In war-torn Ukraine, women get taste of combat training

In a gym in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, not far from the frontline with Russia-backed separatists, 20 women fall to the floor and pull back the rifle bolts of dummy Kalashnikovs. The free courses -dubbed “White angels” – were put together by police officers and former members of a far-right battalion who fought against the separatists in the east of the ex-Soviet country.

Pompeo warns Hungary not to let Russia divide West

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warns Hungary against letting Russia “drive wedges between friends in NATO”, as he urges Budapest to support Ukraine “in its request for sovereignty”. SOUNDBITE of Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State

Ukraine: Former church houses Soviet-era space museum

Inside a traditional Orthodox church topped with a gold cross, instead of icons, visitors can see a lunar rover and the helmet of the first man in space Yuri Gagarin. The 19th-century wooden church in central Ukraine is one of thousands of buildings that were repurposed or simply destroyed during an anti-religion campaign in the Soviet era, and has been the home of the “Space museum” since the 1970s.

Attacks on activists rise as Ukraine struggles with graft reform

Last summer, Vitaliy Ustymenko was brutally attacked by two men in broad daylight, in an assault he believes was linked to his work as an anti-corruption activist in Ukraine. ATTENTION: CONTAINS IMAGES OF BLOOD

Head of new Ukraine’s orthodox church enthroned

The leader of the new independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church is enthroned in a ceremony in Kiev, formalising a break with the Russian Orthodox Church that has enraged Moscow.

Ex-PM Tymoshenko launches bid for Ukraine presidency

Former Ukrainian Prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko officially launches her bid for the country’s presidency, with polls showing her as the frontrunner. IMAGES

Ukraine’s newly independent church holds historic first service

Ukraine’s newly created independent Orthodox Church holds its first service in Kiev after a historic break with the Russian Orthodox Church that has enraged Moscow.

Ukraine’s newly independent church holds first service

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko takes part in Ukraine’s newly created independent Orthodox Church’s first service in Kiev after a historic break with the Russian Orthodox Church that has enraged Moscow. The service came a day after the Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew based in Istanbul handed over a formal decree that finalised recognition of Ukraine’s new Church. IMAGES