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Catholic Church

More: Pope offers prayers and wishes peace toward people of Colombia, Venezuela, Eastern Ukraine, families of terror victims, the economically downtrodden in annual Christmas message - @CatholicNewsSvc

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Russian plane crashes near Sochi, Dec. 25, 2016

Putin advisor Elizaveta Glinka, well-known figure who ran aid effort for separatist side during Ukraine conflict, listed as passenger on downed military flight - Guardian

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Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Israeli PM Netanyahu has canceled visit by Ukrainian PM over country's vote in favor of UN settlements resolution - @BarakRavid

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

2 more Ukrainian military troops killed in renewed fighting in east Ukraine between Russian-backed separatists and government fighters - AP

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

US Treasury sanctions 7 more Russian businessmen, 8 companies in connection with Russia actions in Ukraine

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Truck crashes into Berlin market, Dec. 20, 2016

President Petro Poroshenko says Ukrainians pray for victims of Berlin Christmas market crash and 'condemn this diabolical act of violence' - @poroshenko

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

European Council formally approves extension of sanctions against Russia for actions in Ukraine - Radio Free Europe

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Ukraine

Ukraine to nationalize Privatbank, country's largest private financial institution, government says - Wall Street Journal

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

EU leaders agrees on extension of economic sanctions against Russia over Ukraine for 6 months, diplomats say - Reuters

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

President of France François Hollande says he backs extension of Ukraine sanctions on Russia - Reuters

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European Union

EU states and parliament strike deal unblocking plan for visa-free travel for Ukraine and Georgia - Reuters

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

Germany's foreign minister says no big progress expected in implementation of Minsk accord on Ukraine crisis because of Russia, Ukraine waiting for US developments - Reuters

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says security situation in eastern Ukraine remains extremely serious, and ceasefire is violated daily

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko says only purpose of missile tests is to prepare for 'full-scale incursion' by Russia - IBT

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2016 US elections

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson accuses Ukraine of trying to undermine Trump campaign by 'planting information' that Paul Manafort 'allegedly accepted money from Ukrainian oligarchs' - Politico

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

Ukraine starts missile firing exercises in country's Kherson region, Ukrainian air force spokesperson says - Interfax

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bird flu

Ukraine reports outbreak of highly pathogenic h5 bird flu southern part of country, World Organisation for Animal Health says - Reuters

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

Russian Foreign Ministry says it views Ukraine's plans to hold missile firing exercises near Crimea as large-scale provocation - Interfax

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

Russian foreign minister says group could not agree on further steps in Ukraine crisis at Minsk talks - Reuters

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

Russia protests Ukraine's missile training over Crimea - AP

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