Only on AP: Ukraine doctors struggle with virus

Doctors in Ukraine are struggling with broken or substandard equipment, a lack of drugs, low wages, all as they battle the coronavirus pandemic. (May 18)

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Outdoor cafes reopen as Ukraine eases coronavirus lockdown | AFP

After weeks of strict lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19, outdoor cafes are now open to the public, as well as beauty salons, dental clinics, parks and squares, as restriction measures are eased. Ukraine has so far confirmed 15,648 cases of COVID-19, including 408 deaths. IMAGES

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Ukraine hospitals overwhelmed amid virus outbreak

Medical workers wear homemade protective masks and suits. A hospital intended for 150 coronavirus patients now holds 250. Autopsies are done outside, under the trees. Ukraine’s troubled health care system has been overwhelmed by COVID-19. (May 11)

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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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Ukraine TV series provides hope for struggling teens | AFP

In Ukraine, a country which lacks robust social support services for children, calls to a psychological help hotline skyrocketed after a teenage TV-series featuring teenagers struggling with bullying and harassment aired last November. Lockdown measures introduced to contain the spread of the coronavirus have led to more requests for support, with children stranded under the same roof as abusive parents.

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Ukraine: the world’s biggest plane arrives with medical supplies amid COVID-19 pandemic | AFP

Antonov An-225 Mriya, the world’s biggest plane, comes back to Ukraine from China with medical supplies amid the COVID-19 pandemic. IMAGES

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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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Here’s the latest for Thursday, April 16th: WHO hails show of support despite U.S. halt of funds; Russia’s two largest towns limit travel; Prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia-backed rebels; Britain’s oldest COVID-19 survivor leaves hospital.

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Ukraine: forest fire hits Chernobyl nuclear zone | AFP

A forest fire is underway in the restricted zone around Chernobyl, scene of the world’s worst nuclear accident, but Ukrainian government agencies have denied an official’s claim that the fire caused a spike in radiation levels.

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Ukraine closing schools over novel coronavirus | AFP

Ukraine is closing schools, kindergartens and universities and suspending flights to Italy as part of measures to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. The government said in a statement it was also banning all public events with more than 200 participants, including sports events. The measures will last at least three weeks. IMAGES

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Netherlands: MH17 plane trial to start without suspects | AFP

The trial of four men accused of murder over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in 2014 opens in Schiphol the Netherlands, even though the suspects are still at large. It follows a half-decade long fight for justice by families of the 298 people who were killed when the jet was shot down over Ukraine by a Russian-made missile as it travelled from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. IMAGES

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Ukraine’s Zelensky greets China evacuees leaving quarantine | AFP

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky personally greets evacuees from China as they emerge from 14-day quarantine, in a move aimed at calming fears over the spread of coronavirus. Zelensky met the 72 evacuees as they left a military medical centre in the town of Novi Sanzhary in the central Poltava region. IMAGES

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MH17 plane crash | AFP Animé

Videographic on the MH17 air disaster. The Netherlands will put four people on trial next week over the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014, giving families hope of justice even if the suspects are not in the dock.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Ukraine parliament approves Denys Shmygal as new prime minister | AFP

Ukraine’s parliament approves Denys Shmygal as the new prime minister after his predecessor resigned, caught out by a leaked recording of him criticising the president. The majority of lawmakers voted to back President Volodymyr Zelensky’s nominee Shmygal, who previously held the post of deputy prime minister in charge of regional development. IMAGES

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Ukraine protesters clash with police over China virus evacuees | AFP

Dozens of people protest outside a hospital in central Ukraine over government plans to quarantine evacuees from coronavirus-hit China in the facility. Six buses with the evacuees arrived at the medical centre, accompanied by law enforcement officers. of the protestN°1P59FN

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Here’s the latest for Wednesday, February 19th: Lawyer says Assange was offered US pardon if he cleared Russia; Trump ousts DOD official connected to Ukraine aid; Blagojevich thanks Trump for commutation; IoT predicted to become big for industrial apps.

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Trump ousts DOD official connected to Ukraine aid

President Donald Trump has ousted the Pentagon’s top policy official who had certified last year that the Defense Department had seen enough anti-corruption progress in Ukraine to justify releasing congressionally authorized aid. (Feb. 19)

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Yovanovitch: State Department ‘is in trouble’

Marie Yovanovitch, the former US Ambassador to Ukraine who was removed by President Trump, delivered a rebuke to the Trump administration, saying “truth matters,” and the State Department “is being hollowed out.” (Feb. 13)

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Justice Dept. won’t confirm Biden investigation

The Department of Justice would not confirm if there is an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden’s or his son Hunter’s dealings with Ukraine. (Feb. 10)

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Brawl erupts in Ukraine parliament over controversial land reform | AFP

Ruslan Stefanchuk, deputy speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament, calls on the deputies to maintain order after a brawl broke out in Ukraine’s parliament and hundreds of people protested outside the legislature as passions heated up over a controversial land reform bill. Around 15 lawmakers from President Volodymyr Zelensky’s party and their opponents from ex-prime minister Yuliya Tymoshenko’s party pushed each other near the rostrum as the legislature struggled to conduct a second and final reading of the bill.

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