Observers slam Ukraine poll as ruling party nears victory

OSCE special coordinator Walburga Habsburg Douglas (centre) said the election process as a step backwards for Ukraine. Photo: EPA

Ukraine’s ruling party was set on Monday to beat the allies of jailed ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko in legislative elections that observers condemned as a setback for the ex-Soviet state’s nascent democracy.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Memo to Platini: No reason to fix what's not broken

The balloon went up over Eastern Europe on the eve of the final in Kiev. Thankfully, it was a giant hot air model in the shape of the ultimate prize, the Henri Delaunay Cup, and signalled the imminent battle between Italy and Spain for European dominance. It loomed large over the VIP and Uefa Club's white hospitality tents and the Olympic Stadium.

2 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Ghosts of 'Death Match' linger

The stone colonnade entrance is in desperate need of a lick of paint, and the Cyrillic letters spelling out the name of this infamous football stadium in Kiev are in danger of toppling over.

30 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Sick as a parrot but hope is up ahead

So the wheels finally came off the England caravan. Granted, Roy Hodgson's jury-rigged team lasted much longer than expected, but to the experienced mechanic the prognosis was all too clear miles back down the tarmac, and the outcome - a shuddering halt at the penalty shootout buffers - was inevitable.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Grabbing what you can, while you can

In the foyer of the Grand Hotel located on the banks of the Dnieper in Kiev, the cash tills are ka-chinging like never before. Welcome to rip-off Euro 2012, a free-for-all among the 'bandits and crooks', as Uefa president Michel Platini labelled those who are making a pretty penny and a few thousand more off the back of the tournament.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Germans inspire awe in Ukraine

As they continue to turn away from Russia's long dominance, many Ukrainians look to Germany for inspiration. Little wonder. Sami Khedira's Mach 1 rocket to put Germany 2-1 up in the second quarter-final against Greece left the thousands of tourists watching in Kiev's Fan Zone stupefied and the locals nodding sagely.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Where politics and players collide

There are two fan zones on Kiev's grand main street. One is a tented community decorated with protest banners demanding the release of jailed politician Yuliya Tymoshenko. The other also has many tents and is dedicated to celebrating the cream of European football, offering beer, food, flags and T-shirts, three enormous screens, a huge stage, VIP lounges and fancy dress Cossacks.

23 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

All aboard for the trip of a lifetime

The route is long and the monotony of the road through the heartlands of West and East Europe soon starts to play tricks on the mind.

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Arsenal on the brink of Euro elimination

Tonight's European Champions League games are crucial for sides on the brink of seeing their second round hopes evaporate.

Arsenal can forget about advancing if they fail to beat Dynamo Kiev at home.

Being bottom of their group, they have a mountain to climb and look set to drop out of the elite cup competition for a second season in a row.

5 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Two killed in fire on old Russian carrier

Two workers were killed when a fire broke out on the former Russian aircraft carrier the Kiev, which is being turned into the centrepiece of an amusement park in Tianjin.

5 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Crisis-hit capitals in position for extended price recovery

Moscow and Kiev's office markets are set to bottom out at the end of this year, according to a property expert specialising in Russia and Ukraine.

Nick Cotton, regional director of DTZ Zadelhoff Tie Leung, said real estate in the capitals - Moscow and Kiev - had suffered due to the 1998 economic crisis.

23 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Accountant opens in Kiev

Shipping accountant Moore Stephens has expanded its network in the former Soviet Union by opening a joint-venture office in Kiev, capital of the Ukraine.

29 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Chinese girl in piano win

An 18-year-old Chinese girl, Long Ying, won third prize in the second International Contest for Young Pianists in Kiev this week.

She won the prize in Group B which is for pianists aged between 14 and 19 years.

American Brian Vall was the winner of this group, which contained 38 contestants.

12 May 1997 - 12:00am