Then US vice-president Joe Biden with his son Hunter in Beijing in  December 2013. Photograph: Andy Wong/EPA

Hunter Biden’s business interests often show up in unexpected places. Now, they are at the centre of the biggest political crisis of the Trump presid(...)

Olympic medallist  Zhan Beleniuk training young wrestlers at a sports school for children in Boyarka, near the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, on July 4th. Beleniuk is Ukraine’s first mixed-race member of parliament. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images

An 80-year-old aerospace tycoon fell to a young wedding photographer; a veteran power broker lost his seat of two decades to the owner of a small pizz(...)

Lyudmyla Bilenka and her daughter Yarina with a photo of her son Roman Bilenkyi  who disappeared during a mission in eastern Ukraine’s war zone in August 2014. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Roman Bilenkyi’s war in eastern Ukraine was brutally short, but his mother Lyudmyla has no idea how or when her struggle to find him will finally end.(...)

Presidents and neighbours:  Volodomyr Zelinskiy and Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Tatyana Zenkovich/Yuri Kochetko/ EPA

A week after Volodymyr Zelenskiy won Ukraine’s presidential election in April, Russian leader Vladimir Putin threw down the gauntlet to the erstwhile (...)

A campaign poster for Kharkiv mayor Hennadiy Kernes ahead of Ukraine’s July 21st parliamentary elections. He still dominates Ukraine’s second city despite political upheaval in the country and a 2014 gun attack that left him partially paralysed. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

The steely gaze of Georgy Zhukov is once more levelled at Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine, a month after protesters toppled a bust of the second World War So(...)

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy and his chief of staff Andriy Bogdan attend a meeting with lawmakers in Kiev, Ukraine on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy is facing sharp criticism after just two days in power, over his efforts to dissolve parliament and revamp ele(...)

Volodymyr Zelensky: he says there will be no change in Kiev’s pro-western course or tough stance against Russian aggression. Photograph: Getty Images

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has urged his incoming successor, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, to safeguard the nation’s pro-western course and beware an(...)

Rudy Giuliani: wants Kiev to examine claims  Democratic former US vice-president Joe Biden pressed Kiev to quash an investigation into Ukrainian gas firm Burisma. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump’s personal lawyer has cancelled plans for a controversial trip to Ukraine, but his bid to drag the embattled country into th(...)

US president Donald Trump and his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner. Amid a barrage of invitations to Trump associates  from Russians claiming connections to Vladimir Putin during the 2016 election, Kushner urged caution. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

It was late 2015, and the Trump Organization had just signed a letter of intent to fulfil its longstanding ambition of developing a tower in Moscow. L(...)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko: supporters use social media to make unsubstantiated claims about Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s alleged drug use and links to Russia.  Photograph: Sergei Chuzavkov/AFP/Getty

For Ukrainians who ousted their Kremlin-backed leader in 2014 to stop the country becoming a Russian-style autocracy, its current presidential electio(...)

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