The President, Michael D Higgins, talks with Olusegun Obasanjo, the co-chairman of the InterAction Council, at Áras an Uachtaráin on Tuesday. Photograph: Dave Meehan

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Ruslana delivers her winning performance in the  2004 Eurovision Song Contest in Istanbul. Photograph: Photograph: Murad Sezer/AP

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Yulia Tymoshenko: the fiercely competitive former prime minister of Ukraine received only 13 per cent of the vote in May presidential elections. Photograph: Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

She led Ukraine’s Orange Revolution, and seemed poised for a glorious comeback when freed from jail in February after another pro-western uprising.But(...)

Petro Poroshenko greets people in Kiev’s Independence Square yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Maks Levin

Dr Iron Fist may have thrown in the towel, but the Chocolate King and the Gas Princess should make Ukraine’s presidential election a fascinatin(...)

Anti-government protesters are served tea from a small booth in Independence Square. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Ukraine’s crisis has deepened with a widening of anti-government protests and threats from officials to severely punish demonstrators who continue to(...)

An opposition deputy, wearing a T-shirt in support of imprisoned former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, arrives at a session of parliament in Kiev. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

It’s a long way from Lviv to Kharkiv: more than 1,000km across Ukraine, from close to its western border with Poland to within a few miles of Russia i(...)