The Government has said the use of  airspace controlled by the Irish Aviation Authority by two Russian bomber jets on Wednesday is unacceptable. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government has labelled the use of Irish-controlled airspace by two Russian bomber airplanes on Wednesday as unacceptable.A joint statement releas(...)

A policeman passes between cars destroyed in an attack on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol last weekend, in which 30 people died. Photograph: EPA/Sergey Vaganov

EU foreign affairs ministers travel to Brussels today for an emergency meeting on Ukraine, prompted by last weekend’s attack on the Ukrainian city of (...)

Yanis Varoufakis, Greece’s incoming finance minister. Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg

Confirming their pre-election pledges but dispelling hopes among the country’s lenders that they would proceed cautiously upon taking office, membe(...)

Ukrainian servicemen patrol Orekhovo village in the Luhansk region of Ukraine. Russia said on Wednesday military action by Ukrainian government forces would lead to an “inevitable further escalation of the conflict”  and undermine peace efforts. Photograph: Maksim Levin/Reuters.

Russia has said military action by the Ukrainian government will prompt an “inevitable further escalation of the conflict” with separatists in eastern(...)

Seventy years after the Red Army liberated the Nazi camp’s 7,000 remaining prisoners, the 300 elderly survivors supported each other on their walk down the railway line, past the notorious selection ramp, towards the former gas chambers and crematoriums. Photograph: Andrzej Grygiel/Poland Out 1:49

The last 300 survivors of Auschwitz paid a final visit to the snow-covered former death camp yesterday to urge the world to remember the 1.1 million(...)

Members of the armed forces of Ukraine attend the funeral of a  serviceman colleague  who was killed while taking part in battles with pro-Russian separatists  at the airport in Donetsk. Photograph: Nikolai Ryabchenko/Reuters.

Pro-Russian separatist forces said on Tuesday they had pushed Ukrainian government troops out of two districts on the outskirts of their main strongho(...)

Steven Spielberg is embraced and blessed by holocaust survivors in Krakow, Poland, on Monday. Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images 1:49

Russia’s Vladimir Putin will be absent from the main event marking 70 years since Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz death camp in Poland, held aga(...)

Marina Litvinenko, the wife of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko who was murdered in London in 2006, wipes away a tear during an interview in London on January 21st. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Thousands of people were put at risk from radioactivity when Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned, a public inquiry has heard.Counsel to the (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin:  “We talk about ‘the Ukrainian army, the Ukrainian army’, but who is really fighting there?” Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/Ria Novosti /Kremlin Pool/EPA

Russia has denounced western threats to impose further sanctions over its role in Ukraine’s conflict, and claimed that government forces fighting Mos(...)

Men carry a coffin containing the body of a woman (27) killed during shelling  in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol at the weekend. The Kiev government  plans to bring charges before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague against the pro-Russian separatists it blames for the large number of civilian deaths in the east of the country. Photograph: Sergey Vaganov/EPA.

Russian-backed rebels pushed forward on Monday with a new offensive that has brought all-out war back to eastern Ukraine after a five-month ceasefi(...)