Soldiers without identifying insignia guard the Crimean parliament building next to a sign that reads ’Crimea Russia’ after taking up positions in Simferopol, Ukraine. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

As the Soviet Union disintegrated in 1991, its republics elected their own governments and began voting for independence. The Soviet pre(...)

An anti-government protester throws a Molotov cocktail during clashes with police in Kiev. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Saturday Anti-government activists take the energy ministry. Inside, minister Eduard Stavitsky holds a tense conference call. He assures managers of e(...)

A masked protester poses for pictures on the barricade during ongoing protests in Kiev today. Photograph: Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA

Ukraine’s embattled president Viktor Yanukovich is taking sick leave as the country’s political crisis continues with no sign of a solution. A stateme(...)

Anti-government protesters rest at a barricade at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters

Ukraine’s parliament was deadlocked last night over a key measure to ease the country’s crisis, as Russia suspended its bailout to Kiev due to uncerta(...)

Anti-government protesters are served tea from a small booth in Independence Square. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Ukraine’s crisis has deepened with a widening of anti-government protests and threats from officials to severely punish demonstrators who continue to(...)