A man takes a selfie with Russian president Vladimir Putin ahead of his annual phone-in interview. Mr  Putin has said he is willing to work with the US given shared interests and a common agenda.   Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/AFP/Getty Images

Russia has key interests in common with the US and needs to work with it on a common agenda, Russian president Vladimir Putin said in a television int(...)

Destroyed armoured personal carriers in Shyrokino village, near the eastern city of Mariupol, Ukraine. Kiev has called for an International Criminal Court investigation into alleged war crimes in east Ukraine, including the shelling of Mariupol in January. Photograph: Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

Ukraine wants the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate all alleged recent war crimes in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, Ukraine’s foreign min(...)

Former Sevodnya daily newspaper chief editor Oles Buzina, who was shot by two gunmen near  his home in Kiev on Thursday.  Photograph: Oleg Petrasyuk/EPA

A prominent Ukrainian journalist known for his pro-Russian views was shot dead on Thursday in Kiev by two masked gunmen, the interior ministry said, a(...)

St Vladimir’s Russian orthodox cathedral overlooking ancient ruins at Chersonesus, Crimea, which was founded by Greek settlers 2,500 years ago. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

For the ancient Greeks, the territory of modern-day Russia and Ukraine was a fearful place inhabited by savage barbarians and mythical monsters.Desir(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin shakes hands with the president of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev during a meeting in Saint Petersburg on Monday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Vladimir Putin has reappeared in public after a mysterious 10-day absence that sparked frenzied speculation about the whereabouts of the Russian pres(...)

A woman looks at the documentary “Homeward Bound”. Putin said he was ready to put the country’s nuclear forces on alert as he sought to annex Crimea last year after the fall of a Moscow-backed government in Kiev. Speaking in a documentary aired on state TV in Russia  a year after the takeover of the Black Sea Peninsula from Ukraine, Putin showed the lengths he was willing to go. Photo: Dmitry  Serebryakovditry/AFP/Getty Images.

Moscow was ready to put its nuclear forces on alert to ensure Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine last year, President Vladimir Putin said in (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin has said he ordered officials to start work on taking control of Crimea weeks before a referendum which – the Kremlin has asserted until now – prompted the region’s annexation from Ukraine. Photograph: EPA

Russian president Vladimir Putin has said he ordered officials to start work on taking control of Crimea weeks before a referendum which – the Kremli(...)

Alexander Lukirich: “The whole city is proud of the Malyshev plant. Almost every family in Kharkiv has had at least one member work here,” says the factory’s deputy production director. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

The cold air of the cavernous factory is cut with the smell of oil, mud and metal – the base elements of a war Ukraine is fighting just three hours’ d(...)

Police experts inspect the area close to a body following an explosion during a “Dignity March” in the  Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.   Photograph: Sergey Bobok/AFP/Getty Images

A deadly bomb blast in Ukraine’s second city and claims that Moscow is still sending heavy weapons to separatist insurgents in the country have under(...)

Protesters carry a banner reading: ‘The Wolves of Russian Spring’ during an ‘Anti-Maidan’ rally on February 21st in Moscow against the 2014 Kiev uprising which ousted Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovich. Photograph: EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY

Former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich, who fled to Russia a year ago after being toppled by months of street protests, said he was ready to ret(...)