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Stories with place: Ukraine
  • Putin's ex-bodyguard turned governor recalls facing bear 
    Updated: Feb-09-16 12:28 pm

    MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin's former bodyguard, who recently has been appointed regional governor, said he once confronted a bear outside of Putin's residence.

  • Suspension of Turkey flights costs Russian airports heavily 
    Updated: Feb-09-16 11:09 am

    MOSCOW - A top official at Russia's busiest airport says the halt or reduction of flights to Turkey, Ukraine and Egypt over the past three months has cost the country's airports six billion rubles ($77 million).

  • Russia helps Ukraine battle town rebuild, villages struggle 
    Updated: Feb-09-16 6:45 am

    NIKISHYNE, Ukraine - Polina Demyanenko's quaint white-and-green house still bears the scars of one of the fiercest battles of Ukraine's war. The roof is gone, the windows broken and the walls shredded by shrapnel.

  • Russian troops put on high alert as part of massive drills story has photos
    Updated: Feb-08-16 11:49 am

    MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin has scrambled thousands of troops and hundreds of warplanes across southwestern Russia for large-scale military drills intended to test the troops' readiness amid continuing tensions with the West.

  • Historic step: Pope, Russia patriarch meet in Cuba Feb. 12 story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 1:44 pm

    VATICAN CITY - In an historic step to heal the 1,000-year schism that split Christianity, Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in an attempt to begin bridging the church's East-West divide.

  • Ukrainian minister hopes resignation will speed up reforms story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 9:48 am

    KIEV, Ukraine - The Ukrainian economy minister whose resignation plunged the country into yet another political crisis said on Friday he hopes it will help create momentum for economic reforms.

  • Fighting flares up in eastern Ukraine 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 3:55 am

    MOSCOW - The Ukrainian government has accused Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine of violating the shaky truce with large-caliber weapons.

  • Central Europe guardedly welcomes US military spending boost 
    Updated: Feb-03-16 12:43 pm

    WARSAW, Poland - Countries in Central and Eastern Europe are welcoming a U.S. plan to quadruple military spending in Europe in reaction to Russia's military resurgence, yet the tone from several governments appears guarded as it remains unclear how much of the spending will translate into a real and lasting presence of troops and weapons on NATO's nervous eastern flank.

  • UEFA cuts Dynamo Kiev racism sanctions before Man City visit 
    Updated: Feb-02-16 3:28 pm

    NYON, Switzerland - Dynamo Kiev had its UEFA sanctions for racist attacks by fans cut on Tuesday, clearing the club to allow spectators in when Manchester City visits in the Champions League this month.

  • US proposes more Pentagon funding for Europe aid, equipment story has photos
    Updated: Feb-02-16 1:58 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration said Tuesday it will propose quadrupling what it spends on its troops and training in Europe, as part of the U.S. military's accelerating effort to deter Russia.

  • Ukrainian border guards stop cigarette-smuggling horses 
    Updated: Feb-02-16 9:40 am

    KIEV, Ukraine - Ukrainian officials say they have intercepted a small herd of horses attempting to bring thousands of euros worth of contraband cigarettes across the border from Ukraine to Romania.

  • Germany's Merkel presses Putin on Ukraine separatists 
    Updated: Feb-02-16 5:46 am

    BERLIN - The German government says Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged President Vladimir Putin to use Russia's influence with separatists in eastern Ukraine to help secure progress toward a political solution.

  • Pentagon defends use of Russian engines to launch satellites story has photos
    Updated: Jan-27-16 4:22 pm

    WASHINGTON - Senior Pentagon officials on Wednesday sought to defend the use of Russian-made rocket engines to send U.S. military satellites into space, telling exasperated lawmakers they are moving quickly to end the practice and rely on American-made rockets for the launches.

  • AP Exclusive: Putin aide: Kiev refuses to honor Minsk deal 
    Updated: Jan-27-16 12:03 pm

    MOSCOW - Kiev has failed to meet its obligations under the Minsk peace accord and has instead introduced an economic blockade of eastern Ukraine, Russia's security chief says.

  • Putin denounces Soviet founder Lenin story has photos
    Updated: Jan-25-16 1:08 pm

    MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday criticized Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin, accusing him of placing a "time bomb" under the state, and sharply denouncing brutal repressions by the Bolshevik government.

  • Polish, Lithuanian and Ukrainian brigade to be ready in 2017 
    Updated: Jan-25-16 10:23 am

    WARSAW, Poland - A new brigade consisting of Polish, Lithuanian and Ukrainian troops should be fully operational in the region by 2017, Poland's Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said Monday.

  • Analysis: Russia's tone familiar after spy poisoning report story has photos
    Updated: Jan-22-16 3:00 pm

    MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin has made no public comment on the sensational report by a British judge that concluded the Kremlin leader probably approved a 2006 plan to kill a Russian dissident in London. Instead, his subordinates went before reporters and portrayed it as a groundless accusation concocted by a relentlessly hostile West.

  • Ukraine disputes Poland claim of taking 1 million refugees 
    Updated: Jan-20-16 12:43 pm

    WARSAW, Poland - A Ukrainian official is disputing a claim by the Polish prime minister that Poland has taken in 1 million Ukrainian refugees, adding a new element into the debate over refugees in Poland.

  • Kerry, Lavrov try to settle differences over Syrian talks story has photos
    Updated: Jan-20-16 10:56 am

    ZURICH - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met on Wednesday in hopes of resolving differences over who is eligible to join U.N.-mediated peace talks for Syria due to begin next week. Those differences have threatened to delay the start of the negotiations.

  • 4 members of Ukrainian family among dead in Burkina Faso story has photos
    Updated: Jan-17-16 3:49 pm

    MOSCOW - Four members of a Ukrainian family, including a 9-year-old child, were among those killed when al-Qaida fighters attacked a popular cafe and hotel in Burkina Faso's capital of Ouagadougou, Ukraine's foreign minister said Sunday.

  • Ukraine holds off Germany to win women's World Cup relay 
    Updated: Jan-17-16 9:34 am

    RUHPOLDING, Germany - Olympic champion Ukraine held off a strong challenge by Germany to win a women's World Cup biathlon relay event on Sunday.

  • Russia asks Dutch officials to look into new MH17 evidence 
    Updated: Jan-14-16 4:31 am

    MOSCOW - Russian aviation officials say they have uncovered new evidence about the 2014 downing of a Malaysian jet over eastern Ukraine and are asking Dutch investigators to look into the findings.

  • Obama, Putin call for tough response to North Korea 
    Updated: Jan-13-16 4:21 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin joined Wednesday in calling for a tough global response to North Korea's recent nuclear test, even as they remained at odds over Ukraine and Syrian President Bashar Assad.

  • Negotiators vow to enforce cease-fire in eastern Ukraine 
    Updated: Jan-13-16 2:22 pm

    MINSK, Belarus - Negotiators at the Ukraine peace talks have promised to make new efforts to enforce a shaky cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, an envoy said Wednesday.