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(...)

PetroNeft chairman David Golder.  The exploration firm has reported progress at wells in the Russian Federation

Oil and gas exploration firm PetroNeft Resources has said a vertical pilot hole has been successfully completed at its Tungolskoye No 5 (T-5) well in (...)

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(...)