Viktor Shokin, who has been fired as prosecutor general of Ukraine after an overwhelming vote in parliament. He was  accused of blocking major cases against allies and influential figures and stymying moves to root out graft. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

The European Union has welcomed the dismissal of Ukraine’s scandal-ridden prosecutor general and called for a crackdown on corruption, even as the cou(...)

Ukrainian former prime minister and leader of Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party Yulia Tymoshenko at a parliament session in Kiev on Tuesday. She withdrew her party from the ruling coalition in anger over the no-confidence vote. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has called for an end to the country’s political turmoil and vowed to press ahead with pro-EU reforms, afte(...)

Governor of Odessa Mikheil Saakashvili is determined to make Ukraine’s largest region, a model of liberal reform. Photograph: Alexey Kravtsov/AFP/Getty Images

Ukraine’s potential to become a new European hub of internet innovation was a feature of the Web Summit last week, where nine of the embattled coun(...)

Odessa’s governor Mikheil Saakashvili: in open conflict with  prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Photograph:  Reuters/Stringer

The team running one of Ukraine’s most alluring but turbulent regions courted investors last month at a conference entitled: “Odessa style: Make love (...)

A hippopotamus walks across a flooded street in Tbilisi. Photograph: Beso Gulashvili/Reuters

Georgian police were last night searching the mud-clogged streets of the capital, Tbilisi, for animals that escaped from the city’s zoo during flas(...)

Mikheil Saakashvili: after leading Georgia’s 2003 Rose Revolution, he fought graft and bureaucracy and attracted foreign investors to an economy which, for a few years, was one of the most dynamic in the world – achievements that Ukraine is desperate to match. Photograph: Gerard Cerles/AFP

The people of Odessa, a freewheeling Ukrainian port known for its salty sense of humour, are already having fun with – and at the expense of –their fa(...)

Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, and governor of Odessa region Mikheil Saakashvili  in Odessa today. Photograph: Reuters/Ukrainian presidential press service

The president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, has appointed former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili as governor of Ukraine’s southern Odessa regio(...)

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

He wanted to be remembered and loved as a latter-day David the Builder, the medieval king who ruled over a golden age for Georgia, but Mikheil Saakash(...)

A burnt trolley bus lies on a square near a railway station in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine yesterday. Reuters/Maxim Shemetov

Before joining forces to help run the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, the pro-Russian pseudo-statelet in eastern Ukraine, Vladimir Antiufeyev, Al(...)

The mayor of Georgia’s capital Tbilisi, Gigi Ugulava, has been suspended from office after he was charged with misspending public funds. Photograph: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters.

The mayor of Georgia’s capital Tbilisi has been suspended from office after he was charged with misspending public funds in a case he and his opposit(...)