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Live Blog: Ukraine In Crisis

Follow all of the latest developments as they happen.


Preparations continue apace for the staging of next month's Eurovision Song Contest at the International Exhibition Centre in Kyiv.

Summary

Latest News

-- Ukraine has started recovering an estimated $1.5 billion in assets allegedly stolen from the Kyiv government by ousted former President Viktor Yanukovych and his associates.

-- Kyiv says that Russia's effort to have international authorities arrest and extradite former Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk is "politically motivated."

-- German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Russia on May 2 for talks on the wars in Syria and Ukraine and other issues.

-- The Ukrainian Security Service has raided the Kyiv offices of the country's largest investment bank looking for illegal software, drawing a dismayed reaction from Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroysman.

*NOTE: Times are stated according to local time in Kyiv (GMT/UTC +3)

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As one tweeter put it: it's disturbing that he even had to say it:

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A report on the World Congress of Crimean Tartars (WCCT):

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From a BBC correspondent:

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Here is today's map of the latest situation in the Donbas conflict zone, according to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry:

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