Russian president Vladimir Putin after the ASEM summit of European and Asian leaders in Milan yesterday. Photograph: Vasily Maximov/AP

Putin more positive than Poroshenko in assessment of gas deal

Russian president Vladimir Putin (centre) and Serbian president Tomislav Nikolic (second right) attend a military parade to mark 70 years since the city’s liberation by the Red Army in Belgrade yesterday.  Serbia feted Mr  Putin with troops, tanks and fighter-jets. Photograph:  Marko Djurica/Reuters

Germany says Russia must bolster shaky ceasefire

Mikheil Saakashvili  is widely blamed for starting Georgia’s brief but disastrous war with Russia in 2008. Photograph: Irakli Gedenidze/Reuters

Prosecutors claim former president misspent state funds and muzzled opposition

Fire-fighters work on a vehicle hit by shelling near Donetsk  airport yesterday. Photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

Drones to be used to monitor east Ukraine as fighting rages on at Donetsk airport

The family home of Tarkhan Batirashvili/Abu Omar al-Shishani in the village of Birkiani. He hasn’t been seen in the Pankisi Gorge since being released from jail and going to Turkey in 2012, and is now understood to be the leader of a radical group fighting in Syria. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

For young men in impoverished region, jihad can offer a tempting escape from a grim life

A pro-Russian militiant holds a placard reading “ Kolomoisky must die!” during the attack of a branch of Privatbank in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk in April. Photograph:  Alexander Khudoteply/AFP/Getty Images

Blue and yellow of Ukraine flies proudly from cars and buildings in Dnipropetrovsk

Friends and relatives reunite with soldiers of the Ukrainian volunteer special police battalion ‘Azov’ after they returned following their turn of deployment in eastern Ukraine, near the St Sophia Cathedral in Kiev. Nato has reportedly started delivering weapons to Kiev’s military as it battles Russian-backed separatists. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Six people were killed and 15 injured in rebel-held Donetsk, says Kiev

A destroyed military truck in Ilovaisk, a town that  has endured weeks of heavy fighting. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The Russian army stands accused of killing hundreds of Ukrainian fighters

Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow yesterday. He said Russia would “be forced – absolutely forced – to take appropriate measures in response” to plans to ramp up Nato in eastern Europe. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/Reuters

Russia tests new missile as Ukraine says most of its troops have left the country

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