A Ukrainian soldier passes a tank at a checkpoint in the eastern Ukrainian town Avdeevka, near of Donetsk. Photograph:  Roman Pilipey/EPA

Ukraine has accused Russia of launching a “direct invasion” by sending an aid convoy of military trucks across the border without its permission, in a(...)

 Russian convoy trucks arrive at the  Ukrainian border drive in the Rostov region yesterday as  a woman awaits her son who has fled from fighting in eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk

When German chancellor Angela Merkel visits Kiev today, she could be forgiven for imagining she hears an ominous rumbling in the distance. Her talk(...)

General Motors and other car manufacturers are reducing production due to economic impact of Ukraine conflict. Photograph: Reuters

General Motors, the world’s second-biggest carmaker, is cutting production in Russia as deliveries drop amid a weakening economy stemming from the gov(...)

A Russian aid convoy of white trucks waits to enter Ukraine at a border control point with Ukraine in the Russian  Rostov region. Photograph: EPA.

The White House today denounced a Russian convoy’s move into Ukraine, calling it a flagrant violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and saying Russia shoul(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel arrive for a cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

The German economy’s surprise second-quarter contraction was probably due to Russian sanctions and confidence being eroded by the Ukraine crisis as we(...)

Outgoing UN human rights commissioner Navi Pillay giving  an interview  in her office in Geneva earlier this month. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters.

Outgoing UN rights chief Navi Pillay last night rebuked the UN security council for putting short-term geopolitical concerns and narrowly-defined nati(...)

Royal Malay Regiment army personnel in Kuala Lumpur  carry a coffin to a waiting Royal Malaysia Airforce aircraft so it can be flown to the home town of the  victim of the MH17 plane disaster. A flight arrived from Amsterdam this morning carrying the remains of 20 Malaysians who were aboard the flight which was downed over Ukraine last month. Photograph: Azhar Rahim/EPA.

The bodies of 20 Malaysians killed when a jet was shot down over Ukraine in July have arrived in Kuala Lumpur. It was the first repatriation of victim(...)

A man looks through the glass door at the entrance of a closed branch of McDonald’s in Moscow today. Russia’s consumer watchdog ordered four McDonald’s restaurants in Moscow to be temporarily closed, alleging the US fast food chain had violated sanitary rules. The news raised fears of a fresh round of sanctions against western businesses. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

Russia said today it was investigating dozens of McDonald’s restaurants, in what many business people said was retaliation for Western sanctions ov(...)

Tourists in Koktebel near the statue of Russian poet and painter Max Voloshin, who founded the Crimeam town. Photograph: James Hill/The New York Times

In Soviet times, when favoured artists received a government stipend to summer on Crimea’s southern coast a metal billboard by the beach read in bo(...)

Ireland’s borrowing costs are now below that of the US and UK. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Irish borrowing costs hit another record low today in anticipation of further stimulus measures by the European Central Bank. The yield on the State’s(...)