Petro Poroshenko

Ukraine says five troops killed in worst clash in months

Ukraine said five of its troops were killed Dec. 18 by pro-Russian insurgents in the bloodiest clash in the war-scarred ex-Soviet republic in months.

Kyiv military spokesman Leonid Matyukhin told AFP that another six soldiers were wounded in the battle for control of the strategic city of Debaltseve.

Talks on Ukraine produce no visible results

A meeting of foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany intended to shore up a shaky peace process in eastern Ukraine ended Nov. 29 without any visible progress.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters after the talks that "there were no breakthroughs," adding that sharp disagreements on security and other issues remain, The Associated Press reported.

EU Promises Ukraine Visa-Free Regime

The European Union has promised Ukraine a visa-free regime by December and a ratification of the Agreement for association and free-trade.

At the summit in Brussels, President Poroshenko assured that he is continuing the reforms for combating corruption and guaranteed the secure transit of Russian gas through Ukrainian territory to Europe.

Military leader of pro-Russian rebels assassinated

Arseny Pavlov, a military leader of the pro-Russian rebels known by his nom de guerre "Motorola," has been killed in an explosion in Donetsk.

"Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is violating the ceasefire and has declared war on us," said Aleksandr Zakharchenko, who is the prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.

Ukraine Demands 'Special Partnership' with NATO

Ukraine has filed a "special partnership" request with NATO, state news agency UNIAN has said.

The document was sent in an official letter from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, before a Ukraine-NATO Commission meating in Brussels.

The idea is to become part of the program of enhanced opportunities for special partners of NATO.

Poroshenko and Clinton on "resisting Russian aggression"

According to his website, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has held a meeting with U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

A statement said that Poroshenko "informed Hillary Clinton about the situation in Donbas" and stressed that "Ukraine today fights for freedom and democratic values, which unite the whole democratic world."