Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov arrives for Ukraine peace talks at the presidential residence in Minsk, Belarus. Photograph: Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

A new round of peace talks got under way involving Ukraine and separatists, as fighting between Kiev government forces and the Russian-backed rebels c(...)

Steven Spielberg is embraced and blessed by holocaust survivors in Krakow, Poland, on Monday. Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images 1:49

Russia’s Vladimir Putin will be absent from the main event marking 70 years since Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz death camp in Poland, held aga(...)

A kindergarten which was shelled in Debaltseve, Donetsk area in Ukraine. Diplomats from Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany met this week to thrash out a tentative dividing line from which the warring sides would pull back their heavy weapons. Photograph: Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

Rebel sources say twenty-four Russian-backed separatists in east Ukraine have been killed in a rocket attack on the recently captured airport outside (...)

Captive Ukrainian soldiers kneel as the leader of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko (left) stands   at a bus stop where 13 people were killed when a  bus was shelled.   Photograph: Aleksander Gayuk/AFP/Getty Images

At least eight bus passengers were killed in a missile strike yesterday in eastern Ukraine, as agreement between top diplomats on steps to reduce fi(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at  a session of the World Economic Forum  annual meeting on January 22nd, 2015 in Davos, Switzerland. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel accused Russia on Thursday of violating Europe’s peaceful post-war order with its interventions in Ukraine and said E(...)

Female Ukrainian army cadets hold placards reading “I am Volnovakha” in French and Ukrainian during a march on Independence Square in Kiev yesterday to pay tribute to the 13 passengers of a bus killed after a shelling by pro-Russian separatists in small eastern Ukrainian ciry of Volnovakha. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images 1:38

The Kremlin has accused Ukraine of rejecting its efforts to broker peace with the country’s separatist rebels, who last night appealed for internat(...)

 Latvian prime minister Laimdota Straujuma (left), president of the European Council Donald Tusk, President Andris Berzins and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, during the opening event of the Latvian presidency of the EU in Riga. Photograph: EPA

Latvia’s presidency of the Council of the European Union will not be an “anti-Russian” presidency, Latvia’s minister for foreign affairs said yesterda(...)

Lithuania’s prime minister Algirdas Butkevicius holds euro banknote during an event celebrating Lithuania’s joining the euro zone in Vilnius. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Lithuania joined the euro zone at the stroke of midnight on Thursday, hoping to anchor itself in Europe as its former master Russia flexes its militar(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin has that the “return home” of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula to Moscow’s control would remain a very important epoch in the national history. Photograph:  Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Reuters.

Russian president Vladimir Putin has that the “return home” of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula to Moscow’s control would remain a very important epoch in t(...)

A general view of Lithuanian capital Vilnius. Latvia and Lithuania favour a tough response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Latvia will assume the presidency of the European Union, and Lithuania will adopt the euro tomorrow, raising their EU profile at a time of spiralling (...)