Ukraine hails Church independence move as 'blow' to Moscow
Ukrainian media outlets on Friday welcomed what they said was a "serious blow" to Moscow after a historic decision by the Ecumenical Patriarchate to recognise the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
Russian Orthodox Church warns of protests in Ukraine
A high-ranking Russian Orthodox cleric on Wednesday warned that protests would erupt in Ukraine if the country's Orthodox Church is granted independence from Moscow.
Council of Europe postpones vote on Russia return
Council of Europe delegates voted Tuesday to delay action on a proposed rule change which could restore Russia's voting rights, stripped in 2014 after Moscow's seizure of Crimea from Ukraine. During a plenary session of the rights body's parliamentary assembly, delegates sent the proposal back for further committee study by a vote of 99 to…
Thousands evacuated as explosions spark fire at Ukraine arms depot
More than 12,000 people were evacuated after ammunition stored at an arms depot in northern Ukraine began exploding early Tuesday and set off a huge fire, authorities said.
Blast injures election candidate in Ukraine's rebel east
Three people were injured in an explosion in Ukraine's rebel stronghold Donetsk on Saturday, including a candidate for the post of the self-proclaimed republic's leader. The incident took place just four weeks after the head of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko was killed in a bombing at a cafe in broad daylight. Saturday's…
Kremlin warns Ukraine rebel's murder could derail peace process
The Kremlin warned on Saturday that the assassination of east Ukraine's main separatist leader was a provocation that would undermine the long-stalled Western-brokered peace deal and fuel tensions in the smouldering conflict. Alexander Zakharchenko, the 42-year-old chief of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, was killed in a bombing at a cafe in Donetsk in broad…
East Ukraine mourns rebel leader after blast
Rebel authorities in east Ukraine have detained several suspects and declared three days of mourning after the assassination of top separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko. The 42-year-old head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic was blown up at a cafe in the rebel-controlled city in broad daylight on Friday, becoming the four-year conflict's most prominent victim…
Ukrainian president slams Russian church as 'national security threat'
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday condemned the influential Russian Orthodox Church, which counts millions of believers, as a threat to national security.
US reaffirms refusal to accept Russia annexing Crimea
The US government said Wednesday it will not accept Russia's annexation of the Crimea region from Ukraine, a declaration apparently aimed at highlighting President Donald Trump's intent to hold the Kremlin accountable for its aggression. "In concert with allies, partners, and the international community, the United States rejects Russia's attempted annexation of Crimea and pledges…
Croatia's Vida escapes ban over pro-Ukraine celebration
Croatia defender Domagoj Vida escaped a FIFA ban on Sunday after posting a clip dedicating his country's victory over Russia in the World Cup quarter-final to Ukraine. Vida scored an extra-time goal and one of Croatia's penalties in a 4-3 shootout win over the World Cup hosts in Sochi on Saturday. Croatia will play England…