Man takes hostage, threatens to detonate bomb in Kiev | AFP

Ukrainian police surround a business centre where a man has been arrested after he took one hostage and threatened to detonate an explosive device in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.

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Armed man takes ‘around 20’ hostages on bus in Ukraine | AFP

An armed man carrying explosives has taken around 20 passengers hostage on a bus in the northwestern Ukrainian city of Lutsk. Law enforcement has cordoned off the centre of Lutsk, some 400 kilometres (250 miles) from the capital Kiev, and advised residents not to leave their homes or places of work.

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Músico crea instrumentos con madera abandonada

Un músico recorre los basureros de Kiev buscando la pieza correcta de madera abandonada para crear instrumentos musicales

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‘Impossible to bear’: Ukraine zoo struggles to survive in lockdown | AFP

Closed for almost two months due to the coronavirus pandemic, a private zoo near Kiev is calling on Ukrainians to help keep hundreds of its animals fed and warm.

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Smoke blankets Kiev from forest fires in Chernobyl zone | AFP

Thick smoke hangs over Ukraine’s capital Kiev as forest fires smoulder on in the Chernobyl nuclear zone, while city officials say no radiation spike had been detected. IMAGES

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Turkey’s Erdogan meets with Ukrainian President Zelensky in Kiev | AFP

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdgoan meets with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodomyr Zelensky in Kiev to futher develop the two countries’ economic ties on the sidelines of the Ukrainian-Turkish business forum which is taking in Kiev. IMAGES

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US support for Ukraine ‘will not waver’: Pompeo | AFP

Visiting Kiev, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that US support for Ukraine “will not waver” during a press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Mike Pompeo is on his first trip to the country that is at the heart of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. The visit, which was scheduled for early January but then delayed because of Middle East tensions, was expected to highlight US support for Ukraine in its conflict with Russia-backed separatists. SOUNDBITE

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US State secretary Mike Pompeo meets with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Prystaiko | AFP

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Kiev on Friday on his first trip to Ukraine, the country at the heart of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. IMAGES of Mike Pompeo meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko

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Sweden holds memorial for victims of Iran plane crash | AFP

Members of Sweden’s government and royal family attend a memorial service for victims of the Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed near Tehran after being hit by an Iranian missile. The Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737, which had been bound for Kiev, slammed into a field shortly after taking off from Tehran last Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board, including 17 Swedish residents. IMAGES of the beginning of the service

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Footage allegedly show plane crash in Tehran province | AFP

Images published by the semi-official Iranian agency ISNA allegedly show the moment that a Ukrainian plane crashed shortly after take-off in Tehran. The Boeing 737 had left Tehran’s international airport bound for Kiev, the agency said, adding that 10 ambulances were sent to the crash site. IMAGES

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Ukraine jet crashes in Iran, killing at least 170 | AFP

A Ukrainian plane carrying at least 170 people crashed shortly after take off in Tehran on Wednesday, killing all on board. The Boeing 737 had left Tehran’s international airport bound for Kiev, semi-official news agency ISNA said, adding that 10 ambulances were sent to the crash site. IMAGES of crash site.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky greets former prisoners at Kiev airport | AFP

Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists in the country’s war-torn east exchanged 200 prisoners, swapping detained fighters for civilians and servicemen held captive in some cases for years in two breakaway regions.

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Ukraine rivals exchange 200 prisoners in controversial swap | AFP

Ukrainian authorities and pro-Russian separatists in the war-torn east of the country swap dozens of prisoners in a frontline operation that stirred controversy in Kiev.

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Prisoner exchange between Ukraine rivals begins in the east: Kiev | AFP

Men with bags pass in front of a bus at the Mayorske checkpoint, where a prisoner exchange begins between Ukrainian authorities and Russia-backed separatists. IMAGES

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Clashes in Kiev amid protest against land sale reform | AFP

Clashes break out in Kiev, just outside the Ukrainian Parliament, between police and activists protesting against a controversial bill project allowing the sale of the country’s fertile agricultural land. IMAGES

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Ukrainians react to the first talks between Putin and Zelensky | AFP

Residents of Kiev react to the results of the first face-to-face talks between Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Ukranian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky at a summit in Paris. The two agreed some measures to de-escalate the Ukraine conflict but achieved no major breakthrough on ending the five-year war.

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