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A man holds sign that reads "Putin go home" during a memorial ceremony in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the deportation of the indigenous population of the Crimea by the Soviet Union in Kyiv on May 18.

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-- Dozens of Crimean Tatars marked the anniversary of the Stalin-era deportations from the Black Sea peninsula on May 18, with police warning participants that the event was unauthorized but otherwise not interfering.

-- Ukraine's ruling parliamentary coalition has broken up after the People's Front party withdrew from it, parliament speaker Andriy Parubiy has said.

-- The news on May 17 came a day after Ukrainian lawmakers set May 20 as the inauguration day for incoming President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

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-- EDITOR'S NOTE: We have started a new Ukraine Live Blog as of September 3, 2018. You can find the previous version archived here.

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Police say suspect detained in stabbing of historian:

By RFE/RL

Ukraine's National Police says a suspect has been apprehended in the stabbing death of Ukrainian historian Mykola Shytyuk.

The National Police directorate in the southeastern region of Mykolayiv said on September 2 that a 25-year-old man detained in the investigation confessed that he stabbed the historian over a personal argument.

Police said earlier that the slain historian's body was found in an apartment in the city of Mykolayiv on September 1.

Authorities said Shytyuk's body showed signs of a violent struggle, including numerous stab wounds.

Shytyuk was known for his works on the Holodomor famine that killed millions in Ukraine in the early 1930s.

The Holodomor famine took place in 1932 and 1933 as Soviet authorities forced peasants in Ukraine to join collective farms by requisitioning their grain and other agricultural production.

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