Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/Kremlin/Reuters

Russia is exploring international bond issuance for the first time since the war in Ukraine sparked sanctions from the West in 2014, in a sign that th(...)

Ukraine’s economy minister Aivaras Abromavicius:  stepped down as economy minister, claiming political  interference. Photograph:  Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Ukraine’s government is on the brink of collapse after the resignation of a leading reformer split the ruling coalition, and deepened western fears t(...)

Adi Roche, founder of Chernobyl Children International (CCI), with Ann Doherty, chief executive of Cork City Council and Lord Mayor of Cork Chris O’Leary. Photograph: Dan McLaughlin.

The Chernobyl nuclear disaster nearly 30 years ago “left its imprint right across Europe”, the Lord Mayor of Cork, Chris O’Leary, has said on a visit (...)

The cockpit wreckage of Flight MH17: on December 15th, Putin signed a  law allowing the Constitutional Court in Moscow to overrule  decisions of international courts where they contradict the principle of supremacy of the Russian constitution. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

With the findings of the criminal investigation into the Flight MH17 disaster due in mid-year, it’s instructive to see Russia’s president Vladimir Put(...)

The premier of Bavaria, Horst Seehofer, speaking during a press conference at the Bavarian representation in Berlin on Friday. Photograph: EPA/Rainer Jensen

Bavarian leader Horst Seehofer has caused alarm and annoyance in Berlin by meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow, amid growing tensi(...)

Protesters shout slogans during a large demonstration in Chisinau, Moldova, on Sunday. Photograph: Vadim Ghirda/EPA

Moldovans are taking to the streets to protest against corruption and a controversial new government, but a potential driver of much needed change is (...)

 Lawrence Krauss, from Arizona State University, helps unveil the Doomsday Clock after the announcement that it would remain at three minutes to midnight, in Washington, DC, US. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

The Iran nuclear deal and movement on climate change have prompted the scientists who maintain the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic countdown to global cata(...)

Adi Roche with baby Victoria Doronona in the cardiac unit of Kharkiv general hospital, eastern Ukraine, in 2015. Ms Roche will visiting the Chernobyl exclusion zone for the 25th time

Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Chris O’Leary has paid tribute to the work of the Chernobyl Children International charity as he prepares to lead a delegation(...)

Igor Kolomoisky, billionaire and governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region:   legal dispute in London involving three of Ukraine’s richest men was settled out of court on Friday. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

A $2 billion (€1.85 billion) legal dispute involving three of Ukraine’s wealthiest and most powerful oligarchs and centring on wealth amassed after th(...)

A protest outside the national television building  in Chisinau, Moldova, against the new government headed by pro-European  Pavel Filip. Photograph:  Dumitru Doru/EPA

Opposition leaders in Moldova vowed to continue street protests until the controversial new government resigns and snap elections are called. Thousa(...)