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Ukrainian nationalists march during a rally in Kiev held to mark the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

On Sunday, Sergey Ignatovsky will vote in Ukraine’s snap general election, and put his faith in pro-western politicians to lead his country to vict(...)

Munster’s Keith Earls hands off Cian Healy of Leinster during a derby game. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

You name it: Crusaders v Chiefs, Leicester v Northampton, Bath v Gloucester or Bristol, Clermont v Toulouse, the Parisien derby, Sharks v Bulls, Warat(...)

Munster’s Paul O’Connell  dends off  Toulouse’s Guthro Steenkamp during the Heineken Cup quarter-final at Thomond Park. Photo:  Brian Lawless/PA

This is it then, for the sole remaining Irish – indeed Celtic – interest in European affairs this season to extend to the Cardiff final four we(...)

Dejected John Langford (left) and  Peter Clohessy at the end of the 2000 Heineken Cup final against Northampton. Defeat hurt Munster, naturally, but arguably gave them the hunger to keep coming back until they won the competition, in 2006 and 2008.  Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

It’s hard not to feel a little poignant about the closing stages of the last Heineken Cup as we know it. The competition has been especially b(...)

Damien Varley is hoping to start his first Heineken Cup semi-final when Munster play Toulon. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Clearly the mantra coming from the Munster Brains Trust in the immediate fallout of their restorative win in Galway was that s(...)

True grit: Fedor Bondarchuk on the set of Stalingrad

T here a re few subjects more sacred in Russian iconography (a word that nation would readily understand) than the battle of Stalingrad. Not many b(...)

The Livadia Palace in Yalta, the summer home of the last Russian tsar and where the allied leaders met  in  1945 to reshape a shattered Europe. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

It must have been cold then too, when allied leaders met here in February 1945 to reshape a shattered Europe. At the Livadia Palace in Yalta, snow is (...)

Detail of Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix, in the Louvre Museum, Paris. Photograph: JMN/Cover/Getty Images

France’s culture minister, Aurélie Filippetti, took an emphatically negative position yesterday in the growing controversy over whether Paris should l(...)

Munster captain Peter O’Mahony in training with the squad at Limerick University yesterday. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As a man of action, and a leader by deed rather than word of mouth, being a non-playing captain sits particularly uneasily with Peter O’Mahony. Not ev(...)

Bo Xilai is almost certain to be found guilty when he stands trial on charges of corruption. Photograph: AP

Over the years, Bo Xilai has been a big-city mayor, a provincial boss, a jailed counter-revolutionary, a trade tsar and a Communist Party grandee. But(...)

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