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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.

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.

EU mobilises over gas supply crunch as Ukraine accuses Russia of "manipulation"

Representatives from all 27 European Union member states met in Brussels yesterday to discuss the implications of Ukraine's gas crisis for its Western neighbours.

Russia-Ukraine gas row disrupts supplies to EU

Russia and Ukraine looked no closer to compromise today over a gas row that has disrupted supplies to at least four European Union countries as they face freezing winter temperatures.

Gas war prompts crisis talks in Brussels

Europe starts to feel the pinch as Russian and Ukrainian state-run energy giants trade blows. David Randall reports

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Russia sharply reduces gas supplies to Ukraine

Russia sharply reduced gas supplies to neighbouring Ukraine today after a row over unpaid bills and prices, raising the spectre of supply disruptions to the European Union.

Olga Lepeschinskaya: Stalin's favourite ballerina who became a highly regarded teacher

Olga Lepeschinskaya was one of the most brilliant ballerinas of Soviet ballet. She possessed a charming and vivacious personality and radiated a human warmth that was delightful. Her dancing showed very special gifts, notably an exuberant buoyancy and a power of projection. She was a person who saw her objective clearly and went for it with tremendous energy, skill and optimism. Endowed with a natural leap of exceptional breadth, she developed a dazzling virtuoso technique which equipped her to dance both the classical repertoire and contemporary roles with equal ease and fluency. From 1933 to 1963 she was one of the most popular ballerinas at the Bolshoi and was thought to be Stalin's favourite ballerina. She married one of his generals and enjoyed a happy married life.

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Platini hints Poland could be sole Euro 2012 hosts

Poland could host Euro 2012 alone if construction problems persist in Ukraine, according to Uefa president Michel Platini.

Arsenal fail to fire and now face tough road to Rome

FC Porto 2 Arsenal 0

Wenger keen to give Eboué chance of redemption

Arsenal need only a draw in their Champions League tie in Porto tonight to secure a top-place finish in Group G and a successful trip to Portugal could also provide a tonic for their beleaguered midfielder Emmanuel Eboué.

It's been a 'nightmare' but Almunia now dreams of beating Chelsea

The Spanish goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has known difficult times in his four years with Arsenal, so for him to admit that the past fortnight has been the worst of all confirms the tensions existing inside and outside the dressing room. Almunia's hope is that this afternoon's derby at Chelsea will be the start of a happier new chapter, but his reluctance to regard the late win over Dynamo Kiev last Tuesday as a turning point just yet suggests all is still not sweetness and light.

Bendtner's late hit puts edgy Arsenal in the pink

Arsenal 1 Dynamo Kiev 0

Arsenal see off Kiev with late Bendtner strike

Arsenal 1 Dynamo Kiev 0

Gallas won't quit Arsenal says agent

Under-fire centre-back William Gallas is not looking to leave Arsenal, the Frenchman's agent confirmed today.

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