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War drills on the school curriculum in eastern Ukraine

Huddled in a basement, dozens of children cover their heads with their hands, practising what to do if their school comes under attack in eastern Ukraine’s war.

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Russian Orthodox Church breaks ties with Constantinople

The Russian Orthodox Church announces it is breaking ties with the Constantinople Patriarchate over its decision to grant independence to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which Moscow does not recognise. Moscow considers the Kiev Patriarch Filaret to be a schismatic, a decision Constantinople has backed since the 1990s but reversed last week amid the drive by Ukraine for its own Orthodox Church independent from Moscow.

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Istvan Petnehazy changed his nationality four times since WW1

Istvan Petnehazy, 86, was born and has lived his life in the same house in the same village (Mezokaszony in Hungarian, Kosino in Ukrainian), less than a kilometre into Ukraine from the Hungarian border. Although born in 1932, over a decade after the end of World War 1, he keeps mementos of the Austro-Hungarian Empire era including military photographs of his grandmother’s brothers who as teenage schoolboys were conscripted into the imperial army. Since the end of World War 1 and the break-up of the Austro-Hungarian empire, Kosino changed countries – and Petnehazy his nationality – four times: Czechoslovakia, Hungary, the Soviet Union, and finally Ukraine.

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Thousands evacuated as explosions spark fire at arms depot

More than 12,000 people are evacuated after ammunition stored at an arms depot in northern Ukraine began exploding sparking a huge fire, authorities say. Security services say they were investigating “possible sabotage” in the incident at a defence ministry depot near the village of Druzhba, in the northern Chernigiv region around 135 kilometres (85 miles) northeast of Kiev.

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Explosions at Ukraine arms depot spark fire and evacuation

Explosions at an arms depot spark the evacuation of some 12,000 people in northern Ukraine as a huge fire is set off, authorities said. IMAGES

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Ukraine’s fashion prodigy Belinskiy conquers Paris

Long considered Ukraine’s most promising young fashion designer, Anton Belinskiy now jokes he cannot afford his own clothing as he prepares to present a collection at Paris Fashion Week.

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Russia’s ‘blockade’ of Sea of Azov port angers Ukraine

Huge cranes that once used to unload ships’ cargo sit idle on the docks of Ukraine’s commercial port of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov. The small sea is located in a zone of heightened tensions between Russia and Ukraine: on the border of the Crimean peninsula annexed by Russia. As tensions escalate, Kiev and the West accuse Russia of deliberately blocking ships from accessing Ukraine’s port.