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    OSCE observers come under fire in eastern Ukraine

    A patrol of the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), deployed in Ukraine, has been fired upon in the southeast of the country, the SMM has said in a spot report. According to the SMM, the incident occurred while a patrol of three OSCE monitors was travelling between two Ukrainian military checkpoints in theDonetsk region. The grenade hit the ground “approximately 150 meters [almost…

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    People’s Front ahead in Ukraine’s early parliamentary elections

    European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso congratulated Ukrainian citizens on the country’ early parliamentary elections in a tweet Monday. Currently, People’s Front is ahead in the polls with 21.6 percent of the popular vote, with the country’s current president’s Petro Poroshenko’s Bloc close behind with 21.51 percent, according to the Central Election Commission, Ria Novosti reports. The two leaders are…

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    EU postpones free trade zone with Ukraine until January 2016

    The European Union will postpone a free trade zone with Ukraine under the Association Agreement until January 2016, according to a press release published on the website of the Council of the European Union Monday, RIA Novosti reported. Today’s decision delays until 1 January 2016 the provisional application of the Agreement’s title on trade and related matters, including the establishment…

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    Ukrainian, European Parliaments ratify Association deal

    The parliaments of Ukraine and the European Union simultaneously ratified Ukraine’s Association Agreement with the EU Tuesday. The Verkhovna Rada approved the bill by 355 lawmakers with the required minimum of 226 “yes” votes. The Ukrainian president signed the ratification deal immediately after and told the government to prepare implementation bill for the agreement by Wednesday. MEPs backed the agreement…

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    Ukraine Government resigns

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation Thursday following the collapse of the ruling European Choice parliamentary coalition, RIA Nvosti reports. “If no new coalition is formed and the existing coalition in a parliamentary-presidential republic had collapsed, the government and the prime minister have to resign. I announce my resignation because of the coalition’s collapse,” he said. Yatsenyuk also…

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    49 dead as plane shot down in Lugansk

    Forty-nine Ukrainian servicemen have died as a military transport plane was shot down. The Ukrainian prosecutor’s office has confirmed the information, Itar-Tass reported. Ukraine’s defense ministry said the Il-76 transport plane crashed after coming under anti-aircraft fire over Lugansk. The plane was carrying troops and military equipment and was about to land at the city’s airport. Military spokesman Vladislav Seleznov…

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