Articles by Maria Danilova



Topless Protesters Gain Fame in Ukraine

  • 26 November 10
  • The Associated Press
How to protest domestic violence, corruption and a visit by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin? The answer from Ukraine's Femen group: Take off your bra!

Biden Supports Ukraine’s NATO Bid

  • 22 July 09
  • The Associated Press
Washington supports Ukraine’s bid to join NATO and Kiev is free to choose its allies regardless of what other countries want, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told President Viktor Yushchenko on Tuesday.

Russian Passport Handout Stirs Fears

  • 25 February 09
  • The Associated Press
Retired postal worker Maria Kozyrenko is a new citizen of Russia -- along with 135,000 others in Transdnestr alone.

Hijacked Ship Crew Welcomed Home

  • 16 February 09
  • The Associated Press
Twenty joyful but exhausted sailors stepped off a plane and into the arms of their loved ones -- a happy ending to an emotionally searing, four-month hijack drama off the coast of Somalia.

Ukraine Faces the Crisis Alone

  • 16 October 08
  • The Associated Press
While the world's economic giants may have averted financial collapse through rescue plans and huge infusions of cash, some smaller countries like Ukraine seem to have stumbled with little help on the horizon.

Yushchenko Dissolves Rada, Calls Vote

  • 10 October 08
  • The Associated Press
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko decreed a Dec. 7 date for early elections Thursday after dissolving the parliament.

Kiev Offered NATO Help By Merkel

  • 22 July 08
  • The Associated Press
German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged Monday to help Ukraine implement reforms to bring the former Soviet republic into NATO, a prospect strongly opposed by Russia.

Armenian Diaspora Goes Home

  • 09 June 08
  • The Associated Press
What would prompt a young family to abandon a comfortable life and move to a poor country where running water is still a luxury for many, politics are messy and the threat of war looms large?

Klitschko Seeks a Shot at Mayor

  • 14 May 08
  • The Associated Press
Former heavyweight boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko has found politics in Kiev to be a bruising business. So tough, in fact, that he has hired former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani to advise him in his campaign to be mayor.

Bush to Talk Up NATO on Kiev Visit

  • 01 April 08
  • The Associated Press
U.S. President George W. Bush's visit to Ukraine will bolster its chances of starting the process toward NATO membership, U.S. Ambassador William Taylor said Monday.

Tymoshenko Touts Economic Gains

  • 31 March 08
  • The Associated Press
Yulia Tymoshenko said Friday that economic growth and more government revenues were clear successes during her first 100 days as Ukraine's prime minister, but observers warn that spiraling inflation and uncertainty over Russian gas imports threaten to undo her achievements.

Thousands Protest Armenian Result

  • 21 February 08
  • The Associated Press
Thousands of opposition supporters streamed to a protest in Armenia's capital Wednesday after election officials said complete results showed that Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan won the presidential election.

A Nazi Battalion's Jewish Mascot

  • 19 November 07
  • The Associated Press
Saved by a strange twist of fate, the survivor of a wartime massacre searches for his past in Belarus.

Soap Operas but No News on Georgian Television

  • 12 November 07
  • The Associated Press
Georgians looking to the television for information on the country's worst political crisis in years are out of the luck these days. They'll find soap operas and comedies, but no independent news programs.

Ukraine Coalition Talks to Begin

  • 04 October 07
  • The Associated Press
President Viktor Yushchenko said Wednesday that five parties had made it into the parliament and called for the beginning of coalition talks, an announcement that appeared to reflect the nail-biting uncertainty of the outcome of Sunday's pivotal elections.

Ukrainians Urged to Vote for Real Change

  • 01 October 07
  • The Associated Press
As Ukrainians voted for a new parliament Sunday, President Viktor Yushchenko characterized the elections as a choice between real change and the illusion of stability.

Spat Over Yushchenko Poisoning

  • 20 September 07
  • The Associated Press
Ukraine has rejected a Russian proposal on how to determine the origin of the poison that sickened President Viktor Yushchenko three years ago, Ukrainian officials said Wednesday.

Ukrainian Court Decides Missile Not Behind Crash

  • 22 August 07
  • The Associated Press
Russian investigators failed to prove that a Ukrainian missile brought down a Sibir passenger jet in October 2001, a Ukrainian court said Tuesday in upholding an earlier court ruling.

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.

Terror Suspect's Odyssey Seems to Know No End

  • 03 July 07
  • The Associated Press
A former champion wrestler, Rasul Kudayev was a young man when he left Kabardino-Balkaria in 2000. His plan, he says, was to travel by road to Iran to study at an Islamic university.

Corrupt Doctors Plague Hospitals

  • 28 June 07
  • The Associated Press
When Karen Papiyants lost his leg in a road accident last year, his medical nightmare was only beginning.

Ukraine Rivals Set Election Date

  • 28 May 07
  • The Associated Press
Ukraine's feuding president and prime minister on Sunday agreed to hold early parliamentary elections on Sept. 30, defusing a months-long political crisis that had threatened to escalate into violence.

Rostropovich Laid to Rest With Cries of 'Bravo!'

  • 02 May 07
  • The Associated Press
Mstislav Rostropovich, acclaimed cellist, conductor and human rights champion, was laid to rest over the weekend in Novodevichye Cemetery, surrounded by admirers who burst into applause -- an echo of the standing ovations he had heard during his life.

Space Tourist's Dream Trip Comes to an End

  • 23 April 07
  • The Associated Press
A U.S. software billionaire who won a junior cosmonaut contest as a child in Communist-ruled Hungary returned Saturday from a dream voyage to the international space station, riding a Russian capsule down to the Kazakh steppe along with a Russian and an American who spent seven months in orbit.

Simonyi to Take Soviet Memento To Space

  • 27 March 07
  • The Associated Press
Decades before helping to write the computer programs that led to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, Charles Simonyi learned the basics of programming on a clunky Soviet-era computer called Ural-2.

Moscow Court Fines Web Sites for Piracy

  • 15 February 07
  • The Associated Press
A Russian court has fined a company whose web sites let users download songs for 15 cents following a lawsuit brought by the Russian label of British record giant EMI, a court official said Wednesday.

2 Suspects Detained in Journalist's Killing

  • 12 February 07
  • The Associated Press
Law enforcement agents have detained two suspects in the killing of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya, Komsomolskaya Pravda reported Saturday.

Lawmakers Seek End to School Graft

  • 05 February 07
  • The Associated Press
When Yelena's son was preparing for admission exams for a top communications institute, school officials hinted he might not get in unless she offered them a little ""reward.""

Human Rights Violations in Chechnya 'Monstrous'

  • 30 January 07
  • The Associated Press
Chechnya continues to be plagued by abductions, torture, killings and other crimes, a think tank said in a report published Monday, calling the scale of human rights violations there ""monstrous.""

The Long Road Home to Tbilisi

  • 05 December 06
  • The Associated Press
When a Russian court ordered Aida Chakvetadze and her family to return to Georgia 12 years after they fled a war there, their troubles were only beginning.