Ukraine’s security service, known as the SBU, on July 18 published additional intercepted telephone conversations that further implicate Russia in the downing of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17, killing all 298 people on board on July 17. The conversations allegedly took place between Russian military intelligence officers and their armed proxies who discussed the delivery of a Buk missile system from Russia ahead of the downing of the Malaysian passenger jet.
“The SBU (Security Service of Ukraine) and the Interior Ministry have collected and continue to collect irrefutable evidence and proof that point to the authors of this tragedy from the terrorist organization DNR/LNR (Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republic), and their Russian, Putinist masters,” said Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.
Despite the Ukrainian government’s claim of having no contact with Kremlin-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, officials have for months engaged in negotiations to swap prisoners.
When the revolution transformed into war Nikolay Yakubovych's status also changed. Previously, he was a centurion of Maidan's self-defense, but on May 2 he became a prisoner of war in Horlivka, Donetsk Oblast.
With the West wimping out on tough sanctions against Russia or significant military aid to Kyiv, Ukraine is pretty much going it alone in defending the nation against the Kremlin-backed war that began with the Feb. 27 military invasion of Crimea.
DONETSK, Ukraine -- As everyday life returns in recaptured cities of Ukraine's eastern Donbas region, Ukraine's eyes -- and military -- have shifted their focus to Donetsk and Luhansk, provincial capitals with 1.5 million residents who remain under the control of Kremlin-backed separatists.
Ukraine’s new Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey praised the Ukrainian army’s conduct in recapturing the former rebel stronghold of Sloviansk on July 5, pledging a continuation of the government’s anti-terrorist operation (ATO) against the ongoing insurgency in the country’s east until it's cleared of terrorists.
As government troops pushed pro-Russian separatists out of their strongholds in eastern Ukraine on July 5, the nation's leaders grew more optimistic about the near-term prospects of the anti-terrorist operation.
As Ukraine’s self-imposed ceasefire came to an end late on June 30, the nation waited anxiously in front of their TVs for the president to speak about his next moves. Many were disappointed, though, when they learned that while President Petro Poroshenko had decided to resume the anti-terrorist operation, he stopped short of introducing martial law in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.
Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin says Ukraine's diplomatic service will have to adapt its work style to the modern-world challenges, and embrace new style of work based on team work, agility and better communication both inside the team, and to the outside world.
An arrest warrant was issued on June 26 for Renat Kuzmin, one of Ukraine's most controversial prosecutors. He has been missing since the beginning of June, according to the Interior Ministry’s website.
Until this year, Ukraine did not have its own award to honor the best in journalistic investigations.
The Ukrainian government appears to be moving swiftly to impose martial law in its restive eastern regions after heavily armed separatists seized control of two bases and a border crossing in Luhansk Oblast that could be used to funnel fresh fighters and weapons from Russia into Ukraine.
I spent the election day writing and editing. I did not see the queues in Kyiv, the blood on the streets of Donetsk and champaign-laced celebrations in Petro Poroshenko's headquarters. I saw a virtual reflection of this election through pictures on the web, and some of them are really descriptive of what Ukraine has become. Although some of them are smudged and grainy, they tell the story of this election in striking and memorable images that I would like to share.
Ukrainians elected Petro Poroshenko to be their fifth president in a vote that was dubbed "the second independence referendum," because of voters' determination to cast their ballots despite a Russian-backed war against the nation.
A group of hackers has been arrested in Kyiv with specialized equipment intended to rig the results of the Ukraine’s presidential election, according to Victor Yagun, deputy head of the Security Service of Ukraine, known as the SBU.
If the polls and the candidate’s confidence in the public mood are right, Petro Poroshenko may get elected in a landslide, skipping the need for a second-round runoff. But he will have to get more than 50 percent of the vote on May 25 on a ballot crowded with 21 names, none of whom are given much of a chance in this truncated campaign triggered by the Feb. 22 overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych.
Trailing presidential candidates is always fun. On the road, they reveal way more than any political advisers would ever recommend. It happens because they’re always working under pressure, they’re pushed by the people to answer uncomfortable questions and choose sides.
DNIPROPETROVSK AND ZAPORIZHYA OBLASTS, Ukraine -- Petro Poroshenko no longer campaigns merely to be elected Ukraine’s next president. With every poll placing him firmly in the lead, he is now asking people across the country to elect him in the first round on May 25.
CHERNIHIV, Ukraine – Suddenly, a wave of fear rolls over as I follow several border guard officers down the sandy steps into a freshly dug-out blindage in Girsk. It was made to shelter men from potential Russian gunfire, and somehow inside it the prospect of war feels real.