Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko in the Polish parliament in Warsaw yesterday. New peace talks involving Russia, Ukraine and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe may be held in the Belarussian capital Minsk on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters/Slawomir Kaminski

EU and US see slight shift in Russian stance as Ukraine’s leader eyes Nato membership

Chechen activist Akhmed Alikhadzhiyev at a Kiev rally he helped organise for solidarity between Ukraine and Chechnya. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Kremlin opponents based in Ukraine are planning how they can to topple Putin

Repair men work to repair the electricity network after what locals say was a night of shelling in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Russia restarts gas supplies to Ukraine and chides Germany over criticism

Russian president Vladamir Putin has promised an amnesty for capital repatriated to the country, saying Russians who choose to bring money back will face no questions over how they earned it. Photograph: Alexey Druginyn/Ria Novosti/EPA

Ukrainian leader says ceasefire with eastern rebels could start on December 9th

Ministers of the new government of Ukraine after they were voted in during a session of arliament in Kievon Tuesday. The government includes three foreign nationals who were given Ukrainian citizenship to allow them to take their posts.  Photograph: Roman Pilpey/EPA

EU council president Donald Tusk pledges support for Ukraine’s new reformist cabinet

Moldovan students from Craiova city in Romania display EU-colored umbrellas and placards while arriving in Bucharest before voting in Moldova’s parliamentary elections at their country embassy.  Photograph: Robert Ghement/EPA

Pro-Russia party wins, but West-leaning parties best placed to form coalition

Moldova’s Communist Party leader, Vladimir Voronin, favours stronger ties with Russia. Photograph: Dumitru Doru/EPA

Pro-Russian Patria party barred over funding ahead of Sunday’s vote

Ukrainians holding a giant flag made of national, Crimean Tatars and Crimean flags in Kiev on March 23rd last. Ukraine’s new leaders are viewed with suspicion by those who question their appetite for radical change. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Government needed quickly to face Russian-backed insurgency and dying economy

Abkhazia’s separatist president Raul Khadzhimba and Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin    during the   ceremony in which they signed a ‘strategic partnership’ pact in Sochi on Monday. The EU, US and Nato  joined Georgia in denouncing the pact. Photograph: Alexey Druginyn/EPA/RIA Novosti

Moscow’s far-reaching deal with Abkhazia comes months after Crimea seized from Ukraine

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