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  • Between war and peace: Ukrainian youth – in pictures

    For more than three years, Ukraine has been plagued by a conflict between the eastern secessionist territories and the Kiev government. These images portray a generation caught between war and peace

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  • Football in Crimea: the club split in two by Russia's invasion

    Former champions Tavria are now two struggling teams: one in mainland Ukraine, and one in Russian-annexed Crimea

    When Russia won the right to host this year’s World Cup in 2010, Tavria Simferopol were in Ukraine’s top division. The club’s “ultras” – hardcore fans – sang patriotic songs, and nursed fond memories of Tavria’s biggest triumph: when the club won independent Ukraine’s first Premier League title in 1992.

    Eight years later, as the World Cup gets under way, there are two teams called Tavria: one still plays in Simferopol, the capital of Russian-annexed Crimea, and one plays across the newly drawn border in mainland Ukraine.

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  • Oleg Sentsov's family ask Putin to free him before World Cup

    Family of jailed Ukrainian film director on hunger strike appeal to Russian president

    The family of Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian film director imprisoned in Russia who is on hunger strike, have called on President Vladimir Putin to release him before the World Cup, which kicks off on Thursday.

    “He says he’s going to carry his hunger strike through to the end, and Oleg is the kind of person who doesn’t go back on his word,” Sentsov’s cousin Natalia Kaplan told the Guardian.

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