The leaders of the European Union and Ukraine made little headway in easing strains between them at a summit on April 27, with the EU playing down prospects for a peacekeeping operation in the besieged country and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko defending the pace of domestic reforms.
EU leaders have told Ukraine they are worried about ceasefire violations in the east of the country but will not send armed peacekeepers there. "We can only talk about a civilian mission, not military," European Council President Donald Tusk told a news conference in Kyiv.
The German government was told that civilian aircraft were in danger flying over the war zone in east Ukraine days before flight MH17 was shot down but did not inform airlines.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she's confident that the European Union will extend sanctions against Russia in June as negotiators struggle to hold together a peace deal for Ukraine.
MOSCOW - A Ukrainian pilot who was captured by separatists fighting in east Ukraine will be moved from a Moscow jail to a city hospital because of health problems caused by a hunger strike, her lawyer said on April 27.
A court in Kazakhstan's western city of Atyrau has sentenced a local resident to three years in jail for fighting along pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
The European Union will send a team to Ukraine to assess a possible new mission for the bloc there, European Council President Donald Tusk said on April 27.
Ukraine's president says his country will be able meet conditions to apply for European Union membership within five years.
Speaking at an EU-Ukraine summit in Kyiv, Petro Poroshenko said Ukraine deserves to be an integral part of the EU and that membership is a key goal for his government.
Top European Union officials were meeting on April 27 with Ukrainian
President Petro Poroshenko in talks aimed at speeding economic and
political reforms, as heavy fighting around a key town in the country's
east again tested a fragile cease-fire between Kiev's forces and
EU leaders and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko have opened a summit in Kyiv.
The EU-Ukraine summit is the first since their Association Agreement was signed last year after the ouster of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych, which was followed by Moscow's takeover of Crimea and the seizure by Russian-backed separatists of territory in eastern Ukraine.
Hollywood's first-ever festival of Ukrainian film is set to open next week at the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills.
The brainchild of Los Angeles-based Ukrainian-born producer Anatoly Fradis, the "First Hollywood Festival of the Best Ukrainian Films" will showcase 20 movies, including classics shot during Soviet times and more recent releases.
Ukraine pressed European leaders on Aptil 27 to send peacekeepers to stabilise the war-torn east, as monitors reported a surge in shelling near a strategic government-held city.
Kyiv's mayor has two priorities when it comes to Ukraine's economic recovery: Wiping out corruption and attracting investors.
"Almost one year ago, we saw a Kiev which was destroyed," said Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko, referring to last year's deadly pro-EU protests on Kyiv's main square, or Maidan. Today, he added, "Kyiv is safe. We have the situation under control. We just have an unstable situation in Donetsk and Luhansk."
Top European Union officials were meeting April 27 with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in talks aimed at speeding economic and political reforms, as heavy fighting around a key town in the country’s east again tested a fragile cease-fire between Kyiv’s forces and pro-Russia separatists.
Some 12 German journalists, politicians and scientists recently visited Ukraine to get a better understanding of the situation inside the country, due to the difficulties judging events properly back home.
Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko may be transferred to a civilian hospital after resuming the hunger strike she has conducted to protest her incarceration in Russia.
The German government was told of the risk of flying over eastern Ukraine shortly before flight MH17 was shot down last July, but failed to pass on the alert, reports say.
One Ukrainian serviceman was killed and three other were wounded in attacks by pro-Russian separatists in the past 24 hours in the east, the Ukrainian military said on Monday.
Russian bikers belonging to a group loyal to President Vladimir Putin have approached the border of Poland from Belarus but it is not yet clear if they will make it through.