Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators filled Kyiv, where boxing champion and opposition leader Vitali Klitschko gave an interview to DW.
A push to establish an independent Ukrainian Orthodox church has also prompted Russian Orthodox bishops in Germany to "temporarily" quit a joint episcopate council. Their departure follows patriarchal orders from Moscow.
Former heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko has spoken out against doping in professional sport. In a DW interview, the Ukrainian also discussed Ukrainian-Russian relations and the dangers of stereotyping.
The unofficial start of Ukraine's presidential race begins on August 24. After years of unrest, Ukrainians are clamoring for new politicians and appear ready to throw support behind their most famous rock star.
Ukrainian separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko has been laid to rest after he was killed in a cafe bombing on Friday. Russian President Vladimir Putin's aide Vladislav Surkov described Zakharchenko as a "brother."
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