The Ukrainian comedian tipped to become president and his incumbent rival travelled to Paris and Berlin on Friday to seek international backing nine days before the run-off in a high-stakes vote.
Sputnik attacked the Fackebook for the decision it said was political and amounted to censorship of seven Facebook pages belonging to its news hubs in neighbouring countries.
The spiritual head of Orthodox Christians worldwide formally granted independence to the Ukrainian church on Saturday, marking an historic split from Russia which Ukrainian leaders see as vital to the country’s security.
Ukraine has lifted martial law in the ten regions where it was imposed 30 days ago in response to Russia’s seizure of three Kiev’s Naval ships in the Kerch Strait.
International investigators said Wednesday they were issuing arrest warrants for three Russians and one Ukrainian suspect over the downing of flight MH17 in July 2014.