Ukrainian cadets after assembling yesterday by a monument for victims of the Nazi massacre in Babiy Yar in Kiev. The country is marking the 70th anniversary of liberation from the Nazis. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko

Kiev and Washington have denounced Sunday’s planned elections in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, as Russia defied the West by saying it would recognise(...)

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said elections being organised by the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk ‘people’s republics’ would be recognised. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Ukraine today condemned as “destructive and provocative” Russia’s stance towards elections organised by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine ne(...)

Ukrainian servicemen and a woman hold their ballots during a parliamentary election at a polling station in Kiev. Ukrainians voted yesterday in an election that is expected to strengthen President Petro Poroshenko’s mandate to end a separatist conflict in the east of the country. Photograph: Reuters

Ukraine’s main pro-EU parties have launched urgent coalition talks, after dominating a parliamentary election warmly praised by the West and grudgingl(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Vienna this week for talks on curtailing Iran’s nuclear programme. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/EPA

The United States is still striving to complete a comprehensive agreement to curtail Iran’s nuclear programme by the November 24th deadline, though “s(...)

Ukrainian prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk said:  “Russia definitely will not give us either peace or stability. It is not their goal. So I am asking the defence minister for full battle readiness.” Photograph: Reuters

Ukraine’s prime minister told government forces to remain on full battle alert yesterday as fighting in the rebel-held eastern city of Donetsk killed (...)

Kurdish Peshmerga troops fighting  against Islamic State militants  in Khazir, on the border between Kurdistan and Iraq yesterday. Photograph: Azad Lashkari/Reuters

US defence secretary Chuck Hagel announced yesterday that the US air campaign against radical Islamic State (IS) in Iraq would expand to Syria and wil(...)

A Ukrainian priest blesses members of a people’s volunteer corps during a rally in support of single Ukraine in  Mariupol yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Photomig

Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine have pledged to call a ceasefire today if Kiev agrees to a peace plan proposed by Russian president Vl(...)

British prime minister David Cameron holds a meeting with US president Barack Obama, German chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko on the first day of this year’s Nato Summit at Celtic Manor in Newport, south Wales. Photograph:  Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and the main pro-Russian rebel leader said they would both order ceasefires tomorrow, provided that an agreement (...)

US president Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington yesterday before departing for Estonia. Photograph: Reuters/Larry Downing

US president Barack Obama will visit ex-Soviet Estonia today, before a summit of Nato members that will focus on how to respond to Russia’s alleged d(...)

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB), speaks during a news conference at the bank’s headquarters in Frankfurt. Photographer: Ralph Orlowski/Bloomberg

European markets cautiously set aside warnings that Russia’s conflict with Ukraine was sliding out of control today, as investors focused on the Europ(...)