A mural of the  map of Crimea filled in with the Russian national colours on a street in Moscow in recent days.  Photograph: Artur Bainozarov/Reuters

Nato is to meet today to seek ways to further ease tensions with Russia over Ukraine a day after President Vladimir Putin began withdrawing for(...)

Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, take cover behind an armoured vehicle as they attempt to take over a military airbase in the Crimean town of Belbek near Sevastopol yesterday. Photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

Russian forces gathering on the border with eastern Ukraine may be poised to invade, the White House warned today, as the government in Kiev said t(...)

US president Barack Obama. How the US moves beyond the financial sanctions imposed on 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials  is the subject of feverish debate within political circles and foreign policy confabs in Washington. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The biggest foreign policy crisis of the Obama presidency has deepened under the weight of Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s ignoring of US sanct(...)

Tottenham Hotspur’s Erik Lamela (centre) shoots  on goal against Sheriff Tiraspol’s  at White Hart Lane. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Tottenham 2 Sheriff 1A first Tottenham goal for Erik Lamela and a record-breaking penalty from Jermain Defoe secured safe passage into the knockout ro(...)