Polls have opened in Ukraine's presidential elections, with oligarch Petro Poroshenko and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko the front-runners.
The vote has been marred by fighting with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country which means large numbers of the electorate will not be able to cast a ballot.
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ITV News Europe Editor Emma Murphy said Putin's team have pointedly claimed the Skripal poisoning crisis has boosted his victory.
Largely dry elsewhere tonight with a widespread frost and icy stretches
The so-called mini-Beast from the East has swept in, bringing with it snow, ice and strong winds.