US servicemen take part in a military drill in Yavoriv, western Ukraine. Military co-operation between Ukraine and its Nato allies is set to increase in the coming years. Photograph: Yuriy Dyachyshyn/AFP/Getty Images

Deep in the forests and rolling fields of Ukraine’s western borderlands, a partnership that Russia hoped never to see is quickly – and noisily – takin(...)

Bodyguards protect Serbia’s prime minister Aleksandar Vucic during unrest at a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre on July 11th. Photograph: Ivan Sebalj/Avaz/Reuters

This has been a long, hot summer of powerful and painful memories in the Balkans, and it has made some people fear for the region’s future. On a swel(...)

Ukrainian army members pay their repects to a fellow serviceman during his funeral ceremony in   Kharkiv. Photograph: Sofia Bobok/AFP/Getty Images

Ukraine says it is ready to respond with full force to what it calls a sharp escalation in shelling from Russian-backed rebels in eastern regions, (...)

Macedonia’s prime minister Nikola Gruevski (centre) attend a rally in support  the government in Skopje in May. Macedonia is to have early parliamentary elections next year. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

As Macedonian police launched raids this week against what it said were suspected Islamist radicals, many in the crisis-ridden Balkan state thought ba(...)

Serbian nationalist leader Vojislav Seselj (behind the flag) and his party members burn the Croatian national flag in front of the Croatian embassy during a protest marking the 20th anniversary of Croatia’s four-day Operation Storm. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Croatia and Serbia have held starkly contrasting ceremonies to mark 20 years since Croat troops crushed Serb separatists in an operation that caused (...)

Soldiers returning from particiption in Operation Storm, which in just three days reclaimed almost 20 per cent of Croatia’s territory. Photograph: Ilie Bumbac/AFP/Getty Images

Not so long ago in eastern Europe, a region on the periphery of a country in crisis took up arms against the new government. With the help of fighters(...)

A father and son, Serb refugees from Krajina in the aftermath of Croatia’s ‘Operation Storm’, walk alongside refugee vehicles near the Bosnian Serb city Banja Luka on August 10th, 1995. Photoraph:  Ranko Cukovic/Reuters

When the Croatian military’s Operation Storm rumbled towards the Serb-separatist-held town of Knin 20 years ago, eight-year-old Anja Raskovic stuffed (...)

The site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 air crash near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region. File photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

One year ago, 298 people boarded an aircraft at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam for a midday flight to Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. Once the (...)

Members of the Pravy Sektor movement and their supporters rally in front of the president’s administration in Kiev yesterday. Photograph: Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images

Ukraine’s security forces were locked in a standoff last night with armed members of nationalist group Right Sector, after a gun battle apparently (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin gestures to Chinese president Xi Jinping as other heads of state look on during the Brics/SCO summits in Ufa. Photograph: Ria Novosti/Getty Images

As Europe focused on Greece’s travails, leaders of the so-called Brics nations launched ambitious financial projects that could, in time, come to offe(...)