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-- Ukraine and Russia should be able to reach an agreement by the end of 2019 on the transportation of natural gas to the European Union, a top EU official has said.

-- A fire on two Tanzanian-flagged commercial vessels has killed at least 14 sailors off the Crimean Peninsula, Russian authorities say.

-- Ukrainian actor Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who has said he is running for president of Ukraine, has admitted that he has commercial interests in Russia and has said he will divest himself of them "in the near future."

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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:


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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