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Ukraine's high court rejected an appeal Wednesday by former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who had challenged her conviction on charges of abuse of authority.

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Tymoshenko claims beatings in jailupdated: Wed Aug 29 2012 13:50:00

CNN's Phil Black spoke to Yulia Tymoshenko's daughter about alleged beatings.

Protesters rally against Ukraine's proposed languages billupdated: Sat Jul 14 2012 16:50:00

Several dozen protesters picketed a cultural center in Kiev, Ukraine, on Saturday as part of continued demonstrations against a controversial regional languages bill.

Inside Ukraine's energy strategyupdated: Thu Jul 05 2012 09:39:00

CNN's Phil Black reports on Ukraine's efforts to end its dependency on expensive Russian gas imports.

Gas pipes and price hikes: Ukraine, Russia's uneasy alliance updated: Thu Jul 05 2012 09:39:00

Early this year Ukraine -- along with much of eastern Europe -- was caught in a deep and protracted cold snap. Many froze to death, energy demand spiked, and to top it all Russia accused Ukraine of stealing gas from transit pipes destined for western Europe for the second time in three years.

Tymoshenko grateful for Europe's supportupdated: Sat May 19 2012 00:36:00

From her hospital, Yulia Tymoshenko says international pressure is influencing Ukraine's government. Phil Black reports.

Opinion: Who will win Ukraine's 'political football match without rules'?updated: Sat May 19 2012 00:36:00

If democracy had existed in ancient Egypt, then not a single pyramid would not have been built.

Ukraine: Caught between East and Westupdated: Thu May 10 2012 07:05:00

Seven and a half years ago, scenes of jubilant crowds celebrating the outcome of Ukraine's Orange Revolution -- a new presidential vote after a rigged election was annulled -- filled TV screens around the world.

Prison, persecution and football: How Ukraine's Euro 2012 dream turned sourupdated: Tue May 08 2012 11:10:00

No one used the word reward, but the subtext was clear for all to see.

Euro fans face 'criminal' police updated: Fri May 04 2012 12:45:00

Football fans traveling to Ukraine for this summer's European Championships have been warned they will face a "criminal" police force mired in so many abuse scandals that their behavior threatens to ruin the showpiece tournament.

EU leaders snub Euro 2012 finals due to Ukraine's human rights rowupdated: Wed May 02 2012 05:58:00

Pressure is mounting on Ukraine to clean up its human rights record ahead of the Euro 2012 finals next month, with the EU Commission's president the latest high-profile leader to boycott the football championships.

27 hurt in Ukraine blasts; terror probe startsupdated: Fri Apr 27 2012 10:33:00

Four explosions that rocked an eastern Ukrainian city on Friday have prompted a terror probe, the Ukrainian News agency reported.

Former Ukrainian PM found guiltyupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 13:20:00

Former Ukrainian PM Yulia Tymoshenko is sentenced to seven years for abuse of authority. CNN's Matthew Chance reports.

Imprisoned former Ukraine prime minister on hunger strike, alleging cell beatingupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 13:20:00

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, serving a seven-year sentence after last year's conviction on a charge of abuse of authority, has been on a hunger strike for four days because she was beaten unconscious in prison last week, she said Tuesday.

Bitter cold temps grip Ukraineupdated: Tue Feb 07 2012 05:49:00

Snow and record low temperatures claim lives in the Ukraine. CNN's Mathew Chance reports.

Eastern Europe scrambles to deal with brutal winterupdated: Tue Feb 07 2012 05:49:00

Eastern Europe remained in the grip of brutal cold and deep snows Tuesday, with authorities in Ukraine, the hardest-hit country, scrambling to help thousands of people whose lives are at risk due to the weather.

Europe death toll rises in big freeze updated: Wed Feb 01 2012 13:52:00

Sub-zero temperatures continued to keep eastern Europe in their grip Wednesday, leading to the deaths of 31 people in Ukraine so far, emergency officials there said.

Jailed leader could become Europe's Suu Kyiupdated: Wed Oct 12 2011 14:49:00

By convicting and imprisoning former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, President Viktor Yanukovych has succeeded in doing what few politicians ever achieve. He has united Europe, the U.S. and even Russia in condemnation of a Soviet-style show trial, which saw the heroine of the Orange Revolution convicted for taking a courageous political decision to end a damaging gas dispute in the winter of 2009 -- a dispute which saw gas supplies cut to European households and Ukraine's gas pipeline network come close to collapse.

Court convicts Ukraine's former prime ministerupdated: Tue Oct 11 2011 14:07:00

A Ukrainian court has found former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko guilty of abuse of authority for signing gas contracts with Russia and sentenced her Tuesday to seven years in prison.

Russia launches major new gas pipeline to Europe, bypasses Ukraineupdated: Wed Sep 07 2011 05:17:00

At the height of a new round of quarreling between Russia and Ukraine over natural gas prices, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Tuesday launched a major pipeline that will start pumping gas to Western Europe next month, bypassing Ukraine.

Reports: Ukrainian court orders arrest of former prime ministerupdated: Fri Aug 05 2011 19:27:00

Dozens of angry supporters of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko took to the streets in the country's capital Kiev following a court decision to take her into custody on Friday, Ukrainian media reported.

Former Ukrainian PM asks charges against her be droppedupdated: Fri Jun 24 2011 19:57:00

The U.S. State Department on Friday raised concerns about a politically motivated prosecution against former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, on the same day that she demanded that a criminal case against her be dropped.

Palestinian who mysteriously disappeared in Ukraine still in Israelupdated: Fri Mar 25 2011 13:46:00

In the latest chapter of an unfolding story that reads like a spy thriller, a Palestinian engineer who was allegedly abducted by Israeli intelligence services in the Ukraine over a month ago will be kept in custody for at least another week after an Israeli court ruling.

Changing Ukraine's business modelupdated: Wed Jan 19 2011 05:25:00

CNN's Diana Magnay meets an agricultural entrepreneur in Ukraine who's using technology to increase food supplies.

Ukraine readies for 2012updated: Tue Jan 18 2011 08:03:00

As a co-host alongside Poland for Euro 2012, Ukraine is busily building up its infrastructure in time for the games.

Ukraine reduces stock of dangerous uraniumupdated: Fri Dec 31 2010 19:18:00

The U.S. Energy Department announced Friday the shipment of 50 kilograms -- or 111 pounds -- of highly enriched uranium from Ukraine to Russia.

Ukraine's Tymoshenko questioned over corruptionupdated: Wed Dec 15 2010 13:57:00

Prosecutors in Ukraine have opened a corruption investigation into former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, she said Wednesday, accusing them of a "political witch hunt."

Russia bans grain exportsupdated: Sun Aug 08 2010 22:44:00

Russia's prime minister bans grain exports after drought and fires devastates crops. CNN's Matthew Chance reports.

Ukraine parliament chaosupdated: Tue Apr 27 2010 19:03:00

CNN's Matthew Chance reports on the Ukraine parliament scuffle that ended in punches, eggs and smoke bombs being thrown.

Fists fly in Ukraine parliament punch upupdated: Tue Apr 27 2010 19:03:00

Lawmakers in Ukraine scuffled with each other, throwing punches and eggs, as parliament met Tuesday to ratify a treaty with Russia that extends the latter's navy presence in the Ukraine's Crimean peninsula until 2042.

Thousands protest Russia-Ukraine dealupdated: Sat Apr 24 2010 12:12:00

Thousands of opposition demonstrators marched in front of the parliament building in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, protesting a deal reached earlier this week to extend Russia's military presence in the former Soviet Republic, national news media reported.

Russia, Ukraine agree on naval-base-for-gas dealupdated: Wed Apr 21 2010 16:43:00

Russia's president and the newly elected president of Ukraine signed a landmark agreement on Wednesday that signals an end to years of enmity between the two former Soviet republics.

Ukraine to remove uranium stockpileupdated: Mon Apr 12 2010 16:27:00

Ukraine announced Monday that it will get rid of all its highly enriched uranium, which can be used in nuclear weapons, within the next two years.

New president in Ukraineupdated: Thu Feb 25 2010 14:12:00

CNN's Matthew Chance reports on the new Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovich.

Yanukovich sworn in as Ukrainian presidentupdated: Thu Feb 25 2010 14:12:00

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich pledged Thursday to make his country "a bridge between East and West" after being sworn into office in Kiev.

Tymoshenko drops appeal over Ukraine voteupdated: Sat Feb 20 2010 08:25:00

Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has withdrawn her appeal to contest the results of the Ukrainian presidential election held earlier this month, her press office said Saturday.

Ukraine election results put on holdupdated: Wed Feb 17 2010 10:06:00

A Ukranian court on Wednesday put on hold the results of presidential elections that declared Viktor Yanukovych winner pending an appeal from his rival, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

The return of Yanukovichupdated: Wed Feb 10 2010 09:23:00

In an exclusive interview with CNN's Matthew Chance, Ukraine President-elect Viktor Yanukovich talks of the future.

Final tally shows Yanukovich wins Ukraine electionupdated: Wed Feb 10 2010 09:23:00

The final results from Ukraine's presidential election on Wednesday showed former Prime Minister Victor Yanukovich winning a close race, but an official declaration of a victor was still to come.

CNN exclusive: Ukraine's Yanukovich: I'm no Kremlin stoogeupdated: Wed Feb 10 2010 02:32:00

The man leading Ukraine's presidential election called on his rival Tuesday to accept defeat, and he vowed to unite Ukraine after an election that has split the country in two.

Tymoshenko refuses to concede defeat in Ukraine electionupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 11:42:00

Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko refuses to concede defeat in Ukraine's presidential election and plans to demand a recount in some districts, officials from her party, Bloc Tymoshenko, said Tuesday.

Leader ousted by Ukraine's 'Orange Revolution' set to returnupdated: Mon Feb 08 2010 09:05:00

In a remarkable comeback, former Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich seemed set Monday to become the president of Ukraine -- five years after he was ousted in a populist pro-Western uprising dubbed the "Orange Revolution."

Exit polls show Yanukovich leads Ukraine presidential electionupdated: Sun Feb 07 2010 16:55:00

Exit polls showed former Ukraine Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich as the victor over current populist Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in the runoff of the nation's presidential elections.

Ukraine vote could bring revolution's loser to powerupdated: Sun Jan 17 2010 10:29:00

Victor Yushchenko, the politician brought to power in Ukraine's Orange Revolution five years ago, is struggling to hold onto the presidency as voters go the polls Sunday -- and the man accused of stealing the election in 2004 is a strong contender to win it legitimately this year.

Russia, Ukraine avert new energy disputeupdated: Thu Mar 05 2009 13:30:00

Ukraine and Russia appear to have averted a new energy dispute that could have left Europe shivering, following a threat from Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Russia resumes gas flow to Europeupdated: Tue Jan 20 2009 07:59:00

Russian energy giant Gazprom resumed pumping natural gas to Europe via Ukraine Tuesday, nearly two weeks after the flow was cut off, a Gazprom spokesman told CNN.

Reports: Russia to open gas flow to Europeupdated: Mon Jan 19 2009 23:44:00

Russia's Gazprom planned to resume gas supplies to Europe Tuesday, with lines to be reopened by 7 a.m. GMT (2 a.m. ET), Russian media quoted a Gazprom official as saying.

Gas war explainedupdated: Sun Jan 18 2009 01:54:00

CNN's Matthew Chance takes a look at how a simple price dispute between Russia and Ukraine came to this.

Russia, Ukraine agree to resume gas flowupdated: Sun Jan 18 2009 01:54:00

The prime ministers of Russia and Ukraine reached an agreement early Sunday morning to resume gas supplies to Europe by early next week.

Russia: Gas flow to resume within daysupdated: Sat Jan 17 2009 11:57:00

Gas will resume flowing "in the next few days," Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told reporters following summit talks in Moscow aimed at resolving the ongoing dispute between Ukraine and Russia which has left many parts of Europe without natural gas.

Europe lashes out at Russia, Ukraineupdated: Thu Jan 15 2009 21:52:00

European officials expressed frustration at Russia and Ukraine's inability to enforce an agreement to resume delivery of natural gas, amid heat and cooking gas shortages and sub-zero temperatures endured by millions of people.

EU leaders slam 'brutal' gas stoppageupdated: Thu Jan 15 2009 20:35:00

Frustrated European Union leaders lashed out Wednesday at Russian and Ukrainian energy companies whose dispute over natural gas has stopped supplies to Europe for the past week.

Russia to open gas taps to Europeupdated: Thu Jan 15 2009 20:35:00

CNN's Matthew Chance reports on an agreement which promises to see natural gas supplies from Russia to Europe resume.

Russia to restore gas supply to Europeupdated: Mon Jan 12 2009 13:25:00

Russia will start pumping natural gas to Europe again Tuesday after an interruption of nearly a week, energy giant Gazprom's deputy CEO Alexander Medvedev said Monday.

EU: Russia gas supply should restart immediatelyupdated: Mon Jan 12 2009 11:56:00

The European Union has finalized a deal on sending monitors to supervise supplies of Russian gas through Ukraine, an EU spokesman said Friday.

Deal reached in gas shortageupdated: Mon Jan 12 2009 11:56:00

CNN's Matthew Chance reports a deal has been reached to get gas flowing again to Ukraine and millions of Europeans.

CNNMoney: Russia to turn gas back onupdated: Mon Jan 12 2009 06:49:00

Russia said Monday it would restore gas supplies to Europe after Ukraine, which has been engaged in a dispute with Russia, dropped conditions that had angered Moscow.

Russia backs off deal with Ukraineupdated: Sun Jan 11 2009 23:57:00

Just as millions of Europeans struggling through cold winter temperatures thought a resolution had been reached in the Russia-Ukraine natural gas standoff, Russia said it will not proceed on a deal.

Report: EU, Russia edge towards gas agreementupdated: Sat Jan 10 2009 10:35:00

Russia and the European Union have agreed on a protocol on setting up a mechanism to control the transmission of natural gas through Ukraine to Europe, the Russian news agency Interfax reported Saturday.

Gas row flares as supplies to Europe cutupdated: Tue Jan 06 2009 23:40:00

A natural gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine flared Tuesday when Ukraine accused the Russian supplier of cutting supplies to Europe, and at least nine countries said their supply from Russia had been cut or reduced.

Explainer: Russia cuts Ukraine's gas supplyupdated: Tue Jan 06 2009 03:52:00

Russian energy giant Gazprom cut off Ukraine's gas supply on New Year's Day and is yet to switch it back on.

Leaders meet to end Ukraine gas crisisupdated: Mon Jan 05 2009 07:47:00

European and Russian leaders are holding crisis meetings Monday to try to defuse a dispute between the Russian energy giant Gazprom and Ukraine's state-run gas company Naftogaz Ukrainy.

Ukraine seeks help from Europe in gas standoffupdated: Fri Jan 02 2009 13:38:00

Ukraine has sent a delegation to meet European leaders a day after Russian energy giant Gazprom cut its gas supply and as fears mount the rest of the continent could be affected.

Gazprom threatens to cut off Ukraine's gasupdated: Wed Dec 31 2008 21:20:00

Russian energy monopoly Gazprom on Wednesday said it would stop natural gas deliveries to Ukraine over a dispute about payments.

27 dead after Ukrainian apartment blastupdated: Fri Dec 26 2008 10:16:00

The final death toll from a Christmas Eve explosion in a five-story apartment building in southern Ukraine has increased to 27 people, including three children, Ukrainian officials said Friday.

Ukraine: Apartment explosions kill at least 17updated: Thu Dec 25 2008 10:27:00

Hundreds of emergency workers combed the site of a five-story apartment building in southern Ukraine Thursday after a series of explosions reduced it to rubble, authorities said.

Putin: 'Cheap gas era' endingupdated: Tue Dec 23 2008 11:16:00

The era of cheap natural gas is coming to an end, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Tuesday at a meeting in Moscow of the world's major gas-exporting countries.

Arms ship's owners strike deal with piratesupdated: Mon Dec 01 2008 08:14:00

Pirates have reached a deal with the owners of a Ukrainian ship loaded with arms that was seized more than two months ago, an official with the Kenya Seafarers Association said Sunday.

Ukraine parliament backs economic rescue planupdated: Wed Oct 29 2008 10:40:00

Ukraine's parliament on Wednesday gave initial approval to legislation crucial for receiving an emergency loan from the International Monetary Fund, as forecasts of the country's financial crisis grew gloomier.

Q&A: Why are emerging markets suffering?updated: Sun Oct 26 2008 23:02:00

Until now the major focus of investors during the financial crisis has been on the big economies of the U.S., Europe and Asia. However the contagion has now spread to emerging economies in Eastern Europe and South America, where concerns about growth built on cheap credit have ravaged currency and stock values.

Asia markets sinkupdated: Sun Oct 26 2008 23:02:00

Asia markets sink after Wall Street plunges on fears of a global recession. CNN's Sohn Jie-Ae reports. The Trouble (for McCain) with Ukraine Democracyupdated: Thu Oct 09 2008 18:00:00

New elections looks likely to produce a government that's in no hurry to enter NATO

Football offers Poland chance to shineupdated: Mon Oct 06 2008 03:09:00

In April 2007, UEFA's executive committee voted to accept a joint proposal from Poland and Ukraine to host the European football Championships in 2012.

Poland wants to host Euro 2012updated: Mon Oct 06 2008 03:09:00

CNN's Phil Black reports on Poland's ambitious plan to host the 2012 European Soccer Championship.

U.S. Navy converges on kidnapping piratesupdated: Mon Sep 29 2008 09:18:00

Several U.S. navy ships have converged near a Ukrainian cargo ship, seized last week by pirates off the coast of Somalia, a navy official told CNN Monday.

Crew member of hijacked ship dead, Somali town official saysupdated: Mon Sep 29 2008 02:45:00

A crew member of a Ukrainian vessel pirates seized off the African coast last week has died, a Somali town commissioner said Sunday.

Pirates lower ransom demand to $5 millionupdated: Sat Sep 27 2008 21:36:00

Pirates who seized a Ukrainian vessel loaded with tanks and weapons off the African coast have lowered their ransom demand to $5 million.

Pirates seize ship carrying tanks, ammoupdated: Fri Sep 26 2008 12:50:00

A Ukrainian ship carrying tanks and ammunition has been seized by pirates off the coast of Kenya, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry told CNN. Why Ukraine's Pro-Western Coalition Split updated: Thu Sep 04 2008 16:00:00

The Georgia war provoked a showdown whose likely winner is expected to be more cautious about taking sides in external conflicts

Analysis: Is Ukraine the next domino?updated: Thu Aug 28 2008 13:50:00

Western politicians are currently scrambling for air tickets to Kiev. Britain's Foreign Secretary David Miliband rushed to Ukraine soon after Russia announced its recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney will follow.

Russia recognizes rebel regionsupdated: Thu Aug 28 2008 13:50:00

Russian President recognizes Georgia's breakaway provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. CNN's Phil Black reports.

Tymoshenko elected as Ukraine's PMupdated: Tue Dec 18 2007 08:44:00

Ukraine's parliament elected pro-Western former premier Yulia Tymoshenko as its new prime minister on Tuesday, the Ukrinform national news agency reported.

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