Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, right, talks with prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk during a government meeting in Kiev this week. Photograph: Andrew Kravchenko/New York Times

Ukraine is “still in a state of war” with neighbouring Russia despite a cease-fire between Kiev’s forces and Moscow-backed rebels in the east, the cou(...)

1Pro-Russian separatists stand in front of destroyed trains at a railway station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Ilovaysk. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

A top Kremlin security adviser said threats to Russia from the situation in Ukraine and Nato enlargement in eastern Europe would be key factors as Mos(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: the annexing of of Crimea could have unforseen consequences for Russia’s plans to host the 2018 World Cup.

Officials fear penalty for breaching Uefa regulations in Russian Cup preliminary matches and falling foul of Vladimir PutinSKChF Sevastopol won 2-0 at(...)

Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans: Russian law promoted ‘a climate of homophobia”, which would “stigmatise” LGBT individuals and inevitably lead to discrimination against them. Photograph: Lex van Lieshout/EPA

The Dutch government is to make it substantially easier for gay people in Russian to apply for political asylum in the Netherlands, warning that th(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin has repeatedly vowed to defend people who feel Russian across the former Soviet Union and especially in Ukraine. Photograph: Reuters/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Moscow has vowed to respond to alleged artillery fire from Ukraine that it claims killed a Russian man near the countries’ border, warning Kiev tha(...)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko delivers his speech at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Christian Lutz

Fighting continued in eastern Ukraine last night, undermining calls for a supposed ceasefire between government forces and pro-Russian rebels to be e(...)

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(...)

A Ukrainian volunteer recruit of battalion “Azov” bids farewell with his girlfriend after an oath of allegiance ceremony in the centre of Kiev, Ukraine, yesterday. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov/EPA

Ukraine’s militants have agreed to suspend fighting, after the White House and European Union foreign ministers told Russia to stop aiding Ukraine’(...)

Oxfam activists wear masks depicting leaders of the G7 members: (L-R) French president Francois Hollande; Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi; British prime minister David Cameron; German chancellor Angela Merkel; US president Barack Obama; Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe during a protest outside the European Council in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters.

Leaders of the world’s leading economies will renew pressure on Russia to act over the crisis in Ukraine at a summit in Brussels today.The G7 group of(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore, who yesterday welcomed Petro Poroshenko’s election. Photograph: Dave Meehan

EU leaders went no further than declaring their readiness to step up sanctions against Russia as they took stock of the escalating turmoil in Ukrain(...)