A Russian flag behind an armed servicemen on top of a Russian army vehicle outside a Ukrainian border guard post in the Crimean town of Balaclava today. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Ukraine has asked Nato to look at all possible ways to help it protect its territorial integrity, foreign minister Sergei Deshchiritsya said to(...)

Armed men patrol at the airport in Simferopol, Crimea, yesterday. Armed men took control of two airports in the Crimea region yesterday in what the new Ukrainian leadership described as an invasion by Moscow’s forces. Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili

Planes were still taking off and landing, and taxi drivers were still trying their luck with new arrivals heading for the nearby city of Simfer(...)

Police separate ethnic Russians and Crimean Tatars in Simferopol this week. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Ukraine is determined to cling on to Crimea, which dangles like a pendant from its Black Sea coast, but in some ways the peninsula already feel(...)

Yalta: Winston Churchill, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin in 1945. Photograph: Hulton/Getty

Crimea, a peninsula on Ukraine’s Black Sea Coast, is about twice the size of Northern Ireland and home to about two million people. About 60 pe(...)

Former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich in a file photo from March. The ousted leader said the West ‘indulged’ the Kiev protestors.       Photograph: Reuters

Ukraine’s new government has urged Russia to stop interfering in Crimea, where armed groups tonight control two airfield(...)

An armed man patrols at the airport in Simferopol, Crimea today. A group of armed men in military uniforms have seized the main regional airport in Simferopol, Crimea, Interfax news agency said. Photograph: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

Armed men took control of two airports in the Crimea region today in what Ukraine’s government described as an invasion and occupation by Russ(...)

Ukrainian men help pull one another out of a stampede as a flag of Crimea is seen during clashes at rallies held by ethnic Russians and Crimean Tatars near the Crimean parliament building in Simferopol. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Armed men seized regional government building in Ukraine’s Crimea today and raised the Russian flag, alarming Kiev’s new rulers, who urged Mo(...)

A man salutes during a memorial ceremony yesterday for those killed in recent violence in Kiev’s Independence Square. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Ukraine has urged regional officials and Russia not to foment separatism in a country battered by a bloody revolution and looming bankruptcy. (...)

Pro-Russian activists gather to form a local public guard to oppose pro-EU groups in Simferopol in the Crimea yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

“There’s no Maidan here,” said Vitaly, a young waiter in a restaurant in Simferopol, capital of Crimea. “A few people tried it, but it didn’t c(...)

EU priorities on Ukraine
  • Europe
  • February 25, 2014, 01:00

Early last week Viktor Yanukovich fatally overplayed his hand. The onslaught by police on Kiev protesters led to carnage in which over 80 died.(...)

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