War-displaced Ukrainians disenfranchised as election looms

More than a million Ukrainians have been displaced by war in the east of the country, and many are now facing barriers to voting in a presidential election. Just four percent of the displaced have registered for the March 31 election, NGOs say, leaving some of Ukraine’s most deprived people without an opportunity to affect the vote.

Ukrainians await historic synod decision on independent church

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko arrives at Kiev’s Saint Sophia Cathedral while several thousands of Ukrainians rally outside ahead of a historic synod expected to establish an Orthodox church independent from Russia. IMAGES

Putin’s Crimea & The War At Home | VICE on HBO (Trailer)

In 2014, Russia seized the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea in one of the most brazen annexations of territory since World War II. Aside from economic sanctions, that land grab has largely been forgotten by the international community. More than four years on, Russia’s grip on Crimea seems stronger than ever. Isobel Yeung investigates how Crimeans are really faring under Russian control, and how Ukrainians are clinging to the hope of reunification.

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On average, three women in the United States are killed each day by a current or former partner. With firearms greatly increasing the odds of homicide inside homes with reports of domestic violence, some states are making efforts to seize firearms from those with orders of protection against them. Meanwhile, other states have passed legislation making it easier for those who file protection orders to carry a weapon without a license. We sent Gianna Toboni to meet the women working to fix the shortcomings of a legal system that often fails to protect women.

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As martial law takes effect, young Ukrainians urge: “keep calm”

A small group of young Ukrainian students pose with ‘keep calm’ signs in the capital Kiev to encourage residents ‘not to panic’ after Ukraine’s president signed an act imposing martial law in border regions, amid mounting tensions over Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian ships.

As martial law takes effect, young Ukrainians urge: “keep calm”

A small group of young Ukrainian students pose with ‘keep calm’ signs in the capital Kiev to encourage residents ‘not to panic’ after Ukraine’s president signed an act imposing martial law in border regions, amid mounting tensions over Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian ships.

Ukraine marks five years since bloody Maidan uprising

Hundreds of Ukrainians mark five years since the Maidan revolution, which ousted a pro-Moscow government but sparked war in the east of the country and led to Russia annexing Crimea. President Petro Poroshenko and senior members of the government laid candles at a temporary memorial for the “Heavenly Hundred”, as those who died during the protests are known. Other members of the public brought flowers to the emotional event.

Ukraine marks two years since reporter’s unsolved murder

Ukrainians and foreign diplomats mark two years since the murder of top journalist Pavel Sheremet. The award-winning Russian-Ukrainian journalist for Ukrainska Pravda, who was known for his fearless criticism of the Kremlin and Kiev leaders, died when a bomb planted in his car exploded during the morning rush hour in 2016.

Saakashvili attacks Ukraine president at Kiev rally

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili tells a rally in Kiev Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko must conduct key anti-corruption reforms or leave power if Ukrainians want to see change. The rally outside the Ukrainian parliament was called by several political parties including Saakashvili’s party who used the opportunity to rally supporters after dramatically returning to Ukraine in September.