Ukraine’s economy minister Aivaras Abromavicius:  stepped down as economy minister, claiming political  interference. Photograph:  Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Ukraine’s government is on the brink of collapse after the resignation of a leading reformer split the ruling coalition, and deepened western fears t(...)

The premier of Bavaria, Horst Seehofer, speaking during a press conference at the Bavarian representation in Berlin on Friday. Photograph: EPA/Rainer Jensen

Bavarian leader Horst Seehofer has caused alarm and annoyance in Berlin by meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow, amid growing tensi(...)

 Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras  with Christine Lagarde, managing director of the IMF, at a bilateral meeting  in Davos. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/ EPA

The International Monetary Fund has reiterated its call for debt relief for Greece, raising pressure on European countries to cede to Greek demands fo(...)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko gestures during his press conference in Kiev on Thursday. Photograph: Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images

Ukraine has pledged to regain full control of its territory this year by ending a Russian-backed insurgency in the east, and called for agreement on (...)

European Union commissioner for trade Cecilia Malmstrom: “Gradually, the [pact] will contribute to a prosperous Ukraine and to stronger economic integration with the EU,” she said. Photograph:  Thierry CharlierAFP/Getty Images

The European Union and Ukraine have fully launched a historic free trade deal, marking another key stage in the country’s pivot away from Russia and p(...)

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko: has demanded that rebel leaders scrap plans to hold elections on their own terms in February. Photograph: Regis Duvignau

The leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France have agreed to extend a strained deal aimed at ending the conflict in eastern Ukraine into 2016, e(...)

Dutch art historian and art detective Arthur Brand, Hoorn mayor Yvonne van Mastrigt and director of the Westfries Museum Ad Geerdink hold a press conference on stolen art works in Hoorn. Photographi Olaf Kraak/AFP/Getty Images

A Dutch museum claims that a Ukrainian militia with powerful political allies demanded millions of euro to return a trove of stolen 17th-century paint(...)

US vice-president Joe Biden  is applauded by Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko:  Mr Biden’s address in Kiev marked the climax of a two-day visit to Ukraine. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images

Ukraine’s politicians must seize a historic opportunity to free the country from the grip of Russia and corrupt tycoons, US vice-president Joe Biden (...)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko (right) shakes hands with US vice-president Joe Biden after delivering a statement on the results of their talks in Kiev. Photograph: Reuters/Sergei Supinski/Pool

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has vigorously defended his record, under pressure from the United States to intensify reforms and amid calls for(...)

People play cards in Simferopol, Crimea, on Sunday. Crimea has declared a state of emergency after its main electricity lines from Ukraine were blown up, leaving the Russian-annexed peninsula in darkness. Photograph: AFP Photo/Max Vetrov

Ukraine has ramped up pressure on Russia by banning goods deliveries to Crimea, the peninsula annexed by Moscow last year, and by failing to restore p(...)