Ukrainian bus hostages walk free in video posted by Interior Minister | AFP

Footage published on Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov’s Twitter account shows hostages walking free after the end of a siege of a bus by an armed man. Ukrainian officials say that all 13 passengers are now free and unharmed. The crisis lasted over 12 hours with police managing to first escort three people from the vehicle after lengthy and tense negotiations with the perpetrator.

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Police and military at scene of Ukraine hostage crisis | AFP

Police and military respond to a hostage crisis in the western Ukrainian city of Lutsk, where an armed man carrying explosives has taken around 20 people hostage in a bus. The head of the local police service said shots were heard at the scene but no injuries have been reported so far.

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Rooftop rock concert in Kyiv

Ukrainian rock band O. Torvald performs vertical concert in Kyiv to give fans an opportunity to dance and sing in safety. (July 21)

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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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Ukraine firefighters beat back fatal forest blazes | AFP

Ukrainian emergency services put out what’s left of fires in the village of Smolyaninove, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the front line of Ukraine’s war with Russian-backed separatists. Officials say the forest fires, which have killed at least five people and left dozens homeless, are being brought under control by the services.

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Ukrainian President Zelensky visits fire-ravaged region | AFP

President Volodymyr Zelensky arrives in the fire hit Lugansk region in eastern Ukraine, where five people died and more than 120 houses were incinerated, close to the front line of fighting between the separatists and Ukrainian forces. IMAGES

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Finns turn to berry picking as coronavirus shortages bite | AFP

350 Finnish workers pick strawberries on the country’s largest strawberry farm, alongside 150 Ukrainian pickers, after coronavirus travel restrictions led Finnish farmers to recruit seasonal workers domestically for the first time in decades. Finland usually welcomes 16,000 foreign agricultural workers during the berry harvest, but this year only a third of that number came, all from Ukraine. However demand among Finns for working on the farms has been high, in part thanks to higher levels of joblessness since the coronavirus pandemic hit.

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Ukrainian city prepares hundreds of graves for anticipated coronavirus victims | AFP

Officials in the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro have divided public opinion by preparing more than 600 graves for coronavirus victims ahead of anticipated deaths. The city have dug 615 graves and readied 2,000 body bags in preparation for COVID-19 fatalities.

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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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M.Justa, nScape & inva – Switch

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Ukrainian talent M.Justa touches down on Vandal Records with nScape & inva.

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Murder trial of four MH17 suspects opens in the Netherlands | AFP

Four men accused of murdering 298 people in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in 2014 went on trial in the Netherlands, with a judge saying it was an “atrocious disaster”. The suspects — three Russians and a Ukrainian — were not present in the dock, but judges were expected to rule that the hearing could continue in their absence. 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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Iranians fear government cover-up for coronavirus death toll | AFP

Iranians fear government cover-up for the coronavirus death toll amid a shortage in protective face masks after Iran’s government dismissed claims the toll could be as high as 50. The authorities in the Islamic republic have come under mounting public pressure since it took days for them to admit to “accidentally” shooting down a Ukrainian airliner last month, killing 176 people.

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Spanish police uncover underground counterfeit cigarette factory | AFP

Spanish police uncover a counterfeit cigarette factory in a bunker four metres (13 feet) underground. They also rescued six Ukrainian workers who were trapped inside gasping for air. Both Europol and Spanish police said it was the first underground counterfeit cigarette factory discovered in the European Union.

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Nickbee – Running Through

Highly touted Ukrainian talent Nickbee, touches down on Surveillance Music with his single ‘Running Through / Essential’.

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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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Alyona Alyona, the body-positive queen of Ukrainian rap | AFP

Alyona Alyona is turning the macho rules of rap on their head. For a start, the former kindergarten teacher tries never to swear in her songs. She proudly raps in the Ukrainian she grew up speaking in her rustic home village rather than in English or Russian.

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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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Pompeo: Zelenskiy meeting, probe not linked

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy will be able to meet with President Donald Trump at the White House at the “right time”. He said that meeting is not linked to any investigations conducted by Ukraine. (Jan. 31)

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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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