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Ukraine's ex-interior minister dies

KIEV, Ukraine, March 5 (UPI) -- Leonid Kuchma, former president of Ukraine, has cut short his Czech Republic spa vacation after his former interior minister was found dead.

Slain official's note helpful to probe

KIEV, Ukraine, March 5 (UPI) -- Ukraine's top police officer said Saturday the nation's slain former interior minister was found with a note containing useful information about his death.

Senior police charged in journalist death

KIEV, Ukraine, March 2 (UPI) -- Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko says the arrest of two senior policemen for the killing of a dissident journalist closes a case of government corruption.

Slain Ukraine journalist's head found

KIEV, Ukraine, March 1 (UPI) -- The severed head of assassinated Ukrainian dissident journalist Georgi Gongadze was found in a Kiev creek Tuesday, the Russian Interfax news agency reported. Gongadze disappeared Sept. 16, 2000, and the following November, a headless body was found in the

Ukrainian leaders move against corruption

KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Ukraine's new rulers are wasting no time in taking aim at what they see as the corruption of the former regime, the Independent reported Tuesday.

Ukraine sold Iran and China missiles

KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- The Ukraine's new pro-western government has discovered the country sold 12 long-range missiles to China and Iran, the Financial Times reported Thursday.

Yushchenko becomes new Ukrainian president

KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Viktor Yushchenko was sworn in as Ukraine's new president Sunday promising to begin a period of radical, liberal reforms.

Kuchma sacks three more governors

KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma has dismissed the heads of three more regions, Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported Wednesday.

Ukraine to bring troops home from Iraq

KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The head of the Ukrainian parliamentary committee for national security said Monday he thinks President Leonid Kuchma will soon withdraw troops from Iraq.

Kuchma sacks old Ukraine Cabinet

KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma has signed a decree dismissing his old Cabinet, Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported Thursday.

Ukraine high court mulls election appeal

KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Ukraine's Supreme Court began hearing Thursday another election appeal filed by the losing presidential candidate, Viktor Yanukovych.

Kuchma accepts Yanukovych's resignation

KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Outgoing Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma accepted the reluctant resignation of prime minister Viktor Yanukovich Wednesday, Itar-Tass reported.

Outgoing Ukraine president calls for unity

KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Outgoing Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma has called on his country to support the incoming president, the Voice of America reported Saturday.

Ukraine's Kuchma may face murder rap

KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Odds that outgoing Ukraine President Leonid Kuchma will face charges of killing a journalist four years ago are mounting, The Times of London reports.

Yushchenko picks ally as next Ukrainian PM

KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Ukrainian President-elect Viktor Yushchenko has said he plans to select political ally Yulia Tymoshenko as his prime minister, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

Yanukovych hangs on as Ukraine PM

KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych said Wednesday he does not plan to step down as prime minister, Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported.

Ukrainian minister is found dead

KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Ukraine's transportation minister has been found dead at his holiday home outside Kiev, apparently after being shot.

Putin: Russia can work with Yushchenko

SCHLESWIG, Germany, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- President Vladimir Putin said Russia can work with Viktor Yushchenko if he becomes president of Ukraine -- even though the Kremlin supported his rival.

Yushchenko expects Ukraine election delay

KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Ukrainian presidential opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko said Thursday he believes the government is planning to delay the scheduled Dec. 26 election.

Yanukovich says supporters coming to Kiev

MYKOLAIV, Ukraine, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Ukraine's government candidate in the Dec. 26 presidential runoff election is vowing to bring supporters into Kiev, Interfax reported Wednesday.

Ukraine mulled breaking up demonstration

KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- The massive post-election demonstrations in Kiev came very close to being swarmed and disbanded by the military, the Financial Times reported Tuesday.

Ukraine president fires law chief

KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma fired Prosecutor General Hennady Vasilyev Thursday, Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported.

Austria confirms Yushchenko was poisoned

KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Austrian doctors have confirmed Ukraine opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko was poisoned in September while campaigning, The Times of London reported.

Kiev protesters fatigued but determined

KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Thousands of protesters who have jammed Kiev's Independence Square since Ukraine's election Nov. 21 are fatigued but determined to remain.

Ukraine adopts new set of election laws

KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Ukraine's Rada, or parliament, Wednesday passed a set of election reform laws in the run-up to the Dec. 26 run-off presidential vote, Itar-Tass reported.
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