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Ukraine expects first IMF loan tranche in week or two: presidential official

15 May 2020

KIEV Ukraine expects to receive the first loan tranche from a new International Monetary Fund deal within a week or two though the total size of the programme is still being finalised, a presidential official told Reuters on Thursday.

Kiev monastery fights coronavirus with homemade hand sanitizer

23 Mar 2020

KIEV The black-robed Orthodox clerics sit in a line under an icon in one of Ukraine's oldest monasteries, mixing up batches of hand sanitizer to distribute to the poor and the needy.

Robbers grab 100,000 surgical masks at gunpoint as Ukraine enters shutdown

17 Mar 2020

KIEV Ukrainian shops, restaurants and transport shut down on Tuesday as the country tightened restrictions to contain the spread of the coronavirus, while police arrested five people suspected of trying to rob 100,000 surgical masks at gunpoint in Kiev.

Ukraine plans more lockdowns, IMF talks, food export curbs over coronavirus

16 Mar 2020

KIEV Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announced nationwide shutdowns on Monday to contain the coronavirus spread, called for government restrictions on food exports and for aid talks with overseas donors to support the economy. | Video

Ukraine plans more lockdowns, IMF talks, food export curbs over coronavirus

16 Mar 2020

KIEV Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announced nationwide shutdowns on Monday to contain the coronavirus spread, called for government restrictions on food exports and for aid talks with overseas donors to support the economy.

Ukraine's prosecutor general axed in parliament no-confidence vote

06 Mar 2020

KIEV Ukraine's prosecutor general was axed in a parliamentary vote on Thursday night, the latest casualty in a sweeping reshuffle by President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that has raised questions about the country's reform momentum.

Ukrainian prime minister to exit in sweeping reshuffle

04 Mar 2020

KIEV Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk has resigned and the finance minister, foreign minister and the prosecutor general could also exit in a sweeping reshuffle this week, lawmakers from President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's party said on Tuesday.

'Enemies of the people': Coronavirus evacuees endure hostile return to Ukraine

22 Feb 2020

KIEV Julia Volok says some of her fellow passengers expected a warm welcome on their arrival in Ukraine after finally being evacuated from the epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic in China's Hubei province this week.

'Enemies of the people': Coronavirus evacuees endure hostile return to Ukraine

22 Feb 2020

KIEV Julia Volok says some of her fellow passengers expected a warm welcome on their arrival in Ukraine after finally being evacuated from the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic in China's Hubei province this week.

Clashes, jeers and burning tires greet coronavirus evacuees in Ukraine

21 Feb 2020

NOVI SANZHARY, Ukraine Residents of a central Ukrainian town clashed with police, burned tires and hurled projectiles at a convoy of buses carrying evacuees from China's Hubei province, quarantined in case of the coronavirus, to a sanatorium on Thursday.

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U.S. coronavirus deaths top 100,000 as country reopens

The novel coronavirus has killed more than 100,000 people in the United States, according to a Reuters tally on Wednesday, even as the slowdown in deaths encouraged businesses to reopen and Americans to emerge from more than two months of lockdowns.