A member of a local electoral commission takes part in the preparations for this weekend’s election, with stickers displaying symbols of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

in Donetsk Ukraine’s leaders have made a breakthrough in talks to form a new coalition government and clinched a winter gas deal with Russia, as sep(...)

Cars drive past an election information board in Yasynuvata, Donetsk region, which reads: “Donbass decides. November 2. Electing government of people!” Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

The Ukrainian soldier hands back the passports and waves the car out of the checkpoint.“We’re taking down details of people of heading east,” he expla(...)

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak (l) and European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger  leave a joint news conference after gas talks between the European Union, Russia and Ukraine at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Ukraine, Russia and the European Union signed a deal last night that will see Moscow resume vital supplies of gas to its ex-Soviet neighbour over the (...)

Lead investigator Fred Westerbeke confirmed his team was preparing a “request for assistance” from Russia. Photograph: Alyona Zykina/EPA

Dutch investigators examining the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash are to ask Russia to hand over radar data which Moscow claims proves the airc(...)

Bashneft sold to oil-to-telecoms conglomerate Sistema, controlled by tycoon Vladimir Yevtushenkov. Photograph:  Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images

Russia won court approval yesterday to seize shares held by a billionaire businessman’s company in oil producer Bashneft over its “improper privatisat(...)

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(...)

Fifa president Sepp Blatter:  “A boycott never achieves anything and does not have a positive effect. Fifa is fully supporting the World Cup in Russia.” Photo: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Russia and Ukraine might be put into different groups at the 2018 World Cup finals if the Ukrainians qualify and relations between the two countries d(...)

Najib Razak: “Let us hope in the coming months there will be some success.” Photograph: Nikhil Monteiro/Reuters

Malaysia prime minister Najib Razak has vowed to bring to justice those responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17, but said he feared figh(...)

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said elections being organised by the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk ‘people’s republics’ would be recognised. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Ukraine today condemned as “destructive and provocative” Russia’s stance towards elections organised by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine ne(...)

Eastern promise: Istanbul – Enterprise Ireland opened an office in the city in January

Irish food exporters are up against it. The Russian ban on EU and others’ foodstuffs over the conflict in Ukraine has had another negative consequence(...)