Runners: election posters in Kiev. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

The country’s elections take place this weekend. With Crimea, annexed by Russia in March, excluded from the vote, the balance of p(...)

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko holds a weapon at PA Yuzhmash aerospace enterprise in Dnipropetrovsk during the week. He has been urged to dismiss Ihor Kolomoisky. Photograph: Mykhailo Markiv/EPA

As people prepare for an election, Ihor Kolomoisky is the focus of allegations

Yulia Tymoshenko: the fiercely competitive former prime minister of Ukraine received only 13 per cent of the vote in May presidential elections. Photograph: Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Fatherland party in battle to take 5% of votes needed to enter parliament, polls show

Millionaire Vadim Rabinovich, a leading member of new Ukrainian coalition Opposition Bloc, which comprises many former allies of ousted president Viktor Yanukovich, in his office in Kiev. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Revolution, war and the tilt to the west have left Yanukovich’s former allies reeling

Ukrainian nationalists march during a rally in Kiev held to mark the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Volunteer spirit has spawned would-be partisan cells

Russian president Vladimir Putin after the ASEM summit of European and Asian leaders in Milan yesterday. Photograph: Vasily Maximov/AP

Putin more positive than Poroshenko in assessment of gas deal

Russian president Vladimir Putin (centre) and Serbian president Tomislav Nikolic (second right) attend a military parade to mark 70 years since the city’s liberation by the Red Army in Belgrade yesterday.  Serbia feted Mr  Putin with troops, tanks and fighter-jets. Photograph:  Marko Djurica/Reuters

Germany says Russia must bolster shaky ceasefire

Mikheil Saakashvili  is widely blamed for starting Georgia’s brief but disastrous war with Russia in 2008. Photograph: Irakli Gedenidze/Reuters

Prosecutors claim former president misspent state funds and muzzled opposition

Fire-fighters work on a vehicle hit by shelling near Donetsk  airport yesterday. Photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

Drones to be used to monitor east Ukraine as fighting rages on at Donetsk airport

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