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Russia, Ukraine Postpone Gas Talks

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych have postponed talks in which they were to discuss a new deal on natural gas supplies and stronger economic ties. Officials on both sides said Tuesday more time was needed to prepare documents they planned to sign. The meeting was meant to resolve a gas pricing […]

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Ukraine Parliament Reappoints PM, Elects Speaker After Brawls

Posted December 13th, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Ukraine’s newly elected parliament has approved the president’s re-nomination of Mykola Azarov as prime minister and selected a new speaker, despite violent brawls between ruling party and opposition supporters. Azarov was voted in for a second term Thursday by 252 deputies in the 450-seat chamber. Azarov, a close ally of President Viktor Yanukovych, has served […]

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New Ukraine Parliament Opens Amid Protests

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Ukraine’s new parliament convened Wednesday in a session marred by protests and fist fights. The session was the first since President Viktor Yanukovych’s Party of Regions secured a slim majority in October elections that observers say were marred by fraud. During the session, a fight broke out when several opposition lawmakers attacked two legislators suspected […]

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Ukraine’s Government Resigns

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov’s government Monday, a surprise move following the country’s controversial elections and ongoing economic woes. However, the president has ordered ministers to remain in their posts until the new government forms. The country’s new parliament is preparing to meet for the first time after […]

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Ukraine’s Tymoshenko Ends Hunger Strike

Posted November 15th, 2012 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Jailed Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko is ending the hunger strike she began in protest of alleged fraud in the country’s recent elections. Ukraine’s deputy health minister, Raissa Moissenko, says Ms. Tymoshenko agreed to end her 17-day hunger strike on Thursday, after meeting with a group of German doctors at her hospital in Kharkiv. The […]

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Ukraine: Tymoshenko Trial Delayed

Posted November 13th, 2012 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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A Ukrainian court has delayed the trial of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who is on a hunger strike, and set a new trial date for November 23. Tuesday’s move was the latest in a series of delays for the trial, in which Ms. Tymoshenko is defending against charges of tax evasion and embezzlement. Ms. […]

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Ukraine’s Parliament Calls for Partial Re-vote

Posted November 6th, 2012 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Ukraine’s parliament Tuesday called for a new election in five disputed districts as hundreds continue to rally in the capital Kyiv against alleged vote-rigging in favor of the ruling party. Lawmakers passed the unbinding resolution Tuesday at the recommendation of election authorities. Ukraine’s Central Election Commission said Monday that five single-seat constituencies failed to comply […]

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Ukraine Orders Partial Vote Re-run

Posted November 6th, 2012 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Ukraine’s outgoing parliament has ordered a partial re-run of voting in five disputed districts despite claims by the opposition that it won those seats. A nonbinding resolution was passed by parliament Tuesday after a call by the Central Election Commission declaring that the vote tally violated Ukrainian law and the country’s constitution. The opposition accuses […]

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Ukrainian Election Officials Call For Partial Vote Recount

Posted November 5th, 2012 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Election officials in Ukraine have called for a recount of ballots cast in several districts during last month’s vote, after the opposition threatened to boycott the country’s new parliament over alleged vote-rigging. Some 2,000 protesters gathered outside the Central Election Commission building in Kyiv on Monday. Police clashed with protesters but there was no major […]

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Ukraine’s Tymoshenko Refuses to End Hunger Strike

Posted November 1st, 2012 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Ukraine’s jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko is refusing to end a hunger strike she began this week to protest alleged widespread vote irregularities in Sunday’s parliamentary polls, which have been described by U. S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as “a step backward” for the nation’s democracy. Ms. Tymoshenko — in custody at a […]

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