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Ukrainian authorities have blocked the release of a film about Soviet footballers who defied Nazi Germany amid fears it could ignite explosive emotions just weeks before the country co-hosts the Euro 2012 tournament.

The training facilities at Shakhtar which former Arsenal striker Eduardo says are world class

England told: it is crackers for you to stay in Krakow

There is anger in Ukraine that Rooney and Co will undertake 2,000-mile round trips to play group games...and will use a Fourth Division Polish team's facilities instead

Ukraine's former leader loses appeal

A Ukrainian court yesterday kept the former premier Yulia Tymoshenko in jail on charges of abuse of office, defying renewed Western pressure to release the country's main opposition leader.

Katya Apekisheva, Wigmore Hall

With Elizabeth Leonskaya and Paul Lewis leading the pack, this has been a good year for Schubert’s piano music, but from the moment Katya Apekisheva played the opening flourish of the Sonata in A minor D 537 it was clear that hers was a voice like no other.

Eugenia Carr and her mother, Yulia Tymoshenko, at the court in Kiev

Eugenia Carr: Save my mother, save my mother country

Eugenia Carr – the daughter of the jailed former Ukrainian premier Yulia Tymoshenko – is fighting for her country's future, says Oliver Poole

WARSAW (Poland) / National Stadium, capacity (for Euro 2012): 50,000 / Euro 2012 will open at Poland's new National Stadium, which has been built with £255million of government money on the site of the old 10th Anniversary Stadium. Close to the Vistula river, it resembles a wicker basket decorated in a waving Polish flag. Warsaw, despite a turbulent history, is a thriving capital and home to 1.7million people.

Euro 2012 tickets go on sale

Tickets for Euro 2012 went on sale today but England and Republic of Ireland fans face a two-month wait before they will know if they have been successful.

Former Ukraine PM re-arrested over taxes

Julia Tymoshenko, the jailed Ukrainian opposition leader, was re-arrested on tax evasion charges yesterday – as the EU prepared to send an envoy to Kiev to save a joint summit with the country this month.

Will Hawkes: Pearce provides champagne moments but Lawrenson needs a few beers

The View From The Sofa: Euro 2012 Draw, BBC2
Laurent Blanc expects a 'spicy encounter'

Oh no, not France! Blanc reveals Capello's big fear

England manager told French counterpart he was dreading being drawn together

KIEV (Ukraine) / Olympic Stadium, 60,000 / Ukraine's national stadium - and the championship's biggest venue - is undergoing a spectacular makeover, which will include a transparent roof, to prepare it for group-stage matches, a quarter-final and the final. Dynamo Kiev played European games there prior to closure for renovation. Kiev, on the banks of the Dnieper river, is Ukraine's capital and largest city.

Euro 2012 finals match schedule

Full match schedule for the 2012 European Championships:

WARSAW (Poland) / National Stadium, capacity (for Euro 2012): 50,000 / Euro 2012 will open at Poland's new National Stadium, which has been built with £255million of government money on the site of the old 10th Anniversary Stadium. Close to the Vistula river, it resembles a wicker basket decorated in a waving Polish flag. Warsaw, despite a turbulent history, is a thriving capital and home to 1.7million people.

Euro 2012: Venue Guide

Euro 2012 will be co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine. Here, we guide you around the grounds being used for the tournament.

Kenwyne Jones leaps high to score Stoke’s late equaliser last night

'Fantastic' Stoke delight Pulis

Stoke City 1 Dynamo Kiev 1

Battling Stoke's Europa adventure continues

Stoke City 1 Dynamo Kiev 1
Scenes from Kiev: Elton John hugs a patient at a drop-in centre funded by his Aids Foundation

Sir Elton and Kiev's lost generation

For people infected with HIV in Ukraine, there has often been little hope. For years they have been stigmatised, ignored, offered inadequate treatment and found themselves pushed to the edge of society, regularly forced to live without homes, support or even the official papers needed to find a job. Until now, however, there has been one clear beacon: a refuge desperately needed in a region that now has the world's fastest-growing infection rate.

Cardiff City players observe a minute's silence for Gary Speed on Tuesday night

Pulis tribute to 'football man' Speed

Stoke City manager pays his respects and warns of loneliness and pressure of life in the dug-out

Scenes from Kiev: Elton John hugs a patient at a drop-in centre funded by his Aids Foundation

Elton John: On the streets with Ukraine's lost generation

A mixture of intolerance and opportunism threatens to deprive Kiev of the one institution that offers hope to its thousands of young people with HIV

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In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
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A tale of two presidents

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Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
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Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

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How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

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