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Ukraine no closer to democracy, EU says

BRUSSELS, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- European Parliament members said Thursday that Ukrainian officials need to show commitment to democracy before both sides move closer.

Ukraine P.M. resigns amid IMF talks

KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Ukraine's prime minister resigned Monday amid talks with the International Monetary Fund, though he remains in an interim role until his successor is named.

Ukraine's government dissolved

KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych announced Monday he formally accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his government.

Ukrainian P.M. denies election rigging

KIEV, Ukraine, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, whose Party of Regions won in the country's parliamentary elections, denies allegations the voting was rigged.

Ukraine brushes off election concerns

KIEV, Ukraine, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Democratic principles weren't violated during late October elections in Ukraine that secured a victory for the ruling party, the country's prime minister said.

Ukrainian opposition wants vote recount

KIEV, Ukraine, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- An opposition leader in Ukraine rejected a proposal for a new vote in some districts as disputes over October parliamentary elections continue.

Demonstrators allege fraud in Ukraine vote

KIEV, Ukraine, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Hundreds protested outside Ukraine's election commission Monday against alleged voting irregularities in last week's parliamentary election, observers say.

EU pledges 'close watch' on Ukraine

BRUSSELS, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The European Union said this week it will "watch closely" as political events in Ukraine unfold following parliamentary elections labeled unfair by observers.

Eni reviews shale gas prospects in Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Italian energy company said it reviewed the shale natural gas potential in Ukraine during talks with the country's prime minister in Kiev.

Yanukovych: Expects 'fair' gas price

MOSCOW, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Ukraine expects to eventually negotiate a fair price for its imports of Russian natural gas, President Viktor Yanukovych said this week.

EU: Reverse gas flows to Ukraine by 2014

BRUSSELS, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Improvements needed to transmit natural gas from Europe to Ukraine for the first time could be finished by mid-2014, EU Energy Minister Gunter Oettinger says.

Ukrainians want to return to Chernobyl

CHERNOBYL, Ukraine, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- A group of Ukrainians sent a letter to Prime Minister Mykola Azarov requesting permission to return to Chernobyl, the site of a 1986 nuclear disaster.

Ukraine eyeing Chinese gasification tech

KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Ukraine indicated this week it will seek access to Chinese coal gasification technologies as a way to ween its power plants away from Russian natural gas.
EU presses Kiev on Tymoshenko case

EU presses Kiev on Tymoshenko case

BRUSSELS, May 16 (UPI) -- Kiev is expected to take seriously calls to step back from its selective use of justice and politically motivated trials, a European leader said.

Ukraine signs major shale gas contracts

KIEV, Ukraine, May 14 (UPI) -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said Chevron and Royal Dutch Shell were approved for the development of two shale natural gas fields in the country.

Kiev wants role in Turkish gas pipelines

ANKARA, Turkey, May 8 (UPI) -- Kiev could help with some of the infrastructure associated with a planned natural gas through Turkey, the Ukrainian prime minister told officials in Ankara.

Kiev fine without Gazprom, minister says

KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Ukraine won't have any problems if Russian natural gas company Gazprom decides to use outside transit networks, the Ukrainian prime minister said.

Ukraine looks to help ease EU gas concerns

KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Ukrainian state energy company Naftogaz is tapping into stored reserves to help bring heat to European consumers coping with arctic cold, officials said.

Ukraine: Gazprom not asking for assets

KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Ukraine says Russian gas utility Gazprom is not asking it to barter away state assets as part of negotiations to reduce the price it pays for imports.

Ukraine ready to sue Moscow over gas

KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Ukraine is ready to take its dispute with Russian energy company Gazprom to the international courts unless a solution is found, the prime minister said.

Ukraine to pressure Gazprom on prices

KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- The Ukrainian prime minister expects to get results from natural gas talks with Russia but an energy official said to expect nothing before year's end.

EU, U.S. urge haste in Ukraine reforms

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The EU and the United States this week urged Ukraine to enhance energy security by implementing the privatization of its state-owned natural gas monopoly.

Kiev to save big on new gas deal

KIEV, Ukraine, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- While it's too early to outline formal details, a new natural gas price from Russia could save the Ukrainian government $6 billion per year, an official said.

Azarov: Ukraine needs to address gas price

KIEV, Ukraine, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Kiev needs to take steps to allay concerns that its natural gas agreement with Russia is putting the country on the brink of collapse, the prime minister said.

Gazprom, Ukraine talks cordial

MOSCOW, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Negotiations between officials with Russian gas monopoly Gazprom and the Ukrainian energy minister in Moscow were cordial, the company said.
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