Euro 2012 poster in Kiev, Ukraine
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Ukraine Euro 2012: What you need to know

Ukraine and Poland are getting ready to host the Euro 2012, the first European football championship in the Eastern part of the continent.

But with European leaders threatening to boycott the matches being played in Ukraine, to protest against the treatment of former PM Yulia Tymoshenko, this championship has every chance of becoming one of the most politicised sporting events in decades.

BBC Ukrainian's Andriy Kravets explains why there has been such a strong reaction from Europe.

  • 10 May 2012
  • From the section Europe
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