Small Talk: Hightex header hits the target

Football fans have to remember to take an ever-expanding assortment of paraphernalia with them to matches these days: ticket and scarf, whistle, fog-horn, rattle and – as of recently – a beach ball.

Ferdinand's fumble ends winning run

Ukraine 1 England 0: Defender's wretched start to the season continues with error that consigns 10-man England to defeat and raises old worries

White Guard, By Mikhail Bulgakov

Marian Schwartz's pacey and compelling new tranlsation of this most unstuffy classic captures a wonderful chrocicle of the Russian Revolution and its aftermath as a colourful, absurd and even merry cocktail of nightmare and farce.

Kleber quiet on Liverpool deal

Cruzeiro forward Kleber has said that he does not want to answer any more questions about a possible move to Liverpool with his club insisting that they want to keep him.

A city break in Kiev is all about politics

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

Ukraine's Becks faces the unthinkable

Shevchenko has been his country's No 1 hitman for years but he may be left out for Wembley mission

Ukraine: Nation on the brink of bankruptcy

Ukraine is so broke the nation is expecting to be cut off this week for failing to pay the gas bill, reports Mary Dejevsky from Kiev

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

Arsenal 1 Dynamo Kiev 0

Hiddink brings back memories of Kiev, not Cruyff

Simply wearing orange doesn't make you brilliant. They may wear the same colour shirts, but that is where the similarity between Marco van Basten's Holland and the Dutch team of the early Seventies ends. Not only was this never a team that played Total Football, but their exit came against a side who are far closer to the Rinus Michels ideal than they ever were.

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.

Could the Orange Revolution be just a mirage in the snow?

Six days on and still they chant, still they march, still they seek to overturn the election result that cheated them. The crowds and the momentum are on their side, but, say Andrew Osborn and Ivan Lozowy in this special report from Kiev, nothing in Ukraine is that simple
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