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Berlin - Andriy Shevchenko will only be nominated for Euro 2012 in his Ukrainian home country if he is fit, coach Oleg Blokhin reiterated in an interview published on Saturday.
Kiev - Ukraine could be a giantkiller in Euro 2012 as the first former Soviet republic ever hosts a top-level international football tournament.
Kiev - Ukraine is partly ready to host its share of Euro 2012, and with less than four months left until kick-off it's almost certain to stay that way.
Brussels - The European Union might not sign a landmark political cooperation and trade agreement with Ukraine if rule of law and political pluralism conditions in the country do not improve, two leading officials from the bloc warned on Thursday.
Kiev - Fans holding tickets for Euro 2012 matches in Ukraine will get to ride the former Soviet republic's public transportation system for free, a UEFA official was on Tuesday quoted as saying.
Kiev - Russia has reduced the volume of natural gas shipments being transported to Europe below levels it was contracted to provide, a senior Ukrainian government official said Wednesday.
Kiev - European downstream nations are receiving less Russian natural gas from Ukrainian pipelines because Moscow has reduced volumes of fuel pumped into them, a top energy official in Kiev said Friday.
Moscow - The Euro 2012 host nations Poland and Ukraine need to ease visa restrictions for fans wanting to attend the football championship, UEFA head Michel Platini said on Thursday.
Minsk/Kiev - Members of a Ukrainian feminist group on Wednesday accused Belarusian police of abducting and physically abusing them because they took their clothes off in public to make a political point, news reports in both countries said.
Moscow/Kiev - A midnight meeting between Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Mykola Azarov to resolve a natural gas pricing dispute failed to produce a breakthrough, officials said Wednesday.
Kiev - A visitor to all four Ukrainian cities hosting games at Euro 2012 would travel from the Carpathian Mountains to the Dnipro River basin, through the industrial Donbass basin and into the heart of Ukraine's famed Black Earth heartland.
Kiev - Ukraine is firmly on track to offer football fans attending the Euro 2012 championship a world class sporting event - as long as visitors don't expect too much in the way of customer service or stray far from the airports and stadiums.
Kiev - Already drawn into Group D as top seed, Euro 2012 co-hosts Ukraine will take some comfort in knowing that they will at least avoid 2010 World Cup finalists Spain and the Netherlands in the draw Friday.
Kiev/Moscow - Ukraine and Russia have agreed to a dramatic cut in the price of gas sold to Kiev, and the deal will be signed in the coming weeks, according to a news report Wednesday.
Kiev - Germany fought back from a two-goal half-time deficit to earn a 3-3 draw at Euro 2012 co-hosts Ukraine in Kiev Friday.
Kiev - Germany fought back from a two-goal half-time deficit to earn a 3-3 draw at Euro 2012 co-hosts Ukraine in Kiev Friday.
Kiev/Moscow - The death of Libyan dictator Moamer Gaddafi has caused his Ukrainian nurse Oksana Balynska 'deep sorrow', Ukrainian media reported on Friday.
Brussels - Talks on a landmark free-trade agreement with Ukraine have been concluded, but the country needs to address concerns over the treatment of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko before it can be signed, the European Union signaled Thursday.
Kiev - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev was in Ukraine on Tuesday for talks on energy and trade with his counterpart Viktor Yanukovych, in a visit devoted to showcasing the two countries' increasing friendly ties.
Kiev - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev was in Ukraine on Tuesday for talks on energy and economic cooperation with his counterpart Viktor Yanukovych.
Moscow - Russia's top farm animal health inspector on Friday said Ukraine must create a 100-kilometre-wide, pig-free zone along its eastern border, or Europe would risk another outbreak of the deadly swine flu virus.
Kiev - Ukraine is 'almost ready' to host its share of Euro 2012, UEFA head Michel Platini said Tuesday as he continued an inspection tour of match venues.
Kiev - European football supremo Michel Platini arrived in Ukraine on Monday to inspect how well the former Soviet republic has prepared to host its share of the Euro 2012 tournament.
Moscow - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych flew to Moscow on Saturday to seek lower gas prices in meetings with his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev.
Moscow - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was set to travel to Moscow Saturday to seek lower gas prices in meetings with his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev
Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized Friday the trial of a former Ukraininan prime minister in a telephone call to the country's president, her spokesman said.
Sochi, Russia - Russia agreed with three major European energy firms on Friday to build a natural gas pipeline across the Black Sea as part of an ongoing Kremlin strategy to diversify export routes westward and bypass Ukraine.
Sochi, Russia - Russia on Friday agreed with three major European energy firms to build a natural gas pipeline across the Black Sea as part of an ongoing Kremlin strategy to diversify export routes westward and bypass Ukraine.
Kiev/Moscow - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych remained at loggerheads on Monday over the price of gas sold to Ukraine, with Kiev asking for reduced rates and the Moscow side refusing.
Moscow - A Ukrainian combat unit will for the first time ever take part in a major training exercise jointly with Russian and Belarusian forces, a senior Russian army officer said Friday.
Brussels - Belarus should consider itself lucky that the European Union has not broken ties over the country's continuing crackdown on the opposition, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said on Monday.
Tbilisi/Kiev - A group of topless demonstrators and news photographers taking their pictures were kicked and punched by a man leaving the Georgian embassy on Monday, as a media scandal in the Caucasian republic widened.
Moscow - President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday rejected calls from Ukraine for a cut in the price of natural gas imported from Russia, insisting that 'signed agreements need to be respected.'
Kiev - Ukrainian officials responsible for building a football stadium needed for Euro 2012 paid an international team of architects 80 times more than prevailing market rates to check the planned design of the structure, according to Wednesday prosecutor statement.
Tokyo - The Ukrainian ambassador to Japan urged Tokyo Tuesday to disclose all data and seek further international cooperation to deal with the ongoing nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
Washington/London - Three radiation health experts say they hope Japan's superior scientific and political capacities after the Fukushima nuclear disaster will help shed more light on the health consequences of nuclear accidents than was gathered after the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown.
Tokyo - A senior Japanese minister will travel to Ukraine and visit the area of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the site of the 1986 nuclear disaster, the government said Wednesday.
Chernobyl, Ukraine - Ukraine is planning resettlement and economic activity in formerly irradiated lands evacuated after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power accident, a senior government official said Monday.
Kiev - Agents from Ukraine's national intelligence agency kidnapped a Palestinian engineer who had been seeking political asylum and handed him over to Israel, an independent news website reported Monday.
Kiev - Israeli claims a Palestinian engineer abducted by secret agents to answer charges he is a top Hamas missile technician are riddled with factual errors, a leading Ukrainian newspaper reported on Friday.
Gaza City - A Palestinian engineer spirited out of Ukraine to face terrorism charges in Israel has no ties to Hamas, insisted members of the Islamist movement Monday.
Jerusalem - Israel on Monday indicted a Gaza Strip engineer who was abducted in the Ukraine in February on charges of terrorism and murder.
Kiev - Ukrainian marines in the Libyan port of Tripoli were Monday preparing to evacuate some 200 civilians to a warship, in the former Soviet republic's first major naval operation in a conflict zone, the foreign ministry said in a statement.
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Tel Aviv - Israeli prosecutors said Thursday they planned to indict a Gaza engineer who was abducted in the Ukraine, allegedly by Mossad agents, and is now being held in Israel.
Tel Aviv - The Gaza engineer kidnapped in the Ukraine by Israel denied, in a letter to his wife published Wednesday, any involvement in militant activity.
Tel Aviv - The wife of a Gaza engineer allegedly kidnapped in Ukraine by Israel denied on Wednesday a report that her husband was snatched because he may have information on an Israeli soldier held in the salient for more than four-and-a-half years.
Kiev Italy on Tuesday won a friendly at Ukraine 2-0 despite fielding an experimental squad and playing the last quarter hour with 10 men
Kiev - Ukraine welcome upbeat Italy for a friendly on Tuesday as they continue preparation for the European Championships they will jointly host in 2012.
Brussels - A top European Union official on Thursday warned Ukrainian authorities against using justice 'for political ends.'
Kiev - Masonry falling from the wall of a Ukrainian hotel needed for the Euro 2012 football championship crushed a pedestrian to death on Thursday, eyewitnesses said.
Kiev - Ukrainian marines, aircraft and a warship were preparing for deployment to Libya on Tuesday to aid in the evacuation of Ukrainian nationals and to provide humanitarian assistance, officials said.
Paris/Kiev - Poland is on track with preparations to host the Euro 2012 football championship but the same cannot be said for co-host Ukraine, UEFA General Secretary Gianna Infantino said Monday.
Tel Aviv - Israel has confirmed it is holding a Gaza engineer allegedly kidnapped in the Ukraine and his lawyer, Smadar Ben-Natan, told the German Press Agency dpa that she intends appealing his case with international bodies.
Tel Aviv - Israel is holding a Gaza engineer kidnapped in the Ukraine, Israeli media reported Monday after an court partially lifted a gag order on the case.
Kiev - Ukrainian veterans of the Chernobyl nuclear power accident said on Wednesday they hoped Japanese workers fighting to control radiation at the Fukushima plant receive more support than they have from their own government in the last quarter-century.
Kiev - Ukraine on Saturday offered to send search and rescue teams to Japan and if needed to follow them up with nuclear accident control crews.
Kiev - The owner of Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev on Friday reaffirmed team policy of no incentive payments for victories, saying he intended to hand out cash bonuses only if his players actually manage to win the Europa League outright.
Kiev - German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle called on Wednesday for accelerated economic and political reforms in Ukraine, saying they could pave the way to a free trade agreement by the end of the year.
Kiev - German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle was in Ukraine on Wednesday for talks on economic cooperation and civil society in the former Soviet republic.
Kiev - A personal nurse to Libyan President Moamer Gaddafi has returned home to Ukraine and is in hiding from local media, her daughter told a national newspaper on Monday.
Kiev - A personal nurse to Libyan President Moamer Gaddafi is to return home to Ukraine, her daughter told Segodnya newspaper on Saturday.
Kiev - The owner of Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev on Friday said his team was playing especially well in European competition partly because he stopped paying them cash bonuses for victories.
Kiev - Mercenary pilots from Ukraine are flying Libyan air force planes supporting the regime of embattled Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi, a major newspaper reported Thursday.
Kiev - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Thursday promised some 6.1 billion dollars in government and private funds would be spent on preparations for the Euro 2012 football championship by January.
Kiev - A massive statue of the former Soviet dictator Vladimir Lenin was removed digitally from a promotional video for Ukraine as a co-host of the Euro 2012 football championship.
Kiev - Ukraine is now back on track with preparations to co- host the Euro 2012 football championship, thanks to a government that is sparing few expenses and not particularly concerned about stepping on toes.
Warsaw - Ukraine's integration with the European Union is the country's top priority in foreign policy, Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych said Thursday in Warsaw after a meeting with Polish counterpart Bronislaw Komorowski.
Kiev - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Wednesday said his country could never accept loss of hosting rights for Euro 2012, in his first public comments about a long-running row within the country's football federation.
Kiev - Ukraine evacuated 127 diplomats, their family members and other personnel from Egypt on Tuesday, a government spokesman said.
Kiev - Members of a Ukrainian women's rights group went topless on Tuesday to protest a government plan to beautify apartment balconies in cities set to host Euro 2012 football games.
Kiev - Europe's football union UEFA has warned Ukraine that it could lose the right to co-host Euro 2012 over allegations of government interference in football affairs.
Kiev - Ukraine's police force will transport persons arrested during Euro 2012 in 'high comfort' lock-up vans, Segodnya newspaper reported Wednesday.
Kiev - The young Ukrainian playwright Anna Yablonska, on her way to receive a prestigious Russian literary award, was among those killed in the bomb blast in a Moscow airport, local media reported Tuesday.
Kiev - The senior Ukrainian official responsible for Euro 2012 preparations suffered a heart attack on Monday, a spokesman said.
Kiev - A Ukrainian sports association on Monday suggested fans attending the Euro 2012 football tournament use a local noise-maker less irritating than the controversial South African vuvuzela horn, the Unian news agency reported.
Kiev - Technical problems with the weapons on Ukrainian armoured personnel carriers have delayed the shipment of hundreds of the vehicles to the Iraqi army, a local newspaper reported Tuesday.
Kiev - The top official for Ukraine's preparations to host the Euro 2012 football championship on Tuesday denied hundreds of millions of dollars of construction contracts to overhaul the country's biggest stadium had been awarded improperly.
Kiev - Belarus on Monday concluded an agreement with Ukraine that will give it access to crude oil from the Black Sea while bypassing Russian pipelines.
Prague - Former Ukrainian economy minister Bohdan Danilishin was released from custody on Friday, a day after he was granted asylum in the Czech Republic, a prison service spokesman told the German Press Agency dpa.
Prague - The Czech Republic has granted asylum to former Ukrainian economy minister Bohdan Danilishin, who is wanted in Ukraine for alleged corruption, the Czech Interior Ministry said Thursday.
Kiev - Ukrainian officials bought wooden park benches at grossly inflated prices as part of the country's preparations for the Euro 2012 football championship, according to Monday news reports.
Kiev - A senior official for the Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk on Friday said he was pleased his side would face Italy's Roma in the Champions League last 16.
Paris - Ukrainian billionaire Viktor Pinchuk will celebrate his 50th birthday on Saturday in style, with a lavish party in the French Alps set to be attended by some 300 guests.
Kiev - Talks between football coach Marcello Lippi and Ukraine on taking over the former Soviet republic's national team are split over the size of the Italian's paycheck, the TSN television channel reported Monday.
Moscow/Warsaw/Kiev - Russia's relations with Ukraine and Poland, at a low point only a year ago, are likely to continue their rebound in 2011, with a deepening of economic ties between Kiev and Moscow and fresh efforts to overcome long-standing differences with Warsaw.
Kiev - Egyptian lifeguards used rags torn from their shirts to treat shark attack victims, and hotel officials initially lied about the safety of the area where the attacks occurred, a major Ukrainian newspaper reported Thursday.
Kiev - Israeli President Shimon Peres on Thursday laid a stone from Jerusalem at a Ukrainian memorial to Holocaust victims.
Kiev - A senior Ukrainian official on Wednesday said that the national police force only barely passes on English language skills, needed to host the Euro 20102 football tournament.
Rome - The Ukrainian football federation Monday denied reports it is interested in hiring former Italy coach Marcello Lippi, ANSA news agency reported.
Kiev - Russia and Ukraine on Wednesday initialled a deal on oil shipments to Europe, as Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin praised Ukraine's pro-Moscow leadership.