A Ukrainian border guard sits in a military vehicle in the southern coastal town of Mariupol September yesterday after  Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels agreed a ceasefire. Photograph: Reuters

Russia’s foreign ministry has vowed to react if the European Union implements new sanctions against Moscow over its role in the Ukraine crisis. The EU(...)

A Ukrainian priest blesses members of a people’s volunteer corps during a rally in support of single Ukraine in  Mariupol yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Photomig

Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine have pledged to call a ceasefire today if Kiev agrees to a peace plan proposed by Russian president Vl(...)

(L-R) Russia’s president Vladimir Putin, Belarus’ president Alexander Lukashenko and Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko react while posing for a photo during their meeting in Minsk today. Photograph: Grigory Dukor/Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin said today the crisis in Ukraine could not be solved by a further military escalation or without dialogue with repres(...)

A Russian aid convoy of white trucks waits to enter Ukraine at a border control point with Ukraine in the Russian  Rostov region. Photograph: EPA.

The White House today denounced a Russian convoy’s move into Ukraine, calling it a flagrant violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and saying Russia shoul(...)

Interns at Leinster House: L to R, Sheelan Yousefizadeh, TD Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Ebisinbofa Charles Titus, TD Tony McLoughlin and Larysa Karankovich. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland is not the only country with an ambivalent attitude to its first language. Larysa Karankovich points to a similar problem in her home country (...)

Derry City’s Cliff Byrne in action during the Europa Cup clash against Shakhtyor Soligorsk at the Stroitel Stadium, Soligorsk, Belarus. Photo: Kirill Pavlovich/Inpho

Shakhtyor Soligorsk 5 Derry City 1 Derry City may have stunned Shakhtyor Soligorsk after just six minutes in Belarus last night, but it ended miserab(...)

Shakhtyor Saligorsk’s Siarhei Balanovich (left) is tackled by Shane McEleney of Derry City in the first leg of their Europa League Second Qualifying Round tie at the Brandywell. The sides meet in the second leg in Belarus tonight. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho/Presseye

Derry City manager Peter Hutton says the media hype prior to last Thursday night’s Europa League game against Shakhtyor Soligorsk had an adverse effec(...)

Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst meets Ciara Maguire, Mary Joyce, Elaine Clements and Deborah Donohoe outside the Dylan Hotel in Dublin last night. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

About 40,000 people are taking to the streets for the Dublin Pride parade today, an annual event marked by colour and costumes but one which has nev(...)

Trina Gilchriest and Adi Roche of Chernobyl Children International welcome 11-year-old Maryna Malinouskaya to Ireland. Photograph: Brian Arthur

‘The most important thing for these children is to give them an opportunity to spend time away from the highly radiated areas they live in,” says Trin(...)

Eileen Morrissery from Kilkenny welcomes Alessia (13)  from the first plane to arrive from affected regions of Chernobyl at Shannon Airport today. Photograph:. Brian Arthur/Press 22

The Chernobyl Children International charity, which brings children effected by the fallout from the 1986 nuclear disaster to Ireland each year has hi(...)