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Chernobyl: in the 30km off-limit zone, liquidators measure radiation levels in the aftermath of the disaster. Photograph: Getty

A new TV drama revisits the Soviet nuclear meltdown of 1986, when fallout and fake news threatened to poison Europe Sinking through the screen int(...)

Chernobyl drama: Irish actor Jessie Buckley portrays Lyudmilla Ignatenko, whose husband Vasily was one of the first firefighters on the scene of the 1986 disaster

A new five-part miniseries dramatising the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear explosion will bring “fresh eyes” to the disaster and its subsequent cover-up, Chern(...)

Ukraine’s president-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy grills kebabs on a holiday in Bodrum, Turkey: in barbed exchanges with Vladimir Putin,  he said Russians “suffer most of all”.  Photograph: Neyzar Ozbek/Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin has continued to spar with Ukraine’s incoming leader Volodymyr Zelenskiy over their rival plans to offer passports to(...)

Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy  following the announcement of the first exit poll in the  presidential election. Photograph: Reuters

If Walter and Julian Kennedy could somehow return to Mariupol they would be amazed by what has become of this city in southeastern Ukraine. Amid the (...)

Donbass: There has rarely been a better example of universal truths being revealed through particular histories.

The latest film from Sergei Loznitsa – the Ukrainian director of diversely miserable films such as My Joy and A Gentle Creature – begins with scenes t(...)

Activists hold placards stating “France speaks French, Ukraine speaks Ukrainian” and “For Ukrainian language” during a rally in front of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Deputies in Ukraine have backed a Bill to strengthen Ukrainian as its state language, prompting warnings from Moscow that the move could deepen a Krem(...)

Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who     said before his election victory last Sunday that he wants to find a way to end fighting between government troops and Moscow-led militants in the Donbas region. File photograph: Viacheslav Ratynskyi/Reuters

The Kremlin has made it easier for people in militant-held eastern Ukraine to become Russian citizens, drawing the region closer Moscow and escalating(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attends a welcome ceremony as he arrives at the railway station in the Russian far-eastern city of Vladivostok on Wednesday. Photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

The Kremlin threw down the welcome mat for Kim Kong-un on Wednesday as the North Korean leader arrived in Russia for his first ever face-to-face talks(...)

 Volodymyr Zelenskiy reacts following the announcement of the results of the first exit poll in the presidential election runoff,  at his campaign headquarters in Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph:  Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

“It’s like a vicious circle,” fictional Ukrainian president Vasyl Holoborodko observes in the country’s popular television comedy Servant of the Peopl(...)

Ukrainian comedian and president-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy: Ukrainians “would soon find out the truth” about the Donbas region and Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Photograph:  Genya Savilov/AFP

Aides to Ukraine’s president-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy laid out key planks of his anti-corruption agenda on Tuesday, as his election victory shook th(...)

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