• Ukraine's president announces re-election bid

      Ukraine's president announces re-election bid

      Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko announced on Tuesday he will run for a second five-year term in March elections. The 53-year-old confectionary magnate and one of Ukraine’s richest men has steered the country on a pro-Western and pro-NATO course since coming to power in the aftermath of the 2014 Maidan protests and Russia’s annexation of Crimea, news wires reported.

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    • Ukraine seeks European court intervention against Russia

      Ukraine seeks European court intervention against Russia

      Ukraine wants the European Court of Human Rights to condemn as illegal Russia's recent capturing of the crews of several Ukrainian naval vessels, Ukrainian Deputy Justice Minister Ivan Lishchyna said on Monday. In a post on his Facebook page, Lishchyna announced the Ukrainian government filed a statement for the case with the Strasbourg-based court demanding the "the court to acknowledge the fact of the violation by the Russian Federation of the rights of 24 Ukrainian seamen during the illegal attack."

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    • Russia deploys fighter jets to Crimea

      Russia deploys fighter jets to Crimea

      Russia’s Ministry of Defence announced on Monday it was deploying more than 10 Sukhoi SU-27 and SU-30 fighter jets to Crimea. The move follows Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's allegation Ukraine was preparing “a provocation” near Crimea before the end of the year, news wires reported.

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    • Ukraine establishes independent Orthodox church

      Ukraine establishes independent Orthodox church

      Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has announced the creation of an independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church, marking a historic split from Russia. The newly formed community combines the current Kiev Patriarchate, the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC) and willing bishops from the Moscow Patriarchate and is expected to receive independence from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, the Istanbul-based institution considered the so-called "first among equals" of leaders of the world's Orthodox Churches.

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    • Georgia elects its first woman president

      Georgia elects its first woman president

      Preliminary results show former Foreign Minister Salome Zurabishvili defeated Grigol Vashadze by 59.5% to 40.5% in Wednesday’s presidential runoff, Georgia’s Central Election Commission reported on its website. Notably, now she will become the first woman to be elected as president in any former Soviet republic outside the Baltic states. 

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    • Ukraine under martial law from 28 November

      Ukraine under martial law from 28 November

      Ukrainian parliament backed later on Monday President Petro Poroshenko's motion to impose martial law in the wake of the incident near Russia-occupied Crimea when Russian border guards opened fire on three Ukrainian navy vessels before seizing the ships and their crews. The martial law, which starts on 28 November, will include a partial mobilisation and strengthening of the country's air defence. Poroshenko revised his original proposal from a 60-day period of martial law to just 30 days.

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    • Russia and Ukraine involved in Black Sea naval standoff

      Russia and Ukraine involved in Black Sea naval standoff

      Russia and Ukraine accused each other of breaking international law on Sunday after Russian border guards tried and failed to stop two Ukrainian armored artillery vessels circumnavigating Crimea en route to a Ukrainian port. The incident in the Black Sea between both countries, whose relations remain acutely strained after Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and its backing for a pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine, reflects rising tensions between Moscow and Kiev around the Sea of Azov which both countries have the right to use.

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    • Ex-foreign ministers contest Georgian presidency

      Ex-foreign ministers contest Georgian presidency

      Georgia's presidential election, held on Sunday, will go to a runoff after no single candidate won outright in the first round of voting, news wires reported. According the country's Central Election Commission (CEC), the French-born former diplomat Salome Zurabishvili had secured 38.7% of the vote, while Grigol Vashadze, a former foreign minister, had won 37.7%.

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