A recently mobilized Ukrainian serviceman aims his rifle during a military training on the Desna shooting range in Ukraine. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

An internationally agreed ceasefire due to start Saturday tonight in eastern Ukraine is under threat from intense fighting and disputes between Kiev a(...)

Journalists waiting for a meeting of the four-way summit on eastern Ukraine in Minsk, Belarus, on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko

Western powers have vowed swiftly to toughen their stance against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine if they judge that today’s peace talks are a fa(...)

Angela Merkel and Barack Obama: after meetings about  Ukraine and other topics at the White House. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Barack Obama has thrown his support behind German diplomatic efforts to contain Russia in Ukraine, hinting that military alternatives under considerat(...)

Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko holds up Russian passports as proof that Russian troops are present in the conflict at talks in Munich at the weekend. Photograph: Tobias Hase

It was -3 degrees in Munich over the weekend and, inside the 51st Security Conference, there was an unmistakable cold war chill. For three days the Ba(...)

 Aminex has said it has signed an asset sale agreement with Solo Oil for the first 6.5 per cent interest in the Kiliwani North Development Licence in Tanzania to Solo Oil

Dublin-headquartered oil and gas exploration firm PetroNeft Resources has reported progress at a number of wells it operates in Tomsk Oblast in the Ru(...)

Judge Sarah Netburn listens to defence attorney Sabrina Shroff as Yevgeny “Zhenya” Buryakov sits in court in New York on Monday.  Photograph: Jane Rosenberg/Reuters

The cover of alleged Russian spies in New York was blown by bugged conversations about their frustration over how mundane their double lives were and(...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin (R) with defence minister Sergei Shoigu at a meeting at the National Defence Control Centre in Moscow on Friday. Photograph: Alexey Druzhinyn/EPA.

Russia will not be intimidated over its actions in Ukraine and Crimea, president Vladimir Putin said on Saturday as his foreign ministry warned that (...)

Protesters during demonstrations against fracking  in Barlad, Romania.  Photograph: Cristian Movila/The New York Times

Vlasa Mircia, the mayor of the destitute village of Pungesti in eastern Romania, thought he had struck it rich when US energy giant Chevron showed up (...)

Abkhazia’s separatist president Raul Khadzhimba and Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin    during the   ceremony in which they signed a ‘strategic partnership’ pact in Sochi on Monday. The EU, US and Nato  joined Georgia in denouncing the pact. Photograph: Alexey Druginyn/EPA/RIA Novosti

The European Union, United States and Nato have joined Georgia in denouncing a “strategic partnership” pact between its breakaway Abkhazia region and (...)

A woman leaves a voting booth during the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic leadership and local parliamentary elections yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev

Pro-Kremlin rebels in eastern Ukraine have hailed elections that were denounced by the EU and the US, and which Kiev claimed were accompanied by a fre(...)