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Mrs Chirac unveils memorial to artist

Mrs Chirac unveils memorial to artist

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Oles Gonchar

Oles Gonchar was the author of some 20 novels, translated into every important European language, and a dedicated politician in his native Ukraine.

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Letter: Tourism in Kiev is neither easy nor cheap

Sir: I read your advertisement ('Independent/Lufthansa two- for-one offer', 27 September) about Kiev with growing amazement. Certainly your writer has not visited this beautiful city as an independent traveller.

East-west rupture threatens Ukraine after election upset: With the country approaching collapse, 'it was a choice of more of the same or change. People voted for change'

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Out of Ukraine: Where jokes about Leonid Brezhnev have no grave side

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Kravchuk ahead

President Leonid Kravchuk beat his former prime minister in the first round of Ukraine's presidential election, according to unofficial returns but could face an uphill struggle to win a run-off next month, Reuter reports from Kiev. Mr Kravchuk won 38 per cent of the vote ahead of Leonid Kuchma, who took 32 per cent.

Ukraine tough on Crimea

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Crimea tense

Tension in Crimea mounted when the Ukrainian peninsula's pro- Russian leadership accused Kiev of attempting a 'military coup' and considered measures moving it closer to secession, Reuter reports from Simferopol. There were reports that Ukraine had dispatched 1,000 crack troops to Crimea but Ukrainian authorities dismissed the reports as fantasy.
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