Demonstrators show symbolic red cards to Czech president Milos Zeman during a protest rally in Prague.  Photograph: Reuters

Big rallies in Hungary and Czech Republic bemoan leaders’ soft stance on Russia

Klaus Iohannis, leader of Romania’s center-right Liberals and mayor of  Sibiu: his  enduring popularity and apparent incorruptibility has made him a figure of some curiosity. Photograph: Raed Krishan/AP

Lutheran, ethnic-German outsider beats PM Ponta with pledge to cleanse a corrupt system

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Australian prime minister Tony Abbott aboard a boat in front of Sydney Opera House yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Guido Bergmann

Russian president skips leaders’ lunch after sharp criticism over Ukraine

A girl lights a candle during Latvian Freedom Fighters’ Remembrance Day, or Lacplesis Day, to commemorate those who fought in the 1919 Latvian War of Independence, near Riga castle on November 11th. In Latvia, Russia’s increased military activity is seen as an echo of the cold war. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Nato sees sharp rise in warplanes and ships approaching Baltic states’ territory

Ukrainian defence minister Stepan Poltorak: “The main thing is to be prepared. If there is action, there will be a reaction.” Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Russian ‘occupiers’ shooting at Ukrainian positions, says Kiev spokesman

An exchange office worker  in central Kiev yesterday. Donetsk rebels said they may switch to a dual-currency system involving Ukraine’s hryvnia and the Russian rouble. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Security study warns of potentially ‘catastrophic’ Nato-Russia stand-off

Pro-Russian rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko, left: the fierce struggle for Donetsk airport has continued almost unabated. Photograph: Dmitry Lovetsky/AP

Kiev says up to 200 militants killed at airport

Yevgeny Denisenko (70), head of the Donetsk and Opera and Ballet Theatre. He took the post last month after the theatre’s previous general director died suddenly. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Opera and ballet forge on despite death of a director, destruction of sets and no pay

Kirill (11), one of those injured in the sports field of Kuibyshevskya school, with his father at a hospital in Donetsk yesterday. Photograph: alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Kiev tightens security at ‘border’ with separatist-held areas

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