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Biden Gushes Over Ukraine's 'Beautiful Women'

(Newser) - Joe Biden’s visit with the Ukrainian president today in Kiev yielded an addition to the vice president’s foot-in-mouth file, the New York Post reports. “I cannot believe that a Frenchman visiting Kiev went back home and told his colleagues he discovered something and didn’t say he... More »

Apartment Blast Kills 19 in Ukraine

Gas explosion suspected as rescuers look for survivors

(Newser) - Rescuers could hear cell phones ringing in the rubble as they pulled bodies from an apartment building in southern Ukraine that collapsed after an explosion last night, Reuters reports. At least 19 people are dead and 24 missing after the blast, likely caused by oxygen stored in the basement. All... More »

Ukrainian Prez and PM Bicker as Kiev Burns

Nation nears financial default, so why not call an election?

(Newser) - It's been four years since Viktor Yushchenko, cheated out of an election victory, led Ukrainians in an "Orange Revolution" that seemed to portend a break with the Soviet past. But now Ukraine is paralyzed: the economy is in shambles, and Yushchenko and PM Yulia Tymoshenko are so... More »

Ukraine Prez Calls Snap Vote

President dissolves Parliament after pro-West rivals turn on each other

(Newser) - The president of Ukraine dissolved parliament yesterday and called a snap election, the third in less than three years for the former Soviet republic, reports the New York Times. Viktor Yushchenko, the pro-Western leader who came to power in 2004, said that his former ally, prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, had... More »

Ukraine Faces Early Election as Coalition Falls

Feuding between pro-Western leaders leads to collapse

(Newser) - The government of Ukraine collapsed today after a falling out between the country's two pro-Western leaders, Bloomberg reports. President Viktor Yushchenko pulled his party out of the government of PM Yulia Tymoshenko last week after she tried to strip him of some of his powers. While Tymoshenko could try to... More »

Ukraine Leaders Face Off Over Georgia War

President blasts Russia, attacks prime minister's silence

(Newser) - Russia’s war with Georgia has dangerously exacerbated tensions in Ukrainian politics, with President Viktor Yushchenko slamming Russia’s actions while Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has kept mum, the Los Angeles Times reports. Standing firm for Georgia, Yushchenko called the prime minister's lack of action “high treason and political... More »

EU Won't Put Ukraine on Membership Fast Track

Amid worries over Russian ambition, Sarkozy acknowledges 'European destiny'

(Newser) - Ukraine’s president left a summit with European Union leaders today without a firm promise of EU membership, the Guardian reports. While French President Nicolas Sarkozy offered Victor Yushchenko an “association agreement” and affirmed Europe’s commitment to Ukraine’s territorial rights, dissent from Germany, Italy and the Netherlands... More »

Ukraine's Government Near Collapse

President accuses PM of 'constitutional coup' after Georgia discord

(Newser) - Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko today accused his prime minister of trying to stage a "constitutional coup" against him after her part—a key member of the ruling coalition—voted to lessen Yushchenko’s powers and boost hers, the Guardian reports. The parties fell out over Russia's invasion of Georgia,... More »

West to Put Screws to Russia

New fury at Russia's formal recognition of breakaway states

(Newser) - The West is preparing to crank up diplomatic pressure on Russia after its challenging move formally recognizing breakaway Ossetia and Abkhazia in the wake of its invasion of Georgia. The US, Europe and NATO have condemned the action, but Russia remains defiant. "We are not afraid of anything, including... More »

Facing Russia, Ex-Soviet States Need NATO

Joining alliance key to security, Ukraine's president says

(Newser) - Russia's military actions in Georgia sent shudders throughout the region, Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko writes in the Guardian. Not only did the war reveal the Kremlin's willingness to commit "massacres" for political gain; it also exposed the weakness of the UN and European security organizations. The West needs to... More »

Russia May Put Pressure on Ukraine Next

After dominating Georgia, Moscow could try to block NATO bid

(Newser) - After flexing its military might against Georgia, Russia may next set its sights on US-backed Ukraine by trying to foil its attempts to join NATO, analysts say. Already, tensions are flaring, Bloomberg reports. Ukraine restricted the movements of Russian ships in the Black Sea, which are based at a Ukrainian... More »

Russia, Ukraine Settle Gas Flap

Agreement reached; export flow to Europe not in danger

(Newser) - Ukraine and Russia announced today that their natural-gas companies had settled the dispute that had caused Russia to cut gas supply to Ukraine by 50%—and spurred worries that the flow of gas to Western Europe would be disrupted, the AP reports. "The restrictions on deliveries for Ukrainian consumers... More »

Russia to Ukraine: Don't Join NATO, Or Else

...We may aim nuclear missiles at you

(Newser) - If Ukraine joins NATO and hosts the US missile-defense program, Russia may aim nuclear missiles at its neighbor, Vladimir Putin said today in a press conference with Ukranian president Viktor Yushchenko. Russia’s president claimed that “it is horrible to say and even horrible to think” that such measures... More »

Tymoshenko Elected Ukraine PM

On second try, Orange Revolution leader wins ballot by a whisker

(Newser) - Ukraine's parliament elected Orange Revolution leader Yulia Tymoshenko as prime minister today. The pro-Western leader and fiery orator won 226 votes, the exact number needed to take office, after coming up one vote short last week, Reuters reports. Tymoshenko promises to try to open Ukraine to the West and wants... More »

Tymoshenko Falls Short in Ukraine PM Bid

Orange leader accuses rivals of foul play after losing by 1 vote

(Newser) - Orange Revolution heroine Yulia Tymoshenko fell 1 vote short of regaining her old job as Ukrainian PM today in contentious balloting that saw deputies fighting and throwing water at each other, Reuters reports. Tymoshenko immediately accused her rivals of cheating, but they said her Orange coalition—which held just a... More »

'Orange' Leader Set to Become Ukrainian PM

Tymoshenko wins ex-rival's nod for job she lost in 2004

(Newser) - Two months after Ukraine's parliamentary elections and 3 years after she was sacked from the same job, Yulia Tymoshenko is expected to become prime minister on Tuesday, Reuters reports. Although a Russia-aligned party won the most seats in October's polling, the two pro-Western "Orange" parties form a larger, if... More »

Ukraine's Orange Bloc Takes 'Victory'

Pro-East PM nabs biggest single share, may win posts

(Newser) - The Ukraine's Orange Bloc has won enough seats to form a government, says an unofficial finally tally. East-leaning PM Viktor Yanukovych's party reaped the biggest vote share and could win cabinet posts, but the president says he will not negotiate "a broad coalition," the BBC reports. "I... More »

Ukraine Prez Orders Recount as Both Sides Claim Victory

Tymoshenko still seems on course to be PM

(Newser) - Ukraine's parliamentary elections have come down the wire, with Yulia Tymoshenko vowing to form an Orange coalition government and the pro-Russian party insisting that it has won the poll. President Victor Yushchenko, who took office after 2004's Orange Revolution, ordered a recount of votes in the county's south and east—... More »

Orange Alliance Claims Win in Ukraine

Dynamic, pro-Western Yulia Tymoshenko leading close electon

(Newser) - Yulia Tymoshenko, former prime minister and tempestuous ally to Orange Revolution leader Victor Yushchenko, has claimed victory in yesterday's Ukrainian parliamentary election. In votes counted so far, she’s won 33.15% of the vote, to current PM Viktor Yanukovych’s 31.02%, and plans to form a coalition government... More »

Ukraine to Cover Chernobyl in Steel

Radioactive site still contains 95% of its nuclear material

(Newser) - The crumbling concrete that has encased Chernobyl for over 20 years is about to be replaced. In a deal worth $1.4 billion, a French firm will cover the aging nuclear reactor with steel, the BBC reports. Ukraine president Viktor Yushchenko declared today the day "a solution to the... More »

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