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A girl jumps over flowers near a decorative Eurovision song contest logo on Maidan square in Kiev on Tuesday. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Maidan square in the heart of Kiev is Ukraine’s most famous meeting place. Countless Kiyani and visitors to their city come here to stroll, have a co(...)

Ukraine’s central bank governor Valeria Gontareva, who has annoounced she will leave her post by May 10th. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Concern over Ukraine’s reform prospects has deepened with the resignation of central bank chief Valeria Gontareva, whose overhaul of the country’s fin(...)

Russian singer, composer and songwriter Yulia Samoilova, who has been chosen to represent Russia in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Photograph: EPA/Russian TV Channel 1

Ukraine has refused to reverse its decision to ban Russia’s entrant from next month’s Eurovision Song Contest, despite the fierce criticism of organis(...)

People  protest against increased tariffs for communal services and new taxes in Minsk, Belarus, on March 15th. The placard , referring to the country’s president, reads: “Lukashenko, stop picking the raisins out of the bread”. Photograph: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko has warned that his security forces will take “the most severe” action against any unrest, as the country b(...)

The body of Denis Voronenkov is carried away by forensic experts in downtown Kiev on Thursday. Mr Voronenkov appeared to be a loyal pro-Kremlin deputy in Russia’s parliament until he was accused of fraud and fled to Ukraine last October. Photograph:  Andrew Kravchenko/EPA

A Russian politician who fled his homeland and became an outspoken critic of its president Vladimir Putin was murdered in central Kiev on Thursday, i(...)

Pro-Russian rebels guard a checkpoint in Stanytsia Luhanska, Lugansk region, as a  man  passes into Ukraine-controlled territory. Photograph: Valeksey Filippov/AFP/Getty Images

Russia has denied that it is preparing to annex breakaway regions of eastern Ukraine, as it marks three years since it seized the Black Sea peninsula (...)

Yulia Samoilova performed in Crimea after its 2014 annexation by Russia – an apparent breach of Ukrainian law that could see her banned from entering the country. Photograph: YouTube

Ukraine’s political, military and economic struggle with Russia is poised to enter – or return to – a very different arena: Eurovision. Russia has n(...)

 Nadiya Savchenko: The controversial pilot  has rubbished as “a complete lie”  a report that she claimed Ukraine would be better under  Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

When Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, welcomed former military pilot Nadiya Savchenko home from captivity in Russia, he stressed the symbolism o(...)

Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash: made a fortune selling Russian gas to Ukraine before being arrested in Austria in March 2014. Photograph:  Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

An Austrian court has ruled that one of Ukraine’s richest men, Dmytro Firtash, can be extradited to the United States on corruption charges the Russi(...)

Poland’s foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski: “You can’t criticise anyone for wanting to improve relations with Russia.” Photograph: Gian Ehrenzeller/EPA

As Central European leaders from the Baltic to the Black Sea congratulate Donald Trump on his accession to the White House, some can hardly wait for (...)

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