Dutch investigators work at the site where the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, yesterday. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

in Brussels The European Union agreed to add new names to its sanction list at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels yesterday but stopped sh(...)

A girl lights a candle during Latvian Freedom Fighters’ Remembrance Day, or Lacplesis Day, to commemorate those who fought in the 1919 Latvian War of Independence, near Riga castle on November 11th. In Latvia, Russia’s increased military activity is seen as an echo of the cold war. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

In the cold, slate-grey skies and seas of northeast Europe, an old game is being played out under new rules.Where for decades the Soviet Union probed (...)

 Yulia Tymoshenko  meets US ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt (left) and head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Jan Tombinski in Kiev, on Sunday.  Photograph: Alexander Prokopenko/Pool/Reuters

Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko may travel to Ireland next week for the European People’s Party (EPP) congress in Dublin. M(...)

Foreign ministers of the EU’s 28 member states are due to meet in Brussels this afternoon for emergency talks on Ukraine. More than 20 people are reported to have died in violence near Independence Square (pictured) in Kiev this morning. Photograph: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters.

Foreign ministers of the EU’s 28 member states are due to meet in Brussels this afternoon for emergency talks on Ukraine. The crisis in (...)

Anti-government protesters sleep on the floor inside the Mikhailovsky Monastery, which has been converted into a makeshift hospital, in Kiev. Photograph:  Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Ever since the European Union’s steady progress on an association agreement with Ukraine fell apart in November, the question of the EU’s respo(...)

The Government is to reopen the Vatican Embassy, The Irish Times has learned.

The Government has decided to reopen the Irish Embassy to the Vatican as part of a wider expansion of the embassy and consulate network. Tánaiste Eamo(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin has explained the Ukraine bailout as aid for a “fraternal” state and denied it has anything to do with the breakdown in talks between Ukraine and the EU. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the Government would have to “consider” the matter if it turned out there was a plan to use the Irish Stock Exchange in (...)

A Pro-European integration protester spray paints a portrait on a make shift riot shield during a rally in Independence Square in Kiev this morning. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters.

A Kremlin aide made clear today that Russia was ready to extend a credit to Ukraine to help Kiev cope with its economic problems and keep the country(...)

Ukraine riot police take up position on Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, today. Riot police forcefully dispersed hundreds of protestors according to reports with tear gas being used in a pre-dawn action. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Ukrainian riot police used batons and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of pro-Europe protesters early today after a night of violence in Kiev follow(...)

Ukrainian euro integration supporters wave flags during their meeting on Independence Square in Kiev yesterday. Protesters have been demanding that the Ukrainian government roll back last week’s decision to suspend work on a landmark association agreement with the European Union, calling for president Viktor Yanukovych to sign the deal. Photograph: EPA/Sergey Dolzhenko

The European Union yesterday issued a stark warning to Russia that it was in danger of breaching the Helsinki Accords over its treatment of Ukraine, a(...)