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Ilya Zhegulev

Ukraine faces 'severe' coronavirus winter but no new lockdown measures, minister says

18 Nov 2020

KYIV Ukraine faces a "very severe" period of COVID-19 cases but will not tighten lockdown restrictions because measures taken last week should stabilise the situation, Health Minister Maksym Stepanov told Reuters on Wednesday.

Ukraine to propose OSCE police in latest Donbass peace push - sources

13 Nov 2020

KYIV Ukraine will propose sending 1,500 police officers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to patrol the conflict zone in the east of the country in a new peace initiative, two sources told Reuters on Friday.

Ukrainian president addresses nation after being taken to hospital with COVID-19

12 Nov 2020

KYIV Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy addressed the nation in two videos on Thursday, his first appearance since being hospitalised after testing positive for COVID-19 this week.

Ukraine eyes seat at Biden inauguration despite impeachment saga

10 Nov 2020

KYIV Ukraine hopes to receive an invitation to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, a presidential adviser told Reuters, with Kyiv betting its attempts to stay neutral in last year's U.S. impeachment saga will pay dividends.

Ukraine's leader warns of "bloody chaos" if anti-graft laws are not restored

02 Nov 2020

KYIV, Nov 2 President Volodymyr Zelenskiy warned on Monday that Ukraine could slide into "bloody chaos" if parliament does not restore anti-corruption reforms which he says are vital to keep foreign aid flowing.

With warm words and fast visas, neighbours woo IT workers fleeing Belarus

01 Oct 2020

By Ilya Zhegulev, Margaryta Chornokondratenko and Andrius Sytas

Ukraine and Belarus argue over Hasidic Jewish pilgrims stranded at border

16 Sep 2020

KYIV Ukraine accused Belarus on Wednesday of trying to escalate a row over 2,000 Hasidic Jewish pilgrims stranded at a border crossing after Ukrainian border guards did not allow them to enter due to coronavirus restrictions.

Belarusian leader credits Russian TV for helping him survive media strike

02 Sep 2020

MOSCOW/KYIV Alexander Lukashenko, the leader of Belarus, has thanked Russian state-backed television channel RT for providing journalists to help prop up Belarusian state media after hundreds of staff went on strike in protest against his rule.

Hasidic Jewish pilgrims stranded at Ukraine airports after travel ban

28 Aug 2020

KYIV Hasidic Jews arriving in Ukraine for an annual pilgrimage were stranded at airports on Friday after the government partially closed the border, a representative of the Rabbi Nachman International Charitable Foundation said.

Ukraine alleges $5 million bribe over Burisma, no Biden link

13 Jun 2020

KIEV Ukrainian officials on Saturday said they were offered $5 million (4 million pounds) in bribes to end a probe into energy company Burisma's founder, but said there was no connection to former board member Hunter Biden whose father is running for the U.S. presidency.

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