Russian President Vladimir Putin has discussed settling the long-running conflict in eastern Ukraine with the country’s new president Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in their first telephone conversation initiated by Kiev.
Russia says the International Court of Justice (ICJ) lacks jurisdiction over a case filed by neighboring Ukraine against Moscow over its purported funding of pro-Russian separatists in volatile eastern Ukraine and alleged discrimination against an ethnic group in the Crimea Peninsula.
Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday used his inaugural speech to announce his first priority was ending the five-year conflict with pro-Russia forces in the east of the country that has claimed over 13,000 lives.
Ukraine’s corn exporters appear to have resolved some of the concerns around trading with Iran as trade sources see a rush of cargoes heading to the Middle East country in a final flourish for the record-breaking Ukrainian crop.
Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comedian with no political experience, has taken a strong lead in the first round of Ukraine’s presidential race after securing almost twice the vote share of his main contender, incumbent Petro Poroshenko, early results show.