“I’ve done what I had to do,” said Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, has strongly defended controversial new “de-communisation” laws that underscore its break with Russia, amid (...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the Victory Day Parade in the Red Square in Moscow. Photograph:  EPA/Alexander Zemlianichenko

Vladimir Putin has used an address commemorating the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany to accuse the US of attempting to dominate the worl(...)

The Motherland monument decorated with a symbolic wreath of red poppies at the Ukrainian State Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Kiev, Ukraine, yesterday. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Ukraine has condemned Kremlin support for the country’s separatists and urged the world not to appease Moscow, as events to mark the end of the secon(...)

Ukrainian cadets in full voice as they participate in a patriotic forum “Two Generations – Two Wars” at the Museum of Great Patriotic War in Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: Reuters

As warplanes roared over Red Square in rehearsal for tomorrow’s Russian celebration of 70 years since the defeat of Nazi Germany, Ukrainians in Kie(...)

Petro Poroshenko (right) welcomes  European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker to Kiev on Monday. Juncker said the country’s 45 million people were ‘part of our European family’, but painful reforms were necessary before it could join the union. Photograph:  Genya Savilovgenya/AFP/Getty Images

European Union officials have given Ukraine a pep talk on the urgent need for sweeping reforms and anti-corruption measures, as the country’s presiden(...)

Armoured military vehicles being prepared for a parade by pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk, Ukraine. Both Kiev and the rebels have accused each other of breaking the Minsk peace deal through recent attacks. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

The Ukrainian military and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have traded accusations, reviving concerns that a peace deal signed in Minsk in (...)

Fifa president Sepp Blatter in talks with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Sochi. Photo: Alexei Druzhini/AFP/Getty Images

World politicians unhappy that Russia will host the 2018 World Cup should stay at home, Fifa president Sepp Blatter said on a visit to host venue Soc(...)

Former Sevodnya daily newspaper chief editor Oles Buzina, who was shot by two gunmen near  his home in Kiev on Thursday.  Photograph: Oleg Petrasyuk/EPA

A prominent Ukrainian journalist known for his pro-Russian views was shot dead on Thursday in Kiev by two masked gunmen, the interior ministry said, a(...)

Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko has ordered officials to “create conditions to allow the ATR channel to work in Ukraine”. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Ukraine has pledged to re-establish Crimean-Tatar media on the country’s “mainland” after they were shut down by Russian authorities, which now con(...)

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko: said the main task of Ukraine’s leaders was to achieve the “de-oligarchisation” of the country – even though he himself is a billionaire owner of a confectionary company.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Ukraine’s leaders have closed ranks and vowed that a bruising conflict with one of the country’s richest “oligarchs” will not trigger a power strugg(...)