Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy: has vowed  “to give protection, refuge and Ukrainian citizenship to all those who fight for freedom . . . And first and foremost to Russians, who today suffer most of all.” Photograph: Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Reuters

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy has issued a decree to make it easier for Russians facing political persecution to become citizens of Ukraine,(...)

 Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy at an emergency military meeting in  Kiev: seeking an end to the five-year war in eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Presidential Press Service/EPA

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy has called for urgent talks with the leaders of Russia, Germany and France to try to end the five-year war in (...)

 The Russian tanker Nika Spirit in the port of Izmail, Ukraine. The vessel,  formerly named Neyma,  was detained by  Ukrainian security services for its  suspected involvement in Russia’s capture last year of three Ukrainian naval ships and their 24 crew

Ukraine released 10 Russian sailors after seizing their tanker on Thursday over its suspected involvement in Russia’s capture last year of three Ukrai(...)

Ukrainians gave president Volodymyr Zelenskiy and his Servant of the People party an unprecedented mandate for change in Sunday’s parliamentary elections. Photograph: Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

Ukrainians gave president Volodymyr Zelenskiy and his Servant of the People party an unprecedented mandate for change in Sunday’s parliamentary electi(...)

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(...)

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy (centre) reacts at his party’s headquarters after the parliamentary elections in Kiev on Sunday. Photograph: Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

The West has hailed Ukraine’s parliamentary election as a catalyst for major reform, and Moscow tentatively welcomed it as a “vote of hope”, as the co(...)

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy, right. With 79 per cent of votes counted, Mr Zelenskiy’s Servant of the People party was set to claim about 253 of 424 available seats. Photograph: Evgeniy Maloletka/AP

The party of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy is poised to secure an overall majority in the country’s parliament, after a historic election vi(...)

 Members of the Ukrainian electoral commission talk to a voter before she casts her vote in a mobile ballot box during parliamentary elections, in the village of Velyki Dmytrovychi, near Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: EPA/Tatyana Zenkovich

The party of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy dominated Sunday’s parliamentary elections, exit polls suggest, as voters backed the ex-comedian’(...)

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy holds a news conference after meeting European Council president Donald Tusk in Brussels, Belgium, June 5th, 2019. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/File Photo/Reuters

Ukrainians started to vote in a snap parliamentary election on Sunday that could consolidate the power of new president Volodymyr Zelenskiy and hand t(...)

An activist distributes electoral materials in support of Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s political party, Servant of the People, in Kiev. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

The party of Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, is set to dominate the country’s parliamentary elections on Sunday, and hopes to secure a m(...)

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