Ukrainian servicemen prepare spares for military vehicle at their military camp near the eastern Ukrainian city of Debalcevo in Ukraine over the weekend. Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has ridiculed Western claims of a Russian military incursion in Ukraine. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/ EPA

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said Ukrainian forces must pull back from positions from which they can hit civilian targets, and negotiations(...)

Incoming European Council president Donald Tusk: said it was possible to combine fiscal discipline and economic growth in Europe. Photograph: Yves Herman

Newly elected president of the European Council Donald Tusk pledged to work with British prime minister David Cameron over the coming years and “take(...)

 Russian minister of energy Alexander Novak (second from left) and Gazprom president Alexei Miller (left) at talks in Moscow with EU commissioner Guenter Oettinger to discuss gas supplies to Europe and problems of Ukrainian transit. Photograph: EPA/Sergei Chirikov

Bord Gáis has played down the potential effect that the Ukraine crisis could have on Ireland’s winter gas supplies, after Russia last week warned ther(...)

Orville Wright, at the controls of the Wright Flyer, and his brother Wilbur, watch from the ground during the plane’s first flight  in   1903.  Photograph: AP Photo/File

‘No flying machine will ever fly from New York to Paris . . . [because] no known motor can run at the requisite speed for four days without stopping”.(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin called today for meaningful talks between pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine and the Kiev government on issues inc(...)

Poland’s prime minister Donald Tusk arriving at the European Council headquarters before an EU summit in Brussels. European Union leaders chose Tusk as the new president of their Council today. Photograph: Reuters

Polish prime minister Donald Tusk has been named as the next head of the European Council with Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini scooping th(...)

 Children who were evacuated stand in their beds in the ‘Antoshka’ orphanage in Kramatorsk, Ukraine today. About 70 children have been evacuated to the orphanage from Donetsk and Makeevka orphanages due to fighting between militants and Ukrainian forces in the areas. Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko said he is convinced the EU will lay the groundwork today for new sanctions against Russia, expressing hope that they will push Moscow into peacefully settling tensions with Kiev. Photograph: EPA

Ukraine said today Russian tanks had flattened a small border town and pro-Russian rebels had made fresh gains in its east, as EU leaders signalled th(...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin talks during a National Youth Forum meetin in the Tver Region, Russia, yesterday. EPA/Mikhail Klimentiev

European Union leaders will meet today under pressure to impose punishing sanctions on Moscow for an alleged military incursion into Ukraine, despite (...)

A burnt trolley bus lies on a square near a railway station in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine yesterday. Reuters/Maxim Shemetov

Before joining forces to help run the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, the pro-Russian pseudo-statelet in eastern Ukraine, Vladimir Antiufeyev, Al(...)

New ten euro banknotes are shown in Duesseldorf, Germany. Photograph: Bloomberg

With EU leaders meeting in Brussels today, much focus will be on eurozone inflation dropping to a five-year low alongside continued levels of high (...)