Ukraine foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin. Ukrainian parliament renounced the country’s ‘non-aligned’ status in order to work towards Nato membership. Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA

The Ukrainian parliament renounced Ukraine’s “non-aligned” status to work towards Nato membership, angering Moscow, which views Nato’s eastward expa(...)

 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(...)

 Alexander Hug, a member of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) talks to the press after his team were denied passage trying to reach the crash site of the MH17 in Donetsk, Ukraine. Photograph: Evert-Jan Daniels/EPA.

Ukraine said today it has suspended offensive operations in its military campaign in east Ukraine to help international experts reach the downed Malay(...)

 Irish Army excercises in Port, Cork. Judge Col Campion said rules of conduct for military procedures were listed in the Defence Act. Photograph: Daragh MacSweeney/Provision

An Air Corps officer facing five court-martial charges including calling a superior a “piece of s**t” has been told his case cannot be stopped on the(...)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko at a press conference during the European leaders’ summit in Brussels yesterday.  Photograph: EPA/Julien Warnand

EU leaders handed down a four-day deadline to Russia to release prisoners in Ukraine and enter talks with president Petro Poroshenko on a definitiv(...)

President Vladimir Putin today asked Russia’s upper house to revoke the right it had granted him to order a military intervention in Ukraine in defence of Russian-speakers there. Photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters.

President Vladimir Putin today asked Russia’s upper house to revoke the right it had granted him to order a military intervention in Ukraine in defe(...)

People gather for the announcement of the referendum results on the status of the Republic of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Igor Kovalenko

The European Union widened its sanctions against Russia yesterday but refrained from imposing more hard-hitting economic or political sanctions on the(...)

A bodyguard hold his weapon during a rally to mark and celebrate the announcement of the results of the referendum on the status of Luhansk region in Luhansk today. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko /Reuters

Ireland is to send a team of 18 electoral observers to monitor the May 25th elections in Ukraine as part of an Organisation for Security and Cooperati(...)

 Swiss president and OSCE chairman Didier Burkhalter gives a press birefing at the end of his meeting with the European Foreign affairs council at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium today. Photograph: EPA

The European Union agreed to impose sanctions on two Crimean companies and 13 more Russians and Ukrainians today, stepping up its response to Moscow’(...)

Pro-Russian protesters outside  offices that were later seized in Donetsk, Ukraine, today. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/New York Times

Russian president Vladimir Putin has said Ukraine should withdraw its military from the eastern and southern regions of the country - a statement that(...)