A pro-Russian activist directs traffic at a checkpoint outside the eastern Ukrainian city of Druzhkovka yesterday. Russia’s envoy to Nato has accused the  alliance of encouraging the use of force by the Ukrainian government in eastern Ukraine and of hampering efforts to find a peaceful solution to the crisis. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters.

Nato defence ministers will consider today what longer term steps the alliance needs to take to bolster its eastern defences and improve its ability (...)

Villagers talk with Ukrainian soldiers as they gather at a railway to stop Ukrainian tanks moving towards the airport in Kramatorsk, Ukraine. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times)

Nato said today it would send more ships, planes and troops to eastern Europe to reassure allies worried by Russia’s annexation of Crimea but s(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov before their meeting at the Russian ambassador’s residence in Paris yesterday evening. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/pool via the New York Times

US secretary of state John Kerry said late last night that he and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, discussed suggestions for de-escalati(...)

President Barack Obama meets Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: Doug Mills/ The New York Times

US president Barack Obama’s four-day visit to Europe continued yesterday with a visit to the EU headquarters in Brussels, where he held talks w(...)

Women going  home after a day of work in the Moldovian autonmous region of Gagauzia. The Gagauz are Turkic Orthodox Christians who speak Russian, and declared independence during the collapse of the Soviet Union.

A decade ago, the work of the European Union’s commissioner for enlargement would take him to some of the continent’s fabled cities, places suc(...)

Pro-Russian activists attend a protest rally in central Donetsk yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Russia has sought to calm rising fears in Kiev and the West that it intends to push its military deeper into (...)

A worker prepares a security camera outside the Rijksmuseum  in Amsterdam yesterday ahead of US president Barack Obama’s visit. Obama, who will be attending the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, will visit the Rijksmuseum today. Photograph: Reuters/Cris Toala Olivares

US president Barack Obama arrived in the Netherlands for four days of meetings with European allies in a visit likely to be dominated by the cri(...)

Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, take cover behind an armoured vehicle as they attempt to take over a military airbase in the Crimean town of Belbek near Sevastopol yesterday. Photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

Russian forces gathering on the border with eastern Ukraine may be poised to invade, the White House warned today, as the government in Kiev said t(...)