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December 1, 1991 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the Ukraine hurtling toward independence, lawmakers from the Soviet republics have agreed in principle on their homelands' right to field their own armies, seemingly posing a threat to the world's largest fighting force, the Soviet army, Ukrainian officials said Saturday. Returning from talks in Moscow, Vasily V.
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January 16, 1993 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Boris N. Yeltsin swept away a major obstacle to strategic disarmament, announcing Friday that Russia has agreed to place Ukraine under the protection of its atomic umbrella. "Russia guarantees it will maintain and safeguard Ukraine's integrity and protect its borders from a possible nuclear attack," Yeltsin said.
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January 16, 1993 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Boris N. Yeltsin swept away a major obstacle to strategic disarmament, announcing Friday that Russia has agreed to place Ukraine under the protection of its atomic umbrella. "Russia guarantees it will maintain and safeguard Ukraine's integrity and protect its borders from a possible nuclear attack," Yeltsin said.
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December 1, 1991 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the Ukraine hurtling toward independence, lawmakers from the Soviet republics have agreed in principle on their homelands' right to field their own armies, seemingly posing a threat to the world's largest fighting force, the Soviet army, Ukrainian officials said Saturday. Returning from talks in Moscow, Vasily V.
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October 20, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Ukraine's defense minister publicly admitted for the first time that he never doubted that a Ukrainian missile was responsible for downing a Russian passenger jet. "For me, from the very beginning, there were no other versions and there could not be," said Lt. Gen. Oleksandr Kuzmuk, who is expected to resign as defense minister. His remarks were shown on Russia's NTV television. The Tu-154 airliner, en route from Israel to Novosibirsk in Siberia, went down Oct.
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October 15, 2001 | Associated Press
Two days after Ukrainian and Russian defense officials said a Ukrainian missile probably downed a Russian passenger jet earlier this month, Ukraine's president said Sunday that he agreed with that assessment. President Leonid D. Kuchma had earlier denied that a Ukrainian missile accidentally hit the Siberian Airlines plane over the Black Sea, killing all 78 aboard.
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September 6, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
An aide to President Viktor Yushchenko who was a chief organizer of the "Orange Revolution" protests said he had quit to protest systemic corruption around the Ukrainian leader. In a news conference broadcast live, State Secretary Oleksandr Zinchenko levied charges against Petro Poroshenko, head of Ukraine's Defense and Security Council; Oleksandr Tretyakov, an aide to Yushchenko; and Mykola Martynenko, head of the pro-presidential faction in parliament. His words were met with heavy applause.
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November 15, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The chief of Ukraine's air defense forces has been fired over last month's downing of a Russian passenger plane by a missile, the press service for President Leonid D. Kuchma said. Volodymyr Tkachov was the second top official to lose his job as a result of the accident. Three weeks ago, Defense Minister Oleksandr Kuzmuk resigned. Kuchma introduced the new defense minister, Volodymyr Shkidchenko, to the country's top defense officials Wednesday. The Tu-154 crashed into the Black Sea on Oct.
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January 10, 2005 | From Times Wire Services
Seven Ukrainian troops and one Kazakh soldier died Sunday in an apparently accidental explosion at an ammunition dump south of Baghdad. Two U.S. troops died in separate incidents, the military said. Ukraine's Defense Ministry said the soldiers were loading aviation bombs when one of the devices exploded. Polish military spokesman Lt. Col. Artur Domanski said the explosion occurred at noon, about six miles south of Suwayrah.
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July 25, 2008 | From the Associated Press
President Viktor Yushchenko on Thursday accused the godfather of one of his children of involvement in his near-fatal dioxin poisoning in 2004. Yushchenko did not provide evidence for his claim that David Zhvania participated in giving him a massive dose of dioxin that sickened him and left his face badly scarred. Zhvania is a legislator with the Our Ukraine-Self Defense bloc, which supports the president. In September 2004, while campaigning for the presidency, Yushchenko fell gravely ill after attending a dinner with Zhvania that was hosted by two top security officials.
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March 17, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
NOVOFEDOROVKA, Ukraine - As Crimea was declaring its independence from Ukraine on Monday and looking forward to once again becoming part of mother Russia, thousands of Ukrainian servicemen stationed on the peninsula were pondering hard options and awaiting instructions from Kiev. If some Crimeans were jubilant over the results of a Sunday referendum backing independence, the members of the Ukrainian brigade with a navy air unit stationed in this small town were full of concerns. They faced options that could forever change their families' lives, leaving some to choose whether to betray their homeland, their oath of allegiance and their officers' honor, said Col. Igor Bedzay, the unit commander.
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March 5, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
YEVPATORIA, Ukraine - An anti-submarine boat may have been the first casualty of the Russian incursion into Crimea, but it was hardly an act of violence, much less war: The Russian navy sank one of its own, junked vessels to create an obstacle, a Ukrainian official said Wednesday. Ukraine Defense Ministry spokesman Lt. Col. Alexei Mazepa said Russian sailors pulled the anti-submarine vessel Ochakov out of a naval junkyard and sank it in the straits that connect the Black Sea with a body of water known as Donuzlav Lake.
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