Ukraine is struggling to assert its national identity and unite against pressure from Russia.
Newly inaugurated as president, Zelenskiy is now preparing to fight a parliamentary election – while Russia and the West look on.
Scandal-plagued FIFA says it's committed to reform. Changing the way World Cup hosts are selected would be a start.
Four peace agreements have been struck to try and keep Ukraine on an even keel, but none of them has resolved the conflict's fundamental problems.
Russia is a major global power in outlook and reach, locked in a values-based confrontation with the West. But it still lacks all elements of a developed superpower.