Defiant Poroshenko: Ukraine's voters will choose substance over style in election

PARIS (Reuters) – Ukraine’s leader on Friday said he was confident of turning the tables on his inexperienced opponent in the second round of the presidential election, saying voters would choose a substantive program over his challenger’s dangerous populism. President Petro Poroshenko has been fighting for his political survival against Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comedian with no prior political experience, who […]

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Vote count confirms comic's lead in Ukraine elections

KIEV (Reuters) – A comedian with no political experience raced ahead in the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election on Sunday, offering a fresh face to voters fed up with entrenched corruption in a country on the frontline of the West’s standoff with Russia. With over half of all ballots counted by Monday morning, 41-year-old Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who plays a […]

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Comedian takes center stage in Ukraine's presidential race

KIEV (Reuters) – In a popular Ukrainian TV series, comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy plays a president who is scrupulously honest and outwits crooked lawmakers and shadowy businessmen who try to stand in his way. Zelenskiy’s character in the show “Servant of the People” is loved by Ukrainians fed up with how their country has been governed since independence in 1991. Now […]

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Ukraine seeks more EU aid for south, east regions as elections near

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Ukraine’s foreign minister asked the European Union on Monday for hundreds of millions of euros in loans and aid for infrastructure and businesses in its troubled east and south, regions he said Russia was trying to “suffocate”. EU foreign ministers were discussing increasing support for Ukraine, which holds a presidential election next month in tough conditions. Russia […]

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Russia says ready for talks with Netherlands on MH17: Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia is ready to engage in talks with the Netherlands about the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, Interfax news agency cited Russian deputy foreign minister Alexander Grushko as saying on Friday. The Dutch government said earlier this week it was “increasingly confident” that Russian officials would be willing to meet soon for private talks on who […]

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Ukraine declares Russian 'occupation' in eastern region

Law passes declaring Russia an ‘aggressor’ in the Donbass region, with Moscow calling it ‘preparation for a new war.’ Ukraine’s far eastern region is “occupied” by Russia, the parliament announced on Thursday, as Moscow warned the declaration could reignite a new war. Ukraine’s parliament adopted the “Donbass reintegration law” with 280 lawmakers voting in favour in the 450-seat body. The […]

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Ukraine declares Russian 'occupation' in eastern region

Law passes declaring Russia an ‘aggressor’ in the Donbass region, with Moscow calling it ‘preparation for a new war.’ Ukraine’s far eastern region is “occupied” by Russia, the parliament announced on Thursday, as Moscow warned the declaration could reignite a new war. Ukraine’s parliament adopted the “Donbass reintegration law” with 280 lawmakers voting in favour in the 450-seat body. The […]

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Russian infor war preceded Ukrainian ship seizures: EU

BRUSSELS (AFP) – Russia launched a year-long fake news campaign about Kiev’s and Nato’s plans for the Azov Sea before seizing three Ukrainian ships there, EU security commissioner Julian King alleged Monday (Dec 10). King said Russian media spread false claims that Ukraine had infected the Azov Sea with cholera and that British and Ukrainian secret services had tried to […]

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