US secretary of state John Kerry is welcomed by Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, at the presidential residence of Bocharov Ruchey in Sochi. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/AP

Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, welcomed US secretary of state John Kerry to the Black Sea resort of Sochi today, but its sunshine and spring flow(...)

The funeral procession for Macedonian police officer Boban Ivanovic in the village of Stajkovci, just east of Skopje.  Photograph: AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski

Crisis-hit Macedonia has urged the West to accelerate its bid for membership of the European Union and Nato, to avoid further destabilisation of the (...)

Relatives of killed policeman Sasho Samoilovski carry his coffin covered in Macedonian flag before his funeral in Tetovo, Macedonia, today. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

The European Union has expressed concern over the stability of Macedonia, after a battle between police and gunmen killed at least 22 people and drama(...)

The Motherland monument decorated with a symbolic wreath of red poppies at the Ukrainian State Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Kiev, Ukraine, yesterday. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Ukraine has condemned Kremlin support for the country’s separatists and urged the world not to appease Moscow, as events to mark the end of the secon(...)

Ukrainian cadets in full voice as they participate in a patriotic forum “Two Generations – Two Wars” at the Museum of Great Patriotic War in Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: Reuters

As warplanes roared over Red Square in rehearsal for tomorrow’s Russian celebration of 70 years since the defeat of Nazi Germany, Ukrainians in Kie(...)

Sevan, Samuel, Lucy, Arshag and Arthur Agopyan in their Yerevan apartment. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Looking across Yerevan to where Mount Ararat soars over Armenia’s border with Turkey, Samuel Agopyan’s thoughts travel on, to the ancient Syrian city (...)

Petro Poroshenko (right) welcomes  European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker to Kiev on Monday. Juncker said the country’s 45 million people were ‘part of our European family’, but painful reforms were necessary before it could join the union. Photograph:  Genya Savilovgenya/AFP/Getty Images

European Union officials have given Ukraine a pep talk on the urgent need for sweeping reforms and anti-corruption measures, as the country’s presiden(...)

An eldery woman attends a religious service at the cathedral in Etchmiadzin, outside Yerevan, yesterday, ahead of the canonisation ceremony for the Martyrs of the Armenian genocide. Karen Minasyan/AFP/Getty Images 3:34

Armenia will today mark a century since the start of an Ottoman campaign of massacres and deportation that killed up to 1.5 million Armenians, amid Tu(...)

People are reflected in a banner depicting ‘1915/1.5 million’, the year and the number of victims of mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks, in Yerevan. Photograph: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

As Armenia marks a century since its people suffered genocide, a group of its women – inspired by Northern Ireland’s peace process – is trying to brea(...)

Mourners at the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial Museum in the Armenian capital, Yerevan. Photograph: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

Turkey has said it “shares the pain” of Armenians who are marking a century since their ancestors were massacred by the Ottomans, but vowed never to (...)