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Situated in Easter Europe, Ukraine is the second largest country by area in Europe by area after Russia. Ukraine shares its international borders with Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, and has a coastline along the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea. Its capital is Kyiv. In 1922, the Bolsheviks forcibly reconstituted the Ukrainian People's Republic into the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, which became a founding member of the Soviet Union in 1922. Ukraine's freedom took place on 24 August 1991, when the Ukrainian parliament adopted the Act of Independence, following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Leonid Kravchuk was elected as the first president of Ukraine. In recent times, Russia under President Vladimir Putin began building up troop strengths along its border with Ukraine in 2021. Putin announced a More

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  • Group tries to steal Banksy mural in Ukraine, arrested Dec 03, 2022 11:29 AM IST

    Group tries to steal Banksy mural in Ukraine, arrested

    They managed to slice off a section of board and plaster bearing the mural but were spotted at the scene in Hostomel.

  • Kremlin says Putin open to talks but U.S. stance on Ukraine makes it difficult Dec 02, 2022 03:59 PM IST

    Kremlin says Putin open to talks but U.S. stance on Ukraine makes it difficult

    U.S. President Joe Biden said on Thursday he had no immediate plans to contact Putin but was prepared to speak with the Russian president if he showed an interest in ending the war in Ukraine.

  • U.S., France vow to hold Russia to account on Ukraine Dec 02, 2022 03:21 PM IST

    U.S., France vow to hold Russia to account on Ukraine

    In a bid to reduce the money available for Moscow's war effort, the European Union tentatively agreed on Thursday on a $60 a barrel price cap on Russian seaborne oil, according to diplomats.

  • Germany to send seven additional Gepard tanks to Ukraine Dec 02, 2022 03:08 PM IST

    Germany to send seven additional Gepard tanks to Ukraine

    Supply of ammunition for the Gepard has proven problematic as Switzerland, which has stocks of ammunition, refuses to supply it, citing its neutral status.

  • IAEA chief hopes to find solution for Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant by year-end Dec 02, 2022 02:18 PM IST

    IAEA chief hopes to find solution for Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant by year-end

    Rafael Grossi did not rule out meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

  • Russia planning 'imminent' large-scale missile strike: Report Dec 02, 2022 12:52 PM IST

    Russia planning 'imminent' large-scale missile strike: Report

    While Ukraine has been able to push back Russian troops in certain regions, the war attempt is far from over for Ukraine as new satellite images have revealed heavy concentration of missile laden Russian aircrafts in Saratov Oblast.

  • Russia tests new missile-defence system rocket Dec 02, 2022 12:51 PM IST

    Russia tests new missile-defence system rocket

    The missile was launched from the Sary Shagan testing range in Kazakhstan, the defence ministry said.

  • India's position not 'passive' on Russia-Ukraine conflict UNSC: President Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj Dec 02, 2022 11:25 AM IST

    India's position not 'passive' on Russia-Ukraine conflict UNSC: President Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj

    The President of the Security Council for December said India has taken the side of peace and favours de-escalation through diplomacy and dialogue.

  • Russia is ready to listen if anyone wants Ukraine talks - Foreign minister Dec 01, 2022 03:37 PM IST

    Russia is ready to listen if anyone wants Ukraine talks - Foreign minister

    Sergei Lavrov dimissed Ukraine's allegations that Russia wanted talks in order to win time to regroup and rebuild its armed forces.

  • Heaviest Ukraine fighting rages in east, West seeks to sustain support against Russia Dec 01, 2022 06:24 AM IST

    Heaviest Ukraine fighting rages in east, West seeks to sustain support against Russia

    In Washington, a $1.2 billion contract for six National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) for Ukraine was awarded to Raytheon, the Pentagon said.

  • EU seeks tribunal to probe possible Russian war crimes in Ukraine Nov 30, 2022 02:05 PM IST

    EU seeks tribunal to probe possible Russian war crimes in Ukraine

    "We are ready to start working with the international community to get the broadest international support possible for this specialised court," von der Leyen said.

  • NATO vows more help for Ukraine as Russia attacks on multiple fronts Nov 30, 2022 06:16 AM IST

    NATO vows more help for Ukraine as Russia attacks on multiple fronts

    Ukrainians on Tuesday fled for bomb shelters after air-raid warning sirens, although the all-clear later sounded across the country. In the eastern Donetsk region Russian forces pounded Ukrainian targets with artillery, mortar and tank fire.

  • Ukraine resumes emergency blackouts in setback after Russian strikes Nov 28, 2022 09:55 PM IST

    Ukraine resumes emergency blackouts in setback after Russian strikes

    Power units at several power stations had to conduct emergency shutdowns and demand for electricity has been rising as snowy winter weather has set in the capital and elsewhere

  • US weighs sending 100-mile strike weapon to Ukraine: Sources Nov 28, 2022 01:23 PM IST

    US weighs sending 100-mile strike weapon to Ukraine: Sources

    Boeing's proposed system, dubbed Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB), is one of about a half-dozen plans for getting new munitions into production for Ukraine and America's Eastern European allies, industry sources said.

  • Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant remains under Moscow control: Russia installed administration Nov 28, 2022 12:29 PM IST

    Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant remains under Moscow control: Russia installed administration

    "The media are actively spreading fakes that Russia is allegedly planning to withdraw from Enerhodar and leave the (nuclear plant). This information is not true," the Russian backed administration said on the Telegram messaging app.

  • Ukraine sees less than 3 million tonnes of grain leaving in November: Minister Nov 28, 2022 06:57 AM IST

    Ukraine sees less than 3 million tonnes of grain leaving in November: Minister

    In October, some 4.2 million tonnes of grain left Ukrainian ports, Kubrakov said on his Facebook page.

  • Volodymyr Zelenskyy warns Ukraine to brace for more Russian attacks Nov 28, 2022 06:32 AM IST

    Volodymyr Zelenskyy warns Ukraine to brace for more Russian attacks

    City authorities said workers were close to completing restoration of power, water and heat, but high consumption levels meant some blackouts had been imposed. Millions in and around Kyiv were coping with disruptions caused by waves of Russian air strikes.

  • UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak vows to maintain military aid to Ukraine Nov 28, 2022 06:26 AM IST

    UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak vows to maintain military aid to Ukraine

    British government support for Ukraine has remained unchanged, despite turmoil in recent months as Boris Johnson was succeeded as prime minister by Liz Truss and then Sunak.

  • Ukraine nuclear boss says he sees signs Russia may leave occupied plant Nov 27, 2022 09:14 PM IST

    Ukraine nuclear boss says he sees signs Russia may leave occupied plant

    Such a move would be a major battlefield change in the partially-occupied southeastern Zaporizhzhia region where the front line has hardly shifted for months. Repeated shelling around the plant has spurred fears of a nuclear catastrophe.

  • The week in pictures: Stunning images from across the world Nov 27, 2022 12:04 PM IST

    The week in pictures: Stunning images from across the world

    From a severe earthquake in Indonesia to a SpaceX Falcon rocket blasting off the Earth's surface, here are a few photos of what happened across the world this week.

  • Vladimir Putin decries media ''lies'' at meeting with soldiers' mothers Nov 25, 2022 10:01 PM IST

    Vladimir Putin decries media ''lies'' at meeting with soldiers' mothers

    The meeting in the Kremlin with more than a dozen women came as uncertainty persists over whether enlistment efforts may resume in the face of recent battlefield setbacks.

  • NATO vows to aid Ukraine 'for as long as it takes' Nov 25, 2022 04:31 PM IST

    NATO vows to aid Ukraine 'for as long as it takes'

    Speaking to reporters ahead of a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Romania next week, Stoltenberg urged countries that want to, either individually or in groups, to keep providing air defense systems and other weapons to Ukraine.

  • Vladimir Putin to meet mothers of soldiers fighting in Ukraine Nov 25, 2022 12:21 PM IST

    Vladimir Putin to meet mothers of soldiers fighting in Ukraine

    The war in Ukraine has killed and wounded tens of thousands of soldiers on both sides, according to the United States, and the Russian invasion has triggered the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the 1962 Cuban Missile crisis.

  • Ukraine struggles to restore power in nine-month war's first winter Nov 25, 2022 07:43 AM IST

    Ukraine struggles to restore power in nine-month war's first winter

    Thursday marked nine months to the day since Moscow launched what it called a "special military operation" to protect Russian-speakers. Ukraine and the West say the invasion is an unprovoked war of aggression.

  • More than 15,000 people missing in war in Ukraine, says official Nov 25, 2022 06:59 AM IST

    More than 15,000 people missing in war in Ukraine, says official

    The Hague-based organisation, created in the wake of the Balkan wars of the 1990s, opened an office in Kyiv in July to help Ukraine to document and track down missing people.