Detention extension delays Russia-Ukraine prisoner exchange | AFP

Russian state media journalist, Kirill Vyshinsky, had his detention extended for two months by a Kiev court, despite Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky offering to hand him back to Moscow in exchange for Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov in prison in a Russian Arctic penal colony. Moscow condemned the extension. IMAGES

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Ukraine mixed-race wrestler tackles prejudice in election bid | AFP

Zhan Beleniuk, an Olympic wrestler with Rwandan roots, is seeking to enter Ukraine’s parliament as the first mixed-race MP in a bid to overcome racist attitudes and support the country’s young new leader. The Greco-Roman style wrestler, who won silver for Ukraine at the Rio Olympics, is standing for the new Ukrainian president, comedian and actor Volodymyr Zelensky’s party in Sunday’s polls.

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MH17 plane crash | AFP Animé

Videographic on the MH17 air disaster. Five years ago on Wednesday, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was blasted out of the sky over war-torn eastern Ukraine with the loss of all 298 people on board. VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Grenade attack hits Ukraine TV channel set to air Putin documentary | AFP

A grenade launcher fired at the building of a Ukrainian television channel after it announced plans to air a controversial documentary featuring Russian President Vladimir Putin. IMAGES of damaged building

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Ukraine inaugurates giant dome over destroyed Chernobyl reactor | AFP

Ukraine and its European partners on Wednesday formally inaugurated a new metal dome encasing the destroyed reactor at the infamous Chernobyl plant, wrapping up a two-decade effort. Branded as the world’s largest moveable metal structure, the so-called New Safe Confinement seals the remains of the fourth reactor at the nuclear plant that was the site of the massive Chernobyl disaster in 1986.

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Russia detains Crimean Tatars for Red Square protest | AFP

Russian police detains seven Crimean Tatars on Red Square as they hold up posters protesting against the persecution of the Muslim ethnic group on the peninsula. The indigenous community has largely opposed Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, and the protest comes on the eve of a Supreme Court hearing for four Crimean Tatars convicted of plotting an uprising. A group of around 18 men stood in line on the cobbled square holding posters, including photographs of prisoners and slogans such as “End repressions” and “Our children are not terrorists”.

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