Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko: creation of an independent church represents “a victory for good over evil, light over darkness”.  Photograph: Sergei Chuzavkov/AP

The Kremlin has pledged to “defend the interests” of Russian church believers in Ukraine during a growing dispute between rival branches of the countr(...)

Khabib Nurmagomedov is restrained as  he tries to continue his brawling outside the octagon at UFC 229 in Las Vegas. Photograph: John Locher/AP

Look, it’s not like BT Sport hadn’t warned us. “This programme contains flashing images and scenes of violence,” read the screen before we were trans(...)

The  Nukus museum, Uzbekistan is one of the most remote galleries in the world and houses   the largest body of Russian avant garde paintings outside Saint Petersburg’s Russian museum. Photograph: Chip HIRES/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Uzbekistan has fired the long-standing director of its renowned museum in Nukus, raising fears about the safety of a vast treasure trove of art housed(...)