• Ukraine welcomes 'constructive' first talks with Iran on downing of airliner
    KYIV, July 31 (Reuters): Ukraine said on Friday that its first round of talks with Iran about the downing of a Ukrainian airliner shortly after takeoff in Tehran in January had been constructive, and that it was determined "to bring Iran to justice". All 176 people on board - including 57 Canadians - were killed when Iranian forces struck the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 jet. Iran said they mistook the passenger plane for a missile at a time of high tensi
  • Full ceasefire takes effect in eastern Ukraine
    KYIV, July 27 (Reuters): A full and comprehensive ceasefire between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists has entered into force in eastern Ukraine, opening the prospect of an end to military and civilian casualties, the two sides said on Monday. Ukrainian, Russian and OSCE negotiators last week agreed on a full ceasefire in eastern Ukraine from Monday, putting on hold the military conflict that has claimed more than 13,000 lives since 2014. The deal was ba
  • One killed, 110 homes destroyed in forest fire in eastern Ukraine
    KYIV, July 7 (Reuters): One person died and nine were hospitalised as a forest fire swept through villages in eastern Ukrainian Luhansk region on Tuesday, Ukraine's emergency service said.   The fire has destroyed 80 dacha holiday cottages and 30 houses in two villages, the service said in a statement.   This spring, forest fires around the defunct Chernobyl nuclear plant in the north of the country and elsewhere pushed pollution levels in Ukraine's c