A Ukrainian student plays a piano painted in Ukraine’s national colours in front of city hall near  Independence Square in Kiev yesterday.  Photograph: Robert Ghement/EPA

The pavement cafes and souvenir stalls are doing brisk trade on Kiev’s Independence Square. But the people sipping coffee in the sun have an un(...)

A man has a child sitting on his shoulders as people gather on Lenin Square after the end of a referendum in Simferopol, Crimea. More than 90 per cent of Crimeans voted for the Ukrainian region’s accession to Russia, according to an exit poll. Photograph: Hannibal Hannschke/EPA

Crimeans have voted overwhelmingly to break away from Ukraine and join Russia in a referendum today that has alarmed the former Soviet republic(...)