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    Russian police detain director of Ukrainian library in Moscow
    Oct29

    Russian police detain director of Ukrainian library in Moscow

    Investigative committee tells court to arrest Natalya Sharina over ‘anti-Russian propaganda’Russian police detained the director of a Ukrainian library in Moscow on suspicion of inciting ethnic hatred, in the latest twist of the ongoing standoff between the two nations.The Russian investigative committee said in a statement on Thursday it...

    Chernobyl’s babushkas – the women who refused to leave the exclusion zone
    Oct29

    Chernobyl’s babushkas – the women who refused to leave the exclusion zone

    A new documentary follows the unlikely rebel grandmothers who returned to their radioactive homes after the nuclear disasterOn 26 April 1986 the Chernobyl nuclear power plant’s reactor No 4 blew up after a cooling test. The resulting nuclear fire lasted 10 days, spewing 400 times as much radiation as the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Today...

    Putin’s nemesis | Natalia Antelava
    Oct27

    Putin’s nemesis | Natalia Antelava

    Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia, makes no secret of his hatred for the Kremlin. Now he has taken the fight to Ukraine – as the newly appointed governor of its most corrupt region. Can he survive long enough to make a difference?The governor was late. It was the end of a hot day in July, and 38 people, most of them women, sat...

    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...

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