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Ukraine Mine: Three Soldiers Dead.

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Ukraine has been fighting separatists backed by Russia in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions in eastern Ukraine since 2014 following Moscow’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula.

Three Ukrainian soldiers were killed in a mine explosion in the war-torn east of the country Sunday, Kiev said, as an uptick in violence tested last year’s ceasefire.

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They were killed when an explosive device went off near the village of Novoluganske some 50 kilometres (30 miles) northeast of the main separatist stronghold Donetsk, the military said in a statement.

The latest casualties came after two Ukrainian soldiers were killed in clashes with Russian-backed separatists on Friday, testing last year’s ceasefire that had brought relative calm to the simmering conflict.

During a visit to the frontline on Thursday Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that separatist attacks had increased recently.

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“We understand that in general, it’s only our side that thinks the ceasefire is necessary,” said Zelensky.

He was accompanied by diplomats from several Western countries.

Ukraine has been fighting separatists backed by Russia in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions in eastern Ukraine since 2014 following Moscow’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula.

Since then, more than 13,000 people have died and nearly 1.5 million have been displaced.

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Ukraine and its Western allies accuse Russia of sending troops and arms to support the separatists, claims Moscow denies.

The war was at the centre of a diplomatic spat at the United Nations last week when Western countries claimed that Russia was blocking efforts to end the fighting.

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COVID-19: EU asks for donation of vaccines to Ukraine.

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Ukraine’s 43-year-old leader, who experienced mild symptoms of the coronavirus last year, said he was ready to get inoculated to encourage others to do the same.

The European Commission chief said on Monday she had called on EU member states to donate some of their coronavirus jabs to Ukraine, which is trying to launch a vaccination campaign.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has faced criticism at home for failing to source Western-made jabs and has called on the EU to help Ukraine source vaccines.

Zelensky said on Monday that Ukraine, one of the poorest countries in Europe, would begin the first phase of the vaccination campaign later this month.

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The country of some 40 million is awaiting delivery of eight million doses promised under the United Nations Covax programme and up to five million doses of the Chinese CoronaVac jab.

“On top of Covax, I have also asked our member states to donate part of their doses to Ukraine,” European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said in a video address at a conference held in Ukraine’s capital Kiev.

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“Thanks to Covax, Ukraine’s doctors and nurses will receive the first vaccines already this month,” she said, adding that “millions of other doses will reach Ukraine by the summer”.

Ukraine has not registered any vaccine so far and Zelensky has rejected calls from pro-Moscow politicians to approve Russia’s Sputnik V jab.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 12, 2019 President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen arrives for a European Union Summit at the Europa building in Brussels. – The EU commission chief has defended the slower Covid-19 vaccine rollout in the bloc as a “good decision”, saying the European Union would not put the safety of citizens at risk, in an interview published on February 2, 2021. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)

Last week, the post-Soviet country said it had also secured 12 million doses of vaccines developed by AstraZeneca and Novavax.

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The total amount of the already secured doses is not enough to meet the needs of the country, however.

Speaking at the same conference on Monday, Zelensky also pointed to Ukrainians’ “mistrust” of vaccines, saying a “large part of the population” did not want to get vaccinated.

According to a recent poll conducted by the non-government Rating Group, more than half of Ukrainians said they were not ready to get inoculated, even for free.

Ukraine’s 43-year-old leader, who experienced mild symptoms of the coronavirus last year, said he was ready to get inoculated to encourage others to do the same.

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“As a majority of world leaders, I am ready to show people by personal example that vaccination is important, it is safe, it is needed,” said Zelensky.

With its run-down health system, Ukraine has recorded over 1.2 million cases and more than 23,000 deaths.

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Final Score: Spain 4-0 Ukraine

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Ansu Fati becomes Spain’s youngest ever scorer with superb strike while Sergio Ramos hits brace and Ferran Torres is also on target

2020/2021 UEFA Nations League
4-0
Ramos (3′ PEN)
Ramos (29′)
Fati (32′)
Ferran Torres (84′)


Match Events


0′ The match is about to start!

1′ KICK-OFF! Who can win this match?

3′ Penalty Goal! Spain 1-0 Ukraine (Ramos)

11′ CHANCE! Reguilon’s shot wide out

18′ CLOSE! Moreno’s shot wide out

23′ CLOSE! Fati’s shot inches wide

29′ GOAL! Spain 2-0 Ukraine (Ramos)

32′ GOAL! Spain 3-0 Ukraine (Fati)

45′ Thiago’s shot over the bar

61′ Olmo’s long shot stopped

63′ OFFSIDE! Moreno’s goal disallowed

77′ CLOSE! Rodriguez hits the beam

84′ GOAL! Spain 4-0 Ukraine (Ferran Torres)

90′ Injured Reguilon replaced

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Line-ups
Spain XI: Ramos, J. Navas, De Gea, Thiago, G. Moreno, Merino, Reguilon, Olmo, Rodri, P. Torres, Fati

Subs: Busquets, Rodrigo, Carvajal, Kepa, Gaya, D.Llorente, Unai Simón, Fabian Ruiz, Ferran Torres, Eric Garcia, Rodriguez

Ukraine XI: A. Pyatov, Marlos, S. Kryvtsov, Yarmolenko, I. Kharatin, Malinovskiy, R. Yaremchuk, Zinchenko, M. Matvienko, O. Tymchyk, B. Mykhaylichenko

Subs: Júnior Moraes, Konoplyanka, I. Plastun, S. Sydorchuk, Y. Makarenko, H. Bushchan, Sobol, O. Karavaev, V. Kovalenko, V. Tsygankov, A. Lunin, V. Supryaha

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Ukraine’s parliament confirms Prime Minister’s resignation.


Ukrainian lawmakers on Wednesday approved the resignation of Prime Minister Oleksiy Goncharuk only six months into the job, caught out by a leaked recording of him criticising the president.

He will be replaced by one of his deputies.


Goncharuk had offered to resign on Tuesday, in a second attempt to quit after a leaked recording emerged in January of him questioning President Volodymyr Zelensky’s grasp of economics.

Zelensky denounced Goncharuk’s government’s performance on economic issues, saying that it made some achievements but not enough.


“We need new brains, new hearts,” Zelensky told parliament minutes before the vast majority of lawmakers voted to fire accept Goncharuk’s resignation at an extraordinary meeting.

It is expected that current Deputy Prime Minister Denys Shmygal will be nominated as Goncharuk’s replacement later Wednesday, with some key ministers also getting shuffled.


Goncharuk became Ukraine’s youngest-ever prime minister after Zelensky nominated him in August. He faced an economy that is stalled and a country still locked in a conflict with separatists in the east.

His appointment, quickly approved as Zelensky’s “Servant of the People” party holds a parliamentary majority, was in line with Zelensky’s vow to bring in fresh faces and shake up Ukraine’s stagnant politics.

Comedian-turned-politician Zelensky came to power last April promising to “break the system” that had ruled Ukraine since independence in 1991.

Among his campaign promises were ending the conflict in the east, fighting corruption and launching economic reforms in one of Europe’s poorest countries.


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5 countries decide behind Iran


Leaders of Britain, Ukraine, Canada, Sweden, and Afghanistan have demanded compensation from Iran over the shooting down of Ukrainian international airline which caused the death of the 176 victims onboard.

In a joint statement, the five countries issued a five-point plan for cooperation with Iran.


It called for “full and unhindered access” for foreign officials to and within Iran and “a thorough, independent and transparent international investigation”. Iran should “assume full responsibility for the downing of flight PS752 and (recognise) its duties towards the families of the victims and other parties – including compensation”, the statement said, as quoted by Al Jazeera.

Earlier on Thursday during a meeting in London, Canada’s Foreign Minister, Francois-Phillippe Champagne promised to push Iran for answers about the tragedy.


“Families want answers, the international community wants answers, the world is waiting for answers and we will not rest until we get them.”

Champagne was speaking after talks with counterparts from countries whose nationals were among the people killed when the plane was hit.

However, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Abbas Mousavi has warned that countries whose citizens were killed in the incident should avoid turning the plane crash into a political issue, according to ISNA news agency.

Iran had last Saturday admitted that its military downed the plane.


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We will punish those responsible for Ukraine’s plane crash – Iran


Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has said the downing of the Ukrainian plane that crashed in Tehran is an “unforgivable error” and “all those involved will be punished.”

In a televised speech on Tuesday, Hassan Rouhani also added that the “tragic event” would be investigated thoroughly, claiming “one person cannot be solely responsible for the crash”.


“There are others, too, and I want that this issue is expressed honestly,” he said, without elaborating.

He continued: “Iranian armed forces admitting their mistake is a good first step. We should assure people that it will not happen again” – but said his government was “accountable to Iranian and other nations who lost lives”.


He also ordered for a special court to be set up to investigate, with a “ranking judge and dozens of experts”.

“This is not an ordinary case” – he said.”The entire the world will be watching this court”.

Iran’s judiciary spokesman, Gholamhossein Esmaili, also confirmed that some people have been arrested for their role in the incident on Wednesday.

This comes after Ukraine demanded that Iran punish those guilty for the shooting of the Ukrainian airliner and compensate victims after they admitted they accidentally downed the Ukraine International Airlines plane, killing all 176 people.


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Iran summon Rob over anti-government protests


British ambassador to Tehran Rob Macaire: summoned by Iranian authorities

Iran has summoned the ambassador of the United Kingdom to the country, Rob Macaire over anti-government protests in the country.

Macaire on Saturday was briefly detained by the authorities after being found at the University of during a protest that broke out after Iranian admission it mistakenly brought down a Ukrainian plane bound for Kiev.


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Protesters flood Iran over Ukraine’s plane crash


Protests were reported late Saturday in several parts of the Iranian capital Tehran over the shooting down of the Ukrainian passenger plane by the Iranian military, according to Iranian media.

Hundreds of people took part in Saturday night protest rallies outside Tehran, Amir Kabir and Sharif, according to news agencies IRNA and Isna.


They criticised both the shooting down and the day-long denials by Iranian authorities and the media.

According to Isna, some demonstrators outside Amir Kabir University called for those responsible for the downing of the airliner to resign.


Thousands of Iranians posted a black page on social media as a sign of their grief and as a protest against the government.

For them, the shooting down of the passenger plane does irreparable damage to Iran’s image.


After days of vehement denials, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard on Saturday admitted it mistakenly shot down a Ukraine International Airlines passenger plane outside Tehran this week, killing all 176 people on board, including 57 Canadians.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday voiced support for anti-government protests in Iran just days after the two countries stepped back from an escalated military conflict.


“We are following your protests closely, and are inspired by your courage.

“The government of Iran must allow human rights groups to monitor and report facts from the ground on the ongoing protests by the Iranian people,” Trump said in a tweet.


“There can not be another massacre of peaceful protesters, nor an internet shutdown. The world is watching,” he added.

Among those taking part in the demonstrations was the UK ambassador, who was reportedly detained briefly.


In London, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab accused Iran of a “flagrant violation of international law” after it briefly detained the British ambassador during anti-government protests on Saturday in Teheran.

“The arrest of our ambassador in Teheran without grounds or explanation is a flagrant violation of international law,” Raab said in a statement after reports that ambassador Rob Macaire was detained for more than one hour.

“The Iranian government is at a crossroads moment.

“It can continue its march towards pariah status with all the political and economic isolation that entails, or take steps to de-escalate tensions and engage in a diplomatic path forwards,” he added


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Iran saddened, says shooting down Ukraine’s plane was a mistake


Iran said on Saturday its armed forces “unintentionally” shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet that crashed after taking off from Tehran, killing all 176 people aboard.

President Hassan Rouhani said a military investigation had found “missiles fired due to human error” brought down the Boeing 737 on Wednesday, calling it an “unforgivable mistake”.

The about-turn came after officials in Iran had categorically denied Western claims that the Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) airliner had been struck by a missile in a catastrophic error.


The plane, which had been bound for Kiev, slammed into a field shortly after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport before dawn on Wednesday.

It came only hours after Iran’s armed forces launched a wave of missiles at bases hosting American forces in Iraq in response to the killing of Qasem Soleimani, one of Iran’s top generals, in a US drone strike.


Iran had come under mounting pressure to allow a “credible” investigation after video footage emerged appearing to show the plane being hit by a fast-moving object before a flash appears.

The Ukrainian and Canadian leaders called for accountability after Iran’s admission.


The armed forces were first to acknowledge the error, saying the Boeing 737 had been mistaken for a “hostile plane” at a time when enemy threats were at the highest level.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets this disastrous mistake,” Rouhani said on Twitter.


“Armed Forces’ internal investigation has concluded that regrettably, missiles fired due to human error caused the horrific crash of the Ukrainian plane & death of 176 innocent people.”

Iran ‘Saddened’
In a statement posted on the government’s website, Rouhani said Iran’s armed forces had been on alert for possible attacks by the Americans after the “martyrdom” of Soleimani.


“Iran is very much saddened by this catastrophic mistake and I, on behalf of the Islamic Republic of Iran, express my deep condolences to the families of victims of this painful catastrophe,” he said.

Rouhani added he had ordered “all relevant bodies to take all necessary actions (to ensure) compensation” to the families of those killed.


“This painful incident is not an issue that can be overcome easily.”

He said, “the perpetrators of this unforgivable mistake will be prosecuted”.


“It is necessary to take necessary steps and measures to remove the weak points of the country’s defence systems so that such a catastrophe is never repeated again.”

The majority of passengers on UIA Flight PS752 were dual national Iranian-Canadians but also included Ukrainians, Afghans, Britons, and Swedes.


Demands For Justice
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky demanded Saturday that Iran punish those responsible for the downing of the plane and pay compensation.

“We expect Iran… to bring the guilty to the courts,” the Ukrainian leader wrote on Facebook.


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said closure and accountability were needed in the wake of the incident.

Trudeau also demanded “transparency and justice for the families and loved ones of the victims”.


“This is a national tragedy, and all Canadians are mourning together,” his office said in a statement.

The disaster came as tensions soared in the region after the Soleimani killing, and fears grew of an all-out war between Iran and its arch-enemy the United States.


Washington said the Soleimani strike was carried out to prevent “imminent”, large-scale attacks on American embassies.

Tehran had vowed, “severe revenge” for the killing of Soleimani before launching missiles at the bases in Iraq.


“Human error at the time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.

“Our profound regrets, apologies, and condolences to our people, to the families of all victims, and to other affected nations.”


Iran has invited the United States, Ukraine, Canada, and others to join the crash investigation.

It is Iran’s worst civil aviation disaster since 1988 when the US military said it shot down an Iran Airplane over the Gulf by mistake, killing all 290 people on board.


Video footage of the UIA 737, which The New York Times said it had verified, emerged and appeared to show the moment the airliner was hit.

A fast-moving object is seen rising at an angle into the sky before a bright flash appears, which dims and then continues moving forward. Several seconds later, an explosion is heard and the sky lights up.

Many airlines from around the world canceled flights to and from Iran in the wake of the crash or rerouted flights away from Iranian airspace.

Nations around the world have called for restraint and de-escalation, and fears of a full-blown conflict have subsided after US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that Iran appeared to be standing down after targeting the US bases in Iraq.


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Ukraine opt for ‘Evidence’ in Iran crash


Ukraine asked international partners to provide any evidence they may have to help investigators probing a Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed in Iran, as US media reported it was mistakenly shot down by a missile.

All 176 people on board died when Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) Boeing 737NG went down on Wednesday, shortly after Tehran launched missiles at US forces in Iraq in response to the killing of a top Iranian general in a US drone strike in Baghdad.


“If any country has information that can help conduct a transparent and objective investigation into the tragedy, we are ready to receive it and cooperate in further verification,” the Ukraine presidency said in an English-language statement.

“Ukraine is interested in finding the truth. Therefore, I ask all our international partners: if you have any evidence to assist the investigation, please provide it.”


Investigators are pursuing several leads following the crash of the Ukrainian passenger plane in Iran, including a surface-to-air missile strike, an act of terror and engine failure, Oleksiy Danilov, the secretary of Ukraine’s national security and defence council (RNBO), told AFP earlier Thursday.

The council is tasked with coordinating the probe into the disaster, the first fatal crash involving Ukraine’s biggest carrier UIA.

US President Donald Trump said Thursday he had “suspicions” about the crash as unnamed officials told American media that Iranian air defence systems likely accidentally shot down the airliner.

Newsweek, CBS, and CNN said that satellite, radar, and electronic data indicated the tragic error, which followed a ballistic missile barrage by Iran on two military bases in Iraq where US troops work.


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