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US, Ukraine discuss Russia, security matters

(16 Nov 2018) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed economic and security matters with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin in Washington Friday. Pompeo told reporters, “We will never accept Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea. (Nov. 16)

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Nationalist camp in Ukraine trains kids to kill

(12 Nov 2018) A camp founded by a Ukrainian nationalist group teaches children to use assault rifles to kill Russians and their sympathizers. They are also being inculcated with nationalist ideology, including derision of LGBT rights. (Nov. 12)

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Tribute held in Kiev for Ukrainian activist Kateryna Gandzyuk

Dozens of people gather outside the Ukrainian Interior Ministry in Kiev to pay tribute to the late anti-corruption activist Kateryna Gandzyuk, who died in hospital after being seriously injured in an acid attack in July.

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Istanbul: Erdogan meets his Ukrainian counterpart

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with his Ukrainian counterpart, President Petro Poroshenko, for a startegic meeting on Saturday. IMAGES

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Jailed filmmaker Oleg Sentsov awarded Sakharov prize

The European Parliament awards the prestigious Sakharov human rights prize to jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, jailed in Russia for opposing its annexation of his native Crimea and described as a “symbol of the struggle” to free political prisoners.

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Istvan Petnehazy changed his nationality four times since WW1

Istvan Petnehazy, 86, was born and has lived his life in the same house in the same village (Mezokaszony in Hungarian, Kosino in Ukrainian), less than a kilometre into Ukraine from the Hungarian border. Although born in 1932, over a decade after the end of World War 1, he keeps mementos of the Austro-Hungarian Empire era including military photographs of his grandmother’s brothers who as teenage schoolboys were conscripted into the imperial army. Since the end of World War 1 and the break-up of the Austro-Hungarian empire, Kosino changed countries – and Petnehazy his nationality – four times: Czechoslovakia, Hungary, the Soviet Union, and finally Ukraine.