Russian president  Vladimir Putin said his country was not planning to invade Ukraine but it retained the option to send in troops as a last resort. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin moved to defuse international tensions yesterday, saying(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel with Russian president Vladimir Putin in 2012. During a weekend of telephone diplomacy, Merkel told Putin he had “breached international law with his unacceptable intervention in the Crimea”. Photograph: Reuters/Thomas Peter

For the 14 years they have known each other, Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin have gotten on like cat and dog. Their public remarks strain the (...)

Russia Today anchor criticises intervention in Ukraine 1:22

The anchor of an English language Russian news station today criticised the country’s military action in Ukraine live on air. RT, previ(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin speaks about the situation in Ukraine during his meeting with journalists at the Novo-Ogaryovo presidential residence outside Moscow, Russia. Photograph:
Alexey Nikolsky/EPA

Russia said it had successfully test-fired an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) today, with tensions high over its seizure of control i(...)

Pro-Russian protesters in a show of defiance during a takeover of the regional parliament building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk yesterday. Photograph: The New York Times

Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine places it “on the wrong side of history”, US president Barack Obama has said, as Washington, Nato and the(...)

Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu with US president Barack Obama during a meeting in the Oval Office yesterday. Photograph: Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama said the strong international condemnation of Russia’s deployme(...)

EU  representative for foreign affairs Catherine Ashton. She clarified that the EU was demanding that Russia move its troops back to its military bases

European leaders, including Taoiseach Enda Kenny, will convene in Brussels on Thursday fo(...)

People protesting against Russian troops in Ukraine outside the EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

Yesterday’s meeting of European Union foreign ministers was always bound to disappoint those favouring a tough approach to Russia’s incursion i(...)

Facing up to Russian bullying

One for the pub quiz. Which state has done most in recent years at the UN Security Council to make the case for the inviolability of sovereign (...)

A woman looks through a damaged entrance door as pro-Russian demonstrators hold a rally outside the regional government building in Donetsk, Ukraine today. Photograph: Reuters

Russia’s biggest television station last night cancelled its live broadcast of the Oscars ceremony due to the current international crisis in (...)

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