Old, new Europe clash

WASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) -- President Bush's two-day visit to Kiev on the eve of NATO's April 2-4 summit in Bucharest, Romania, is his first visit to Ukraine and therefore long overdue. His predecessor, Bill Clinton, visited Ukraine on three occasions. Bush's visit to Ukraine ahead of the NATO summit is seen as a strong show of U.S. support for NATO enlargement to Ukraine and Georgia.
TARAS KUZIO, UPI Outside View Commentator

3 Ukrainian cops get prison for killing

KIEV, Ukraine, March 15 (UPI) -- Three former Ukrainian police officers have been sentenced to more than a decade in prison for killing a reporter eight years ago.

Kiev's NATO burden -- Part 2

MOSCOW, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Joining NATO will demand sacrifices and additional efforts from Ukraine, such as fulfilling the Membership Action Plan.
NIKITA PETROV, UPI Outside View Commentator

Former policemen face murder trial

KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Three former Ukraine police officers went on trial in the capital Kiev, accused in the slaying of Georgiy Gongadze, a noted opposition journalist.

Kuchma named in reporter's abduction

KIEV, Ukraine, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- A Ukrainian parliamentary commission has concluded that former President Leonid Kuchma was behind the September 2000 abduction of a prominent reporter.

Ukraine to auction steel mill, again

KIEV, Ukraine, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Ukraine plans to privatize a huge steel mill that recently changed hands in a widely criticized procedure.

Ukraine asked to reclaim missiles in Iran

JERUSALEM, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Israel has asked Ukraine to seek the return of 12 long-range cruise missiles illegally sold to Iran through arms dealers by the previous Ukraine government.

Yushchenko pledges full Iraq pull out

KIEV, Ukraine, April 13 (UPI) -- President Viktor Yushchenko Wednesday signed a decree ordering all Ukrainian troops out of Iraq by the end of this year, Interfax news agency reports.

Ukraiine minister's death said suicide

KIEV, Ukraine, April 1 (UPI) -- The death of former Ukrainian Interior Minister Yuri Kravchenko last month was almost certainly suicide, the nation's security service chief says.

Ukraine wooed West on Iraq: Tarasyuk

KIEV, Ukraine, March 22 (UPI) -- By sending troops to Iraq, Ukraine's former leaders tried to woo Western Europe and the United States, Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk says.

Ukraine begins Iraq pullout

BAGHDAD, March 12 (UPI) -- Ukraine began Saturday the phased pullout of its 1,650 troops, the sixth largest in the U.S.-led coalition, from Iraq, CNN reported.

Official: Ukraine may look at Russia deals

WASHINGTON, March 9 (UPI) -- The new Ukrainian government may re-examine some of the deals made with Moscow by the previous administration, a U.S. State Department official said Wednesday.

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.
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Leonid Kuchma
UKR2002091610 - KIEV, Ukraine, September 16 (UPI) -- Thousands of opposition supporters waving red flags and banners with anti-presidential writings, and chanting anti-presidential slogans, take part in a protest to demand the ouster of embattled President Leonid Kuchma in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Monday, Sept. 16, 2002. The protests are timed to mark the second anniversary of the disappearance of opposition journalist Heorhiy Gongadze that caused months of protests against Ukraine's president Kuchma, whom opposition leaders accused of involvement in the killing. jaf/ss/Sergei Svetlitsky UPI

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Leonid Danylovych Kuchma (Ukrainian: Леонід Данилович Кучма) (born August 9, 1938) was the second President of independent Ukraine from July 19, 1994, to January 23, 2005. Kuchma took office after winning the 1994 presidential election against his rival then-President Leonid Kravchuk. Kuchma won re-election for another 5-year term in 1999.

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