Articles by Mara D. Bellaby



Yanukovych Agrees to Early Vote

  • 07 May 07
  • The Associated Press
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych agreed Friday to hold early parliamentary elections, apparently ending a weeks-long political crisis.

Ukrainian Scores a Quiet Victory

  • 03 May 07
  • The Associated Press
The fidgeting, wide-eyed girls and boys squeezed around a table in Elizaveta Moklyak’s kindergarten class are helping lead a cultural and political revolution.

Rival Groups Hit the Streets as Crisis Talks Stall

  • 23 April 07
  • The Associated Press
Thousands of demonstrators under rival political flags began filling city squares in Ukraine's capital Friday after crisis talks between the president and prime minister ended with no immediate breakthrough.

Political Battle Heats Up in Kiev

  • 02 April 07
  • The Associated Press
More than 70,000 Ukrainians rallied in the center of Kiev to press President Viktor Yushchenko to dissolve parliament and call new elections, deepening a feud between the president and Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych.

15,000 Protest Lukashenko in Minsk

  • 26 March 07
  • The Associated Press
Some 15,000 opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko protested in Minsk on Sunday, aiming to revitalize the campaign against the leader whom Western countries have characterized as ""Europe's last dictator.""

U.S. Seeks To Assure Ukraine On Missiles

  • 15 March 07
  • The Associated Press
A senior U.S. general insisted Wednesday that the Pentagon's planned missile defense system in Europe would be useless against Russia's vast arsenal of warheads, and expressed hope that Moscow's opposition to the initiative would eventually soften.

Ukrainian Lawmakers Stage Walkout

  • 14 March 07
  • The Associated Press
Some 200 lawmakers representing Ukraine's two opposition parties and aligned with Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko walked out of the parliamentary session Tuesday, saying they would not return until their demand for a greater voice in governing was met.

Yushchenko's Choice for Foreign Minister Denied

  • 26 February 07
  • The Associated Press
Ukraine's parliament has rejected President Viktor Yushchenko's choice to be the country's foreign minister, dealing another major blow to his efforts to maintain control over foreign policy.

Ukraine Premier Seeks to Oust Tarasyuk

  • 17 January 07
  • The Associated Press
Ukraine's prime minister has appealed to prosecutors to stop Borys Tarasyuk from continuing as foreign minister, accusing the pro-Western minister of harming national interests, the Cabinet press office said Tuesday.

Senator Denies Court Biased Against Russia

  • 15 January 07
  • The Associated Press
A senior member of the Council of Europe rejected criticism Friday that the European Human Rights Court was biased against Russia, and urged the State Duma to ratify a protocol intended to speed up the court's ability to hear cases.

Ukraine Flourishes Despite Gas Hike

  • 10 January 07
  • The Associated Press
The warnings in Ukraine verged on the apocalyptic when Russia sharply raised prices for natural gas one year ago.

Yushchenko Ally Barred From Work

  • 07 December 06
  • The Associated Press
Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych's allies on Wednesday barred the newly reappointed foreign minister from a Cabinet session, a move that was likely to raise tension further between the premier and the president.

Ukraine Lawmakers Fail to Fire Minister

  • 01 December 06
  • The Associated Press
Ukraine's interior minister survived an attempt in the parliament to dismiss him Thursday, after lawmakers fell three votes short of the number needed to dismiss the controversial ally of President Viktor Yushchenko.

No Orange Revolution Festivities

  • 23 November 06
  • The Associated Press
Ukraine quietly remembered the second anniversary of the Orange Revolution on Wednesday, with all sides agreeing that the upheaval made the country more democratic despite disillusionment at the failure to improve people's lives.

Ukraine Quiet on Orange Anniversary

  • 22 November 06
  • The Associated Press
No orange banners hang from the street lamps; no stage is being erected on Kiev's Independence Square; no festivities are planned.

Georgia's Wine Industry Adjusts to Russian Ban

  • 31 October 06
  • The Associated Press
Georgians say gamely that Russia can't stamp out its 8,000-year-old romance with the vine.

Saakashvili Will Not Fight Breakaway Regions

  • 23 October 06
  • The Associated Press
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili on Saturday ruled out the use of force to establish central government control over two separatist regions and said Tbilisi remained open to dialogue with Moscow to reduce tension between the two countries.

Sanctions Begin to Bite in Georgia

  • 19 October 06
  • The Associated Press
The job seekers come every morning to wait under the bridge, their tools protected from the rain under sheets of plastic.

Political Marriage Hits Rough Patch

  • 05 October 06
  • The Associated Press
It didn't take long for the political honeymoon between Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych to end.

A Breakaway Region Feels the Pinch of Isolation

  • 04 October 06
  • The Associated Press
The Kvint Distillery, with its smooth, wooden casks full of honey-colored brandy, is so revered in Transdnestr that it graces the five-ruble bank note.

Babi Yar Remembered 65 Years Later

  • 27 September 06
  • The Associated Press
The notices were posted around the capital of Soviet Ukraine: All Jews living in the city of Kiev and its vicinity must report by 8:00 on the morning of Sept. 29, 1941, to the corner of Melnyka and Dokterivska streets (near the cemetery).

Ukrainian Factories Seek Gas Substitute

  • 19 September 06
  • The Associated Press
Twelve times a day, the tap at the Donetskstal factory's blast furnace No. 2 opens and out plunges a river of fiery, molten metal.

Transdnestr Voters Tout Russia

  • 18 September 06
  • The Associated Press
Transdnestr voters praised Russia on Sunday, as they cast ballots in a referendum on whether to continue pursuing the breakaway region's goal of joining Russia.

Kiev Schools to Teach Christianity

  • 01 September 06
  • The Associated Press
Some public schools in the Ukrainian capital will begin teaching Christian ethics this year in an experimental program aimed at reinforcing the country's thousand-year Christian heritage, Kiev city officials said Thursday.

Ukraine Braces Itself for a 40% Hike in Gas Prices

  • 30 August 06
  • The Associated Press
Ukraine's government is preparing for a more than 40 percent hike in gas prices next year, as Moscow and Kiev hold talks aiming at averting another pricing dispute and supply disruptions, an official said Tuesday.

Lawmakers Wait as Deadline Passes

  • 25 July 06
  • The Associated Press
Ukraine's new parliamentary majority looked set Monday to miss a midnight deadline to form a new government, as Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko gave no indication he was ready yet to nominate Orange Revolution rival Viktor Yanukovych to be the next prime minister.

Yushchenko's Bloc Enters Opposition

  • 19 July 06
  • The Associated Press
Ukraine's new, pro-Russian parliamentary majority stepped closer to power Tuesday after pro-western President Viktor Yushchenko's bloc dropped its challenges, paving the way for an awkward and potentially unfriendly cohabitation.

Yushchenko Considers Coalition With Foes

  • 13 July 06
  • The Associated Press
Rival tent camps sprouted throughout Kiev on Wednesday as Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko scrambled to find a way out of the crisis sparked by the creation of a pro-Russian parliamentary coalition headed by his former Orange Revolution rival.

Orange Team Unveils Coalition Deal

  • 22 June 06
  • The Associated Press
Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko looks likely to get her old job back. But the deal could still fall through.

Battle Brews Over NATO in Crimea

  • 07 June 06
  • The Associated Press
When U.S. Marine reservists disembarked in Ukraine, they expected a quick and simple mission: installing new showers and toilets at a military training facility, then leaving.