Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov looks on from a defendants’ cage as he attends a court hearing in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. Photograph: Sergey Pivovarov/Reuters

A military court in Russia jailed Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian film-maker, for 20 years yesterday for allegedly plotting terrorist attacks in Crimea, as (...)

Vladimir Putin: The Russian president  held meetings on tourism  in Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine 17 months ago, after a night of heavy shelling in eastern Ukraine killed at least seven people and injured several others, according to Kiev and rebel officials.    Photograph:  Reuters

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has accused Russian leader Vladimir Putin of stoking their countries’ conflict, by visiting the disputed Crime(...)

Armies from Azerbaijan, Angola, Armenia, Belarus, Venezuela, Egypt, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China (above), Kuwait, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Russia, Serbia and Tajikistan take part in the ‘International Army Games 2015’ held in Russia. Photograph: Mazim Shipenkov/EPA

Intensified military exercises by Russia and Nato are fueling tensions in Europe that have already been heightened by the conflict in Ukraine, a re(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin lights candles at St Vladimir Equal-to-the-Apostles Church in Moscow. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/EPA/Ria Novosti

The Kremlin is under pressure to scrap draconian plans to destroy embargoed western agricultural produce found entering Russia and instead distribut(...)

This screen grab image taken from a handout video released by News Corp Australia allegedly shows wreckage smoldering at the site of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 shortly after it crashed near the village of Grabove, some 80km east of Donetsk on July 17, 2014. Photograph: AFP Photo/News Corp Australia/Getty Images.

A newly released video from the immediate aftermath of the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 shows pro-Russian separatists rummaging thro(...)

Pipelines  at a gas compressor station in Sudzha in Russia’s Kursk region. Trilateral talks in Vienna ended in deadlock  after the Russian and Ukrainian energy ministers failed to reach an agreement on gas prices for the third quarter of the year. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Natural gas trade between Russia and Ukraine broke down on Wednesday after talks between the two sides aimed at keeping supplies flowing for the comin(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin with defence minister Sergei Shoigu. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/EPA/Ria Novosti

Nato defence chiefs meet today as the alliance changes its strategic posture to counter a combative Russia, and amid fears that rising military activi(...)

Ukrainians take up positions as they attend a military training session organised for civilians in Kiev on June 21st. The EU has approved an extension of economic sanctions against Russia in protest against the Kremlin’s aggressive policies in Ukraine. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA epa04812795 Ukrainians in military uniforms take up positions as they attend a military training session organized for civilians, in Kiev, Ukraine, 21 June 2015. The European Union on 19 June extended economic sanctions imposed on the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol following their annexation by Russia, with the measures now due to stay in place until 23 June  2016. The sanctions were introduced last year, to reinforce the EU's opposition to Russia's illegal annexation of the two territories in March 2014. Relations between Brussels and Moscow are at their worst level since the end of the Cold War, due to Russia's actions in Crimea and in eastern Ukraine, where it is accused of supporting pro-Russian separatists.  EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

The European Union approved an extension of economic sanctions against Russia on Monday in protest against the Kremlin’s aggressive policies in Ukra(...)

President Vladimir Putin’s top foreign policy adviser also said on Wednesday that Russia would not be dragged into an arms race with the West as this would hurt the economy. Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/Pool/Reuters.

Russia accused Nato on Wednesday of encroaching on its borders and seeking to change the strategic balance of power, forcing Moscow to take steps to (...)

Tanks and armoured vehicles on display at the Army 2015 military fair in Russia. Vladimir Putin announced the expansion of Russia’s nuclear arsenal at the fair. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has said that Russia would add more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles to its nuclear arsenal this year(...)