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

Ukraine’s new parliament convenes today with the country in effect at war with Russia, Crimea annexed by Moscow, pro-Kremlin separatists controlling s(...)

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

The European Union, United States and Nato have joined Georgia in denouncing a “strategic partnership” pact between its breakaway Abkhazia region and (...)

Allies: former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich  greets Vladimir Putin in 2012. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/AFP/Getty

November 21st, 2013 About 2,000 Ukrainians protest on Independence Square in Kiev against their government’s decision to freeze talks on a trade and p(...)

City in flames: Ukrainian anti-government protesters throw Molotov cocktails during clashes with riot police in Kiev in January. Photograph: Dmitry Serebryakov/AFP/Getty
A year in Ukraine

For some it will always be the smell of firewood or burning tyres, or the taste of hot soup sipped through freezing lips. For others it will be a n(...)

US vice-president Joe Biden has visited Kiev on the anniversary of the start of huge anti-corruption and pro-western protests, triggered by the decision of Ukraine’s then leaders to reject a landmark trade and political deal with the European Union. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

The United States and Nato have joined Kiev in condemning Russia’s alleged build-up of military forces in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, as the country m(...)

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

Flanked by fellow heads of state from around central Europe, Czech leader Milos Zeman mounted a Prague stage to recall the revolutions that chased com(...)

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

If, 25 years ago, Romanians believed Nicolae Ceausescu’s tyranny would be replaced by a fair and flourishing market democracy, experience soon taught (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Australian prime minister Tony Abbott aboard a boat in front of Sydney Opera House yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Guido Bergmann 1:20

Workers have started to recover the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, as Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin flew home early fr(...)

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

In the cold, slate-grey skies and seas of northeast Europe, an old game is being played out under new rules.Where for decades the Soviet Union probed (...)

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

Ukraine is braced for a major attack from separatist rebels backed by Russia, officials in Kiev say, as Washington calls for more pressure on Moscow a(...)