As troops pull out, Ukraine frontline village fears for future | AFP

While Ukrainian troops were stationed in her village, Anna felt safe despite living on the frontline of a war that has claimed thousands of lives over the last five years. But since they started to withdraw two months ago from Stanytsya Luganska, eastern Ukraine, she says she feels exposed to the Russian-backed separatists nearby.

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Ukrainian president Zelensky casts his vote in Parliamentary elections | AFP

Ukraine’s comedian-turned-president Volodymyr Zelensky casts his vote during the Parliamentary elections. Zelensky’s newly-created party is expected to win the largest share of the votes in the election that should usher in a new era in the country dominated up to now by politicians who grew up when the country was part of the Soviet Union. IMAGES

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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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Russian state media journalist Kyrylo Vyshynsky appears in court | AFP

Kyrylo Vyshynsky, a journalist working for Russia’s RIA Novosti state news, appears in court in Kiev after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky offered to hand him to Moscow in exchange for Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov who is behind bars in a Russian Arctic penal colony. 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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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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