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(...)

What next for Putin?
  • Europe
  • March 24, 2014, 08:38

As Russia moved to consolidate its grip on the Crimea on Saturday, evicting unresisting Ukrainian troops from their Belbek and Novofyedorovka a(...)

President Barack Obama greets Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine’s interim prime minister, during a meeting in the Oval Office yesterday. Photograph: Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times

US President Barack Obama hosted Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the White House in a show of support for Ukraine’s fledgling gov(...)