Several dozen protesters picketed a cultural center in Kiev, Ukraine, on Saturday as part of continued demonstrations against a controversial regional languages bill.
CNN's Phil Black reports on Ukraine's efforts to end its dependency on expensive Russian gas imports.
Early this year Ukraine -- along with much of eastern Europe -- was caught in a deep and protracted cold snap. Many froze to death, energy demand spiked, and to top it all Russia accused Ukraine of stealing gas from transit pipes destined for western Europe for the second time in three years.
Euro 2012 hosts Ukraine were brought back down to earth after their opening match heroics as France clinched a 2-0 victory in stormy Donetsk.
Things done changed, as Notorious B.I.G put it. Back in the day (Monday), France and England tied 1-1 in what probably stands as the tournament's least entertaining game, while Ukraine was carried to the top of Group D by a sumptuous double from Andriy Shevchenko, beating Sweden. "We can't play like that against a very good team," said French coach Laurent Blanc afterwards. "I'm glad to get this game out of the way," said the English manager Roy Hodgson. "No one is happy and we grieve together," said the Swedish boss Erik Hamren. The only thing to stay the same in Group A on Friday was defeat for his side.
Three thoughts from France's 2-0 victory over co-host Ukraine from Donetsk, Ukraine.
Rolling commentary and live pictures from Euro 2012 as France take on Ukraine, followed by England vs.Sweden.
GDANSK, Poland -- The player who has produced the best moment of Euro 2012 is married to an American model, named his firstborn son after Michael Jordan and is an avid golfing member of the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., just outside the nation's capital.
The 82nd minute: Andriy Shevchenko raised his eyes to the stands for a moment, and then shook hands with each person on the Ukraine bench in turn before taking his seat. The crowd was still on its feet applauding. In a final warm-up match that Ukraine lost 2-0 to Turkey last week, Shevchenko played just 45 minutes and missed two good scoring chances, prompting mention of the dreaded R-word: retirement. It's a decision that he considered back in 2009 once Ukraine's World Cup qualification hopes were quashed, but one that he delayed with the knowledge that his country would be co-hosting Euro 2012. Today his brace gave Ukraine a win over Sweden in its first-ever European Championship fixture.
CNN's live text reporting on the Euro 2012 match between England and France, followed by Ukraine against Sweden in Monday's other Group D game.
Euro 2012 hosts Ukraine and Poland have told CNN World Sport a documentary accusing football fans from both nations of racism was "unbalanced and biased."
Poland has spent billions to upgrade its infrastructure, but is it enough for Euro 2012 fans?
Co-host Ukraine's preparations for the tournament have been chaotic. Myron Markevych was forced to re-sign as coach in 2010 following a bribery scandal at Metalist Kharkiv, the club he continued to manage while running the national team. He had overseen four friendlies, three wins and one draw, and the sense until his departure was that everything was steadily improving. He was replaced by Yuri Kalitvintsev, who led the Under-19 side to the European Championship in 2009, but in seven months as caretaker, Ukraine won just one of eight matches. So it was Oleh Blokhin, the former star of Valeriy Lobanovskyi's Dynamo Kiev side, who took charge.
If democracy had existed in ancient Egypt, then not a single pyramid would not have been built.
Seven and a half years ago, scenes of jubilant crowds celebrating the outcome of Ukraine's Orange Revolution -- a new presidential vote after a rigged election was annulled -- filled TV screens around the world.
No one used the word reward, but the subtext was clear for all to see.
Football fans traveling to Ukraine for this summer's European Championships have been warned they will face a "criminal" police force mired in so many abuse scandals that their behavior threatens to ruin the showpiece tournament.
Pressure is mounting on Ukraine to clean up its human rights record ahead of the Euro 2012 finals next month, with the EU Commission's president the latest high-profile leader to boycott the football championships.
A senior British lawmaker on Sunday condemned the execution in Belarus of one of two men convicted of a fatal subway bombing last year.
[Updated 3 p.m. Monday, February 13] Tourists make their way through heavy snow last week in front of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra cathedral in Ukraine.
CNN's Matthew Chance reports on the victims of Ukraine's deep freeze and the social ramifications.
Alcohol has been involved in most of the deaths blamed on the extreme cold in Ukraine, the country worst affected by the icy temperatures gripping eastern Europe, the country's emergencies minister said Wednesday.
Eastern Europe remained in the grip of brutal cold and deep snows Tuesday, with authorities in Ukraine, the hardest-hit country, scrambling to help thousands of people whose lives are at risk due to the weather.
Snow and record low temperatures claim lives in the Ukraine. CNN's Mathew Chance reports.
Eastern and central Europe continue to shiver under a blanket of heavy snow Friday, with more deaths reported after bitter cold overnight temperatures.
More deaths were reported in Eastern Europe Thursday, as the region continued to shiver in the grip of unusually frigid weather.
Sub-zero temperatures continued to keep eastern Europe in their grip Wednesday, leading to the deaths of 31 people in Ukraine so far, emergency officials there said.
CNN World Sport's Pedro Pinto talks with Ukrainian boxing champion Vitali Klitschko ahead of the Euro 2012 draw in Kiev.
The great and good of European football are assembling in the Ukrainian capital Kiev to learn the fate of the 16 nations involved. Poland and Ukraine will host the tournament, that kicks off on June 8, and with CNN World Sport's live commentary, you won't miss a thing.
A Ukrainian court has found former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko guilty of abuse of authority for signing gas contracts with Russia and sentenced her Tuesday to seven years in prison.
At the height of a new round of quarreling between Russia and Ukraine over natural gas prices, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Tuesday launched a major pipeline that will start pumping gas to Western Europe next month, bypassing Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych declared Sunday a national day of mourning after 37 people died Friday in incidents at two mines.
At least 16 workers died in an explosion at a mine in eastern Ukraine on Friday, the Ministry of Emergency said.
Sixteen people died in Ukraine early Sunday after a fire broke out in a state facility for the elderly, according to the Emergency Ministry of Ukraine.
Ukraine on Tuesday marked the 25th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear disaster with a series of memorials and commemorations at Chernobyl.
Russian state media report an explosion struck a subway station in the Belarus capital of Minsk.
Two people suspected of involvement in the deadly bombing at a Minsk subway station were detained late Tuesday night, Belarus Deputy Prosecutor General Andrei Shved said at a news briefing Wednesday.
Belarus investigators described a suspect in Monday's subway bombing that killed 12 people as a 27-year-old man, but they were unsure about motives or if the bomber had help.
Giuliano is one of the brightest prospects produced by Brazilian football in recent years. A midfielder of talent, versatility and intelligence, he captained Brazil's Under-20s with distinction in the 2009 World Youth Cup. Last year he was chosen as the star player in the Copa Libertadores -- his goals, many of them after coming on as a substitute, helped Internacional of Pôrto Alegre claim South America's premier club title. And a few months ago he made his debut for the senior Brazil team.
In the latest chapter of an unfolding story that reads like a spy thriller, a Palestinian engineer who was allegedly abducted by Israeli intelligence services in the Ukraine over a month ago will be kept in custody for at least another week after an Israeli court ruling.
Ask a group of Russians where they'll be vacationing this summer and chances are they'll all give the same answer: Ukraine.
CNN's Diana Magnay meets Ukraine's topless protestors.
The president of Belarus will be sworn in Friday after an election that triggered massive protests and led to hundreds of arrests.
CNN's Diana Magnay meets an agricultural entrepreneur in Ukraine who's using technology to increase food supplies.
As a co-host alongside Poland for Euro 2012, Ukraine is busily building up its infrastructure in time for the games.
The U.S. Energy Department announced Friday the shipment of 50 kilograms -- or 111 pounds -- of highly enriched uranium from Ukraine to Russia.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, once called "the last dictator in Europe" by a U.S. official, easily won re-election in voting Sunday, according to exit polls reported by several media outlets.
Voters in Belarus head to the polls Sunday to cast their ballots in presidential elections.
Prosecutors in Ukraine have opened a corruption investigation into former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, she said Wednesday, accusing them of a "political witch hunt."
A collision between a bus and a train in the Ukraine on Tuesday left 42 people dead and nine others injured, officials said.
Belarussian lawmakers have set December 19 as the date for the country's next presidential election, the state-owned BelTA news agency said Tuesday.
The 33 workers trapped in a Chilean mine got a rare treat Tuesday night: they got to watch their national soccer team compete against Ukraine via a small projector wired down to their safety chamber on a fiber optic cable.
Russian energy giant Gazprom has paid Belarus $228 million for delivering natural gas to Europe, the Russian state news agency RIA-Novosti said Thursday.
Belarus has paid its natural gas debt to Russian energy giant Gazprom in full, a top Belarus government official said Wednesday, in the latest twist of a dispute that could affect Europe's energy supplies.
Belarus' president has ordered the halt of Russian natural gas deliveries to Europe via Belarus, his office told CNN Tuesday.
CNN's Matthew Chance reports on the Ukraine parliament scuffle that ended in punches, eggs and smoke bombs being thrown.
Lawmakers in Ukraine scuffled with each other, throwing punches and eggs, as parliament met Tuesday to ratify a treaty with Russia that extends the latter's navy presence in the Ukraine's Crimean peninsula until 2042.
Thousands of opposition demonstrators marched in front of the parliament building in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, protesting a deal reached earlier this week to extend Russia's military presence in the former Soviet Republic, national news media reported.
Russia's president and the newly elected president of Ukraine signed a landmark agreement on Wednesday that signals an end to years of enmity between the two former Soviet republics.
Ukraine announced Monday that it will get rid of all its highly enriched uranium, which can be used in nuclear weapons, within the next two years.
CNN's Matthew Chance reports on the new Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovich.
The man leading Ukraine's presidential election called on his rival Tuesday to accept defeat, and he vowed to unite Ukraine after an election that has split the country in two.
From the mid-1980s, Hungarian-born investor and philanthropist George Soros pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into foundations in Eastern Europe dedicated to promoting the idea of the "open society" and challenging the region's Soviet-backed regimes. Since then his Open Society Institute has evolved into a network of foundations and offices working in over 60 countries. Here, writing exclusively for CNN.com, he describes how the work of his foundations ultimately contributed to the collapse of communism.
A specter is haunting Eastern Europe: the ghost of Communism past.
Eastern Europe takes a swing at golf investments. CNN's Justin Armsden reports.
Forget lists of "What's Next" in travel. Eastern Europe is "What's Now." While it's catching up to the West -- becoming more modern, expensive and crowded -- Eastern Europe remains a great value. Here's what to expect this year.
A strip of honey-colored flypaper spirals down from a thumbtack that anchors its now-empty canister. Speckled with lifeless flies, the canister swings each time the violin bow pokes it.
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-- From the Baltic to the Black Sea, Eastern Europeans are loading up on merchandise bearing U.S. brand names like Kodak, Kellogg's, Band-Aids, Rice-a- Roni, SlimFast, and Purina Cat Chow. Warsaw s...
A NERVOUS SOBRIETY has set in across Eastern Europe. Two years after the Iron Curtain came crashing down, the region's experiments with capitalism might, to some eyes, seem an excellent advertiseme...
Business is always personal, but especially so in Eastern Europe, where daunting bureaucracy and changing ground rules can spook even veteran investors from abroad. In such a climate, knowing the r...
COMPETITION/COVER STORY 48 DRUGMAKERS UNDER ATTACK Marketing muscle, patents, and a unique relationship with customers have made them America's most profitable industry. That will change as insurer...
IF YOU THINK America is suffering an inexorable industrial decline, the 1990s will surprise you. Capital investment -- a key indicator of vitality -- will rebound robustly in the manufacturing and ...
TWICE BURNED in the 1970s, Western Europe and Japan have spent the past decade getting ready for another oil shock. High taxes on heating oil and gasoline, among other measures, have reduced oil's ...
Not only is the U.S. starting to invest in Eastern Europe -- Eastern Europe is starting to invest here as well. Earlier this year Planeta, a printing press manufacturer near Dresden, East Germany, ...
The Berlin Wall's fall last November raised more than hopes for finally reconciling Europe's post-Hitler halves. It upped the ante of perestroika, Mikhail Gorbachev's bold reforms of the Soviet blo...
The gods have smiled on G.T. Europe Growth Fund. It was launched in 1985 with John Legat in charge when he was only 22. It soon got a lift when members of the European Community agreed to abolish t...
COMMUNISM HAS IMPLODED. In country after country, it is proclaiming its own failure, desperately searching for ''reform'' and new beginnings. Yesterday's heresies are today's official promises; yes...
There is a tendency in the Western world to talk about only one region at a time. Ten years ago, people talked about Latin America as a great opportunity. Now everyone talks about Eastern Europe. I...
We've seen in the 1980s what's going to come in the 1990s. There's going to be a lot more of the same: fragmentation. We're moving into a period of greater freedom, a time for the individual. Netwo...
The prod for restructuring Europe by 1992 was not fear of America but fear of the Japanese. Europe, like the U.S., needs to reorganize itself, to work and compete on a much broader scale than on pu...
AS THE TANNED, athletic-looking man with the thick mop of white hair stepped off a plane in Prague, the cheers of 10,000 Czechs rang in his ears. Was this ) a beloved former politico coming home fr...
We should properly relish the failure of Communism and the corresponding triumph of capitalism, but we should try to be realistic about what we are celebrating. Our society has won because, through...
AMERICAN chief executives, like most of their compatriots, have elatedly watched the spirit of freedom steamroll through Eastern Europe, toppling hard- line Communist regimes as if they were made o...
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