- Smaller-weapons pullback begins in Ukraine Updated: Oct-03-15 7:53 am
SCHASTYE, Ukraine - Separatist rebels and Ukrainian forces have begun pulling back smaller-caliber weapons from the front line, a step toward de-escalating a war that has killed more than 8,000 people.
- France tells Putin to confine airstrikes to Islamic State Updated: Oct-02-15 7:14 pm
PARIS - With Russian warplanes bombing Syria for a third day, French President Francois Holland told President Vladimir Putin on Friday that Moscow's airstrikes must be confined to attacking Islamic State militants, not other rebels opposing the Damascus government.
- Russian, Ukrainian leaders hold talks in Paris Updated: Oct-02-15 5:24 pm
PARIS - A summit reviving a European push to bring peace to eastern Ukraine ended Friday with a call for the delay of contentious rebel plans to hold local elections this month and for both sides to begin a promised withdrawal of smaller-caliber weapons.
- PSG beats Shakhtar 3-0 for 2nd win in Champions League Updated: Sep-30-15 4:50 pm
LVIV, Ukraine - Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier had a dream Champions League debut on Wednesday, scoring one goal and setting up another to help the French side win 3-0 at Shakhtar Dontesk.
- AP Interview: NATO chief urges Russia to be constructive Updated: Sep-29-15 5:31 pm
UNITED NATIONS - NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is calling on Russia to play a constructive role in restoring peace in war-ravaged Syria.
- Dynamo Kiev beats Maccabi Tel-Aviv 2-0 in Champions League Updated: Sep-29-15 5:28 pm
HAIFA, Israel - Dynamo Kiev scored a goal early in each half as it eased to a 2-0 victory over Maccabi Tel-Aviv and went top of the Group G standings in the Champions League on Tuesday.
- UN envoy: 'Great mistake' to block aid in east Ukraine Updated: Sep-29-15 12:09 pm
GENEVA - Efforts by Russia-backed separatist rebels to block "desperately needed" humanitarian aid from reaching people in conflict-ridden eastern Ukraine could amount to crimes against humanity, a top U.N. human rights official said Tuesday.
- Int'l court prosecutor extends preliminary Ukraine probe Updated: Sep-29-15 10:51 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor has broadened her preliminary probe in Ukraine to cover possible crimes committed in the country since early 2014 - a period that saw Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine.
- Ukrainian court extends detention for 2 Russian servicemen Updated: Sep-29-15 9:28 am
KIEV, Ukraine - A Kiev court has extended the detention of two Russian servicemen captured in eastern Ukraine in May, ruling that they will remain in jail for at least two more months.
- Ukrainian officer on trial in Russia says she was kidnapped Updated: Sep-29-15 8:09 am
MOSCOW - A Ukrainian officer charged with the deaths of two Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine said Tuesday she was kidnapped by Russians after she was captured by separatist rebels.
- Cavani in fine form ahead of Champions League match Updated: Sep-29-15 6:54 am
LVIV, Ukraine - Last January, when reports linking Edinson Cavani to Arsenal emerged, the most commonly identified reason behind the Uruguay striker's unhappiness at Paris Saint-Germain was his fraught relationship with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
- Russia bans Ukrainian flights Updated: Sep-28-15 5:18 pm
MOSCOW - Russia's transportation ministry is banning Ukrainian airlines from flying to Russia, a measure taken in response to Ukraine's ban last week on Russian flights.
- Russian media talk up Putin's speech Updated: Sep-28-15 2:11 pm
MOSCOW - In an hours-long marathon of commentary, Russia's two main TV stations on Monday talked up President Vladimir Putin's speech at the U.N. General Assembly as tough and uncompromising.
- Chelsea, hurting at home, looks for relief in Europe Updated: Sep-28-15 10:35 am
LISBON, Portugal - Jose Mourinho's Chelsea has made a miserable start to the Premier League season, lying 15th after seven games, but it's top of Champions league G and hopeful a strong run in Europe's prestige tournament can ease the pressure at home.
- AP Interview: Kazakhstan sees unity as key to battling IS Updated: Sep-28-15 1:15 am
NEW YORK - Political divisions prevent the global community from reversing the rise of the Islamic State group, Kazakhstan's top diplomat said, urging world leaders to unite efforts to combat extremism.
- AP Interview: Ukrainian president pins hopes on UN talks Updated: Sep-28-15 12:18 am
NEW YORK - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he wants Monday's planned meeting between President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin to lead to better implementation of an accord aimed at halting war in eastern Ukraine.
- After success with Iran, pope, next stop for Obama is UN Updated: Sep-27-15 3:31 pm
NEW YORK - Fresh from successes on Iran and with the pope, President Barack Obama still carried heavy burdens into critical meetings this week at the U.N. General Assembly.
- Russian protesters decry war in Ukraine, several detained Updated: Sep-27-15 12:56 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - About 200 people held an anti-war demonstration in St. Petersburg on Sunday, while about 30 people joined a similar march in Moscow to call for Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukraine and stay out of the fighting in Syria.
- Russia, Ukraine reach deal on winter gas supplies Updated: Sep-25-15 6:15 pm
BRUSSELS - Russia and Ukraine ended months of uncertainty and finally reached agreement Friday on supplies of natural gas to Ukraine for the coming winter, a high-ranking European Union official announced.
- UN: Russia-backed rebels in Ukraine expel aid agencies Updated: Sep-25-15 10:25 am
MOSCOW - The UN refugee agency on Friday criticized Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine for shutting the door on international aid, while the rebels themselves said the ban was instituted to restore order.
- UN: Agencies, major NGOs ordered out of Ukraine's Luhansk Updated: Sep-24-15 7:30 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations humanitarian chief said Thursday he is alarmed that U.N. agencies have been ordered out of eastern Ukraine's separatist-controlled Luhansk region by the "de facto authorities" there.
- Putin hopes to steal UN show with Syria-focused speech Updated: Sep-24-15 10:54 am
MOSCOW - With dozens of Russian combat jets and helicopter gunships lined up at an air base in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready for a big-time show at the United Nations General Assembly.
- Ukraine's richest man plays both sides of war's frontline Updated: Sep-22-15 9:31 am
KRASNODON, Ukraine - In this town deep in eastern Ukraine's rebel heartland, about a quarter of the population works in the coal mines owned by billionaire Rinat Akhmetov, Ukraine's richest man. Here and elsewhere in territory controlled by the separatist insurgency, the tycoon keeps the lights on and people clothed and fed, with a mixture of jobs, electricity and aid.
- Ukraine leader expresses wish to join NATO Updated: Sep-22-15 7:16 am
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Tuesday told the country's security council that staying out of the NATO alliance was a "criminal" policy that his government is ready to reverse.
- NATO's Stoltenberg begins first visit to Ukraine Updated: Sep-21-15 1:40 pm
LVIV, Ukraine - NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg began his first visit to Ukraine Monday, meeting with President Petro Poroshenko and helping inaugurate a joint disaster response drill that Poroshenko hailed as more evidence of "enhancement of our special partnership with NATO."