Lyudmila Lupandina, director of School Number One in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, worries for her pupils’ future in the separatist-held region. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Less fighting but rising poverty and uncertainty in Russian-backed region of Donetsk

Ukrainian military pilot Nadiya Savchenko is surrounded by media upon her arrival atBoryspil Airport in Kiev on Wednesday. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Ukrainian pilot’s release and softer rhetoric boost those in EU who want to mend Russia ties

A   family  are moved on by police  from  the refugee camp at the Greek-Macedonian border near the northern Greek village of Idomeni: About 40 per cent of people at the camp were minors, according to Save the Children. Photograph: Yannis Kolesidis/ANA-MPA/AP

Evacuation of some 8,200 people from Idomeni begins in ‘calm atmosphere’

US secretary of state John Kerry with Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg  and Montenegrin prime minister Milo Djukanovic in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph:  Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Moscow accuses Nato of harming Europe’s security and casts doubt on proposed talks

A protester uses an improvised slingshot to throw paint-filled balloons towards the parliament building during an anti-government protest in Skopje. Photograph: Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty Images

Protests continue over corruption and presidential pardons for powerful figures

Migrants sleep near the entrance to a “transit zone” on the Hungary-Serbia border. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Asylum seekers are being pushed into hands of smugglers, say human rights groups

A migrant family steps to enter into the Hungarian transit zone nearby the motorway border crossing of Röszke between Hungary and Serbia. Photograph: Csaba Segesvari/AFP/Getty

Rights group says Hungary wants to send migrants back to struggling Greece

Buses from Belgrade bring dozens of migrants every evening to the northern Serbian town of Subotica, where taxis wait to take them on the short journey to the border with Hungary. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Thousands of asylum seekers still reaching Austria and Germany via Hungary

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko  examines the stolen paintings that were retrieved by security services. Photograph: Mikhail Palinchak/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service

Ukraine finds paintings stolen from Verona museum on island near Moldovan border

A  child holds a portrait of his father during a funeral ceremony for eight Albanians killed during fighting with Macedonian police in Kumanovo, on May 26th, 2015. Photograph: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images)

One year after Kumanovo gun battle, many suspect a state plot to distract from scandals

Polish foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski and his Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto  in Prague, Czech Republic. “This is the kind of blackmail that will lead nowhere,” said Mr Szijjarto of the “fairness mechanism” on migrants proposed by the European Commission. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia also wary of visa-free EU travel for Turks

Migrants in a park near Belgrade’s main train and bus stations.  Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Dozens of migrants still transit Serbia daily and cross ‘closed’ Balkan borders

People release white doves  in memory of those who died in a fire at a trade union building two years ago. Photograph: Anatolii Stepanov/AFP/Getty Images

Anger lingers over clashes and fire that killed 48 people, mostly pro-Russian protesters

Protesters target images of former Macedonian prime minister Nikola Gruevski (left) and Macedonian president George Ivanov  with balloons filled with paint in front of government buildings. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

Support for special prosecutor Katica Janeva as she attempts to untangle corruption cases

Women hold portraits of their lost husbands near a monument honouring people who were killed during cleanup efforts after the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster,  in Kiev, Ukraine on Tuesday. Photograph:  Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

30 years after world’s biggest nuclear disaster, countries worst affected hold memorials

View of the “sarcophagus” covering the damaged fourth reactor of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Vast area still contaminated and debate rages over long-term medical impact

Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic: “I know how to ensure the future of Serbia and how to work hard to get there.” Photograph:  Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

Aleksandar Vucic under pressure on economy as far-right returns to parliament

Prime minister   Aleksandar Vucic arrives to cast his ballot at a polling station during elections in Belgrade, Serbia: he called the election two years early in what he described as a bid to secure a strong mandate to push through reforms needed to revitalise Serbia’s moribund economy. Photograph:   Marko Djurica/Reuters

Early projections put Progressive Party ahead, as ultra-nationalists eye a resurgence

Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic at a rally ahead of Sunday’s election: he has morphed from an ultra-nationalist into a pro-EU conservative, while retaining enough “patriotic” appeal to keep votes away from the far right. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Journalists who try to expose corruption among elite are now coming under attack

Rabbi of the Jewish community in Croatia, Luciano Mose Prelevic (left) and  Ognjen Kraus, the co-ordinator of the country’s Jewish communities,   lay a wreath at at the site of the Jasenovac concentration camp  on April 15th. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Jews and Serbs see a whitewash of fascist Ustashe regime’s 1940s crimes

Protesters sit in front of a police cordon  in  Skopje on Tuesday as Maceonia’s political crisis continued. Photograph: Boris Grdanoski/AP

Opposition leader demands action before Friday’s negotiations in Vienna

Supporters of Serbian far-right leader Vojislav Seselj during a rally in Belgrade last month. Photograph: Alexa Stankovic/AFP/Getty Images

Far-right groups resurgent as prime minister Aleksandar Vucic seeks to cement control

Ukraine’s newly appointed prime minister, Volodymyr Groysman (left), is greeted by President Petro Poroshenko  at the parliament in Kiev on Thursday, after months of political gridlock. Photograph: Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty images

Critics fear Groysman, a close ally of Petro Poroshenko, will extend oligarchs’ influence

Protesters clash with police during the protest against Macedonian president Gjorge Ivanov’s decision to grant a wiretapping amnesty, in Skopje, on Tuesday night. Photograph: Nake Batev/EPA

EU and US question country’s commitment to law after corruption scandal amnesty

Ukrainian parliament speaker Volodymyr Groysman was expected to be appointed prime minister, but negotiations dragged on all day without yielding agreement on a full list of cabinet ministers. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Ruling parties fail to form a new government as western backers await key reforms

Volodymyr Groysman:  his expected appointment as prime minister would foster greater cohesion between president and government, but also raise fears of an unhealthy concentration of power. Photograph: Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images

Volodymyr Groysman likely to replace Arseniy Yatsenyuk following his resignation

A family with toothpaste smeared over their faces as a protection against tear gas moves to safety as refugees and migrants clash with Macedonian police during a protest near their makeshift camp in the northern Greek border village of Idomeni. Photograph:  Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Aid groups say dozens seek treatment after tear gas and rubber bullets allegedly used

An ethnic Armenian soldier near Nagorno-Karabakh’s town of Martuni: two soldiers were killed by Azeri mortar fire today, separatist officials said. Photograph: Reuters

Moscow vows to seek Azeri-Armenian peace, and to keep selling arms to both sides

Protesters show their solidarity with migrants detained in Czech refugee detention centres in Prague last November. The Czech government had backed a scheme run by church groups to resettle Christians driven from their homes by extremist organisations like Islamic State.  Photograph: Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images

Czechs angry after Iraqi Christians reject asylum and rent a bus to leave the country

A serviceman of the self-defence army of Nagorno-Karabakh in the village of Talish. Photograph: Reuters

Turkey accuses Moscow of backing Armenia as tension simmers around Caucasus region

Ceasefire agreed in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region after three days of heavy fighting claimed dozens of lives. Photograph: Vahan Stepanyan/AFP/Getty Images

Azerbaijan and Armenian-backed separatists trade blame after dozens killed in heavy fighting

Armenian artillery position of the self-defence army of Nagorno-Karabakh in Martakert, Nagorno-Karabakh on April 3rd. Photograph: Vahram Baghdasaryan/ EPA/Photolure

International envoys enter crisis talks over Azerbaijan and Armenia after 36 people die

Armenian volunteers in Yerevan on Sunday prepare to leave for the Nagorno- Karabakh region, where clashes with Azeri forces are taking place. Photograph: Hayk Baghdasaryan/Reuters/Photolure

At least 30 killed in worst fighting since 1994 over disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region

A controversial EU-Turkey deal is set to go into effect on Monday, despite opposition from rights groups who have warned that  the plan is unethical and potentially illegal. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

EU pins hopes on controversial ‘swap’ scheme despite warnings from rights groups

Alexey Breus, a former Chernobyl engineer: ‘When I saw reactor four, I understood what it really means for your hair to stand on end. It was like something from a nightmare.’ Photograph: Dan McLaughlin

As new shield for wrecked nuclear reactor in Ukraine nears completion, some people who lived or worked in contaminated zone fin(...)

Migrants and refugees collect firewood in the makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomeni, on Thursday. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Despite fierce criticism, EU, Greece and Turkey set to start returns on Monday

Vojislav Seselj arrives for a press conference in Belgrade on Thursday after a UN court  acquitted him  of war crimes. Photograph: Koca Sulejmanovic/EPA

‘I don’t feel guilty about anything that happened in the 1990s,’ says Vojislav Seselj

US deputy secretary of state Heather Higginbottom at a conference on the refugee crisis in Geneva, at which she said Washington was seeking to shorten the timeline for resettlement of refugees without compromising security. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Unclear whether Turkey is ready to take back migrants from next Monday under EU deal

Viktor Shokin, who has been fired as prosecutor general of Ukraine after an overwhelming vote in parliament. He was  accused of blocking major cases against allies and influential figures and stymying moves to root out graft. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

Political crisis continues as deals on a new coalition and premier prove elusive

A supporter of Vojislav Seselj holds a placard depicting Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic during an anti-government rally in Belgrade. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Right-wing parties and revisionism are on the rise in much of former Yugoslavia

Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, jailed this week by Russia in what the US and several EU states called a show trial. Kiev officials have expressed hope of a prisoner swap with two alleged Russian servicemen. Photograph: Ivan Sekretarev/AP Photo

Grim find of Yuri Grabovsky comes after Russia jailed Ukrainian pilot in ‘show trial’

Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic sits in the courtroom at the  International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, on Thursday. Photograph: AFP/Getty

UN tribunal sentences ex-Bosnian Serb chief to 40 years for war crimes, including genocide

Radovan Karadzic (right) and his general Ratko Mladic pictured in April 1995. The United Nations war crimes tribunal will hand down its verdict today in Karadzic’s trial for genocide during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war. Photograph: Ranko Cukovic/Reuters

Former Bosnian Serb leader faces UN tribunal ruling on war crimes and genocide

Refugees and migrants after disembarking a ferry at the port of Piraeus, in Greece, following their arrival from the northeastern  island of Lesbos, on Tuesday. Two ferries with more than 520 refugees and migrants docked at the port during the day. Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

UN refugee agency questions ‘detention’ camps and says safeguards not in place

Refugees and migrants walk towards a makeshift camp near the village of Idomeni, Greece, on Monday. Photograph:  Alexandros Avramidis/Reuters

Athens urges EU states to send promised staff and calls on Turkey to tackle smugglers

Russian  president Vladimir Putin broadcasts a speech to Moscow’s Red Square during Friday’s  festive concert marking the second anniversary of the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region. Photograph: Reuters/Maxim Shemetov

Defiant Putin visits region to celebrate second anniversary of annexation

Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei gets a shave at the makeshift Greek camp at Idomeni. Photograph: Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP/Getty Images

States from Bulgaria to Italy fear impact if EU-Turkey summit fails to halt influx

Migrants in a makeshift camp near the village of Idomeni, Greece, near the Macedonian border. Photograph: Ognen Teofilovski/Reuters

EU officials seek support for deal with Turkey in talks this week to stem refugee crisis

A man keeps warm by a fire in a transit camp for migrants and refugees on the Greek side of the Greek-Macedonian border near Idomeni, Greece. Photograph: Zoltan Balogh/EPA

Europe’s controversial plan to solve crisis faces major and immediate problems

A protester smashing a statue in Kiev back in December 2013. Photograph: Anatoli Boiko/AFP/Getty

Pro-western government’s de-communisation drive resented by some Ukrainians

A  boy walks through a flooded refugee camp at the border between Greece and the  Macedonia, near Idomeni, northern Greece, on Wednesday. Photograph: Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Slovenia triggers ‘domino effect’ by re-imposing Schengen zone entry rules

An anti-refugee  rally in Prague:  to cheers from the crowd, Czech president Milos Zeman  denounced members of Prague’s liberal elite “who assume the right to tell us what values we should be upholding”. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Attack on centre that helps refugees reflects vitriol in nation’s debate on refugee crisis

The makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border: It is unclear how Greece intends to remove people from the site near Idomeni. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty

Daily deliveries of identity documents needed to continue journeys goes on near Idomeni

A razor fence  at the Greek-Macedonian border near the Greek village of Idomeni where thousands of migrants  wait to cross  into Macedonia. Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

Smugglers offer a covert route north to those stuck on razor-wired border near Idomeni

 Residents of Idomeni refugee camp. If people’s hopes are finally crushed the reaction here could be violent. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

Anger rising at Idomeni as Balkan states accept only a trickle of refugees

Hungarian police officers watch migrants on Serbian territory behind the protective fence at the border. Photograph: Zoltan Gergely Kelemen/EPA

There has been a rise in the number of refugees passing through remote village of Rabe

Abdullah Khosty, Niyaz Rahmadze and Zargul Tandar, Afghans stuck in Belgrade after being prevented from continuing their journey towards Germany. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Risky and expensive ‘shadow network’ leading to EU operates alongside official route

Refugees and migrants try to bring down part of the border fence during a protest at the Greek-Macedonian border. Photograph: Reuters

Refugees and migrants batter open gate on railway line in Greece

Syrian and Iraqi migrants trapped at the Greek-Macedonian border demonstrate and shout “open the border” on February 28th, 2016. Photograph: AFP/LOUISA/AFP/Getty Images

Sprawling, desperate Greek refugee camp holds people unable to proceed northwards

A ceremony in Lviv to remember people who were killed in the city during protests in 2014. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

When Russia annexed Crimea, many from the Tatar minority fled, fearing oppression

Migrants and refugees rest inside the old airport building in Athens, which is used as a temporary hosting shelter, on Friday. Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA.

Balkan states admit only a fraction of the 2,000 or so refugees who land daily in Greece

Migrants wait  at a charity food  stand  after arriving from the Aegean Islands into the port of Piraeus near Athens. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

After talks with Balkan states, Austria tells Germany to stop sending mixed signals on crisis

Greek policemen removing Afghan migrants from the border and conducting them to the bus, near Gevgelija, Macedonia. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

EU expresses concern as Greek police send asylum seekers back to Athens

A migrant girl  at the Greek-Macedonian border. Macedonia confirmed  is only allowing Syrian and Iraqi refugees through. Photograph: Nake Batev/EPA

Médecins Sans Frontières lambasts ‘European states’ chaotic decisions’

A photographs of Volodymyr Topiy at  memorials at Kiev’s Maidan Square to more than 100 protesters killed during 2014 anti-government protests. Photograph: Dan McLaughlin

Ivan Rapovyi was centimetres from death during the protests in Kiev in February 2014

Ukrainian former prime minister and leader of Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party Yulia Tymoshenko at a parliament session in Kiev on Tuesday. She withdrew her party from the ruling coalition in anger over the no-confidence vote. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Arseniy Yatsenyuk vows to pursue reforms as Yulia Tymoshenko quits coalition

Ukraine’s prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk delivers a speech during a parliament session in Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Violence intensifies in east and public frustration mounts over stymied reforms

 No change of policy: Federica Mogherini, EU high representative   for foreign affairs. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Ceasefire effort must go on despite latest violence against civilians, says EU envoy

Turkey’s prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu with his Ukrainian counterpart Arseniy Yatsenyuk  prior their talks in Kiev on Monday. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images

Moscow denies hitting civilian targets, as Ankara vows to defend town of Azaz

Pope Francis  embraces Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill after signing a joint declaration on religious unity in Cuba. Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/Reuters

Kiev churches see Kremlin agenda behind parts of declaration by pope and patriarch

A protester holds a sign reading in Czech “Stop Islam and stop Merkel”, during an anti-Islam rally in front of Prague Castle. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Rival street protests increase as Czech president warns of Muslim ‘invasion’

Poland’s prime minister Beata Szydlo  and her Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban  pose for photographers after their press conference in Budapest on Monday. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

Concerns expressed about proposal to curb benefits for new migrants from EU states

Ukraine’s economy minister Aivaras Abromavicius:  stepped down as economy minister, claiming political  interference. Photograph:  Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

All G7 states bemoan Aivaras Abromavicius’s departure and demand reforms

Adi Roche, founder of Chernobyl Children International (CCI), with Ann Doherty, chief executive of Cork City Council and Lord Mayor of Cork Chris O’Leary. Photograph: Dan McLaughlin.

Cork delegation visits areas in Ukraine and Belarus that were affected by nuclear fallout

People hold flags during a large protest in Chisinau, Moldova, last Sunday. More than 15,000 people gathered to protest against the government, demanding early elections. Photograph: AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda

Calls for European mediation in deepening crisis as government refuses to resign

Protesters shout slogans during a large demonstration in Chisinau, Moldova, on Sunday. Photograph: Vadim Ghirda/EPA

Mass emigration saps prospects for recovery in Europe’s poorest country

Protesters in the middle of a blocked motorway in Chisinau on Sunday. At least 15,000 people rallied in the capital  in the latest demonstration against a government that was hastily approved by parliament and secretly sworn in late last Wednesday. Photograph: Robert Ghement/EPA

Parliament speaker rejects opposition demands as West eyes pro-Russian challenge

Women chant slogans during a large protest in Chisinau, Moldova on Sunday. More than 15,000 people gathered to protest against the government, demanding early elections in Europe’s poorest state. Photograph: Vadim Ghirda/AP

Demonstrators vow to disrupt transport network unless demands are met

A protest outside the national television building  in Chisinau, Moldova, against the new government headed by pro-European  Pavel Filip. Photograph:  Dumitru Doru/EPA

Opposition chiefs unite and call for huge anti-government rally on Sunday

People attending a rally in front of the parliament building in Chisinau, Moldova, on Thursday. Photograph: Dorin Goian/AFP/Getty Images

People in Europe’s poorest state sick of rampant corruption and political chaos

Migrants and refugees walk along snow-covered fields after crossing the Macedonian border into Serbia, near the village of Miratovac, on Tuesday. Temperatures in Syria are forecast to drop to -20 degrees this week. Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

Children most at risk amid fears of a ‘domino effect’ of closing Balkan borders

Migrants walk through a frozen field after crossing the border from Macedonia, near the village of Miratovac, Serbia, on Monday. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Growing tendency to close borders in Europe threatens spirit of co-operation

Kiev’s main airport, Boryspil, in Ukraine. Ukrainian authorities will review the defences of government computer systems  after a cyber attack on Kiev’s main airport was launched from a server in Russia. Photograph: Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko

Kiev airport computer affected after hackers are blamed for blackout in western Ukraine

Temporary haven: the migrants’ transit camp in Dobova, Slovenia. Photograph: Sergey Ponomaren/New York Times

The new year has failed to bring cohesion to Europe’s handling of its worst refugee emergency since the second World War

Nikola Gruevski, a conservative who has ruled for almost a decade, announcing his resignation. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

EU seeks to soothe rancour over plans for snap elections due in April

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko gestures during his press conference in Kiev on Thursday. Photograph: Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images

President Poroshenko seeks EU and US help to regain Crimea from Russia

 Arriving in Gevgelija: After their ordeals, many refugees are  content to wait a while in the southern Macedonia town where local and international aid groups offer food, clothes, medical help and other crucial services. Photograph: Boris Grdanoski/AP

Macedonia funnels war refugees north on ‘official’ route closed to other migrants

Protesters throw molotov cocktails during a violent protest in Pristina, Kosovo, on Saturday. Photograph: EPA/Valdrin Xhemaj

In Bosnia, Serbs ignore country’s top court and celebrate with Belgrade and Moscow’s backing

Women and children migrants in the Serbian village of Miratovac after crossing the Macedonian border.  Photograph: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images

Trafficking resurgent as border controls and winter weather fail to halt refugee crisis

Ottoman Empire flag: Legend has itthat Suleiman’s heart was removed and interred in a tomb built where he died – a site Hungarian experts think they have found. Photograph: Getty Images

Discovery of Suleiman’s tomb set to be confirmed as country criticised over refugees

Dangerous journey: refugees arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos in October. Potograph: Matej Divizna/Getty

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European Union commissioner for trade Cecilia Malmstrom: “Gradually, the [pact] will contribute to a prosperous Ukraine and to stronger economic integration with the EU,” she said. Photograph:  Thierry CharlierAFP/Getty Images

Debt and energy disputes fuel deep rancour between Kiev and Moscow

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko: has demanded that rebel leaders scrap plans to hold elections on their own terms in February. Photograph: Regis Duvignau

Much of Minsk pact still unfulfilled as Kiev and Moscow prepare for trade war

President Vladimir Putin: state media now give blanket (positive) coverage to Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria and devote far less time to Ukraine. Photograph: EPA/Sergei Karpukhin

World review of the year: His pride at ‘returning’ Crimea to Russia still costing the country

Armenia’s president Serzh Sargsyan, Belarus’ president Alexander Lukashenko, Russian president Vladimir Putin, Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev and Kyrgyzstan’s president Almazbek Atambayev in Moscow. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/AFP/Getty Images

Heavier clashes hit Nagorno-Karabakh as Russia-Turkey row puts south Caucasus on edge

An Islamic State militant  in  Damascus, Syria: 11 people were arrested in Bosnia on suspicion of being linked to Islamic State and other terror groups. Photograph: AP

Arrests made as concern grows over Balkan radicals, thriving black market in weapons

A woman in a supermarket in St Petersburg, Russia. Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree to ban food imports from Ukraine from January 1st. Photograph: EPA/Anatoly Maltsev

Moscow to ban Ukrainian food imports when it enters free trade zone with EU next month

Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk: “The government of Ukraine is imposing a moratorium on payment of the so-called Russian bond.” Photograph:  Sergei Chuzavkov/AP Photo

Moscow to scrap free-trade zone with Kiev in response to planned EU-Ukraine trade pact

Russian president Vladimir Putin was typically bullish at his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

Russian leader hails Donald Trump and Sepp Blatter

A demonstrator taking part in a protest in Szekesfehervar, Hungary, on Monday against a planned statue of Balint Homan. Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

State money funds monument to supporter of Nazis and anti-Jewish laws

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