Tanks of the Ukrainian armed forces make a crossing during a withdrawal near the village of Nyzhnje in Luhansk region this week. Photograph:  Reuters

The European Union and Russia welcomed a decision by Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine to postpone local elections, which they had vowed(...)

US secretary of defence Ashton Carter criticising Russian airstrikes in Syria during a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, September 30th, 2015. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images 1:29

Russia launched air strikes in Syria on Wednesday in the Kremlin’s biggest Middle East intervention in decades, but Moscow’s assertion that it had hi(...)

Prime minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece and president Vladimir Putin of Russia meet at an economic forum in St Petersburg, Russia, on Friday. Photograph: New York Times. 1:44

The European Central Bank has sanctioned further support for the Greek banking system amid fears for its stability, Ahead of Monday’s crucial EU leade(...)

President Vladimir Putin’s top foreign policy adviser also said on Wednesday that Russia would not be dragged into an arms race with the West as this would hurt the economy. Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/Pool/Reuters.

Russia accused Nato on Wednesday of encroaching on its borders and seeking to change the strategic balance of power, forcing Moscow to take steps to (...)

Fire is extinguished at shops destroyed by shelling on  the outskirts of Donetsk, Ukraine, on  June 3rd,  2015. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists on Wednesday fought their first serious battles in months and Ukraine’s defence minister said an attempt (...)

Russia’s president Vladimir PutinMr Putin, who has repeatedly denied any involvement of Russian troops in a pro-Russian separatist rebellion there, amended a decree that had previously classified only deaths during wartime as secret. Photograph:  Sergei Karpukhin/Getty Images

President Vladimir Putin ordered on Thursday that deaths of Russian soldiers during special operations in peacetime should be classified as a state se(...)

Unidentified men carry the body of an Ukrainian serviceman who reportedly was killed in fighting at the Donetsk International Airport, during an exhumation of bodies of Ukrainian servicemen which was organized by the OSCE and Red Cross at the destroyed Donetsk International Airport. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Amnesty International has accused government and rebel forces in Ukraine of torturing prisoners and claims the militants have executed detainees, as (...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin with US Secretary of State John Kerry:  on his first trip to Russia since the Ukraine crisis began. Photograph: Reuters/Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

US Secretary of State John Kerry has met Russian president Vladimir Putin in a bid to ease badly strained relations over the conflicts in Ukraine and (...)

Destroyed armoured personal carriers in Shyrokino village, near the eastern city of Mariupol, Ukraine. Kiev has called for an International Criminal Court investigation into alleged war crimes in east Ukraine, including the shelling of Mariupol in January. Photograph: Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

Ukraine wants the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate all alleged recent war crimes in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, Ukraine’s foreign min(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin shakes hands with the president of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev during a meeting in Saint Petersburg on Monday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Vladimir Putin has reappeared in public after a mysterious 10-day absence that sparked frenzied speculation about the whereabouts of the Russian pres(...)