Adam Osmayev, English-educated Chechen commander of a Ukrainian volunteer battalion. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Wycliffe College, a €12,000-a-term boarding school in England’s bucolic Cotswolds, runs something called the “combined cadet force”.Through “military-(...)

Chechen Muslims gather in the regional capital of Grozny to take part in a protest rally  against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.  Photograph: Musa Sadulayev/AP

Hundreds of thousands of people have protested in Russia’s Chechnya region against what its Kremlin-backed leader called the “vulgar and immoral” car(...)

An  undated handout file photo provided by the FBI of  Adnan Shukrijumah. The Pakistan military issued a statement saying he  was killed in a raid in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal area. Photograph: FBI

Pakistani soldiers have killed a top al-Qaeda operative who was charged in the United States for his alleged involvement in a plot to bomb New York’s (...)

Russian president Vladamir Putin has promised an amnesty for capital repatriated to the country, saying Russians who choose to bring money back will face no questions over how they earned it. Photograph: Alexey Druginyn/Ria Novosti/EPA

President Vladimir Putin has portrayed Russia as an invincible nation beset by foreign foes intent on weakening and even destroying it, in a combativ(...)

Coal miners leaving a Donetsk mine in June following a shift. Work has ceased in the Donbas coalmining region due to the militants’ struggle against Kiev authorities. Photograph: Viktor Drachev/Getty Images

“We have a saying,” declares Zhenya Romanov, raising his voice above a brutal cacophony at Donetsk’s Oktyabrskaya coal mine.“If Ukraine looks after co(...)

The blast occurred outside a concert hall in Grozny, the capital of Russia’s troubled North Caucasus region of Chechnya. Image: Google Maps

A suicide bomber killed at least five police officers and wounded 12 others yesterday during festivities in Grozny, the capital of Russia’s troubled N(...)

The family home of Tarkhan Batirashvili/Abu Omar al-Shishani in the village of Birkiani. He hasn’t been seen in the Pankisi Gorge since being released from jail and going to Turkey in 2012, and is now understood to be the leader of a radical group fighting in Syria. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Like tearaways in the west gunning their cars away from the lights, the young Kists spurred on their steeds and tore off down Duisi’s main street. (...)

A resident of Tabqa city touring the streets on a motorcycle waves an Islamist flag in celebration after Islamic State militants took over Tabqa air base, in nearby Raqqa city August 24, 2014. Islamic State militants stormed the air base in northeast Syria on Sunday, capturing most of it from government forces after days of fighting over the strategic location, a witness and a monitoring group said. Fighting raged inside the walls of the Tabqa air base, the Syrian army's last foothold in an area otherwise controlled by IS, which has seized large areas of Syria and Iraq. REUTERS/Stringer   (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

A few months ago few in the West had heard of Isis, the Sunni militants known at different times as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and as Islamic (...)

Crash site: armed pro-Russian separatists guard remnants of flight MH17. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

On a sultry night this week in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, a car and a minibus pulled off a deserted main road into the empty car park of one of the (...)

An elderly Ukrainian man exercises at the Kachalka outdoor gym on the banks of the river Dniper, as Kiev insists it is doing everything possible to avoid harming civilians. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Ukraine has vowed to push on with its bid to crush pro-Moscow rebels in eastern regions, despite fresh calls from Russia to end the increasingly bl(...)