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BMI started flying to the Ukraine's capital last week. So, is it worth a visit? Mark Leftly finds out

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Ukraine PM leaves Kiev to sign deal in Moscow

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko left Kiev for Moscow today to sign an agreement to restore flows of Russian gas through the ex-Soviet state to Europe, the Ukrainian government's press service said.

Moscow and Kiev in war of words over gas

Russia and Ukraine argued over gas supplies again yesterday, with each side trying to persuade their customers in the West that the other was to blame for the crisis.

Russia gas disruption bites in Europe

Russia halted gas supplies via Ukraine to the Balkans, Turkey and south-eastern Europe today and flows to EU-member state Austria dropped by 90 per cent in a deepening price row between Moscow and Kiev.

Arsenal see off Kiev with late Bendtner strike

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Hiddink brings back memories of Kiev, not Cruyff

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Minister cited in reporter's killing found dead

The fallout from the murder of a campaigning journalist in Ukraine took another twist when a former interior minister, named by The Independent in June as the mastermind in the killing, apparently committed suicide by shooting himself.

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