Forest fire near Ukraine Chernobyl nuclear site: Officials

A forest fire broke out Tuesday near the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine, site of the world`s worst civil nuclear disaster in 1986, but the blaze was not threatening the plant, officials said.

Political uncertainty mars future of Crimea`s athletes
Political uncertainty mars future of Crimea`s athletes

 Moscow`s annexation of the strategic peninsula of Crimea from Ukraine has not only sparked the worst crisis between Russia and the West since the Cold War but also put under threat the sporting careers of Crimean athletes.

Ukraine says separatists step up attacks, Poroshenko warns of 'threat of war'
Ukraine says separatists step up attacks, Poroshenko warns of 'threat of war'

Ukraine`s leader warned on Tuesday that a war with pro-Russian separatists could still break out again as its military said the rebels had greatly stepped up attacks and widened the area of their operations despite a ceasefire.

Ukraine seeks EU help as shelling blazes in east
Ukraine seeks EU help as shelling blazes in east

Ukraine pressed European leaders Monday to send peacekeepers to stabilise the war-torn east, as monitors reported a surge in shelling near a strategic government-held city.

`Intense shelling` in flashpoint Ukraine village: OSCE

OSCE observers said Monday they have witnessed the most intense shelling in the flashpoint eastern Ukrainian village of Shyrokyne since fighting began there in mid-February, as well as movement of heavy weapons.

Berlin knew Ukraine flight dangers before MH17 crash: Reports

Berlin knew the risks of flying over war-torn east Ukraine before Flight MH17 was shot out of the sky last year but did not inform German airlines, local media has reported.

Ukraine marks 29 years since Chernobyl disaster

Ukrainians have marked 29 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, placing wreaths and candles near the plant where work to lay a new seal over the reactor site has been delayed.

Vladimir Putin says `no regrets` over Crimea annexation

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an interview broadcast Sunday to mark 15 years in power, said he has no regrets over Moscow`s 2014 annexation of Crimea as it overturned "a historical injustice."

One Ukrainian serviceman killed, two wounded near Mariupol

One Ukrainian serviceman was killed and two were wounded in shelling attacks by pro-Russian separatists on Saturday near the port of Mariupol in Ukraine`s south-east, military spokesman Dmytro Gorbunov said.

Russia failing to fully implement Ukraine ceasefire: US

Russia is failing to fully implement a ceasefire deal agreed in eastern Ukraine despite its hopes of seeing European sanctions eased, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday.

US army walks cultural minefield training Ukraine troops

US paratrooper Gregory Crocker is giving a group of Ukrainian soldiers lesson one in dealing with an unexploded bomb: don`t touch it until the experts arrive.

Big military build-up on Russia-Ukraine border: NATO

NATO's chief on Thursday reported a sizeable Russian military buildup on the border with Ukraine that he said would enable pro-Moscow separatists to launch a new offensive with little warning.

Kiev to ask EU to send experts to eastern Ukraine

Ukraine will ask the European Union next Monday to send experts to eastern Ukraine to carry out missions ranging from removing mines to training police, its ambassador in Brussels said on Thursday.

John Kerry urges Russia to remove forces from Ukraine

Washington: Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Russia to remove forces from eastern Ukraine and press Ukrainian separatists into observing a ceasefire.

The State Department says Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke by telephone yesterday.

Mila Kunis sued for stealing pet 'chicken' 25 years ago
Mila Kunis sued for stealing pet 'chicken' 25 years ago

 Mila Kunis is facing a lawsuit filed by her "Ukrainian friend" for stealing a chicken 25 years ago.

US says Russia air defence systems inside Ukraine

The United States on Wednesday accused Russia of building up air defence systems inside eastern Ukraine and of involvement in training exercises of pro-Russian rebels in breach of a European-brokered truce.

`Many` human remains found at MH17 crash site: Dutch

 Dutch investigators have recovered "many" more body parts and pieces of wreckage after resuming their search at the MH17 plane crash site in Ukraine, the Netherlands said Wednesday.

US starts training Ukraine forces to fight pro-Russian militants

US paratroopers launched a training mission Monday for Ukrainian government forces who will fight pro-Russian separatists in the east, angering Moscow as the deadly conflict rumbles on.

OSCE chief says `good chance for peace` in Ukraine

 The OSCE chief said Monday a truce was holding in a key village in eastern Ukraine and urged rival sides to "embrace a good chance for peace" in the war-torn region.

Kiev lists Russian military units allegedly in Ukraine

Ukraine's army chief of staff on Saturday listed for the first time some of the specific Russian military units alleged to be fighting against Kiev alongside pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine.