The leader of Ano party Andrej Babis and his wife Monika arrive to cast their votes in parliamentary elections in Prague on Friday. Photograph:  David W Cerny/Reuters

Andrej Babis dubbed the ‘Czech Trump’ for his riches and populist rhetoric

Protesters attend a rally near the Ukrainian Parliament building in Kiev, Ukraine, on Thursday.  Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Healthcare law passes and Bills to end deputies' legal immunity advance

Russian president Vladimir Putin (centre): the Kremlin wants World Cup 2018 to be a showcase for Putin’s Russia, just like the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via Reuters

Kaliningrad offical advises residents to leave the city ‘and relax in the countryside’ during the event

Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili with  supporters in front of parliament in Kiev: “Poroshenko needs to think about leaving his post . . . That is not my ultimatum, it is my advice.” Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Mikheil Saakashvili calls for Poroshenko to step down as votes on key Bills are stalled

Romanian prime minister Mihai Tudose leaving the Social Democrats’ headquarters after consultations over his cabinet reshuffle in Bucharest, Romania, on Monday. Photograph: Robert Ghement/EPA

Social Democrats beset by crises since sweeping to power last December

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban: “The world should understand that what is at stake today is nothing less than the future of the European way of life, and of our identity.” Photograph: Gergely Botár/

Viktor Orban says ‘fate and God’ compel Hungary to defend Christians

Hungarian minister for  foreign affairs and trade Peter Szijjarto (right) receives Ukrainian minister for foreign affairs Pavlo Klimkin in his office in Budapest, Hungary, today. Photograph: Zsolt Szigetvary/EPA

Budapest calls for review of EU-Ukraine relations over reform of language tuition

Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan  during their visit at Novi Pazar on Wednesday in Serbia.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Centuries of enmity loom over bid to strengthen economic and political ties

Czech billionaire and leader of the Ano  political movement, Andrej Babis, during a pre-election debate on October 4th, 2017, in Vsetaty village, central Bohemia, near Prague. Photograph: Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images

Andrej Babis accuses Czech political elite of conspiring to keep him from power

Police collect evidence at the site of the murder of Denis Voronenkov, last March, in Kiev. Photograph: Ivan Kovalenko/Kommersant via Getty Images

Kiev's suspect and the Kremlin deny role in Denis Voronenkov's death

Ukraine International Airlines airplanes at Kiev’s Boryspil airport: a planned deal collapsed when the  airport rejected it as economically unviable. Photograph: Getty Images

Oligarchs and international firms likely to clash as Ukraine integrates with the West

Petro Poroshenko: allies of the  Ukrainian president  insisted it was vital to show that Ukraine was committed to a political resolution of the conflict. Photograph: Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA

Punches and smoke bomb thrown in parliament during debates on war zone

Yaroslav Honchar, who as a volunteer battled Russian-led militia in eastern Ukraine and helped make drones for government forces, is now part of Nato-mentored efforts to modernise the way his country’s military fights. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

West helps Kiev change how it fights on the battlefield and in cyberspace

Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili’s pending asylum application prevents Ukraine extraditing to him to Georgia. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images

Ukrainian president annulled ex-Georgian leader's passport during feud

People protest at the Catalan government’s headquarters during a general strike in Barcelona on Tuesday, following Sunday’s independence referendum in the region. Photograph: Robin Townsend/EPA

Brussels accused of hypocrisy over stances on Crimea and Kosovo

George Soros: the billionaire liberal philanthropist was born in Budapest. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Viktor Orban and allies claim EU backs ‘Soros plan’ for mass immigration

Smoke and flames rise over a warehouse storing ammunition for multiple rocket launcher systems at a military base in the town of Kalynivka in Vinnytsia region, Ukraine. Photograph: Yurii Basiuk

Political and military leaders under scrutiny after latest arms depot explosion in Ukraine

Hungarian foreign minister Peter Szijjarto: “Hungary will block all steps within the European Union that would represent a step forward in Ukraine’s European integration process.”  Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

Russia criticises new language rules to focus on Ukrainian at school as ‘act of ethnocide’

Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban and Polish prime minister Beata Szydlo in Warsaw, Poland. Photograph: Slawomir Kaminski/Reuters

Hungarian leader Viktor Orban targets George Soros ahead of re-election bid

 Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko meets US president Donald Trump at the UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US backs Kiev's call for mission to have access to Ukraine-Russia border

Shells explode during the joint Russia-Belarus strategic military exercises Zapad in Belarus. Photograph: Tatiana Zenkovich

Polish and Estonian officials air widespread concerns in West about motives behind drills

 Former Georgian president and ex-Odessa governor Mikheil Saakashvili speaks to journalists in front of the Presidential Office in Kiev, Ukraine,  September 19th, 2017. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Populist ex-Georgian leader touring Ukraine to rally support for faltering reforms

Russian president Vladimir Putin watches the Zapad-2017 war games with minister for defence Sergei Shoigu (left) and chief of the general staff of Russian armed forces Valery Gerasimov (second right) in Leningrad, Russia. Photograph:  Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via Reuters

Nato concerned as troops, tanks and warplanes crush ‘insurgents’ in major drill

Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili:  returned to Ukraine despite being stripped of his citizenship by its president, former ally Petro Poroshenko. Photograph:  AFP / Yuri Dyachyshyny/ Getty Images

Populist former Georgian leader thrives in role of anti-oligarch crusader

A Ukrainian serviceman stands guard at his position on the front line in the town of Maryinka, east Ukraine, on September 3rd. Photograph: Oleksandr Klymenko/Reuters

Russia foresees only limited role of protecting monitors for UN ‘blue helmets’

Opposition supporters and one of the Belarusian opposition leaders Vladimir Nekliaev take part in a rally during a protest against the upcoming Zapad military exercises in Minsk, Belarus. Photograph: Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

Moscow rejects West’s claim that ‘Zapad’ military exercises will involve 100,000 troops

Hungary’s Peter Szijjarto attends an informal meeting of European Union ministers of foreign affairs in Tallinn, Estonia.  Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Kiev denies that US-backed reforms will suppress minority languages

Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili  during a press conference in Lviv, Ukraine on Monday after he controversially entered the country on Sunday night.  “I have a clear plan: to end theft from the economy; to end the power of the oligarchy; to end misuse of power,” Mr Saakashvili said. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

President Poroshenko condemns ex-Georgian leader’s border-crossing ‘crime’

Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, accompanied by Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, speaks to media at a railway station in Przemysl, Poland, on Sunday. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Mikheil Saakashvili stripped of citizenship amid feud with Ukraine leader Poroshenko

Pavlo Hryb: vanished during a day trip to Belarus last month and resurfaced in a Russian jail facing terrorism charges.

Blogger Pavlo Hryb (19) vanished on a day trip to meet a girl in Belarus

Montenegro’s opposition Democratic Front leader Andrija Mandic (right) stands next to a supporter in front of a court in Podgorica  on Thursday. Photograph: Savo Prelevic/AFP/Getty Images

Kremlin and Montenegrin opposition dismiss case as a hoax

 Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban: made the fight against immigration and what he calls EU meddling the key planks of his bid for re-election next year. Photograph: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

Slovakia accepts top EU court's rejection of joint complaint

Military school cadets attend a ceremony as the academic year begins in separatist-controlled Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on September 1st. Photograph:  Aleksey Filippov/AFP/Getty Images

Kiev criticises Vladimir Putin’s proposals for war-torn east as self-serving and ineffective

 Migrants queuing at a reception centre near the Hungarian border in Subotica, northern Serbia, in July 2016. The closure of the “Balkan route” to migrants means asylum seekers and people smugglers are testing new ways to enter Europe. Photograph: Edvard Molnar/EPA

People smugglers search for new ways into Europe as security tightens

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán: will write to the European Commission to request payment towards fences. Photograph: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

Brussels to reject Hungary's request to help pay for anti-migrant fence

Andrej Babis, leader of the Czech Republic’s populist Ano party, is congratulated by circus owner Jaromir Joo,  in 2013 after the party performed strongly in a general election. Photograph: Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images

Andrej Babis sees rivals' dirty tricks behind calls for prosecution

Russian deputy defence minister Alexander Fomin  at a briefing in Moscow on Tuesday on the military exercise Zapad-2017. Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images

Russia rejects fears that drills could be a ‘Trojan horse’ for attack on neighbours

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban and Russian president Vladimir Putin at the World Judo Championships in Budapest on Monday. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

Hungarian opposition parties warn of growing influence of Kremlin

Viktor Orban:  while watching Mr Trump struggle noisily to assert himself, he has seen fellow Eurosceptics suffer election defeat in France and the Netherlands. Photograph: Getty Images

Both men’s hopes for boost from Donald Trump have been dashed

French president Emmanuel Macron stands next to his wife, Brigitte Macron, Bulgarian president Rumen Radev and his wife, Desislava Radeva. Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

French president did not meet Polish or Hungarian leaders on central European tour

US soldiers march along Kiev’s Khreshchatyk Street  during a military parade to celebrate Independence Day. Photograph: Efrem Lukatsky/AP

Moscow says military support would worsen fighting that has killed 10,000 in three years

Ukrainian soldiers training under the guidance of US and Canadian instructors at the Yavoriv base in western Ukraine. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Washington considers giving powerful weapons to Kiev despite Russian warnings

The closed Serbian embassy in Skopje:  according to media reports, the Serbian government decided to withdraw all of its diplomats from Skopje back to Belgrade  on Monday. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

The EU had urged calm after Belgrade recalled all of its diplomats from Skopje

The closed Serbian embassy in Skopje,   Macedonia. Serbia has abruptly recalled its diplomats from Macedonia and accused it of “offensive activity”. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

Anger ignites over neighbour’s improving links with former Serbian region of Kosovo

Former president of Georgia Micheil Saakashvili:  Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko revoked Mr Saakashvili’s citizenship last month, due to alleged irregularities on the application. Photograph: Jakub Kamisnki/ EPA

Georgia's ex-leader could face entry ban or deportation to homeland

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko visiting the   Yuzhmash factory in Dnipro in October 2014. The factory has been linked with the supply of powerful missile engines to North Korea. Photograph: Mykhailo Markiv/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service

Kiev denies alleged secret supply of rocket motors to Pyongyang

 Serbian foreign minister Ivica Dacic: said a peaceful resolution to the Kosovo issue  “could only be reached through agreement between Serbs and Albanians, in which each side gains and loses something”. Photograph:  Medin Halilovic/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Pristina rejects any division of its territory on ethnic lines

 Pro-Russian president of Moldova Igor Dodon: called his  country’s ban on Russia deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin  “an act of great political stupidity”. Photograph: EPA

Vice-premier Dmitry Rogozin furious over failed trip to separatist Transdniestria

US vice-president Mike Pence and Montenegrian prime minister Dusko Markovic shake hands during a joint press conference following their meeting in Podgorica, Montenegro, on Wednesday. Photograph: Boris Pejovic/EPA

US vice-president Mike Pence touring European states that feel Kremlin pressure

US vice-president Mike Pence delivering a speech on a visit to Nato troops in Estonia on Monday. He heard warm praise for the US sanctions on Russia during talks with leaders of the three Baltic states. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Berlin and Brussels denounce a US move that is welcomed further east

US vice-president Mike Pence salutes soldiers during a visit to Nato’s Enhanced Forward Presence mission and Estonian troops in Tallinn, Estonia on Monday. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Vice-president Mike Pence visits Russia’s neighbours as it expels US diplomats

Mikheil Saakashvili appears to be stateless after his Ukrainian citizenship was revoked by the country’s president, Petro Poroshenko. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Former Georgian leader now at odds with Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko

Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s then campaign chairman, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in  July 2016. For nearly a decade Manafort was an adviser to the Regions Party, which was led by pro-Moscow Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich. Photograph: Sam Hodgson/New York Times

US president lambasts Kiev over election as Washington envoy gives hope for arms deal

Petro Poroshenko: the Ukrainian president  says Russia should end its support for separatist militia. Photograph: Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA

United States seeks greater role in ending conflict as European leaders hold talks

Ana Brnabic became  Serbia’s first female and first openly gay prime minister last month. Photographer: Oliver Bunic/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Ana Brbanic appointment seen as PR move by dominant president Aleksandar Vucic

A man carries a sign reading “a year has passed, who killed Pavla?” during a march in central Kiev on Thursday  to commemorate the death of investigative journalist Pavel Sheremet. Photograph:  Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images

Investigation stalled one year after Pavel Sheremet’s car was blown up in Kiev

Food fight: the Czech version of a well-known brand had less fish than its German counterpart. Photograph: iStock

Poorer European Union states claim food makers are giving them a raw deal

 Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) and his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban. Photograph: EPA/Balazs Mohai

Israel has defended Hungarian leader's criticism of liberal tycoon George Soros

Hungarian government poster that reads “Don’t let George Soros have the last laugh”, in Budapest. Photograph: Krisztina Than/Reuters

Orbán accused of stoking anti-Semitism with poster campaign targeting financier

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and president of the European Council Donald Tusk: met at Ukraine-EU summit in Kiev. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty

The slow pace of legal reforms is frustrating many in the embattled country

German chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni and French president Emmanuel Macron descend from the Italian Navy school ship Goletta Palinuro on the sidelines of the Western Balkans summit in Trieste, Italy, on Wednesday. Photograph: Andrea La Sorte/EPA

Scheme to deepen trade ties between Albania and five ex-Yugoslav states

Bosnian Muslim women offers prayers near the coffins of 71 victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, at the memorial cemetery in the village of Potocari, near Srebrenica, on Tuesday. Photograph: Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

Bosnian Serb mayor of 1995 massacre town not invited to commemoration events

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko and US secretary of state Rex Tillerson greet each other in  Kiev on July 9th, 2017.  Photograph: Sergei SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Rex Tillerson in talks in Kiev as Donald Trump calls for co-operation with Moscow

Juris Ulmanis, a Riga-based entrepreneur who is a member of Latvia’s volunteer national guard and a Baltic “elf”. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Volunteers in Baltic states debunk pro-Kremlin fake news and anti-western propaganda

Georgian people hold national, EU and Nato flags at a rally against Russia in Tbilisi in September 2008. “Russia’s war against Georgia in 2008 should have been the wake-up call – but to some extent the West pressed the snooze button and went back to sleep,” says Estonia’s foreign minister, Sven Mikser. File photograph: Irakli Gedenidze/AP

From fake news to hacking, Baltic states are familiar with all facets of Kremlin pressure

Flowers, left by parents of an Australian victim of the crash, laid on a piece of the Malaysia Airlines plane MH17 near the village of Hrabove  in the Donetsk region in July 2014. Photograph: Bulent Kilicbulent/  AFP/Getty Images

Moscow rejects findings that Russian missile was fired from militia-held area

The Lviv garbage crisis might be over but it could yet taint the political future of the city’s mayor, Andriy Sadovyi.  Photograph: Pavlo Palamarchuk/Reuters

The city’s outspoken mayor faces a politically toxic scandal over its rubbish emergency

Serbia’s new prime minister, Ana Brnabic, said she wanted to improve Serbia’s education system and slash red tape. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

New premier to pursue EU membership and good ties with Russia

Nikola Gruevski: he and his allies in the nationalist VMRO-DPMNE party have always denied the allegations. Photograph: Ognen Teofilovski/Reuters

Indictments could reignite political tensions in the deeply divided Balkan state

A robot by Starship Technologies on the streets of Tallinn, Estonia. The country’s focus on information and communications technology  helped it become the birthplace of such companies. File photograph: Getty Images

Innovations like Skype, TransferWise, Pipedrive push Baltic state’s post-Soviet success

The landing station of the Baltic Sea pipeline Nord Stream in Lubmin, near Greifswald, Germany. Photograph: Stefan Sauer/EPA

Critics say Baltic project would boost Kremlin influence in eastern Europe

A dramatic photo of a Russian jet coming very close to  a US Air Force reconnaissance jet over the Baltic Sea, June 19th, 2017, in a manoeuvre  criticised as unsafe. Photograph: Master Sgt Charles Larkin Snr/US European Command/AP

Nato deploying battalions and armour to Baltics in response to Russia role in Ukraine

The old town in Latvia’s capital, Riga. From Bulgaria on the Black Sea to Estonia beside the Baltic, political leaders in eastern Europe are lobbying for a “soft” Brexit.

Rights of more than 1.5 million east Europeans in UK a key issue

Romania’s prime minister, Sorin Grindeanu, prepares to leave Parliament Palace  after addressing the lawmakers of both parliament chambers as he faces a no-confidence vote in Bucharest. Photograph:  Robert Ghement/EPA

Talks on new prime minister set for Monday after parliament ousts Sorin Grindeanu

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and US president Donald Trump: Mr Trump offered vague pleasantries but no strong  message of support for Ukraine in its struggle against Russian aggression.  Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty

Petro Poroshenko says it was vital to beat Vladimir Putin to White House talks

Romania’s prime minister Sorin Grindeanu has refused to back down in a power struggle with party leader Liviu Dragnea. Photograph: Bogdan Cristel/EPA

Social Democrats seek no-confidence vote in prime minister Sorin Grindeanu

Ana Brnabic, who has been nominated as Serbia’s new prime minister.  She would be the first woman to run Serbia and the region’s first openly gay leader. Photograph:  Koca Sulejmanovic/EPA

Pro-Russian nationalists aghast at choice of UK-educated Ana Brnabic

 US secretary of state Rex Tillerson told members of Congress the Minsk deal was not the only route out of the conflict Ukraine-Russia conflict. Photograph:  Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Secretary of State Tillerson seeks ‘sufficient flexibility’ in dealing with the Kremlin

Avdiivka Coke Plant, which has been hit by shells and mortars more than 320 times during a three-year war in eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Dan McLaughlin

Avdiivka Coke Plant is keeping the fires burning amid conflict between Kiev and separatists

Viktor Orban: his allies passed the new law as the EU launched legal action against Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic for their refusal to accept quotas of refugees. Photograph: Laszlo Balogh/File Photo/Reuters

NGOs vow to defy new rules that government says will boost transparency

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko and EU ambassador to Ukraine Hugues Mingarelli start a symbolic “visa-free timer” at a ceremony marking the launch of a visa-free regime with the EU in Kiev on  Saturday.  Photograph: Sergei Chuzavkov/AP

Kiev politicians debate tighter entry rules for Russians amid continuing conflict in the east

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker at a press conference in Prague. Photograph: Christian Bruna

Central European states maintain hard line despite threat of punishment

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, speaks in Kiev, Ukraine, on Wednesday. He said he will  hold a referendum on the issue of Nato membership. Photograph:  Anthony Anex/EPA

Moscow believes Nato’s growth threatens its security, vows to take necessary measures

 Adam Osmayev, an English-educated Chechen commander of a Ukrainian volunteer battalion, at its base in Lysychank, eastern Ukraine in 2015. He is in hospital recovering from the attack. Photograph: Dan McLaughlin

Kiev officials believe Moscow behind shooting of man once accused of trying to kill Putin

Macedonia’s prime minister-designate Zoran Zaev: parliament in Skopje was expected to approve a cabinet comprising Mr Zaev’s Social Democrats and two ethnic Albanian parties by a deadline of midnight on Wednesday. Photograph: Tomislav Georgiev/EPA

Populist ex-premier Aleksandar Vucic sworn in as president in Serbia

The embassy of Russia in Chisinau, Moldova. “They were declared persona non grata on the basis of information received from the special services,” Moldova’s prime minister Pavel Filip said of the five Russians expelled on Tuesday. Photograph: Viktor Dimitrov/Reuters

Pro-Kremlin Igor Dodon accuses the West as tension grows in Europe’s poorest state

Oleksandr Chub (30) and Yurii Dmytrenko (23), former Ukrainian soldiers severely injured while fighting Russian-backed separatist, hope to be in Ukraine’s team for September’s Invictus Games in Canada. Photograph: Dan McLaughlin

In the crisis-hit country, injured veterans are using sport to re-adapt to civilian life

 Observers of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe  inspect the house in Avdiivka, eastern Ukraine, where Yelena Aslanova and three of her friends were killed in a shelling on the night of the Eurovision Song Contest. Photograph: Valeri Kvit/EPA

Eurovision night bloodshed highlights continued suffering caused by three-year-old conflict

Former prime minister of Montenegro Milo Djukanovic: the trial may start this week of people accused of plotting to storm parliament and kill him last year in a bid to halt Montenegro’s journey towards Nato. Photograph: Boris Pejovic/EPA

Balkan state's move hailed as strong signal that the alliance is only getting stronger

Mobile phones display the home pages of, Vkontakte social network, and Yandex, which have been blocked in Ukraine. Photograph:  Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Kiev says block on popular networks could be lifted if Moscow ends aggression

Demonstrators hold placards during a protest rally against Czech finance minister Andrej Babis and President Milos Zeman in Prague on Wednesday. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

Dispute could lead to constitutional court case and early elections

Police experts inspect the wreckage of a car that carried journalist Pavel Sheremet in Kiev, Ukraine, in July 2016. Photograph:   Vasyl Shevchenko/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Investigative reporters’ film stirs fears of a cover-up over killing of Pavel Sheremet

US defence secretary James Mattis  talks with a German and a Lithuanian soldier during a visit to Lithuania on Wednesday. Photograph: Petras Malukas/AFP/Getty Images

Pentagon chief James Mattis says US will respond to any threat to allies’ sovereignty

A Ukrainian man carries a portrait of a relative and helps a veteran before a march for Victory Day celebrations in Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Anniversary of wartime triumph now divides Ukraine and Russia

Ruslana delivers her winning performance in the  2004 Eurovision Song Contest in Istanbul. Photograph: Photograph: Murad Sezer/AP

Maidan protests still inspire 2004 winner as Kiev prepares to host song contest

Ukraine’s former president Viktor Yanukovich (left) with Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin in Kiev in 2010. Photograph:  Gleb Garanich/AFP/Getty Images

Former pro-Moscow leader allegedly asked Kremlin to send troops into Ukraine

A girl jumps over flowers near a decorative Eurovision song contest logo on Maidan square in Kiev on Tuesday. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Kiev brushes off Russian boycott and prepares for tens of thousands of visitors

Protesters demonstrate in front of the Macedonian parliament in Skopje on Tuesday. Photograph:  Ognen Teofilovski/Reuters

President softens tone after talks, but breakthrough remains elusive

Macedonia’s Social Democrats leader Zoran Zaev (centre) and members of his party at a news conference in Skopje on Friday, a day after they were attacked in parliament by right-wing protesters. Photograph: Ognen Teofilovski/Reuters

Russia says political crisis could spiral into ethnic conflict

Locked Shields, now taking place in Estonia involving  20 teams from Europe and the US, is the world’s  most advanced  live-fire cyber defence exercise. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Attacks on vital systems and fake news are all part of Locked Shields exercise

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