Pro-Russian activists storm the regional government headquarters in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko

Russia reacted in anger to fresh sanctions imposed by the EU and US yesterday, as violence flared in the eastern Ukrainian town of Luhansk. Pro-Rus(...)

The Swallow’s Nest castle, one of Crimea’s many tourist attractions,  overlooking the Black Sea outside the  town of Yalta. Russia is encouraging its citizens to holiday in Crimea this year. Photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

Nine hundred miles is a long way to go for a cabinet meeting, but Dmitry Medvedev, who led a government delegation to Crimea on Monday, was on (...)

A pair of Russian cosmonauts took an Olympic torch into open space for the first time in history today as part of the torch relay of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games.

A pair of Russian cosmonauts took an Olympic torch into open space for the first time in history today as part of the torch relay of the Sochi 2014 W(...)

A general view of the Olympic village in the mountain ski resort of Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi 2014 winter Olympics, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) east from Sochi. Photograph: Reuters

What does $51 billion buy you in a Black Sea subtropical resort these days? A heap of trouble, if the preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Soc(...)