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(...)

A handout picture taken and released by the Ukrainian prime minister’s press service in Kiev on Wednesday shows a policeman putting handcuffs on Sergiy Bochkovsky (legft), director of Ukraine’s emergency services ministry. Mr Bochkovsky was suspected of buying fuel at an artificially high price, said a representative of the interior ministry. Photograph: Andrew Kravchenko/AFP/Getty Images

Ukraine’s president has removed a powerful “oligarch” as governor of a major eastern region, in a show of authority that could escalate a dangerous p(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko following their talks in Berlin. Photograph: Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

As Russia celebrated the first anniversary of its Crimean annexation, Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko has dismissed as “hope, not reality” the(...)

 Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko said soccer and politics could not be kept separate when Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk has to play 1,200 km away in Lviv because Donetsk was occupied by pro-Russian separatists. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has urged his country’s allies to consider boycotting the 2018 soccer World Cup in Russia if Moscow does not pull(...)

Flowers and candles mark the spot where Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in Moscow on Friday night. Photograph: EPA

Opposition supporters will march through Moscow on Sunday in memory of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, whose murder has increased concern about Russia’(...)

Police experts inspect the area close to a body following an explosion during a “Dignity March” in the  Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.   Photograph: Sergey Bobok/AFP/Getty Images

A deadly bomb blast in Ukraine’s second city and claims that Moscow is still sending heavy weapons to separatist insurgents in the country have under(...)

Protesters carry a banner reading: ‘The Wolves of Russian Spring’ during an ‘Anti-Maidan’ rally on February 21st in Moscow against the 2014 Kiev uprising which ousted Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovich. Photograph: EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY

Former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich, who fled to Russia a year ago after being toppled by months of street protests, said he was ready to ret(...)