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Germany 2-0 Ukraine: Mustafi and Schweinsteiger score to seal easy opening win

Mustafi scored first Germany's goal in their 2-0 win over Ukraine Credit: PA

World champions Germany got off to a winning start at Euro 2016, beating Ukraine 2-0 in Group C thanks to a thumping header scored by Shkodran Mustafi inside the first 20 minutes and an injury-time strike from Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Visit ITV's Euro 2016 website for a full report and to watch match highlights

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Russia releases jailed Ukrainian pilot Savchenko

Russia has released Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko. Credit: Reuters

Ukrainian military pilot Nadiya Savchenko arrived home in Kiev on Wednesday after nearly two years in a Russian jail.

"A presidential plane with Ukraine's hero Nadiya Savchenko has landed," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said in a post on Twitter.

Russia released jail Savchenko in exchange two Russians held by the Ukrainian government.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had pardoned Savchenko on "humanitarian considerations" in the hope that her release would help reduce tension in the Ukraine conflict and avoid further loss of life.

The servicewoman volunteered to fight with a ground unit against pro-Moscow separatists who challenged Kiev's rule in eastern Ukraine in 2014.

She was captured by Russia-backed rebels and sentenced in March to 22 years in prison for her alleged role in the deaths of two Russian journalists in the conflict zone.

Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk resigns

Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has announced his resignation. Credit: Reuters

Ukraine's Prime Minister has announced his resignation following months of political crisis saw western aid to the country frozen.

In a televised addressed Arseniy Yatsenyuk said he would formally tender his resignation to parliament on Tuesday

"My decision is based on several reasons - the political crisis in government has been unleashed artificially, the desire to change one person has blinded politicians and paralysed their will to bring about real changes in the country."

His cabinet narrowly survived a no-confidence vote two months ago but approval ratings for his party stand at just 2% with allegations of inaction and corruption against them.

Yatsenyuk said the president's party had already nominated the speaker of parliament, Volodymyr Groysman, to fill his post.

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State of emergency after power pylons to Crimea 'blown up'

Crimea has been left without power after several pylons supplying electricity from the Ukraine were "blown up" up overnight.

A damaged pylon in the Kherson region of Ukraine. Credit: Reuters

Four power lines were reportedly toppled, leaving two million inhabitants on the disputed Crimean peninsula without electricity.

Russia has declared a state of emergency in Crimea until power is fully restored, news agency RIA reported.

It was not immediately clear who had damaged the pylons, but a Russian senator described the move as an "act of terrorism" and implied that Ukrainian nationalists were to blame.

Ukrainian authorities have said activists tried to block efforts to repair the pylon, and that the damage seen is likely a result of shelling of explosive devices.

'More than 90' injured in Ukraine grenade attack

Ukraine's national guard said about 90 of its members were hurt. Credit: AP

A member of Ukraine's national guard has been killed and more than 90 police officers and members of the national guard have been injured in clashes outside parliament as MPs took part in a controversial vote.

At least four police and national guard were badly hurt when a grenade was lobbed from a crowd of nationalists protesting in Kiev against a draft law to give special status to separatist regions.

Ukraine's national guard said about 90 of its members were hurt, including four seriously, by the blast.

MPs gave their backing to the reforms, which give more powers to Donetsk and Luhansk.

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