Ukrainian cadets after assembling yesterday by a monument for victims of the Nazi massacre in Babiy Yar in Kiev. The country is marking the 70th anniversary of liberation from the Nazis. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko

Kiev and Washington have denounced Sunday’s planned elections in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, as Russia defied the West by saying it would recognise(...)

A pro-Yes motorcyclist trails the saltire flag and the lion rampant flag of Scotland while riding through the town of Kilmarnock in Scotland yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Robert Perry

The referendum on Scottish independence has deep implications not only for the future of the British union, but also for the union of 28 countries tha(...)

Danny Welbeck  during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Arsenal’s signing of Danny Welbeck from Manchester United was a curious example of a deal that seemed to leave both sides disappointed. Arsène Wenger’(...)

‘The Ukraine crisis has also prompted Ireland’s fellow EU neutrals Sweden and Finland to take a significant step closer to Nato membership in signing agreements to allow Nato deployment and training operations on their territory.’ above, The first session of the Nato summit  in Newport, south Wales. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

In truth Nato owes Vladimir Putin. Big time. While the alliance’s members would much rather he had not sent troops into Ukraine, in doing so, the Russ(...)

President’s  choice: Kevin O’Malley is a political donor and Obama supporter. Photograph: AP Photo

President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next US ambassador to Ireland, Missouri lawyer Kevin O’Malley, will be questioned today by a Senate commit(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin has repeatedly vowed to defend people who feel Russian across the former Soviet Union and especially in Ukraine. Photograph: Reuters/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Moscow has vowed to respond to alleged artillery fire from Ukraine that it claims killed a Russian man near the countries’ border, warning Kiev tha(...)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko at a press conference during the European leaders’ summit in Brussels yesterday.  Photograph: EPA/Julien Warnand

EU leaders handed down a four-day deadline to Russia to release prisoners in Ukraine and enter talks with president Petro Poroshenko on a definitiv(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras, and Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy attend a signature ceremony between the EU, Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova during the second day of the European leaders summit at EU council headquaters in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/Pool 2:35

Ukraine signed a historic free-trade and political cooperation agreement with the European Union today that has been at the heart of the country’s pol(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel insists she wants Jean-Claude Juncker as the next commission president. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

One hundred years after a Bosnian nationalist fired the shots that led to the outbreak of the first World War, EU leaders gather in the Flemish town (...)

A Ukrainian volunteer recruit of battalion “Azov” bids farewell with his girlfriend after an oath of allegiance ceremony in the centre of Kiev, Ukraine, yesterday. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov/EPA

Ukraine’s militants have agreed to suspend fighting, after the White House and European Union foreign ministers told Russia to stop aiding Ukraine’(...)