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Ukraine Arrests Frenchman 'Planning Euro 2016 Attacks'

Ukraine said Monday it had arrested a suspected far-right French extremist with a huge arsenal of weapons who allegedly planned to attack the European Championships in France this week.

The arrest added to jitters over the staging of European football's showcase event in France after twin attacks in Paris last year claimed by the Islamic State group killed 147.

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Pro-Russian Rebels Claim Fresh Ukraine Assault

Ukraine's pro-Russian eastern insurgents on Wednesday accused Kiev's soldiers of launching a new blitz near a prized but long-obliterated airport in the separatists' de facto capital of Donetsk.

The claim appears to fit with a mounting death toll reported by the pro-Western leadership in Kiev and foreign monitors from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

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17 Die in Fire at Ukraine Home for Elderly

Seventeen people died when a makeshift home for elderly people outside the Ukrainian capital Kiev caught fire in the early hours of Sunday, the latest tragedy to shake the conflict-riven country.

The fire tore through the two-storey shelter for the elderly which is in the village of Litochky, located some 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of Kiev.

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Savchenko Says Ready to Negotiate with Pro-Moscow Separatists

Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, freed from a Russian jail this week, on Friday said she is ready to negotiate with pro-Russian separatists on releasing prisoners.

"I am ready to talk to the devil himself to get every one of our people back," she said at her first news conference since her dramatic release, part of a prisoner swap with Moscow that drew a line under a major diplomatic spat.

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Savchenko: Ukraine's Defiant Symbol of Resistance to Russia

Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who was freed from jail in Russia as part of a prisoner exchange on Wednesday, has been condemned by Moscow as a murderer but is viewed by many in her Western-friendly country as a national hero.

The 35-year-old army helicopter navigator was handed a 22-year jail sentence in March over the killing of two Moscow state television journalists in the conflict in east Ukraine.

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Jailed Pilot Savchenko Freed by Russia, Expected in Kiev Shortly

Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko has been freed after nearly two years in a Russian prison and is expected to return to a hero's welcome to Kiev shortly, defense laywers said Wednesday.

Savchenko's defense team confirmed Savchenko was on her way to Ukraine and thanked the pilot's supporters. "She is on her way home, to Ukraine," lawyer Mark Feigin said on Twitter.

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Two Ukrainian Troops, One Civilian Killed in Rebel East

Two Ukrainian soldiers and a civilian have been killed in eastern Ukraine amid deadlocked international efforts to halt the violence, the military said on Thursday.

"As a result of hostilities, over the past 24 hours two Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and two more wounded", Ukrainian military spokesman Oleksandr Motuzyanyk told journalists.

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EU Proposes Visa-Free Travel for Ukrainians

The EU on Wednesday proposed offering visa-free travel in Europe to Ukrainians, delivering on a key pledge to the pro-Western government in Kiev.

"Today we follow up on our commitment to propose short-stay visa-free travel to the EU for Ukrainian citizens with biometric passports," EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos told a news briefing in Brussels.

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Ukraine President Says Jailed Pilot to Halt Hunger Strike

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Tuesday that jailed pilot Nadiya Savchenko had agreed to end her hunger strike in a Russian jail, as Kiev tries to hammer out a prisoner swap deal with Moscow.

Poroshenko spoke by phone with Savchenko who was jailed by a Russian court last month on murder charges.

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Ukraine Court Sentences Two Alleged Russian Soldiers to 14 Years in Jail

A Ukrainian court on Monday sentenced two alleged Russian soldiers to 14 years in prison for fighting in the rebel east, in a ruling that could prelude a swap for pilot Nadiya Savchenko jailed by Russia.

The verdict from a panel of three judges read out in court said sergeant Aleksander Aleksandrov and captain Yevgeny Yerofeyev were guilty of participating in "an aggressive war" against Ukraine and committing "a terrorist attack".

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