Articles by Natasha Lisova



Ukrainian Holocaust Story Inspires Pride, Doubt

  • 21 August 07
  • The Associated Press
It is a story of courage and kindness during the first tragic days of the Holocaust in Ukraine -- the tale of how a village rose up against an anti-Semitic gang of killers to save its Jewish neighbors.

69 Ukrainians Poisoned by Toxic Cloud

  • 19 July 07
  • The Associated Press
The number of people treated for exposure to toxic smoke from a phosphorus fire in Ukraine more than tripled Wednesday, from 20 to 69, a day after a train loaded with the chemical derailed and caught fire.

Bones in a Meadow Revive Nazi Horror

  • 15 June 07
  • The Associated Press
As children watched in the hot sunshine, a dozen rabbis scoured a Ukrainian village meadow for bones -- the fragmented remains of Jews systematically murdered here in the Holocaust.

Mass Nazi-Era Grave Unearthed in Ukraine

  • 07 June 07
  • The Associated Press
Ditch-diggers discovered a mass grave believed to contain thousands of Jews slaughtered in Ukraine during World War II, a Jewish community spokesman said, a grim finding in a nation one Holocaust expert said had been ""an enormous killing field.""

Ukrainian Promises Smiles at Eurovision

  • 11 May 07
  • The Associated Press
On stage, Verka Serdyuchka portrays herself as a simple village girl living her dream. Not all her countrymen are beguiled by her charms.

Ukrainian Police Ordered to Act

  • 17 April 07
  • The Associated Press
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko ordered prosecutors and police on Monday to take action against any official who refused to fulfill his order to dissolve the parliament and call early elections.

Conflict in Kiev Spills Into the Streets

  • 05 April 07
  • The Associated Press
Thousands of supporters of Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych marched Wednesday to the office of his rival, President Viktor Yushchenko, to protest the president's order to dissolve the parliament and hold early elections.

Ukraine's Lawmakers Fire 2 Ministers

  • 04 December 06
  • The Associated Press
Ukrainian lawmakers fired the foreign minister and interior minister Friday, setting the stage for a legal battle between the president and the prime minister.

4 Ministers Resign in Ukraine

  • 20 October 06
  • The Associated Press
Four Cabinet ministers allied with Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko resigned Thursday amid a growing rift in Ukraine's fraying government.

Dignitaries Descend on Babi Yar to Remember

  • 28 September 06
  • The Associated Press
Bells gently tolled as Ukrainian and foreign dignitaries on Wednesday commemorated the 65th anniversary of the Nazi massacre of Jews at the Babi Yar ravine, laying flower-encircled candles at the foot of a giant monument to the tens of thousands of victims.

Ukraine's Former Foes Sign Pact

  • 04 August 06
  • The Associated Press
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko signed a national unity pact on Thursday with his former Orange Revolution rival, Viktor Yanukovych -- an agreement the president hopes will ensure his pro-Western, reformist policies continue when his ex-foe becomes prime minister.

Yushchenko's Allies Sound Sirens

  • 14 July 06
  • The Associated Press
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko's allies kept up noisy protests in the parliament Thursday against the formation of a new pro-Russian coalition as the president signaled he might dissolve the parliament and call new elections.

Kiev Coalition Endangered by Blockade

  • 30 June 06
  • The Associated Press
Ukraine's largest opposition party strengthened its blockade of parliament Thursday, putting a planned vote on returning Yulia Tymoshenko to the prime minister's job under threat.

New Parliament Convenes in Kiev

  • 26 May 06
  • The Associated Press
Leaders from Ukraine's reformist, pro-Western parties pledged Thursday to bring an end to their messy coalition talks and be ready to present a governing agreement to the parliament and the nation within 15 days.

Ukrainians Honor the Heroes of Chernobyl

  • 27 April 06
  • The Associated Press
The 20th anniversary of the disaster is commemorated with candlelit ceremonies and parliamentary debates.

Widows Recall the Painful Days After Chernobyl

  • 26 April 06
  • The Associated Press
Workers' wives rely on each other for moral support in facing their grief.

Yushchenko's Party Seeks Orange Reunion

  • 07 April 06
  • The Associated Press
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko’s party called Thursday for reuniting the Orange Revolution team in a coalition with estranged ally Yulia Tymoshenko and the Socialists.

Donetsk Anticipates Revenge at the Polls

  • 23 March 06
  • The Associated Press
Blue-and-white flags, ribbons and tents in Viktor Yanukovych's campaign colors engulf the main Lenin Square, squeezing out the competition and leaving little doubt about where this eastern city's sympathies lie ahead of Sunday's parliamentary election.

Shady Candidates in Ukrainian Race

  • 15 March 06
  • The Associated Press
Ten have criminal records, 37 are under criminal investigation, and 41 await trial. All have been candidates in Ukraine's March 26 parliamentary elections.

Kiev Denies It Owes for Gas

  • 22 February 06
  • The Associated Press
Ukraine denied Tuesday that it owed Turkmenistan for gas supplies and accused the Central Asian country of making up the claim to justify a price increase.

Kiev Asks Questions on Secretive Trader

  • 09 February 06
  • The Associated Press
Ukraine's prime minister on Wednesday demanded more information about a group of secret investors who will control Ukraine's gas imports under a new deal with Russia.

Kiev Approves Vital Section of Gas Deal

  • 01 February 06
  • The Associated Press
A Ukrainian government competition panel on Tuesday approved the creation of new joint venture to supply Russian and Central Asian natural gas to Ukrainian consumers, backing a key component in a deal aimed at ending a price dispute between Moscow and Kiev.

Yekhanurov Rejected as Premier

  • 21 September 05
  • The Associated Press
Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday rejected President Viktor Yushchenko's choice for prime minister in a stinging defeat for the country's leader less than two weeks after he fired his Orange Revolution team amid an escalating corruption scandal.

Ukrainians Remember Gongadze

  • 19 September 05
  • The Associated Press
Scores of Ukrainians on Friday commemorated the fifth anniversary of the abduction of journalist Heorhiy Gongadze, whose disappearance and beheading sparked the biggest scandal of former President Leonid Kuchma's rule.

Praise and Derision for Yushchenko

  • 09 September 05
  • The Associated Press
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko won strong words of praise Thursday from his revolutionary comrade in arms, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, but his decision to dissolve the Cabinet brought derision from some Russian enemies of Ukraine's Orange Revolution.

In Kiev, Sharp Words as Parliament Opens

  • 07 September 05
  • The Associated Press
Lawmakers returned to the Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday for the new session's opening, which Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn kicked off with sharp criticism of President Viktor Yushchenko's government.

Ukrainians Vulnerable to the Sex Trade

  • 04 August 05
  • The Associated Press
Hoping to earn money to pay for college, Yulia accepted an offer to work as a nightclub dancer in Moscow, but her new employer beat her, stole her passport and forced her to work as a prostitute.

Yushchenko Promises Vote on EU, NATO

  • 14 May 05
  • The Associated Press
President Viktor Yushchenko, holding a live televised call-in show to mark his first three months in office, said he would let Ukrainians decide for themselves in plebiscites whether the country should seek membership of the European Union and NATO

Plotter of Gongadze's Murder Is Identified

  • 03 March 05
  • The Associated Press
Ukraine’s chief prosecutor said Wednesday that investigators knew who ordered the slaying of journalist Heorhiy Gongadze, but refused to identify the suspected mastermind.

Ukraine Detains Gongadze Suspects

  • 02 March 05
  • The Associated Press
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko announced Tuesday that authorities have detained suspects in the slaying of Heorhiy Gongadze, an investigative journalist whose gruesome death became a symbol of the corruption and violence that tarnished the rule of former leader Leonid Kuchma.