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 Mail.ru, 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

Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban (left) pictured in Georgia. Photograph: EPA/Zurab Kurtsikidze

Major street protests posing new challenge for increasingly authoritarian prime minister

Observers of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) inspect a private building which reportedly was destroyed after a shelling of Avdiivka, Ukraine, last February. On Sunday, a member of the OSCE was killed near Luhansk. Photograph: EPA/Valeri Kvit

Mission suffers first fatality when armoured SUV hits landmine

Former Ukrainian member of parliament Mykola Martynenko,  under investigation for suspected embezzlement, speaks at a court  in Kiev on Friday. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Mykola Martynenko and Sergiy Pereloma reject claims of €16m fraud in uranium deal

Demonstrators take part in an anti-corruption rally in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Tuesday. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

Students in the vanguard of rallies against corruption from Russia to Romania

Thousands of Hungarians, mostly students, protesting on Saturday against what they said were attempts from the right-wing government to silence critical voices. Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

Hungary’s prime minister sees billionaire George Soros behind growing criticism

October 1961: a car drives between US tanks across the border of the American sector in Berlin, at Checkpoint Charlie. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

As during the Reagan era, the Kremlin is unsettled by Trump’s unpredictability

People shout slogans against Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban’s government in front of the parliament building in Budapest on Wednesday night. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands return to streets in Budapest against Viktor Orban’s populist government

Ukraine’s central bank governor Valeria Gontareva, who has annoounced she will leave her post by May 10th. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Valeria Gontareva the latest moderniser to quit as pace of change slows in Kiev

Fatima Bakhshi and her sons  Shoaib (9) and Ahmed (4): despite a bleak present, she hopes to make a new life in Ireland.

Fatima Bakhshi, who lost her legs in a crash, has medically skilled relatives in Ireland

 Demonstrators protesting  at  an  amendment to   Hungarian higher education law seen by many as an action to close the Central European University. Photograph: EPA/Janos Marjai

President Ader signs law despite Sunday's 80,000-strong protests

Men  shaving in a temporary shelter behind the main train station in Belgrade. Photograph: Szymon Barylski

Derelict buildings in Belgrade house 1,000 of those forced back from western border

Russian President Vladimir Putin:  “This step by Washington will inflict major damage on US-Russia ties,” the Kremlin said in a statement. Photograph: Pavel Golovkin/Reuters

The spat won’t sabotage US-Russia ties, but it will help Trump show he’s not ‘Putin’s man’

A protester waves the Serbian flag in front of the government building in Belgrade on Wednesday night. In a sign of growing ambition, protesters in the northern city of Novi Sad issued a list of demands. Photograph:  Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

Protesters in nightly rallies say Serbia is sliding towards authoritarianism

Russian singer, composer and songwriter Yulia Samoilova, who has been chosen to represent Russia in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Photograph: EPA/Russian TV Channel 1

European Broadcasting Union in warning to Kiev over its decision to bar Russian entrant

 Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban (left) and the head of the prime minister’s office Janos Lazar during a debate on the proposal to modify rules regulating foreign universities, in Budapest on Tuesday. Photograph: Zoltan Mathe/EPA

Move seen as part of Orban attack on liberal billionaire behind Central European University

Serbia’s prime minister  Aleksandar Vucic celebrates his win in the presidential election at his headquarters in Belgrade. Photograph: Antonio Bronic/Reuters

Current prime minister crushes rivals amid rising geopolitical rivalry in Balkans

Presidential elections: Serbian prime minister and presidential candidate Aleksandar Vucic casts his ballot  with his daughter Milica.   Photograph: Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images

Populist premier aiming to extend his political dominance

Comedy candidate Luka Maksimovic, also known as “Beli”, during a campaign rally in Mladenovac earlier this week. Photograph: Antonio Bronic/Reuters

Comedy candidate could come second in Sunday's election

Students and faculty of the Central European University in Budapest listen to the school’s rector, Michael Ignatieff, address a town hall meeting after the government tabled a new Bill that could force the school out of Hungary. Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

Pressure grows on institutions funded by billionaire liberal George Soros

A cyclist rides past the construction site of the controversial Belgrade Waterfront project in June 2016. Photograph:  Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

Prime minister Aleksandar Vucic poised to become president in Sunday’s election

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban greeting  Poland’s Beata Szydlo at the Central Eastern European Innovators Summit in Warsaw on Tuesday. Photograph: Radek Pietruszka/EPA

Almost all refugees and migrants now held in spartan border facilities under new measure

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin with Serbia’s prime minister and candidate for the presidency Aleksandar Vucic at the Kremlin on Monday. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/EPA

West claims Russia increasing its role in political exploitation of tense Balkan states

Police  detain anti-corruption campaigner and opposition leader Alexei Navalny at a rally in Moscow on Sunday. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Alexei Navalny arrested at march triggered by corruption charges against prime minister

People  protest against increased tariffs for communal services and new taxes in Minsk, Belarus, on March 15th. The placard , referring to the country’s president, reads: “Lukashenko, stop picking the raisins out of the bread”. Photograph: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

Rights groups decry crackdown on protesters as anti-government rallies grow

The body of Denis Voronenkov is carried away by forensic experts in downtown Kiev on Thursday. Mr Voronenkov appeared to be a loyal pro-Kremlin deputy in Russia’s parliament until he was accused of fraud and fled to Ukraine last October. Photograph:  Andrew Kravchenko/EPA

Russian ex-deputy and Putin critic Denis Voronenkov gunned down outside Kiev hotel

People protest in front of the parliament building in Skopje, Macedonia, on Tuesday, against the visit of EU enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn and the bloc’s support for a proposed multi-ethnic coalition government. Photograph: Boris Grdanoski/AP

Scandal-plagued former prime minister urges supporters to ‘defend’ country

Paul Manafort with adviser to Donald Trump Kellyanne Conway last August, prior to his resignation from the Trump election campaign team. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Papers allegedly show Paul Manafort tried to hide payments from Viktor Yanukovich

Pro-Russian rebels guard a checkpoint in Stanytsia Luhanska, Lugansk region, as a  man  passes into Ukraine-controlled territory. Photograph: Valeksey Filippov/AFP/Getty Images

Military and economic activity in breakaway regions echoes seizure of Crimea

Activists build a wall to block entrance to the Sberbank of Russia office during a protest outside a branch in Kiev on March 13th.  Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko

Economic war deepens amid continued fighting with rebels in eastern Ukraine

A worker at the Donetsk Metallurgical Plant in the Donbas region.  Separatist leaders this month seized the mines and metal plants that are the heart of the  region’s economy. Photograph: Viktor Drachev\TASS via Getty Images

Russian-backed separatists have seized major mines and factories in Donbas region

Yulia Samoilova performed in Crimea after its 2014 annexation by Russia – an apparent breach of Ukrainian law that could see her banned from entering the country. Photograph: YouTube

Disabled singer Yulia Samoilova could be banned from Kiev event due to Crimea performance

Supporters of the Civil Initiative for United Macedonia carry a  banner saying ‘For united Macedonia’ at a protest in Skopje. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

Nationalists have been accused of stirring up ethnic tension to evade prosecution

Members of the Kosovo Security Force in Pristina on Monday: President Hashim Thaci announced during the ceremony he would submit a draft law to parliament on transforming the security forces into an army. Photograph: Valdrin Xhemaj/ EPA

Plan to upgrade security forces comes in response to Russian arms deal with Serbia

 Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban: Dismissed criticism of its asylum policy as “dreamy human rights gibberish”. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

Populist PM Viktor Orban accused of flouting international law and targeting critics

Roman Nasirov, head of Ukraine’s powerful tax and customs agency, lies inside the defendant’s cage during a court hearing in Kiev on Sunday. He claimed to have suffered heart problems when investigators raided his office. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Activists say Roman Nasirov is first ‘big fish’ to be targeted in fight against corruption

Macedonia’s Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev: “We have seen what happened in Ukraine, Egypt, Libya and elsewhere. We have to take care here.” Photograph: Ognen Teofilvovski/Reuters

Protests and president’s refusal to back multi-ethnic government stoke fears of conflict

Boris Damovski and Bogdan Ilievski, organisers of  protests against proposals they believe would endanger national unity. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Ethnic Albanians say proposals could finally end discrimination in Balkan state

Protesters shout slogans while holding a Macedonian flag during a demonstration om Skopje on Tuesday against an agreement that would ensure the wider use of the Albanian language in the ethnically divided state. Photograph: Reuters

Moscow echoes nationalists’ fears of ‘Greater Albania’ as two-year crisis deepens

Alexander Zakharchenko: The head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic   visits a metallurgical plant in Donetsk, Ukraine. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters

Protesters against smuggling and ‘trade in blood’ block rail tracks crossing the front line

 Nadiya Savchenko: The controversial pilot  has rubbished as “a complete lie”  a report that she claimed Ukraine would be better under  Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Ex-military pilot Nadiya Savchenko considered a hero to some, a traitor to others

A policeman patrols an area at the Hungary and Serbia border fence near the village of Asotthalom, Hungary, on October 2nd, 2016. Photograph: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters

EU urged to stop Hungary tightening rules claimed to contravene obligations to refugees

Laura Codruta Kovesi with Romanian president Klaus Iohannis: Romania’s chief prosecutor says her agency faces “legislative challenges and unprecedented attacks”. Photograph: EPA/Robert Ghement

Top prosecutor says her anti-corruption agency backed by huge street protests

Bakir Izetbegovic: The Muslim Bosniak member of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s tripartite presidency wants the  International Court of Justice to review its 2007 ruling that cleared Serbia of genocide during the country’s civil war. Photograph: ELVIS Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

Political crises and tense relations still dog region more than 20 years after war’s end

Shoppers in Lidl  in Prague: Some food companies have said it is common practice to use different ingredients for same-name products in different countries. Photograph: Martin Divisek/Bloomberg

Several states want EU to ensure products are of equal taste and quality across bloc

Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash: made a fortune selling Russian gas to Ukraine before being arrested in Austria in March 2014. Photograph:  Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

Some believe Dmytro Firtash may exchange information on corruption for his freedom

People place flowers at the monument of the so-called “Nebesna Sotnya” (Heavenly Hundred),  anti-government protesters killed in Kiev in February 2014. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Kiev and Moscow both dismiss ‘secret peace plan’ reportedly delivered to Donald Trump

Veterans and their relatives attend a ceremony to commemorate Ukrainian servicemen killed during a military conflict near the town of Debaltseve in the east of the country in 2015, in Kiev, Ukraine on Saturday. Photograph:  Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Three years after carnage in Kiev, war and corruption have not killed hope

The soldier posing with Tatyana and the children at a memorial to over  100 people killed during Ukraine’s “Revolution of Dignity”

Activists' blockade fuels energy fears as violence flares in the east

Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic: ready to move “from the most powerful position to one that hasn’t got one-tenth of that power only to ensure continuity and stability”. Photograph: Andrej Cukic/EPA

Critics see danger in Aleksandar Vucic's political dominance

Romanian protesters turn on the lights of  mobile phones while standing under coloured papers during a protest in front of government headquarters in Bucharest on Sunday. Photograph: Mihai Barbu/EPA

Bucharest Letter: Scandal-hit governing party claims foreign forces behind protests

Bucharest, Romania: Anti-government protesters wear T-shirts emblazoned with  a quote attributed to Thomas Jefferson: “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty”. Photograph: Dan McLaughlin

Opposition to government energised by ruling party’s bid to blunt anti-corruption law

Allies: Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite (centre) and Germany’s defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen,  welcome  a Nato battalion in Rukla, Lithuania, on Tuesday. Photograph: Petras Malukas/AFP/Getty

Nato deployment in Poland, Romania and Baltic countries a threat, says Moscow

Pro-Russian separatist commander Mikhail Tolstykh, who was known by the nom de guerre Givi, at a parade marking the 70th anniversary of the second World War, in Donetsk, Ukraine, in 2015.   Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters

Highly implausible that Kiev-based hit squads could kill militia leaders so effectively

People protest against the government in Bucharest on Tuesday night, in the latest in a series of demonstrations that are the biggest in the city since the fall of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989. Photograph:  Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images

Premier Sorin Grindeanu conciliatory as cabinet survives confidence vote

Romanian president Klaus Iohannis addresses the joint chambers of the Romanian parliament, in Bucharest, Romania on Tuesday. Photograph: Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea/Reuters

President Klaus Iohannis tells government to solve crisis after huge protests in Bucharest

Tens of thousands of people gather for a demonstration in from of the government building in Bucharest, Romania on Sunday. Photograph: Darko Bandic/AP

Confusion over beleaguered cabinet’s controversial reform plans

Children hold balloons in the colours of the Romanian flag as people protest against the government’s contentious corruption decree in Bucharest, Romania.  Photograph:  Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images

Biggest rallies since 1989 revolution against communist rule forced government U-turn

Nikki Haley: The new US ambassador to the United Nations prepares to address the security council, where she said “the dire situation in eastern Ukraine is one that demands clear and strong condemnation of Russian actions”. Photograph: EPA/Jason Szenes

Fear of a humanitarian crisis as shelling destroys power and water networks

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban in Budapest on Thursday. Photograph: Zsolt Szigetvary/EPA

Budapest criticises sanctions on Moscow despite escalation in Ukraine war

  Russian president Vladimir Putin with Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban at  talks in Mosco last year: Putin will face a mixed reception when he visits Budapest on Thursday. Photograph: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty

Orban accused of mimicking Putin’s autocratic rule ahead of visit from Russian leader

Ukrainian medical servicemen stand on an armoured personnel carrier  after they carried wounded servicemen to hospital in the Ukraine-controlled town of Avdiivka in Donetsk region on January 30th. Photograph: Aleksey Filippov/AFP/Getty

Fierce clashes leave eight dead and 25 hurt in east Ukraine as power and water shut down

George Soros: The philanthropist said that Donald Trump “stands for that other form of government, which is the opposite of an open society. It’s really better described as a dictatorship or a mafia state.” Photograph: Reuters/Luke MacGregor

Rise of Donald Trump adds new twist in tale of Hungarian allies turned enemies

Bulgaria’s president-elect Rumen Radev is congratulated by well wishers during a handover ceremony outside Alexander Nevski cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria. Photograph: Oleg Popov/Reuters

New Bulgarian president Rumen Radev seeks better relations with Russia

Romanian president Klaus Iohannis waves to protesters in Bucharest on Sunday, January 22nd.  A proposed Bill would pardon those sentenced to jail terms shorter than five years for a range of crimes. Photograph: Robert Ghement/EPA

Ruling party’s Liviu Dragnea calls protests against legal reforms ‘start of a coup d’etat’

Hungary’s foreign minister Péter Szijjártó  (left) with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Moscow on Monday. Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

Russian and Hungarian leaders Putin and Orban have high hopes for Trump presidency

Poland’s foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski: “You can’t criticise anyone for wanting to improve relations with Russia.” Photograph: Gian Ehrenzeller/EPA

New president’s stance on Russia and US role abroad are key questions for region

Romanians protest against government plans in Bucharest on Wednesday. Photograph: Octav Ganea via Reuters

Protesters fear anti-corruption efforts will be weakened to benefit ruling party

Chief of Defence of Lithuania Jonas Vytautas Zukas: the fence is expected to stretch for130km along the border with Kaliningrad.  Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

‘We see this as a threat’ Kremlin says as Poland welcomes US troops

Several thousand Serbs from Kosovo take part in a protest after a train with the slogan “Kosovo is Serbia” travelling from Belgrade to Kosovska Mitrovica was prevented from entering Kosovo. Photograph: EPA/Djordje Savic

Kosovo’s leader Hashim Thaci says Belgrade plans “Crimea-style” annexation

US vice president Joe Biden with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko during a   news conference in Kiev. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

US vice-president Joe Biden, on Kiev visit, says sanctions on Russia must stay

A railway worker stands by the  train bearing the words “Kosovo is Serbia” in 20 languages leaving Belgrade for Kosovo. Photograph: Darko Vojinovic/AP

Serbian leader Nikolic says Kosovars’ reaction to train shows they ‘want war’

Five migrants squat in the snow as they eat a warm meal distributed by aid groups and others queue for food, in Belgrade on Thursday. Photograph: Darko Vojinovic/AP

About 2,000 people sleeping rough at -16 degrees in Belgrade, says humanitarian group

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