Ukrainian rebels in Donetsk and Lugansk have urged the OSCE and Russia to persuade Ukrainian authorities to fulfill the conditions of the Minsk peace deal, citing the absence of a ceasefire and no progress in granting the regions a special status.
Ukraine's Opposition Bloc, which won 9.36 percent in the nation's parliamentary elections, says the vote was rigged. It is calling on President Poroshenko to investigate violations, adding that skewing results will not help efforts to “unite the country.”
The chief Dutch prosecutor investigating the MH17 downing in eastern Ukraine does not exclude the possibility that the aircraft might have been shot down from air, Der Spiegel reported. Intelligence to support this was presented by Moscow in July.
Warsaw has decided to relocate troops from the west of the country towards its eastern border due to “the biggest security crisis since the Cold War.” It is a major realignment of the military structure, Poland’s defense minister told the AP.
Darth Vader, running for a seat in Ukraine's parliament, was banned from voting on Sunday after he refused to remove his mask at a polling station in Kiev. The incident caused a scuffle, with Vader fighting elderly people over his voting rights.
Early parliamentary elections are being held in Ukraine this weekend, with the nation choosing its new MPs. While the crisis in the country’s east is far from being resolved, most of the parties running for power direct their policies to the west.
One of the greatest fictional villains, Star Wars' Darth Vader, has taken to the streets of the Ukrainian capital, to get personal and close with potential voters. His Internet Party will be running for the national parliament in Sunday's poll.