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Ukraine Live Blog: Zelenskiy & The Crisis In The East

A Ukrainian serviceman fires a grenade launcher during combat against Russia-back separatists near Horlivka in the eastern Donetsk region on May 23.

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-- The political party of former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has changed its name in a bid to rebrand itself ahead of key parliamentary elections.

-- A UN maritime tribunal has ruled that Russia must “immediately” release 24 Ukrainian sailors and three Ukrainian naval vessels captured by Russia in November.

-- Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke by phone on May 24, discussing efforts to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine, both offices said.

-- Top figures in Ukraine's new Orthodox Church are meeting in a synod amid an apparent power struggle between Patriarch Filaret, an early vocal supporter of the independent Ukrainian church, and the new church's elected head, Metropolitan Epifaniy.

-- A major Ukrainian bank at the center of a scandal involving a powerful, politically connected billionaire has sued its former oligarch owners in U.S. court, amid a battle for control that could affect relations with Western lending institutions.

*Time stamps on the blog refer to local time in Ukraine

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Ukraine's presidential election outcome might be unpredictable, but here are five things we know for sure:

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Here is today's map of the security situation in eastern Ukraine, according to the National Security and Defense Council (click to enlarge):

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