A Uygur boy carries a tray of  bread on his head. Ancient ethnic divisions resonate strongly in Xinjiang province, and more than 100 people have died in the past year in violence caused by growing tensions between the two biggest ethnic groups in the area, the Turkic-speaking Uighurs and the Han Chinese. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

It’s a strange sight. The man with greying red hair, high cheekbones, a long nose and ginger beard is in a display case in a museum in Urumqi, the cap(...)

Pro-Russian protesters outside  offices that were later seized in Donetsk, Ukraine, today. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/New York Times

Russian president Vladimir Putin has said Ukraine should withdraw its military from the eastern and southern regions of the country - a statement that(...)

Russian opposition activists carry portraits of activists and placards reading ‘Freedom to prisoners of 06 May 2012’ during a rally in support of freedom of the press in downtown Moscow today. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

About 5,000 Russians, some waving Ukrainian flags, rallied in central Moscow today to protest at what they say is a government crackdown on ind(...)

Fr Mykola at Simferopol’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Saints Volodymyr and Olha: “This is Ukraine’

“The church was packed for Mass this morning, everyone was scared, but what could Fr Volodymyr tell us? To be patient and to pray – it’s all we(...)

Ukrainian men help pull one another out of a stampede as a flag of Crimea is seen during clashes at rallies held by ethnic Russians and Crimean Tatars near the Crimean parliament building in Simferopol. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Armed men seized regional government building in Ukraine’s Crimea today and raised the Russian flag, alarming Kiev’s new rulers, who urged Mo(...)

The Livadia Palace in Yalta, the summer home of the last Russian tsar and where the allied leaders met  in  1945 to reshape a shattered Europe. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

It must have been cold then too, when allied leaders met here in February 1945 to reshape a shattered Europe. At the Livadia Palace in Yalta, snow is (...)

Riot police block opposition supporters carrying a flag with the portrait of jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko from entering the city hall during a rally in Kiev on October 23rd. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

The fate of one woman, now confined to a secluded clinic in eastern Ukraine, is set to decide the fate of relations between her country of 46 million (...)

It was the year before the Great War, so named because it was vast in its upheaval; it marked the death of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and redrew the (...)