A single tank participates in a military parade on Victory Day, marking the 69th anniversary of the Allies’ victory over Nazi Germany, in  Tiraspol city in the breakaway Transnistrian Republic. Photograph: EPA/STR

A senior Russian official ratcheted up pressure on Moldova yesterday warning that the impoverished former Soviet country would face sanctions if it(...)

Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev  lays a wreath at the city memorial for the defenders of Sevastopol in Sevastopol yesterday. He is the first senior Russian figure to visit the region since its annexation. Photograph: EPA/Alexander Astafyev/Ria Novosti

Russia has recalled some forces from near Ukraine and its cabinet has paid a controversial visit to annexed Crimea as Germany’s finance minister co(...)

Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev (centre) visits an upper secondary school today  with Crimea’s prime minister Sergei Aksyonov (right) in the Crimean city of Simferopol. Photograph: Alexander Astafyev/RIA Novosti/Reuters

Russia’s prime minister has arrived in Crimea to consider priorities for its economic development following the Russian takeover. Dmitry (...)

A worker prepares a security camera outside the Rijksmuseum  in Amsterdam yesterday ahead of US president Barack Obama’s visit. Obama, who will be attending the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, will visit the Rijksmuseum today. Photograph: Reuters/Cris Toala Olivares

US president Barack Obama arrived in the Netherlands for four days of meetings with European allies in a visit likely to be dominated by the cri(...)

Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (second from right) and EU Council president Herman Van Rompuy (right) exchange documents during the signing ceremony of political provisions of the Association Agreement with Ukraine at the second day of spring European head of states summit at the EU council headquaters in Brussels, yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Olivier Hoslet

The EU yesterday extended sanctions to close allies of Russian president Vladimir Putin, including the deputy prime minister a(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin (2nd right) shakes hands with (left to right) the head of Crimea’s government Sergei Aksionov, chairman of Crimean parliament Vladimir Konstantinov and head of Sevastopol city administration Alexei Chaliy after signing the treaty on incorporation of Crimea with Russia at the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow. Photograph: Ekaterina Shtukina/EPA. 1:04

President Vladimir Putin, defying Ukrainian protests and Western sanctions, signed a treaty today making Crimea part of Russia but said he did (...)

Ukrainians living in Belgium at a protest against Russia’s incursion into Crimea, outside the meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

The US and European Union yesterday stepped up their response to the Russian incursion into Ukraine, imposing(...)

The EU has denounced Russia’s use of threats, intimidation and import bans to persuade several ex-Soviet states not to strengthen political and trade (...)