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Five Things to Know about Ukraine

Ukrainians go to polls Sunday, with Volodymyr Zelensky, a 41-year-old comedian turned politician, set to win the leadership of a conflict-riven country seen as a buffer between Russia and the European Union.

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No Joke: Comedian Zelensky Sets Course for Ukraine Presidency

Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky is favorite to become Ukraine's president after results Monday showed him dominating a first-round vote despite many initially dismissing his candidacy as a joke.

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U.N. Security Council Calls Emergency Meeting over Ukraine

The Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Monday after Russia confirmed it had seized three Ukrainian naval ships by force in a strait near Moscow-annexed Crimea, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said.

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Eastern Ukraine Elects Separatist Leaders as West Rejects Polls

People in Russian-backed areas of eastern Ukraine re-elected separatist leaders at the weekend, according to results released Monday of polls condemned as illegal by Kiev and Western countries.

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EU's Tusk Condemns 'Russia's Aggression' after Ukraine Deaths

EU President Donald Tusk fired off an angry broadside at the Kremlin Friday, urging European vigilance and condemning "Russia's aggression" in Ukraine after five soldiers were killed there.

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Calm Returns to Flashpoint Ukraine Town as Trump Pledges to Help

Fighting subsided around a flashpoint Ukrainian town on Sunday following a week-long surge in violence that prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to pledge to help bring peace to Europe's backyard.

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UN Security Council Calls for Ukraine Ceasefire as Clashes Rage

The UN Security Council Tuesday called for an immediate return to a ceasefire in Ukraine where three days of fighting in a flashpoint town have left at least 13 dead and thousands of locals without power in freezing conditions.

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Ukraine Files 'Terrorism' Case against Russia at World Court

Ukraine has filed a case at the U.N.'s top court accusing Russia of sponsoring "terrorism" and demanding Moscow pay damages for the shelling of civilians and the downing of flight MH17, officials said Tuesday.

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OSCE Says Displeased with 'Status Quo' in Ukraine Conflict

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, which has been monitoring the pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine, said Wednesday it was displeased with the "status quo" in the 32-month conflict.

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EU Extends Sanctions against Russia for Six Months

The European Union on Monday extended for another six months damaging economic sanctions against Russia over its intervention in Ukraine.

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