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

George Soros: The business magnate called Donald Trump a “con artist and would-be dictator”. Photograph: Reuters/Luke MacGregor

George Soros-funded groups ‘must be swept out’ of Hungary, says Viktor Orban ally

Nikola Gruevski, leader of Macedonia’s VMRO-DPMNE party, enters the parliament chamber in Skopje on December 30th last. The controversial former prime minister has been asked to form a new government. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

Nikola Gruevski faces tough talks amid rumbling corruption scandal

Kosovo Albanians protest after a former prime minister was arrested in France on an international arrest warrant filed by Serbia. Photograph: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images

Belgrade claims ex-Kosovo chief Haradinaj carried out war crimes in 1998-1999

Former prime minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj, who was arrested in France on Wednesday on foot of a warrant issue by  Serbia. Photograph: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images

Ramush Haradinaj was twice acquitted of war crimes during Kosovo conflict

Moldova’s new president, Igor Dodon, taking his oath on the Moldovan constitution during his inauguration ceremony in Chisinau before Christmas.  Photograph: Dumitru Doru/EPA

Igor Dodon accused of building up distance from EU and bolstering links with Russia

Sevil Shhaideh would have been the first woman and first Muslim to run Romania, but her nomination as prime minister has been rejected by the president, Klaus Iohannis. Photograph: Alex Micsik/EPA

Mystery over president’s rejection of Muslim woman Sevil Shhaideh for prime minister

According to Czech intelligence, a large number of  supposed Russian diplomats in Prague are actually  spies. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

Kremlin-friendly president Milos Zeman criticises new ‘hybrid threats’ centre

A migrant eats as others stand in line to receive free food outside a derelict customs warehouse in Belgrade, Serbia. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Horrific crash that killed three highlights danger to migrants on Balkan route

US senator John McCain listens as senator Lindsey Graham speaks during a news conference in Riga, Latvia.  They have called for tough measures against Russia. Photograph:  Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Barack Obama prepares sanctions as Donald Trump eyes rapprochement with Kremlin

Soldiers of the separatist Luhansk People’s Republic on the line of contact with the Ukrainian army: Ukrainian forces appear to have been targeted by Russian-backed hackers.   Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters

Military, power grid and state agencies among Russia’s alleged hacking targets

US senator John McCain in Tallinn: ‘The best way to prevent Russian misbehaviour by having a credible, strong military and a strong Nato alliance.’  Photograph:  Reuters

Nato to boost regional presence despite doubts over Trump’s stance

Sevil Shhaideh: Critics fear Shhaideh, nominated to lead a new Romanian government, would be a de facto puppet of the country’s biggest political party.  Photograph: Inquam Photos/Ovidiu Micsik/via Reuters

Sevil Shhaideh would be Orthodox Christian country’s first female and first Muslim leader

Slovakia’s prime minister Robert Fico: “A migrant who arrived in Germany and got refugee status . . . is now interrogated as a suspect for this heinous crime.” Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

Christmas market killings confirm warning about terrorist threat, says Czech leader

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov (left), director of Russian Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov (second right), and director of foreign intelligence service Sergei Naryshkin attend a meeting dedicated to the murder of Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov, at the Kremlin in Moscow. Photograph: Sputnik/Kremlin/Alexei Druzhinin/Reuters

Moscow and Ankara say killing will not wreck still-fragile rapprochement

 Sergei Lavrov   with Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade. Photograph: Andre J Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

Tussle with EU for regional influence as Belgrade blames Croatia for blocking accession

A Russian soldier inspects the damage at a field hospital that was reportedly destroyed by rebel shelling on December 5th in the Furqan neighbourhood of the government-held side of west Aleppo. Photograph: George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images

Russia’s state media show it as tough, loyal and compassionate in Syria

A Russian navy missile boat of the Black Sea Fleet prepares for a voyage at the Crimean city of Sevastopol. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Russia’s rapid militarisation of annexed Crimea alarms neighbours in the region

Former prime minister Nikola Gruevski: resigned this year to end a crisis over claims that he and his allies were involved in major corruption and illegal wiretapping. Photograph: Reuters

Neck-and-neck vote unlikely to end crisis over spying and corruption

An elderly woman prepares to cast her ballot  in Sintesti, near Bucharest. Photograph: Bogdan Cristel/EPA

Exit polls show strong lead for party ousted following corruption scandal a year ago

Tributes to the 64 people who died in October 2015 when a fire ripped through the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest, Romania. It was housed inside an old shoe factory called Pionerul. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Social Democrats tipped to win Sunday’s election despite tarnished reputation

Head of Romania’s National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi: For most Romanians, the agency’s work represents a long overdue reckoning with a venal elite that has bled the country dry. Photograph:  Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty

Chief prosecutor’s resolute exposure of top-level graft lauded by neighbours and EU

“I’m not a soldier and I found the war terrifying”: Artyom Butov, who was injured during Ukraine’s conflict, now runs a small chicken farm about 80km from the front. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

World’s interest wanes as agencies scramble to help 3.7m around eastern war zone

Ukrainian police opened fire on fellow officers when an undercover operation went  disastrously wrong

Operation to catch burglary gang triggers deadly gun battle outside capital

 Ukrainian marines in 2014 looking at a Russian ship leaving Sevastopol Bay in Crimea, shortly before the peninsula’s annexation by Russia. Photograph: Viktor Drachev/AFP/Getty

‘We need friends,’ says Vladimir Putin denying Russia seeks geopolitical confrontation

 Valya Burakova  and her neighbours collect water from a tanker in Toretsk, eastern Ukraine, where the water supply was cut by shelling on November 22nd. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Red Cross warns of humanitarian disaster as temperatures drop and winter bites

A Ukrainian woman at a memorial in honour of those killed during  the  Euromaidan Revolution in Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Civil society, not politicians, forced to lead fight against corruption

Fidel Castro  welcomes Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to Havana in 1989. Photograph: Robert Sullivan/AFP/Getty

‘Remarkable statesman’ an ‘irreparable loss’, Vladimir Putin tells Raúl Castro

Bulgarian riot police stand by  during clashes in the migrant reception centre in the town of Harmanli on Thursday. Photograph:  Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

Erdogan tells union: ‘If you go any further, these border gates will be opened’

 LinkedIn: social networking website is among those allegedly hacked into by Yevgeny Nikulin.  Photograph: Robert Galbraith/Reuters

Moscow claims US is ‘hunting Russians around the world’

Security Service of Ukraine chief Vasyl Hrytsak: arrested men sought to “lure”  courier to Moscow-controlled territory. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Ukraine agents snatch two ‘deserters’ at de-facto border of annexed Crimea peninsula

A  relative cries at the memorial for those killed during the so-called Euromaidan revolution, at a ceremony in Kiev on Monday to mark its third anniversary. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroskenko says Kremlin could use protests to destabilise country

Weapons, explosives and ammunition seized during an police action near the northwestern Serbian town of Apatin. Photograph: /AFP/Getty Images

Prime ministers and Israeli footballers seen as possible targets for attacks

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko: recording contains nothing to embarrass him at home. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

Kyrgyzstan says one person detained over embarrassing hoax by well-known Russian duo

Mikheil Saakashvili, former governor of the Odessa region,  describes Ukraine’s political elite as “corrupt filth”. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

While the faces in power have changed frustration grows over continued corruption

Bulgarian president Rosen Plevneliev (right) shakes hands with president-elect Rumen Radev prior to their meeting at the Bulgarian presidency office in Sofia on November 14th, 2016. Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

Political uncertainty ahead for both states amid waning enthusiasm for EU

Pro-Russian presidential candidate General Rumen Radev,  of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, meets supporters during an election rally in Karlovo. Photograph: Peter Ganev/Reuters

Anger at ‘pro-EU’ governments helps Kremlin-friendly candidates

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán: “Mr Trump is good for Europe and vital for Hungary.” Photograph: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters

Viktor Orbán says US ‘big bang’ spells the end of ‘20 years of liberal non-democracy’

A martyoshka doll showing Donald Trump, US  president elect, left, sits beside a doll showing Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, dressed as a military pilot, in a souvenir store in Moscow, Russia. Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Vladimir Putin hopes for joint work on leading Russian-American relations out of crisis

Hungary’s deputy prime minister Zsolt Semjen and prime minister Viktor Orban  in the parliament in Budapest after it had rejected a bid by the government to change the country’s constitution to prevent refugees being resettled there. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

Vote is a further blow to prime minister Viktor Orban following invalid referendum

Montenegrin prime minister Milo Djukanovic: Montenegro’s special prosecutor said  a “powerful organisation” of about 50 people from Russia, Serbia and Montenegro intended to  kill Mr Djukanovic. Photograph:      Getty Images

Russia has warned Montenegro about push for Nato membership

Gerb party candidate Tsetska Tsacheva is in favour of rapprochement with Russia. Photograph: Novnikolay Doychinov/AFP/Getty

Presidential vote likely to go to run-off between air force veteran and ruling party candidate

Garda trainees receive an allowance of €184 per week for their first 32 weeks. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Police in France and Spain have staged protests and withdrawn from some duties

Ukraine’s prosecutor general Yuriy Lutsenko warned that those found guilty of large-scale tax evasion could face up to 15 years in jail. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Prosecutor general says deputies already reporting each other in corruption inquiry

Dollars and Ukrainian hryvhia banknotes: Roman Nasirov, who leads Ukraine’s tax service, declared several Kiev apartments and cash holdings with his wife of almost €2 million. His official salary for 2015, the Kyiv Post reports, was about €1,300. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Western-backed declaration system reveals cash and assets held by Ukrainian officials

A man reads the morning paper in Chisinau, Moldova. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Pro-Russian candidate Igor Dodon narrowly fails to win in first round of election

Milo Djukanovic, who stepped down as Montenegro’s prime minister amid speculation over a supposed plan to seize parliament and detain him. Photograph: Savo Prelevic/AFP/Getty Images

Opposition rejects claims of attack plot with possible Russian link

A protester holds a copy of the leftist newspaper Nepszabadsag, which was  shut down earlier this month:  its journalists described the closure  as punishment the for their critical reporting of Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban and his allies. Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

Fears grow over press freedom as Viktor Orban’s inner circle accumulates control

Montenegrin prime minister  Milo Djukanovic: opposition parties claim the attack plot is a fabrication by Mr Djukanovic and his allies to maintain their grip on power. Photograph: Boris Pejovic/EPA

Montenegro claims men from neighbouring Serbia targeted its leader Milo Djukanovic

Protesters at an anti-government demonstration taking place close to a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of 1956 anti-Communist uprising in Budapest. Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

Critics at 1956 memorial event jeer ‘Viktator’ who depicts Brussels as threat to freedom

Fighters stand next to a Soviet tank on the streets of Budapest at the time of the uprising against the Soviet-supported Hungarian communist regime in 1956. Photograph: Laszlo Almasi /Reuters

Weekend events will mark 60th anniversary of doomed anti-Soviet uprising

Police control streets while  Bosnian Serbs wave Serbia’s national flag  in the centre of Srebrenica, on October 3rd, to celebrate  results of the local elections. Photograph: Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

Bosnian mayor refuses to concede defeat to Serb rival amid claims of major fraud

Montenegro’s prime minister, Milo Djukanovic, leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists, speaks to his supporters on Monday after parliamentary elections in Podgorica. Photograph: Savo Prelevic/AFP/Getty Images

Security forces arrest Serb ‘criminal group’ and block messaging apps on polling day

Election posters for Montenegro’s prime minister Milo Djukanovic in Podgorica: election is expected to be a heated affair, with disputes over results and possible protests. Photograph: Savo Prelevic/AFP/Getty Images

Milo Djukanovic accuses opposition of doing Russia’s bidding ahead of contentious election

Journalists of the leftist newspaper Nepszabadsag, which was unexpectedly shut down on Saturday, paste a copy of the last issue on to the wall of a temporary newsroom in Budapest, Hungary. Photograph: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters

Media watchdogs see press freedom threatened by Viktor Orban’s government

Georgian prime minister and leader of ruling Georgian Dream party Giorgi Kvirikashvili: “This was a truly free and fair election.” Photograph:  Sergei Grits/AP

Georgian Dream set to retain power as monitors give positive assessment of vote

Two women stand in front of election posters of opposition candidate Sofio Giorgadze and Ketevan Mamulshvili of the ruling Georgian Dream party, in Tbilisi. Photograph: Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA

Ex-president says he will return from exile in Odessa if his rivals are defeated

Bosnian Serb candidate for mayor of Srebrenica Mladen Grujicic: he denies that the  massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the town in 1995 amounted to genocide, stoking fears among Bosniaks that the town’s tragic recent history could be played down. Photograph:  Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

Fears of ballot fix as Bosnian Serb who denies 1995 genocide poised to be mayor

 More than 300 migrants march from Belgrade towards Hungary, aspiring to enter the European Union, two days after a void anti-migrants vote in Serbia’s northern neighbour. Photograph: Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

Marchers call for border to be opened as they leave Belgrade escorted by police

Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban responds to his critics in the parliament in Budapest on Monday after a referendum on his refugee policy failed to attract enough voters to be legally valid. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

Viktor Orban says landslide No vote in referendum boosts his anti-immigration stance

A woman votes on mandatory refugee acceptance as others hold up a mobile ballot box in Kelebia, 191km south of Budapest. Photograph: Sandor Ujvari/EPA

Leader Viktor Orban says Brussels ‘cannot ignore the will of Hungarian voters’

A Hungarian soldier on patrol in the transit zone at Hungary’s southern border with Serbia near Tompa, 169km southeast of Budapest, on  September 21st. Hungary holds a referendum on its refugee policy on Sunday. Photograph: Sandor Ujvari/EPA

Orban makes final appeal to voters ahead of Sunday’s poll amid international criticism

Children play with toys yesterday at a makeshift refugee and migrant camp close to the border between Serbia and Hungary. Photograph: Getty Images

Government critics fear victory for Orban and a crackdown on foreigners entering country

A Malaysian air crash investigator inspecting the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo) in Donetsk region, Ukraine, in July 2014. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

Moscow rejects damning findings of international investigation

Hungarian police patrol the transit zone at Hungary’s southern border with Serbia near Tompa, 169km southeast of Budapest. Photograph: Sandor Ujvari/EPA

Country’s refugee policy lambasted ahead of referendum on EU mandate on refugees

Milorad Dodik, president of Republika Srpska, speaks after the results of a referendum over a disputed national holiday during an election rally in Pale, Bosnia, on Sunday. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Bosnian Serb president summoned for questioning and EU rejects result

Hungarian prime minister Victor Orban and Croatia’s prime minister Tihomor Oreskovic at the migration summit  in Vienna on Saturday. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Leaders of ‘Balkan route’ states discuss security and migrant return deals

Milorad Dodik, president of Republika Srpska, pictured on an election poster calling for votes for a referendum on their statehood day this Sunday, in Prnjavor, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Russia and the West at odds again amid bellicose Balkan rhetoric

Hungarian prime minister Victor Orban: “I love this country the way it is, and I don’t want anyone to change it through external pressure,” Mr Orban said in the interview published on Thursday. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Viktor Orban says guarded camps needed on ‘an island or some shore of north Africa’

Hungarian prime minister Victor Orban:  urging his compatriots to vote “no” to any plan that would see the EU oblige Hungary to take in refugees. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Anti-immigration government ready for referendum to oppose refugee quotas

 Yevgeny Zhilin: rose to prominence during Ukraine’s pro-western revolution when the former police officer used his fight club and other businesses as the basis for a pro-Russian militia in his home city of Kharkiv. Photograph: Sergiy Bobok/AFP/Getty Images

Yevgeny Zhilin shot by unidentified man wearing false moustache and Panama hat

  EU hopes: Bosnian prime minister Denis Zvizdic  and European commissioner for neighbourhood enlargement negotiations Johannes Hahn  in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslete/PA

Latest row in divided Bosnia comes amid hopes for progress on EU membership

Balkan days: Hubert Butler, in a photograph from identity papers  in 1947, around the time he was in Zagreb attending war-crime trials. Photograph courtesy of Julia Crampton/Maidenhall Manuscripts

The writings of a market gardener from Kilkenny may yet influence the legacy of the notorious wartime archbishop of Zagreb

Andrej Plenkovic, president of Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), during an election rally in Zagreb, Croatia, yesterday. Photograph: Antonio Bronic/Reuters

Weak economy, Serbia tensions and migration crisis await country's new leader

Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, is accused of encouraging racial intolerance with his populist campaign as the referendum on the EU’s response to the migrant crisis looms. Photograph: Grzegorz Momot/EPA

Prime Minister’s controversial friend given honour as refugee referendum looms

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko told parliament that “Russian-terrorist forces” controlling parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions now comprise some 38,500 people and 600 tanks. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

President Petro Poroshenko says he hears ‘Russian accents’ from some EU states

 Russian president Vladimir Putin  meeting his US counterpart Barack Obama on the sidelines of the G20 leaders’ summit in Hangzhou, China on Monday. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/AFP/Getty Images

Obama-Putin talks fail at G20 summit as Turkey renews call for Syria no-fly zone

Migrants and refugees walking through the port of Piraeus after arriving from the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios IN February, 2016: On Monday, some 460 people landed on Greek islands from Turkey – almost as many as arrived during the whole of the previous week and the biggest daily figure for several months. Photograph:   Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Ankara warns that Europe will face ‘huge risk’ unless bloc drops visa rules for Turks

Uzbek president Islam Karimov is believed to have had a stroke. Some journalists citing reliable sources say he is dead and succession plans are secretly being made. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/AFP/Getty Images

Unclear leadership and Kyrgyzstan bombing add to regional instability fuelled by terror threat

Czech Republic’s president Milos Zeman welcomes German chancellor Angela Merkel at Prague Castle. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

Links with Turkey and Russia, refugee issues and Brexit all signal a divided bloc

This file photo taken on May 31st, 2016 shows Hungarian prisoners preparing a new part of the fence near Asotthalom village, Hungary. Photograph: Casaba Segesvarai/AFP/Getty Images

Viktor Orban wants barrier ‘capable of stopping several hundred thousand people’

Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite and US vice-president Joe Biden during a joint press conference after  their meeting in Riga on Tuesday. Photograph:  Petras Malukas/AFP/Getty Images

Leaders of Russia, Germany and France to hold Ukraine talks next month

Russian president Vladimir Putin during his visit to  Crimea. There has been a  sharp rise in Russian military activity in the region recently. Photograph: Reuters

Kremlin leader strikes soft tone but war games continue

A portrait of Attila the Hun watches over Hungary’s Kurultaj festival of ancient Turkic cultures and traditions. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Hungary rejects Muslim refugees but Kurultaj links it to today’s Islamic world

A column of Ukrainian tanks  moves towards the de-facto border with Crimea near Kherson, southern Ukraine, on Friday. Photograph: Aleksandr Shulman/AP

Germany’s top diplomat Steinmeier laments Ukraine deadlock before Russia visit

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin with his outgoing chief-of-staff Sergei Ivanov (left) and Mr Ivanov’s replacement Anton Vaino: the staff change was unexpected. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/AP

Moscow deploys air defence system to Black Sea as tension escalates in Crimea

Ukrainian servicemen watch Sukhoi Su-24 front-line bombers fly during military aviation drills on Wednesday, as Russia accused Ukraine of an incursion into annexed Crimea. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer

War games launched around Black Sea as UN prepares to discuss developments

Russian president Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Konstantinovsky Palace outside Saint Petersburg.   Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

Erdogan and Putin mend ties as Turkey’s rift with EU and US grows over coup reaction

Russian president Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan following their meeting in St Petersburg, Russia, on Tuesday. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Analysis: Kremlin quick to seize on Ankara’s frustration with EU and US

Igor Plotnitsky, leader of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic: He is believed to have been injured on Saturday when a bomb exploded in Luhansk beside a vehicle he was travelling in. Photograph; Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Separatist leader recovers from bomb attack as Russia stops traffic at Crimea border

Serbia’s prime minister  Aleksandar Vucic has complained to the European Union about Croatia’s alleged glorification of far-right figures and fanning of anti-Serb feeling. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Relations between the two soured by disputes over conflict from collapse of Yugoslavia

Austria’s chancellor Christkian Kern and Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban following their meeting in Budapest on July 26th. Mr Orban described migrants as “poison”. Photograph: Lazslo Balogh/Reuters

Asylum seekers may be turned back if Vienna-imposed cap of 37,500 is reached

Migrants at a reception centre in Subotica, northern Serbia, near the Hungarian border. It was built to accommodate 100 people but now houses 500. Photograph: Edvard Molnar

Hungary denies allegations of brutality and breaking legal obligations to refugees

Armenian police clashing with protesters in Yerevan, Armenia, on Friday. Scores of protesters were injured and more than 100 detained when police used truncheons and stun grenades against a march of several thousand people. Photograph: Vahram Baghdasaryan/EPA

Two policemen killed and scores of protesters hurt in Yerevan amid rising violence

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin speaks during a send-off for members of the Russian Olympic team at the Kremlin ion Wednesday. Mr Putin visits Slovenia on Saturday. Photograph:  Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Critics wary of Russian president’s visit to site of 1916 Russian POW disaster

Mohsin Shah, an Afghan asylum seeker who manages lists of hundreds of migrants stuck at Horgos beside Hungary’s fence on its border Serbia. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Under strain Serbia sends troops to block ‘Balkan route’ from Bulgaria and Macedonia

A woman is seen through a damaged wall in the pro-Russian rebels’ controlled Gorlovka city of the Donetsk area, Ukraine. Photograph:  Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

State security, pro-Kiev fighters and Russian-backed militants all accused of abuses

Forensic police examine the wreckage of  the car in which prominent, Belarusian-born journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed in Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph:  Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo

Explosion in Kiev an attempt to destabilise Ukraine, says President Petro Poroshenko

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