United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon:  he marked the fifth anniversary of the Syrian conflict by calling for its end. Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon marked the fifth anniversary of the Syrian conflict, which has left 250,000 dead and displaced half the country’s 23(...)

The time has come for a really serious effort to find a political settlement of the Syrian civil war. After more than four years of continuous conflic(...)

Adam Osmayev, English-educated Chechen commander of a Ukrainian volunteer battalion. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Wycliffe College, a €12,000-a-term boarding school in England’s bucolic Cotswolds, runs something called the “combined cadet force”.Through “military-(...)

What prospect now for the Minsk accord? The shambolic retreat under heavy fire of Ukrainian forces from the strategically important Debaltseve must be(...)

A recently mobilized Ukrainian serviceman aims his rifle during a military training on the Desna shooting range in Ukraine. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

An internationally agreed ceasefire due to start Saturday tonight in eastern Ukraine is under threat from intense fighting and disputes between Kiev a(...)

The diplomatic and military game between Russia, Ukraine, Nato and the European Union is becoming more dangerous and risky by the day, but it has not (...)

Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin (centre) warned the UN Security Council  against  attempts to pressure an investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Photograph: Reuters

The shooting down of flight MH17 on Thursday afternoon in Ukrainian airspace potentially opens up a new front in the ongoing tensions between the West(...)

Separatist rebels are now building barricades in the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine as government forces press in after success in c(...)

Giving Ukraine a chance

In the ebb and flow of the Ukraine crisis over the last three months one issue has continually demanded but not received sufficient attention: politic(...)

People gather for the announcement of the referendum results on the status of the Republic of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Igor Kovalenko

The European Union widened its sanctions against Russia yesterday but refrained from imposing more hard-hitting economic or political sanctions on the(...)