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Russian president Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko as Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko, German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Francois Hollande look on prior the Ukrainian peace talks in Minsk.  Photograph: Andrei Stasevich/EPA

Hopes for a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine hung in the balance last night, as major differences between Kiev and Moscow and the rebels it supports thr(...)

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko shows a signed landmark association agreement with the European Union during a session of the parliament in Kiev yesterday. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

The European Parliament ratified the European Union’s association agreement with Ukraine in Strasbourg yesterday, as 2,000km to the east the Ukrainian(...)

Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform (UDAR) party leader Vitaly Klitschko (C) addresses activists of the Right Sector movement. He has said he will not run for the presidency. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters.

Boxer-turned-politician Vitaly Klitschko pulled out of the race to be Ukrainian president today, throwing his weight instead behind billionair(...)