Yevgeny Yerofeyev lies on a bed at a hospital in Kiev yesterday. Ukraine claims Yerofeyev is one of two Russian special forces soldiers captured in eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

Ukraine has denied it is preparing a prisoner swap that would see two alleged Russian special forces soldiers return home, after a separatist leader i(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry shakes hands with Russian president Vladimir Putin in the presidential residence of Bocharov Ruchey in Sochi.  Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Top US and Russian officials said they hoped to work together on contentious issues such as the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria but offered no sign of(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry is welcomed by Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, at the presidential residence of Bocharov Ruchey in Sochi. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/AP

Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, welcomed US secretary of state John Kerry to the Black Sea resort of Sochi today, but its sunshine and spring flow(...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin with US Secretary of State John Kerry:  on his first trip to Russia since the Ukraine crisis began. Photograph: Reuters/Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

US Secretary of State John Kerry has met Russian president Vladimir Putin in a bid to ease badly strained relations over the conflicts in Ukraine and (...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian president Vladimir Putin during their talks in the Kremlin. Photograph: EPA/Maxim Shipenkov/Pool

Russian president Vladimir Putin said after talks with German chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday that the peace process in eastern Ukraine was progres(...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the Victory Day Parade in the Red Square in Moscow. Photograph:  EPA/Alexander Zemlianichenko

Vladimir Putin has used an address commemorating the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany to accuse the US of attempting to dominate the worl(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and China’s president Xi Jinping attend a documents-signing ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow on Thursday. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/EPA

As western leaders have one by one refused invitations from Vladimir Putin to today’s Russian Victory Day parade, there has never been any question th(...)

Ukrainian cadets in full voice as they participate in a patriotic forum “Two Generations – Two Wars” at the Museum of Great Patriotic War in Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: Reuters

As warplanes roared over Red Square in rehearsal for tomorrow’s Russian celebration of 70 years since the defeat of Nazi Germany, Ukrainians in Kie(...)

The German-Russian museum in the Berlin district of Karlshorst: jointly funded by Germany and Russia, the museum includes a permanent exhibition highlighting Nazi Germany’s Russian campaign during the second World War. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Two doors lead into the Berlin hall where the second World War in Europe ended, at 11.01pm on May 8th 1945. In Moscow it was already May 9th. Today th(...)

Poland’s prime minister Ewa Kopacz meets UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon in Gdansk in advance of commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the second World War in Europe. Photograph: Adam Warzawa/EPA
VE Day commemorations

Poland’s president Bronislaw Komorowski is leading international commemorations today marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the second World War,(...)