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Jokes, a robot dog and salty language at new Ukraine leader's tech event

May 23 2019

KIEV Ukraine's new president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, peppered his speech with jokes, swipes at lawmakers and salty language on Thursday while addressing a technology forum in one of his first public appearances since his inauguration.

Ukraine's PrivatBank launches suit against former owner Kolomoisky in U.S.

May 23 2019

KIEV Ukraine's largest lender, PrivatBank, has filed a lawsuit against former owner Ihor Kolomoisky in the Delaware Court of Chancery in the United States, the bank said in a statement on Thursday.

Ukraine parliament takes aim at president's election reform plan

May 22 2019

KIEV Parliament dealt an early blow to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Wednesday by rejecting proposed changes to Ukraine's voting system before a snap national election, which the speaker said lawmakers would seek to annul.

High fives, selfies and a snap election as Zelenskiy takes power in Ukraine

May 20 2019

KIEV Television comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy took the oath of office as Ukraine's new president on Monday, promising that as hard as he had worked in the past to make Ukrainians laugh, he would now work to keep them from crying. | Video

Ukraine ruling coalition breaks up in setback for incoming president

May 17 2019

KIEV Ukraine's ruling coalition broke up on Friday and one of its two constituent parties said it would try to form a new one, annoying President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy who is weighing calling a snap parliamentary election to bolster his power.

Ukraine passes language law, irritating president-elect and Russia

Apr 25 2019

KIEV Ukraine's parliament approved a law on Thursday that grants special status to the Ukrainian language and makes it mandatory for public sector workers, a move Russia described as divisive and said discriminated against Russian-speakers.

Russia offers passports to east Ukraine, president-elect decries 'aggressor state'

Apr 24 2019

ST PETERSBURG, Russia/KIEV Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order on Wednesday simplifying the procedure for obtaining a Russian passport for residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine, prompting calls from Kiev for more international sanctions.

Ukrainian president-elect calls for IMF talks on lower gas prices

Apr 24 2019

KIEV Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy's team on Wednesday called on the government and state energy company Naftogaz to hold talks with the International Monetary Fund on lowering household gas prices from May 1.

Zelenskiy faces battles with Ukraine's hostile parliament

Apr 23 2019

KIEV Before Ukraine's new president Volodymyr Zelenskiy was even elected, an opposition leader was plotting to curb his powers and make it easier for him to be impeached. | Video

Ukrainian presidential candidates trade insults in rowdy stadium debate

Apr 19 2019

KIEV The two men vying to be Ukraine's next president traded insults in a raucous debate on Friday in front of thousands of supporters before an election that could put a comedian with no political experience in charge of a country at war.

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