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Ukraine: Country in Eastern Europe
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 the Crimean Peninsula, Ukraine has an area of 603,628 km2 (233,062 sq mi), making it the largest country located entirely in Europe, and the 46th-largest country in the world. Excluding Crimea, Ukraine has a population of about 42 million, making it the eighth or ninth-most populous country in Europe, and 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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Ukraine waits to call Iran plane crash human error [Video]

Ukraine waits to call Iran plane crash human error

Ukraine's foreign minister said on Tuesday it was too soon to blame human error for the shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger airliner near Tehran in January. That's in contrast to what Iran has..

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Dutch gov't to take Russia to European rights court over MH17 [Video]

Dutch gov't to take Russia to European rights court over MH17

Boeing 777 travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down by a missile from rebel-held eastern Ukraine in 2014.

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Vande Bharat Mission: Air India flight from Ukraine lands in Indore [Video]

Vande Bharat Mission: Air India flight from Ukraine lands in Indore

Air India flight from Ukraine landed at Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport. The flight carrying 144 Indians landed in Madhya Pradesh's Indore on June 30. District Health Department screened the passengers..

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Biden Campaign Limiting Time With Foreign Powers [Video]

Biden Campaign Limiting Time With Foreign Powers

Business Insider reports that Joe Biden's presidential campaign says it's limiting members' interaction with foreign officials. A campaign official told Politico that President Donald Trump had created..

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Russia has its own statue debate: The Soviets [Video]

Russia has its own statue debate: The Soviets

The targeting of colonial-era monuments in some Western nations has prompted activists in Russia and Ukraine to reflect on how their own countries dealt with Soviet-era statues and, in some cases, to..

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Rainbow flag waves over Ukraine's highest statue to mark Kyiv pride [Video]

Rainbow flag waves over Ukraine's highest statue to mark Kyiv pride

Drone carrying rainbow flag flies over Motherland monument as Ukrainian LGBTQ activists mark Kyiv pride month

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Rainbow flag waves from Ukraine's highest statue to mark Kyiv pride [Video]

Rainbow flag waves from Ukraine's highest statue to mark Kyiv pride

With drone's help, LGBTQ activists attach rainbow flag to Motherland monument to mark Kyiv pride

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Trump asked China to help him win in 2020 -Bolton [Video]

Trump asked China to help him win in 2020 -Bolton

In a withering behind-the-scenes portrayal, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton accused him of sweeping misdeeds that included explicitly seeking Chinese President..

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Trump: If Bolton publishes, it's 'criminal liability' [Video]

Trump: If Bolton publishes, it's 'criminal liability'

[NFA] U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said if his former national security adviser John Bolton publishes a book about the Trump White House, he will have broken the law. Gavino Garay has more.

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Trump: Bolton breaking law if he publishes book [Video]

Trump: Bolton breaking law if he publishes book

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday his former national security adviser John Bolton will have broken the law if a book he has written is published.

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Parents finally meet surrogate baby in Ukraine [Video]

Parents finally meet surrogate baby in Ukraine

After a long wait, an Argentine couple finally got the chance to fly over to Ukraine to meet their baby son born through surrogacy. Francis Maguire reports.

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Ukraine: Parents meet surrogate babies after lockdown lifts [Video]

Ukraine: Parents meet surrogate babies after lockdown lifts

Parents finally meet their surrogate children who had been stranded in the Ukraine due to the pandemic.

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As MH17 trial resumes after coronavirus break, defence lawyer demands more time [Video]

As MH17 trial resumes after coronavirus break, defence lawyer demands more time

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a missile in eastern Ukraine nearly six years ago. Families of victims want justice, but the defence says COVID-19 restrictions have made it too hard to..

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Democrats, Security Experts Aghast At Trump Admin's Abandonment Of Critical Treaty [Video]

Democrats, Security Experts Aghast At Trump Admin's Abandonment Of Critical Treaty

Democratic lawmakers and national security experts have excoriated the White House's abandonment of the Open Skies Treaty. The State Department announced it would submit its notice of withdrawal, which..

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Ukrain Lawmaker Releases Leaked Biden Calls [Video]

Ukrain Lawmaker Releases Leaked Biden Calls

Private phone calls between Joe Biden and Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine’s former president have been leaked to the press. The calls took place several years ago, when Biden was VP and Poroshenko was..

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: Former Russian spy takes ‘moral responsibility’ for downing of plane [Video]

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: Former Russian spy takes ‘moral responsibility’ for downing of plane

Igor Girkin says as a military commander in eastern Ukraine at the time he has "indirect" responsibility for bringing down the MH17 plane.View on euronews

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'Incredibly stressful': UK mother on being stuck in Ukraine with surrogate newborn [Video]

'Incredibly stressful': UK mother on being stuck in Ukraine with surrogate newborn

Nadene had her baby through surrogacy in Ukraine and got stuck there after the borders closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. She tells Euronews about her new family’s epic first weeks.View on..

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For parents Jose Perez and Flavia Lavorino, the wait is finally over. On Wednesday, the couple from Buenos Aires met their baby son Manu for the first time, 71 days after he was born to a surrogate..
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Defence wants more time in Dutch MH17 trial after Covid-19 delays

Defence lawyers on Monday insisted they needed more time to prepare at the trial of suspects in the downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine, as proceedings resumed after a..
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Defence lawyers in the trial of the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine on Monday said they needed more time to prepare as public hearings resumed following delays due to..
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Ukraine's parliament on Monday approved the appointment of a new finance minister and health minister.
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