Russian president Vladimir Putin said Russia will respect the outcome of Ukraine’s presidential election, butstopped short of declaring the upcoming poll as legitimate, saying merely that Moscow hopes for an end of the crisis in Ukraine. Photograph: Mikhail Kilmentyev/EPA/Kremlin Pool

Vladimir Putin says Russia will recognise the outcome of Ukraine’s presidential vote.The Russian president said Moscow will “respect the choice of the(...)

Pro-Russian activists storm the regional government headquarters in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko

Russia reacted in anger to fresh sanctions imposed by the EU and US yesterday, as violence flared in the eastern Ukrainian town of Luhansk. Pro-Rus(...)

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(...)