Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (centre), German chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande during their talks in Kiev yesterday. Mykola Lazarenko/AFP/Getty Images Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (centre), German chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande during their talks in Kiev yesterday. Mykola Lazarenko/AFP/Getty Images

The leaders of Russia, Germany and France plan to meet today to discuss a new peace plan for Ukraine, with a key issue expected to be the possible d(...)

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (centre), German chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande during their talks in Kiev yesterday. Mykola Lazarenko/AFP/Getty Images

Russia has warned the United States that arming Ukraine in its fight with Moscow-backed separatists would do “colossal damage” to already fractious re(...)

Ukrainian servicemen are seen standing on an Armoured Personnel Vehicle (APC) through a broken window in the village of Horlivka, Donetsk region Photograph: Photograph: Volodymyr Shuvayev/AFP/Getty Images 1:30

The leaders of Germany and France are launching a fresh bid to resolve Ukraine’s escalating crisis, with surprise visits to Kiev today and Moscow tomo(...)

Red Square, Moscow: Russian president Vladimir Putin and his allies are not expecting Russians to survive on patriotism alone. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

With no end in sight to a slump in oil prices that halved the rouble’s value against the dollar last year, Russia has urged its people to tighten thei(...)

A boy thows an egg at an image of Vladimir Putin in Kiev in May. Photographs: Sergey Gapon/AFP/Getty

Last year ended with Ukraine on a knife edge. Much has changed since, but the country continues to tumble from revolution to rebel insurgency and i(...)

US vice-president Joe Biden has visited Kiev on the anniversary of the start of huge anti-corruption and pro-western protests, triggered by the decision of Ukraine’s then leaders to reject a landmark trade and political deal with the European Union. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

The United States and Nato have joined Kiev in condemning Russia’s alleged build-up of military forces in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, as the country m(...)

Igor Plotnitsky arriving for his inauguration as head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic in Luhansk, Ukraine, on Tuesday. The Ukrainian government in Kiev, the EU and the United States have all called declared as illegal the elections last weekend in rebel-held regions of eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Yuriy Streltsov/ EPA

Kiev is ready to stop funding rebel-held eastern Ukraine, putting pressure on separatist leaders and their Russian backers to support millions of p(...)

A woman leaves a voting booth during the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic leadership and local parliamentary elections yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev

Pro-Kremlin rebels in eastern Ukraine have hailed elections that were denounced by the EU and the US, and which Kiev claimed were accompanied by a fre(...)

Millionaire Vadim Rabinovich, a leading member of new Ukrainian coalition Opposition Bloc, which comprises many former allies of ousted president Viktor Yanukovich, in his office in Kiev. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

There is no grand sign on the building, but the Kiev taxi driver knows who his passengers have come to see. “If you want Rabinovich,” he says, drawing(...)

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The American coffee chain Starbucks is pushing ahead with the roll-out of new outlets with plans to open at 8 North Earl Street, Dublin 1, and the Ma(...)