Kiev

We'll see a sanitised Kiev on our screens this weekend, with Eurovision taking place in a huge arena with a massive security operation that will show you nothing of the reality of the situation outside. There will certainly be 'high camp', and it might well be 'gay Christmas', but only inside the arena.
Let's face it, nobody - neither record producers nor the record-buying public - is watching Eurovision looking for a global star.
I'm on the Fink tour bus, somewhere in Ukraine. Earlier today we were woken at 7am (having not crept into our bunks until about 3am after the show we played in Minsk, Belarus) and told to get dressed and ready, passports and vaguely sober expressions close at hand, for the border crossing.
Before we throw weapons at the Ukrainian crisis, we need to ask two fundamental questions: does Ukraine really need our arms?  And what would happen to them once the violence ended?
Vladimir Putin has dismissed the prospect of an all-out war between Russia and Ukraine, describing the "apocalyptic scenario
Ukrainian MPs Yegor Sobolev and Vadim Ivchenko had a bust-up inside the Verkhovna Rada in Kiev on Thursday over an anti-corruption
Armed with stones, smoke bombs and metal chains, the far right descended outside the Ukrainian parliament today, triggering
Vladimir Putin has boasted that he could take the Ukrainian capital Kiev in "two weeks", according to reports of a telephone
'Dear comrade Putin,' says a woman who has lost a leg by a shrapnel during shelling near her home town in eastern Ukraine, 'we're told that fighters and weapons are coming across from Russia. Take pity on us because we're choking from grief and in blood. Please take back your men.'
Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has announced his resignation, according to local media. “In connection with the