Russian jet fighters fly over a bridge connecting the Russian mainland with the Crimean peninsula with a cargo ship beneath it after three Ukrainian navy vessels were stopped by Russia from entering the Sea of Azov via the Kerch Strait in the Black Sea. File photograph: Pavel Rebrov/Reuters

Europeans have been jolted back into understanding how volatile Russia’s relations with its neighbours are after its navy seized Ukrainian boats and s(...)

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko leading a session of the national security and defence council  in Kiev. Photograph: Mykhailo Markiv/Ukrainian presidential press service/AFP/Getty Images

Ukraine on Monday imposed martial law for 30 days in parts of the country most vulnerable to an attack from Russia after president Petro Poroshenko wa(...)

Ukraine’s former president Viktor Yanukovich (left) with Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin in Kiev in 2010. Photograph:  Gleb Garanich/AFP/Getty Images

Five tumultuous years after the start of their Maidan revolution, and with presidential and parliamentary elections due next year, Ukrainians are taki(...)

Russian jet fighters fly over a bridge connecting the Russian mainland with the Crimean peninsula with a cargo ship beneath it after three Ukrainian navy vessels was stopped by Russia from entering the Sea of Azov via the Kerch Strait in the Black Sea, Crimea. File photograph: Pavlishak Alexey/Reuters

Ukraine accused Russia of illegally seizing three of its ships in the Black Sea after opening fire on them on Sunday, a charge that if confirmed coul(...)

 Igor Korobov, former head of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

The head of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency that the West has blamed for a string of brazen attacks died on Wednesday after “a serious and l(...)

Vladimir Putin with John Bolton:  talks came after the US president threatened to pull out of a nuclear arms treaty with Russia. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will meet in Paris next month for talks arranged shortly after the US president’s threat to pull out of a nuclear arms(...)

Pep Guardiola: ‘We have to be pushed by everyone surrounding Manchester City that we have to win it – and we still don’t have that feeling from the fans.’  Photograph: Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images

Champions League Group F: Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City Kick off: Tuesday, 8pm. Venue: Donbass Arena. On TV: BT Sport 3(...)

Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill holding a church service in Minsk. Photograph: Sergey Vlasov/AFP/Getty Images

Five years ago, as Ukraine’s then president, Viktor Yanukovich, weighed up whether to loosen ties with Moscow and pursue integration with the European(...)

An Ural Airlines aircraft. In June SB Leasing Ireland agreed to lease 14 new Boeing 737 Max-9 aircraft to the airline in a transaction worth $739m over 12 years.  Photograph: Getty Images

Sberbank, Russia’s largest lender, is expanding its Irish aviation leasing business even as losses stack up and as the US prepares new sanctions whic(...)

Emergency services carry an injured victim of a blast at at a college in the port city of Kerch, Crimea in this still image taken from a video on Kerch.FM.

At least 19 people were killed and more than 50 injured at a college in Russian-controlled Crimea on Wednesday, when a teenager launched a gun and bom(...)

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