Cadets of Kiev’s new police patrol service training at Ukraine’s interior ministry academy. It is hoped this new wave of officers will be the start to police reform in Ukraine. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

In a sports hall echoing with shouted warnings, occasional giggles and the rasp of closing handcuffs, young Ukrainians lunge at each other with batons(...)

The idea of a specific EU neighbourhood policy to deal with countries to its east began to gain ground in 2007 and 2008, supported by countries such as Poland and Sweden. Photograph: Getty Images

Eighteen months after the last Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, EU leaders gather in Riga today for a two-day summit on the EU’s relationship wi(...)

Polina Gagarina of Russia received a warm reception from the 10,500-strong audience to qualify for the  final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 on on Tuesday night in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Nigel Treblin/Getty Images 2:08

Hotly-tipped Russia qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest final last Tuesday night and received a strong response from the 10,500 audience members(...)

Yevgeny Yerofeyev lies on a bed at a hospital in Kiev yesterday. Ukraine claims Yerofeyev is one of two Russian special forces soldiers captured in eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

Ukraine has denied it is preparing a prisoner swap that would see two alleged Russian special forces soldiers return home, after a separatist leader i(...)

Anti-government protesters  wave Macedonian and Albanian flags  in Skopje. Photograph:   Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty

Anti-government protesters in Macedonia have pledged to continue street demonstrations until the government steps down, after tens of thousands of pe(...)

“I’ve done what I had to do,” said Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, has strongly defended controversial new “de-communisation” laws that underscore its break with Russia, amid (...)

Opposition leader Zoran Zaev speaks at a press conference, in Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Photograph: Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Anti-government protesters in Macedonia, due to gather on Sunday, say they will occupy downtown Skopje until embattled conservative prime minister Nik(...)

The third stage of the rocket carrying the MexSat-1 communications satellite suffered a problem about 500 seconds after launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photograph EPA/Roscosmos/Handout

A Proton-M carrier rocket carrying a Mexican satellite malfunctioned and crashed in Siberia soon after launch on Saturday, the latest in a series of m(...)

Alliance secretary general Jens Stoltenberg at the Nato  meeting in southern Turkey.   Photograph: Ozan  Kose/AFP/Getty Images

Moscow has bristled at a request from the Baltic states to have Nato troops based permanently on their territory, in response to rising fear of Rus(...)

UK defence secretary Michael Fallon. The ministry of defence has confirmed that two Typhoon fighter jets were launched from RAF Lossiemouth to intercept Russian bombers heading towards Britain. File photograph: Hannah McKay/EPA

Two Typhoon fighter jets were launched from RAF Lossiemouth to intercept Russian bombers heading towards Britain, the UK ministry of defence has confi(...)