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(...)

Georgian prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili (left), his son Tsotne and wife Eka Khvedelidze. Ivanishvili and Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili are leaving office not arm-in-arm but in opposite directions, united only in mutual loathing. Photograph: Reuters/Georgy Kakulia

To lose two colourful, intriguing and unpredictable leaders might be considered the height of political carelessness, but that is Georgia’s fate as it(...)

A woman walks past an election poster of presidential candidate Georgy Margvelashvili in Tbilisi. Mr Margvelashvili is expected to win this weekend’s election. Photograph: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

As Georgia prepares to hold a presidential election tomorrow, most of the chatter in Tbilisi is not about who will win, but whether Mikheil Saakashvi(...)