A car bomb this week killed Col. Maksym Shapoval, a top Ukrainian military intelligence official. It wasn’t the only high-profile assassination that’s struck Kiev lately — nor is it the only one Ukraine is blaming on Russia.
Denis Voronenkov was a former Russian lawmaker. He was also a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. And he was assassinated in broad daylight on Thursday in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. Ukraine's leaders are pointing the finger at Russia.
Ukraine has one of the fastest-growing HIV/AIDS epidemics in the world. One of the main reasons: intravenous drug use. But just outside the capital Kiev, a group is working with police to change their approach toward drug users — to treat addiction as an illness, not a crime.
North of Kiev is the former estate of ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. Mezhyhirya was built with with millions in tax dollars and many people would like to turn it in to a "museum of corruption." Those efforts have stalled, but you can still go on a tour.
Ukraine's former president Victor Yanukovych spent more that $30 million on his personal estate before he fled for Russia. Think private zoo, crocodile skin-lined planters and a copy of John and Yoko's white piano.
The fighting began in Ukraine more than two years ago. But the Ukrainian government is only beginning to get a handle on the internally displaced. Estimates of Ukraine’s internally displaced vary. The government has registered 1.7 million IDPs but the true number could be higher.
Ukraine is in the grips of an really cold winter with several steady weeks of temperatures down around zero. Residents of Kiev are weary of the cold and snow, authorities have put up warming tents around the city, and some schools are closed.
Revolutions, it is said, need the support of the middle class to be successful; In Ukraine, seven years after the Orange Revolution, a TV producer wonders whether it was worth it, as her nation slips back into its corrupt, pre-revolutionary past.