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    US broadens Russia sanctions as Ukraine president visits Trump
    Jun21

    US broadens Russia sanctions as Ukraine president visits Trump

    Figures linked to businessman called ‘Putin’s cook’ among new individuals and companies added to Washington’s sanctions listWashington has broadened its sanctions against Russian companies and officials, on the same day Donald Trump welcomed the Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, to the White House.The US added a new batch...

    Ukrainian president to ‘drop in’ on Trump during Washington visit
    Jun20

    Ukrainian president to ‘drop in’ on Trump during Washington visit

    Hours before Petro Poroshenko’s arrival, details of the meeting had still not been confirmed with the apparently reluctant US presidentDonald Trump is expected to meet the Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, at the White House on Tuesday but the encounter is likely to be a brief and leave questions unanswered over the...

    Europe’s border shifts and citizenship denial
    Jun19

    Europe’s border shifts and citizenship denial

    I don’t know what my grandfather – who served in the German army in the first world war and was murdered in the Holocaust – would have considered his nationality to be, writes Christina CraigI too have been denied German citizenship (Letters, 17 June) because my mother and grandfather, both victims of Nazism, have been determined not to be...

    The pipeline feeding billions to Putin … evading sanctions on the way
    Jun14

    The pipeline feeding billions to Putin … evading sanctions on the way

    Nord Stream 2 will transport gas from Russia to Europe, endangering habitats, fuelling climate change and funding Putin’s regime for decadesTough western sanctions on Russia may be squeezing the economy – but that’s only half the story. The other half you can understand better by attending a public hearing into a project that will...

    Underground water pipe explosion destroys road in Ukraine – video
    May31

    Underground water pipe explosion destroys road in Ukraine – video

    CCTV footage obtained by the Ukrainian 1+1 TV channel shows an underground water pipe exploding in Kiev on Monday. Local media reported that several cars were damaged, but no one was hurt. The cause of explosion was unclear … …read more Source: The...

    Ukraine blocks popular Russian websites over Kremlin’s role in war
    May16

    Ukraine blocks popular Russian websites over Kremlin’s role in war

    Decision to prevent access to social media networks and search engine sparks outcry from users and press freedom campaignersUkraine has blocked Russia’s most popular social media networks and a major internet search engine in response to the Kremlin’s role in a three-year separatist war in the east.The decision sparked an immediate...

    Portugal beats yodellers and a dancing gorilla to win Eurovision 2017 – video highlights
    May14

    Portugal beats yodellers and a dancing gorilla to win Eurovision 2017 – video highlights

    Portugal’s Salvador Sobral won the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev on Saturday, the first time the country has won since it entered the competition in 1964. Other highlights from the show included a dancing gorilla from Italy, some surprising yodelling from Romania, and last year’s winner Jamala had her performance interrupted by...

    Eurovision 2017: Gorilla suits, gypsy hip-hop, and the winner was half-decent
    May14

    Eurovision 2017: Gorilla suits, gypsy hip-hop, and the winner was half-decent

    Lucie Jones helps the UK dodge a Brexit backlash as Portugal takes first win in over 40 yearsMany surprising things occurred in Saturday night’s Eurovision. A decent song won for Portugal’s Salvador Sobral. The UK’s Lucie Jones sang well and garnered many votes, in defiance of Theresa May’s focus-grouped pussy-footing. The...

    Eurovision 2017: UK gets excuses in early but is tipped to avoid nul points
    May13

    Eurovision 2017: UK gets excuses in early but is tipped to avoid nul points

    Analysts say Brexit vote should make only marginal difference and eye-catching entry could deliver best result in yearsDancing gorillas, glittering divas, yodelling rappers and simmering political strife come together for the annual kitschfest that is Eurovision on Saturday, when the UK will discover whether Brexit means nul points. Related:...

    Volunteers in Ukraine: ‘If we want change, we have to inspire kids’
    May12

    Volunteers in Ukraine: ‘If we want change, we have to inspire kids’

    Our project teaching children to speak English is about cultural exchange and solidarity with our neighbours. This is how to reform a countryIn February 2014, 100 people – now known as the “heavenly hundred” – were shot dead by riot police during protests in Independence Square, Kiev. The “revolution of dignity” began as an outcry against the...

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