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    Chewbacca arrested at Odessa polling station – video
    Oct26

    Chewbacca arrested at Odessa polling station – video

    The Star Wars character is detained at a polling station in Odessa on Sunday, when local elections were taking place across Ukraine. The man inside the costume was held for the ‘administrative offence’ of not being able to produce ID and was also fined 170 hryvnia (£5). He was reportedly apprehended when lending support to Darth...

    Chewbacca in court over lack of ID while driving Darth Vader to Ukraine election
    Oct26

    Chewbacca in court over lack of ID while driving Darth Vader to Ukraine election

    Star Wars character appears before court in Odessa after man inside costume failed to provide identity documentsThe Star Wars character Chewbacca has been dragged before a court in Odessa, in perhaps the most surreal episode in local elections across Ukraine that have been both hotly contested and full of dirty tricks.The man inside the costume...

    Russia and Ukraine suspend direct flights between countries
    Oct25

    Russia and Ukraine suspend direct flights between countries

    Talks aimed at bringing trade war to and end fail as thousands of travellers and businesspeople now face arduous journeys between nationsDirect flights between Ukraine and Russia were grounded on Sunday, as mistrust between the two countries boiled over into a new trade war that could affect hundreds of thousands of people.“I never thought it...

    Ukraine rebels expel Médecins Sans Frontières from region
    Oct24

    Ukraine rebels expel Médecins Sans Frontières from region

    Self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic blacklists international medical aid charity without giving reasons Rebels in Ukraine have ousted an international task force of doctors in the country’s war-torn east, denying thousands of civilians urgent medical care.The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic has blacklisted...

    Darth Vader statue replaces Lenin monument in Ukraine – video
    Oct23

    Darth Vader statue replaces Lenin monument in Ukraine – video

    People dressed as Chewbacca and Stormtroopers from Star Wars attend the unveiling of the Darth Vader monument in Odessa on Friday. The monument, built around a bronze Lenin statue, is part of Ukraine’s de-communisation legislation which was introduced earlier this year. The Darth Vader character attending the event says that he is happy to...

    Forced out: Darth Vader replaces Lenin statue in Ukraine
    Oct23

    Forced out: Darth Vader replaces Lenin statue in Ukraine

    The Star Wars character is a prominent figure in the country’s local politics and has now been recruited to help erase Ukraine’s communist pastJust in time for the release of the latest Star Wars film, Ukrainians have transformed a statue of Lenin into one of Darth Vader, who is an oddly prominent figure in local politics.Lenin, the...

    The force awakens (in Ukraine): Darth Vader statue replaces Lenin monument
    Oct23

    The force awakens (in Ukraine): Darth Vader statue replaces Lenin monument

    Artist converts Vladimir Lenin statue in Odessa into a monument to the Star Wars villain and it’s not the first time the George Lucas film has invaded politicsIn Odessa, Ukraine, the force really has been awakened with a statue of Vladimir Lenin being converted into one of the dark lord himself, Darth Vader.While the rest of the world was...

    Hopes and hurdles for the European project | Letters
    Oct21

    Hopes and hurdles for the European project | Letters

    Paul Mason relies on tired old cliches – and, bizarrely, his dislike of the Belgian police – to justify his claim that there is no democratic control over the European Union (G2, 19 October). He talks of “vast bureaucratic structures” and “the sheer size of EU directorates”, yet the whole European commission has around the same number of...

    Ukraine elections: high stakes and dirty tricks in hotly contested vote
    Oct21

    Ukraine elections: high stakes and dirty tricks in hotly contested vote

    Local elections are both a referendum on Petro Poroshenko’s rule and a jostle for power and influence among country’s oligarchsOn the side of the road to Kiev’s main airport, Gennady Korban slipped out of his black Mercedes to unveil a new campaign poster for the Dill party. The billboard featured a hand dragging from the earth...

    Stalin portraits emerge in heart of Ukraine’s rebel-held territory
    Oct19

    Stalin portraits emerge in heart of Ukraine’s rebel-held territory

    Soviet nostalgia rules as images of the former dictator go on display in the centre of Donetsk, the rebel capital of eastern Ukraine once called StalinoThree portraits of the former Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin are on display in the centre of Donetsk, the rebel capital of eastern Ukraine, as the separatist authorities fuel a mood of Soviet...

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