Members of the Ukrainian delegation (left) and members of a Belarussian delegation during talks in Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: Mykola Lazarenko/EPA

International talks on Ukraine’s conflict appear to be in limbo after a planned meeting failed to take place, with Russian-backed separatist rebels a(...)

A triple crisis has assailed Russia this week. The rouble tumbled against the dollar on international exchanges, the price of oil – its major export –(...)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko in the Polish parliament in Warsaw yesterday. New peace talks involving Russia, Ukraine and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe may be held in the Belarussian capital Minsk on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters/Slawomir Kaminski

Momentum is building for a resumption of peace talks on Ukraine, after the European Union and United States noted an apparent softening of Russia’s st(...)

Repair men work to repair the electricity network after what locals say was a night of shelling in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Fighting in eastern Ukraine subsided on Tuesday as Kiev, Russia and Moscow-backed rebels in the region said they hoped for a prolonged ceasefire and t(...)

French president Francois Hollande (left) addresses the media with the president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, in Astana on December 5th, 2014. Photograph: Reuters/Mukhtar Kholdorbekov

French president Francois Hollande will hold talks with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Saturday, the Kremlin said.The Kremlin gave no f(...)

Russian president Vladamir Putin has promised an amnesty for capital repatriated to the country, saying Russians who choose to bring money back will face no questions over how they earned it. Photograph: Alexey Druginyn/Ria Novosti/EPA

President Vladimir Putin has portrayed Russia as an invincible nation beset by foreign foes intent on weakening and even destroying it, in a combativ(...)

Ministers of the new government of Ukraine after they were voted in during a session of arliament in Kievon Tuesday. The government includes three foreign nationals who were given Ukrainian citizenship to allow them to take their posts.  Photograph: Roman Pilpey/EPA

Senior US and Russian officials are expected to discuss Ukraine’s crisis today, after the European Union welcomed the appointment of a new reformist g(...)

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko (right) congratulates newly-appointed prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk during a parliament session in Kiev on Thursday. Photograph: Reuters/Gleb Garanich

Ukraine’s parliament elected Arseny Yatseniuk for a new term as prime minister at its opening session on Thursday.President Petro Poroshenko and a new(...)

Ukrainians holding a giant flag made of national, Crimean Tatars and Crimean flags in Kiev on March 23rd last. Ukraine’s new leaders are viewed with suspicion by those who question their appetite for radical change. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Ukraine’s new parliament convenes today with the country in effect at war with Russia, Crimea annexed by Moscow, pro-Kremlin separatists controlling s(...)

The funeral of Igor Rozlutskiy, a Ukrainian soldier who was killed fighting in Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. Photograph:  EPA/Photomig

Russian forces are still operating in eastern Ukraine, providing the backbone of separatist rebels fighting the Kiev government, Nato’s top military c(...)