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UKRAINIANS were still shocked yesterday following a night brawl in parliament which surpassed even the eastern European country's previously impressive record of political fisticuffs.
Opposition deputies in Ukraine's parliament blocked access to the chamber, forcing yesterday's session to be cancelled, in a second protest against austerity measures.
UKRAINIAN prime minister Julia Tymoshenko yesterday dropped her legal case challenging the election of Viktor Yanukovich to the presidency, saying the court could not be trusted to bring in a fair verdict.
UKRAINE'S presidential election results, giving the victory to Russia-friendly Viktor Yanukovych, were suspended yesterday pending review of his rival's appeal.
OPPOSITION leader Viktor Yanukovich emerged as the apparent winner in Ukraine's presidential contest yesterday, holding on to a lead of almost 3 percentage points with about 99 per cent of ballots counted.
RUSSIA and Ukraine signed a ten-year gas supply deal yesterday to clear supplies to Europe, cut off for nearly two weeks by a dispute between the ex-Soviet states.
A KREMLIN conference on the gas crisis gripping Europe failed to produce an agreement to restore supplies of Russian natural gas via Ukraine yesterday.
RUSSIA cut off all gas supplies to Europe today in a dispute with its neighbour.
AN EXPLOSION ripped through an block of flats in southern Ukraine on Christmas Eve, killing at least 19 people, including two children.
UKRAINE has evacuated more than 800 people after a train carrying yellow phosphorus derailed, spreading a deadly cloud over dozens of villages.
A TUNNEL collapsed at a Ukrainian mine yesterday, killing four miners and injuring one.
A POWER struggle between Ukraine's president and prime minister deepened yesterday, as both men refused to back down over a new election and threatened each other with prosecution.
VIKTOR Yushchenko said last night his decision to dissolve Ukraine's parliament was final and warned his long-time rival against resorting to force.
RUSSIA'S President Vladimir Putin, left, has assured Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko that Moscow wants good relations with the country.
NEW-BORN babies who died in suspicious circumstances in the Ukraine are being used as a source for stem cells, a campaign group has claimed.
UKRAINE began solemn commemorations yesterday to mark the 73rd anniversary of a man-made Soviet-era famine that killed one-third of the country's population, a tragedy that Ukraine's president wants recognised as an act of genocide.
THE bodies of nine miners have been recovered after an explosion tore through the Zasyadko coal mine in eastern Ukraine today.
The parties behind Ukraine's Orange Revolution have agreed to form a coalition government and give the former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko back the job she lost last year, putting their differences behind them after months of tense talks.