A Pro-Ukrainian activist attends a demonstration yesterday in Donetsk to support a united Ukraine. Photograph: EPA/Konstantin Ivanov

Kiev has accused Moscow of setting up a “terrorist network” in Ukraine and planning to wreck its presidential elections, as Russian president Vladi(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry (centre) and EU high representative Catherine Ashton leave the stage after speaking to the media following a quadrilateral meeting in Geneva  yesterday between representatives of the US, Ukraine, Russia and the EU about the ongoing situation in Ukraine. Photograph: Reuters/Jim Bourg

After months of fruitless diplomacy and missed exit ramps, Moscow and Kiev took a step towards each other yesterday by committing to end tensions i(...)

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden is displayed on the television screens in a press centre in Moscow as he asks a question to Russian president Vladimir Putin during the Russian president’s question-answer conference in Moscow. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Edward Snowden, the fugitive former US spy agency contractor who leaked details of US intelligence eavesdropping, made a surprise appearance on(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin said today it would not be possible for Europe, which is trying to cut its reliance on Russian energy, to comp(...)

Pro-Russian protesters stand in formation near a Ukrainian military base in Mariupol. Ukraine’s interior minister said today that three pro-Russian separatists were killed in shooting that broke out overnight in the town on the Sea of Azov. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

Ukrainian forces killed three pro-Russian militants in the country’s restive east overnight, ahead of international crisis talks in Geneva betw(...)

Armed men, wearing black and orange ribbons of St. George - a symbol widely associated with pro-Russian protests in Ukraine - drive a combat vehicle, with a Russian flag on the top, outside Kramatorsk today.  Photograph: Maks Levin/Reuters

Ukraine’s prime minister today accused Russia of “exporting terrorism” to Ukraine by using covert forces to organise armed separatists who he s(...)

Interior ministry forces walk past a military helicopter and armoured carriers at a checkpoint near Izium, eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Dmitry Madorsky/Reuters

Moscow has warned Ukraine that a crackdown on pro-Kremlin activists in eastern regions could trigger civil war, as an angry split over the coun(...)

A pro-Russian armed man looks on near the mayor’s office in Slaviansk. Eastern Ukraine seems to be rapidly spinning out of the control of the central government. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Moscow must show it is serious about a de-escalation in Ukraine by pledging concrete steps to ease tensions in four-way talks scheduled for Thu(...)

Beware the strong man. Or, more accurately, beware behaving in ways that create the demand for a strong man to protect the weak. The thought oc(...)

Russian opposition activists carry portraits of activists and placards reading ‘Freedom to prisoners of 06 May 2012’ during a rally in support of freedom of the press in downtown Moscow today. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

About 5,000 Russians, some waving Ukrainian flags, rallied in central Moscow today to protest at what they say is a government crackdown on ind(...)

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