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  • Ukraine, EU sign historic trade and economic pact

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday signed up to a trade and economic pact with the European Union, saying it may be the "most important day" for his country since it became independent from the Soviet Union.

  • Ukrainian energy firm hires Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, as lawyer

    Vice President Joe Biden's weekend trip to support Ukraine's fragile democracy comes soon after his youngest son was hired by a private Ukrainian company that promotes energy independence from Moscow.

  • Ukrainian presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko, right, is welcomed by his supporters during a rally  in Kruvuy Rig, Ukraine, Saturday, May 17, 2014. A Presidential vote in Ukraine is scheduled for May 25. (AP Photo/Mykola Lazarenko, Pool)

    Candy tycoon the front-runner for Ukraine's next president

    In Ukraine's superheated political scene, presidential front-runner Petro Poroshenko cuts a notably cool figure.

  • ** FILE ** In this April 29, 2014, file photo, Ukrainian Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, speaks to lawmakers during a session at the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov, File)

    Ukraine's leader gains stature with honest image

    When new Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk invited anti-corruption activists to his apartment in Kiev last month, the first thing he showed off was his toilet. "See for yourself," Yatsenyuk joked. "It's not gold."

  • Pro-Russian gunmen guard the central square of Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Friday, May 2, 2014. Fighting broke out around dawn near Slovyansk, a city 160 kilometers (100 miles) from the Russian border that has become the focus of the armed insurgency. Two helicopter crew members were killed in the crashes, both sides said, and the insurgents reported one member killed. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Ukraine offensive sparks deadly clashes in Odessa

    Ukraine's offensive to recapture an eastern city controlled by pro-Russia forces sharply escalated the crisis in the country's east and set off a clash Friday in the southern port of Odessa that police say killed 31 people.

  • Andriy Poklonov, 35, his daughter Sofia, 8, and wife Evhenia, 35, pose for a photo in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, May 1, 2011. Despite the danger of war with Russia, the fear of losing more of their territory and tough economic times ahead, many Ukrainians in the center and west of the country are convinced that their country is moving in the right direction toward becoming a law-abiding European nation. (AP Photo/Maria Danilova)

    Despite Russia crisis, Ukraine hopeful for future

    The last time the Poklonovs visited Kiev, it was the capital of a drastically different country: Ukrainians summered on the lush Black Sea Crimean Peninsula, now annexed by Russia; Ukrainian flags, not Russian ones, fluttered from government buildings occupied today by pro-Kremlin insurgents in the east; the economy was vulnerable but not on the verge of collapse.

  • A man warms himself at a fire next to barricades in front of an entrance of the Ukrainian regional office of the Security Service in Luhansk, 30 kilometers (20 miles) west of the Russian border, in Luhansk, Ukraine, late Saturday, April 12, 2014.  Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov described the unrest as "Russian aggression" and said Ukraine's security officials would be gathering for an extraordinary meeting late Saturday evening. (AP Photo/Igor Golovniov)

    Kiev government to deploy troops in Ukraine's east

    Turning to force to try to restore its authority in the vital industrial east, Ukraine's government announced Sunday it was sending in troops to try to quash an increasingly brazen pro-Russian insurgency, despite repeated warnings from the Kremlin.

  • Armed pro-Russian activist stands at a makeshift checkpoint at the entrance into the eastern Ukrainian town of Slovyansk on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Pro-Moscow protesters have seized a number of government buildings in the east over the past week, undermining the authority of the interim government in the capital, Kiev. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Armed men occupy Donetsk police station; 'Russian aggression' blamed for unrest

    Men in the uniforms of Ukraine's now-defunct riot police on Saturday occupied police headquarters in Donetsk, the eastern city that is one of the flashpoints of a wave of pro-Russia protests, hours after armed men seized local police headquarters and local branch of the Security Service in a nearby city.

  • Ukraine PM: Regions should have more powers

    Ukraine's prime minister went on a charm offensive Friday as he visited the country's southeast, pledging to give regions more powers and to defend the rights of Russian speakers.

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