Ukraine's election hopefuls play on football fervour for votes

SKULDUGGERY and politics are eternally entwined, but the spectacle that will today be played out in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, is one of the more flamboyant fibs told in the name of garnering votes.

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A HAT-TRICK by Filippo Inzaghi gave Juventus a highly impressive 4-1 win away to Dynamo Kiev in the second leg of the European Cup quarter- finals last night, putting the Italian champions into the last four by a 5-2 aggregate margin.

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Newcastle United 2 Dynamo Kiev 0

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When Barcelona subjected their Champions' League visitors, Dynamo Kiev, to shabby treatment this week, all they did was fire up the Ukrainians and sow the seeds of a disastrous defeat. Rostislav Khotin reports on the background to the Spaniards' elimination from Europe.

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By overturning a two-goal deficit in the cauldron of Dynamo Kiev's Olympiski Stadium, Newcastle proved that they are a credible force in Europe at last.

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The task Newcastle United face today could hardly be more daunting. Not only do they tackle a confident Dynamo Kiev side led by Ukraine's equivalent of Alan Shearer, but, as Olaf Rasmussen reveals, a crowd of 100,000 and the will of a nation desperate to make its mark after centuries in Russia's shadow.

Football: Chicken Kiev for wary Newcastle

Newcastle arrived in Kiev last night with everything including the kitchen sink. The Magpies, who play Dynamo Kiev in the Champions' League tonight, were accompanied by their catering manager, Robin Buchanan, two chefs and 1,850 kilos of food.

Tennis: Rusedski saves the day on Kiev's clay

Greg Rusedski saved Britain from having to endure a relegation play- off in the Davis Cup Euro-African Group One when he sealed a 3-2 victory over the Ukraine on the clay courts of Kiev yesterday.

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Kiev tries to drag Crimea back in time

Time is clearly of the essence in turbulent Crimea, where Ukraine's leaders have set a deadline of next Sunday for the peninsula's mainly Russian- speaking population to join the same time zone as the rest of Ukraine. "There cannot be two different times in one nation," said one exasperated aide to Ukraine's President, Leonid Kuchma, omitting to recall that his country was once part of the 11-time-zone Soviet Union.

Benevolent soft spots

Northern Ireland 0 Ukraine 1

Ukraine learns language of nationhood

Ukrainians are speaking less Russian and slowly learning to love their own tongue

`OK, Mr Barber, we'll burn those jeans for you'

Ten years ago, when the Chernobyl reactor exploded, Tony Barber was visiting a friend nearby. Only on his return to Moscow did he slowly discover the truth about the blast and its effects. This is the story of his weekend break in the wrong place at the wrong time ...

Ukraine fire toll

Ukraine fire toll

It's Grimm out west

Making a house out of gingerbread - was the wicked witch in Hansel and Gretel some horribly prophetic conflation of Delia Smith and Rachel Whiteread, or what? It's Grimm out west, as the Lyric plans to delight us with an intriguing new production of the classic spooky tale of an enchanted forest and a paedophagic old crone. It's set on a Ukrainian Christmas Day, where the action moves between present-day Kiev, Kiev in 1946, and Worm Wood, the dream world of our two heroic children. Mystery, original music and the delights of a traditional Ukrainian Christmas are all promised. If you're wondering who came up with the lovely idea of sweetening the bitter pill of history with a fairy tale, then know that this scheme was cooked up by Pop-Up, one of the country's most respected children's theatre companies, and Red Shift, a company who do consistently interesting things with classic literature on the stage. Their Crime and Punishment last year was wonderful, and this Hansel and Gretel promises to be a magical alternative to the traditional family panto.
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