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Shakhtar beats Rapid Vienna to qualify for group stage

LVIV, Ukraine - Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk overcame a rocky start to qualify for the Champions League group stage Tuesday, drawing 2-2 with Austrian side Rapid Vienna for a 3-2 aggregate win.

   August 25, 2015 - 21:37 GMT
 Marking Independence Day, Ukraine's president vows to defeat rebels

Marking Independence Day, Ukraine's president vows to defeat rebels

In this photo taken on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, Ukrainian government soldier fires toward Russia-backed rebels positions near Avdiivka, outside Donetsk, eastern Ukraine.

   August 24, 2015 - 22:54 GMT
Shakhtar's Stepanenko out of hospital following head injury

Shakhtar's Stepanenko out of hospital following head injury

VIENNA - Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Taras Stepanenko has been released from hospital and was traveling back to Ukraine with his team on Thursday, a day after hurting his head in a Champions League playoff game at Rapid Vienna.

   August 20, 2015 - 10:31 GMT
Shakhtar beats Rapid Vienna 1-0 in Champions League playoff

Shakhtar beats Rapid Vienna 1-0 in Champions League playoff

VIENNA - Shakhtar Donetsk beat Rapid Vienna 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League playoff Wednesday, positioning itself for reaching the group stage for a sixth straight season.

   August 19, 2015 - 21:17 GMT

9 dead in uptick of violence in eastern Ukraine

DONETSK, Ukraine - At least seven civilians and two Ukrainian troops have been killed in the latest uptick of violence in eastern Ukraine.

   August 17, 2015 - 12:46 GMT

UEFA dismisses Fenerbahce protest over Shakhtar doping case

NYON, Switzerland - UEFA says it dismissed Fenerbahce's protest against Shakhtar Donetsk fielding a player in a Champions League qualifying match who previously tested positive for doping at the Copa America.

   August 04, 2015 - 10:06 GMT

Shelling in eastern Ukraine kills four civilians, soldier

Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists accused each other on Thursday of shelling civilian areas near the rebel-held city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine despite a ceasefire, with four civilians and one soldier killed.

   July 30, 2015 - 12:00 GMT

Preliminary hearing underway for Ukrainian pilot in Russia

DONETSK, Russia - A preliminary hearing in the trial of a Ukrainian officer charged in the deaths of two Russian journalists has started in Russia's south.

   July 30, 2015 - 09:48 GMT
Russia opens trial of jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko

Russia opens trial of jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko

Russia on Thursday opened the high-profile trial of jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, a hugely controversial case that could send ties between Moscow and Kiev to a new low.

   July 30, 2015 - 09:26 GMT

Cars of OSCE observers vandalized in eastern Ukraine

MOSCOW - Observers at the Organization for Security and Cooperation and Security in Europe say protesters in rebel-controlled Donetsk have vandalized their cars.

   July 24, 2015 - 08:52 GMT
Ukraine separatists protest against OSCE mission in east

Ukraine separatists protest against OSCE mission in east

Around 300 people held a protest against the OSCE in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, picketing a hotel in rebel-held Donetsk in what the security watchdog said was an orchestrated move to restrict its work.

   July 23, 2015 - 15:14 GMT
Ceasefire brings limited respite for east Ukrainians

Ceasefire brings limited respite for east Ukrainians

Natalya Brazhnikova goes to sell bread each day at a badly charred market on the outskirts of Donetsk in east Ukraine despite the risk of shelling and gunfire.

   July 21, 2015 - 11:36 GMT
Three killed, hospital shelled in east Ukraine

Three killed, hospital shelled in east Ukraine

Two civilians and a soldier have been killed in the latest fighting in eastern Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels and the government said Sunday, with Kiev warning of a deteriorating situation in the rebel-held city of Donetsk.

   July 19, 2015 - 13:50 GMT
Ukraine, rebels trade blame over shelling of central Donetsk

Ukraine, rebels trade blame over shelling of central Donetsk

The Ukrainian military and pro-Russian separatists accused each other on Sunday of shelling residential districts of separatist-held Donetsk overnight, the first attack on central parts of the city since a February ceasefire agreement.

   July 19, 2015 - 12:28 GMT

One year after MH17 plane crash, victims' families still seeking justice

On July 17, 2014, 298 passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 lost their lives after their plane was shot down in the eastern Donetsk region of Ukraine.

   July 17, 2015 - 14:06 GMT

8 Ukrainian troops killed, 16 hurt in war-torn east Ukraine

DONETSK, Ukraine - A Ukrainian military spokesman says eight troops have been killed and 16 wounded in war-torn eastern Ukraine in the past 24 hours.

   July 15, 2015 - 11:11 GMT

Seeking Refuge: Central Europe balks at refugees. But then there's Ukraine.

Schools, businesses, and local shops had all closed down in the conflict-ridden town of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine last year.

   July 01, 2015 - 17:41 GMT
Hounded and out of work, gay Ukrainians flee rebel east

Hounded and out of work, gay Ukrainians flee rebel east

Oleksandr had already lost his job for being gay in the rebel Ukrainian bastion of Donetsk when he was approached by two Russian speakers with rifles dangling on their hips.

   June 28, 2015 - 14:36 GMT
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