A pro-Russian protester drinks tea near the seized office of the SBU state security service in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine today.  Photograph: Reuters

The extra Russian military forces near the border with Ukraine have been deployed there in response to instability in Ukraine, a Kremlin spokes(...)

Pro-Russian activists guarding the Donetsk regional administration building yesterday. Activists have built a barricade of tires and barbed wire, and have an arsenal of Molotov cocktails. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty

Geneva and Donetsk are very different cities, and the deal hailed in Switzerland on Thursday night as a break(...)

Pro-Russian armed men stand guard inside the mayor’s office in Donetsk. Deep mistrust exists between the pro-Russian groups and the Western-backed government in Kiev. Photograph: Reuters

The self-declared leader of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, Denis Pushilin, has said that he did not consider his men to be bound b(...)

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden is displayed on the television screens in a press centre in Moscow as he asks a question to Russian president Vladimir Putin during the Russian president’s question-answer conference in Moscow. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Edward Snowden, the fugitive former US spy agency contractor who leaked details of US intelligence eavesdropping, made a surprise appearance on(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry, left, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, right, speak to the media during a press conference following their meeting among the United States, Ukraine, Russia, and the European Union to discuss the ongoing situation in and around Ukraine, in Geneva, Switzerland. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

Leaders of a high-level diplomatic effort to defuse the spiralling tensions over Ukraine reached an agreement today over ways to start de-esca(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin said today it would not be possible for Europe, which is trying to cut its reliance on Russian energy, to comp(...)

Pro-Russian protesters stand in formation near a Ukrainian military base in Mariupol. Ukraine’s interior minister said today that three pro-Russian separatists were killed in shooting that broke out overnight in the town on the Sea of Azov. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

Ukrainian forces killed three pro-Russian militants in the country’s restive east overnight, ahead of international crisis talks in Geneva betw(...)

Villagers talk with Ukrainian soldiers as they gather at a railway to stop Ukrainian tanks moving towards the airport in Kramatorsk, Ukraine. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times)

Nato said today it would send more ships, planes and troops to eastern Europe to reassure allies worried by Russia’s annexation of Crimea but s(...)

Armed men, wearing black and orange ribbons of St. George - a symbol widely associated with pro-Russian protests in Ukraine - drive a combat vehicle, with a Russian flag on the top, outside Kramatorsk today.  Photograph: Maks Levin/Reuters

Ukraine’s prime minister today accused Russia of “exporting terrorism” to Ukraine by using covert forces to organise armed separatists who he s(...)

Interior ministry forces walk past a military helicopter and armoured carriers at a checkpoint near Izium, eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Dmitry Madorsky/Reuters

Moscow has warned Ukraine that a crackdown on pro-Kremlin activists in eastern regions could trigger civil war, as an angry split over the coun(...)

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