A Ukrainian soldier stands guard on a road during a prisoners-of-war (POWs) exchange in north of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine yesterday.  Marko Djurica/Reuters

Seven Ukrainian soldiers were killed when separatist shelling hit their armoured vehicle near Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine, a military spokesman(...)

 Ukrainian servicemen check a bus as they guard a checkpoint on a road near the small eastern city of Debaltseve in the Donetsk area of Ukraine. Photograph: Konstantin Grishin/EPA.

Senior Ukrainian and Russian military officials met today to mark out a proposed 30km “buffer zone” in eastern Ukraine from which government forces an(...)

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko said he would present a broad plan of social and economic reforms later today which would allow the former Soviet republic to apply for membership of the European Union in six years. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters.

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko said he would present a broad plan of social and economic reforms later today which would allow the former Sov(...)

A cow on a farm near Auckland, New Zealand. Fonterra, the world’s leading exporter of dairy products, is rebuilding its brand presence in China after a product recall. Photograph: Reuters/Nigel Marple

New Zealand dairy exporter Fonterra slashed its milk payout forecast to a six-year low yesterday as global dairy prices tumbles, and said a Russian ba(...)

A pro-Russian rebel at a checkpoint following shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters/Marko Djurica

Nato has observed a significant withdrawal of Russian forces from inside Ukraine, but many Russian troops remain stationed nearby, an alliance militar(...)

Volkswagen T5 cars are pictured at the booth of German carmaker Volkswagen at the IAA truck show in Hanover. Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters

German business sentiment fell for a fifth straight month in September to its lowest level in nearly 18 months, dampening expectations for a third-qua(...)

Businessmen Boris Rotenberg (L, front, wearing a black jacket) and Arkady Rotenberg (R, front, wearing a grey jacket) react during an awards ceremony at a judo competition in St Petersburg in a February 27th, 2012 file photo. Photograph: Reuters.

Italian authorities have seized property worth about €30 million belonging to companies controlled by a close associate of Russian president Vladimir (...)

Two Russian Mig-31 fighter jets and two Russian Bear long-range bombers were intercepted in the ADIZ, west of Alaska. File photo: Canadian McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet fighter jet (centre) and two US McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle jets. Credit: Maurizio Gambarini/EPA
Russian aircraft intercepted off Alaska
  • US
  • September 20, 2014, 08:09

US and Canadian fighter jets intercepted Russian aircraft that were flying near US and Canadian air space this week, a military spokesman said last ni(...)

Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko acknowledges applause while addressing a joint meeting of Congress in  Washington yesterday. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko asked the United States for lethal military aid to resist advances of Russian-backed separatists in a forceful pl(...)

Falling output at Gazprom could put further pressure on the Russian economy, which relies heavily on oil and gas sales and is already slowing to a crawl as Western sanctions start to bite.   Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Russian gas producer Gazprom is likely to record its lowest output this year since its creation a quarter of a century ago after cutting supplies to U(...)