A woman hugs a Maidan self-defence activist during a commemoration ceremony yesterday in Independence square in Kiev for Ukrainian soldiers killed when a military cargo plane was shot down by  separatists. Photograph: EPA/Roman Pilipey

Ukraine planned to hold emergency energy talks with Russia last night, amid worsening relations between the countries after dozens of Ukrainian tro(...)

Pro-Russian armed men stand guard inside the mayor’s office in Donetsk. Deep mistrust exists between the pro-Russian groups and the Western-backed government in Kiev. Photograph: Reuters

The self-declared leader of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, Denis Pushilin, has said that he did not consider his men to be bound b(...)

At yesterday’s meeting of G7 leaders in The Hague, from left: Herman van Rompuy, Stephen Harper, François Hollande, David Cameron, Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, Shinzo Abe, Matteo Renzi and José Manuel Barroso. Photograph: Jerry Lampen/Getty Images.

Russia was yesterday excluded from the influential G8 group of nations in a show of unity by the leaders of the world’s economically most power(...)

Pro-Russian supporters argue with pro-Ukrainean activist during a rally in Sevastopol, Crimea. The USA and European Union have threatened sanctions against Moscow over the military standoff in the strategic Crimean peninsula, and are urging Russia to pull back its forces in the region and allow in international observers and human rights monitors. Crimea, which has a majority ethnic Russian population, is strategically important to Russia as the home port of its Black Sea Fleet. Photograph: Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA

Russian forces tightened their grip on Crimea today despite a US warning to Moscow that annexing the southern Ukrainian region would close the (...)