict in the country's east with Russia, France and Germany depends on Russia.
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Russia accuses NATO of stirring up tensions over Ukraine: TASS

Russia's foreign ministry accused NATO on Friday of fuelling tensions over Ukraine and said the alliance's military support for the country was creating divisions inside it, the TASS news agency..
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Ukraine parliament approves bill to criminalize illicit enrichment

Ukraine's parliament on Thursday approved a bill that criminalizes state officials illegally enriching themselves.
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Ukraine, NATO issue statement on minority rights after Hungary threat

Ukraine and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Thursday issued a joint statement committing to uphold minority rights in Ukraine, a step welcomed by the Hungarian authorities who had threatened..
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Ukraine plans more troop withdrawals in east ahead of peace talks

Ukraine plans more troop withdrawals in the eastern Donbass region as a confidence building measure to help pave the way for four-way peace talks with Russia, France and Germany, President Volodymyr..
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Hungary vetoes NATO statement on Ukraine over minority rights: minister

Hungary has vetoed a joint NATO declaration on Ukraine as it did not contain a reference to its neighbor's obligation to fully respect the rights of ethnic Hungarians living there, Hungarian Foreign..
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