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(...)

Worries over escalating tension in Ukraine and weak results held back stocks in Europe. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Global equity markets declined and government debt rose amid rising tension in Ukraine as Russia declared the country on the brink of civil wa(...)

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said there are approximately 1,000 applicants who wish to adopt in Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

The only children being placed for intercountry adoption are increasingly those with special needs, a conference was told yesterday. Lau(...)

Pro-Russian protesters attend a rally in front of the occupied regional administration building in Slaviansk, east Ukraine yesterday. Russia continued to deny any involvement with unrest in the region, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov saying: “We don’t interfere in Ukraine’s internal affairs.” Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

Pro-Russian separatists intensified their hold on key cities in eastern Ukraine yesterday, defying a deadline imposed by the Ukrainian government t(...)

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