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Kravchuk boost

Two key allies of President Leonid Kravchuk defeated Communist opponents yesterday to win seats in Ukraine's first post-Soviet parliamentary election, preliminary results showed, Reuter reports from Kiev. Local election officials said Acting Prime Minister Yefim Zvyagilsky and Deputy Prime Minister Valentyn Landyk won seats in run-off voting in the eastern industrial city of Donetsk.

Independents lead in Ukraine

Independent candidates have gained the most seats to Ukraine's new parliament, according to preliminary results released yesterday of run-off elections over the weekend, AP reports from Kiev.

'In Ukraine we have no time for democracy': Andrew Higgins in Kiev finds a mounting fascist backlash against President Kravchuk and his Communist cronies

As Ukraine went to the polls yesterday, the candidate for Kiev's Vatutin District No 2 sat in a dingy basement room with faded pink wallpaper and gushed about the 'aesthetics' of IRA attacks and explained what victory for himself would bring: 'We will have only one party. The others are not necessary. Democracy is very good in London. But not here.'

Crimea tries to turn the clock back

CRIMEA, home of the Black Sea Fleet and crucible of what the CIA fears might be the next war in Europe, today quit Ukraine and rejoined Russia. The world trembled. But not a shot was fired.

Gas row turns the heat on Moscow and Kiev

RUSSIA and Ukraine will try on Thursday to settle an energy dispute that is threatening to send their strained relations to new depths. A Ukrainian delegation will travel to Moscow for talks on how to clear Kiev's debts to Russia in return for guaranteed gas supplies.

Kravchuk drops out of election race

President Leonid Kravchuk has pulled out of Ukraine's presidential election campaign after a virtual collapse of the economy and attacks by nationalists on his stand in favour of nuclear disarmament, AP reports from Kiev. Mr Kravchuk's decision throws open the field for the 26 June vote and places a question mark over the disarmament pact he signed last month with the United States and Russia.

Helicopters collide

Two Mi-8 helicopters from the former Soviet Black Sea fleet collided yesterday at an airbase in Crimea, killing six crew members, officials said, Reuter reports from Kiev.

Crimean call

Yuri Meshkov, the Russian nationalist elected president of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, yesterday met the Ukrainian leader, Leonid Kravchuk, and said he wanted economic independence for Crimea, Reuter reports from Kiev.

Travel Departures: At home but away

THE CHANCE to experience family life in the Estonian capital of Tallinn comes in a package assembled by Interchange (081-681 3612). The 'Tallinn Dreambreak', at pounds 395, includes air travel and three nights' accommodation with a 'carefully selected family'. Other packages are available to Riga, Kiev and Vilnius.

Kiev falls into line

Ukraine's parliament agreed to remove all conditions to ratification of the Start-1 arms agreement, but refused to vote on whether to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty as a non-nuclear state, Reuter reports from Kiev.

Crimea vote will test ethnic Russian loyalties

THE Crimean peninsula, a mainly Russian-speaking part of Ukraine, holds presidential elections tomorrow that carry the risk of serious confrontation between local Russian nationalists and the authorities in Kiev. The vote will provide the first test of ethnic Russian opinion outside Russia since the extremist Vladimir Zhirinovsky's success in last month's Russian elections.

Kravchuk agrees to rid Ukraine of nuclear weapons: Visegrad Four sink their differences to adopt US proposals that open the door to possible Nato membership

PRESIDENT Leonid Kravchuk of Ukraine last night confirmed a deal that would rid the former Soviet republic of nuclear weapons but said the Ukrainian parliament still had to approve the agreement, something legislators have steadfastly refused to do in the past.

Kiev 'ready to give up nuclear arms'

IN WHAT would be a success to lend crowning lustre to his current European trip, President Bill Clinton is apparently on the verge of securing a tripartite deal for the removal of all nuclear weapons from Ukraine, which could be signed at a 'summit-within-a- summit' when he travels to Moscow later this week.

Apocalypse not now or then

KIEV - A doomsday cult's second call to mark the Apocalypse fell largely on deaf ears yesterday when only a handful of people turned out to witness the promised end of the world, Reuter reports. The White Brotherhood's Apocalypse was originally set for 24 November then rescheduled for 14 November because the cult miscalculated the number of 'Biblical days' since its founding. Its latest pamphlet said it was on again for yesterday. Riot police, the officers reading or dozing, stood by outside Kiev's Cathedral of St Sofia, deemed the 'closest point to the cosmos' by the cult.
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