Tanks of the Ukrainian armed forces make a crossing during a withdrawal near the village of Nyzhnje in Luhansk region this week. Photograph:  Reuters

The European Union and Russia welcomed a decision by Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine to postpone local elections, which they had vowed(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin and French president Francois Hollande at the start of a summit on Ukraine in Paris on Friday. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/Pool.

The Russian defence ministry said on Friday that it had bombed seven targets in Syria in overnight air raids, including a command post and a traini(...)

Stiff handshake: Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and French president Francois Hollande meet for bilateral talks before a summit to discuss the conflict in Ukraine in Paris. Photograph: Michel Euler/Reuters.

A long-scheduled summit of the leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine in Paris yesterday was intended to bring new dynamism to the peace proc(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with Russian president Vladimir Putin during a bilateral prior to a summit on Ukraine at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/AFP/Getty Images

Russian president Vladimir Putin is meeting the leaders of Ukraine, France and Germany on Friday in a revived European push to bring peace to eastern (...)

US president Barack Obama meets with Russian president Vladimir Putin at the Group of 20 summit meeting in Mexico, in 2012. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

Through the summer of 2015, Vladimir Putin has played a bold and unexpected diplomatic hand, taking Moscow from being frozen out over Ukraine to a pow(...)

Sir Elton John’s publicist said he and Russian president Vladimir Putin had been in contact, but a spokesman for Mr Putin later denied a conversation had taken place. File photograph: PA Wire 1:44

Elton John said he would attend a gay pride parade in Moscow during a hoax call with a man he believed to be Vladimir Putin. The singer said it was an(...)

Elton John has revealed he has spoken to Vladimir Putin, after requesting a meeting to discuss Russia’s anti-gay environment. Photograph: Getty

Elton John has revealed he has spoken to Vladimir Putin, after requesting a meeting to discuss Russia’s anti-gay environment. The Rocket Man singer, 6(...)

Sir Elton John meets Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko in Kiev. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Sir Elton John has said he wants to hold talks with Vladimir Putin over what he called the Russian president’s “ridiculous” stance on gay rights. (...)

Opponents of changes to the Ukrainian Constitution clash with police in front of Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, 31 August 2015 as lawmakers accepted the project to changing Ukrainian Constitution about decentralization of power in first reading. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA 0:54

A national guardsman was killed and nearly 90 others protecting Ukraine’s parliament were wounded by grenades hurled by protesters on Monday, the Inte(...)

A worker renovating the one surviving wall of the Golden Rose synagogue, built in 1582 and destroyed by the Nazis in 1942. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

The glory days of Lviv’s Golden Rose synagogue, like those of the Jewish community in this beautiful Ukrainian city, lie far in the past. Jews settle(...)