Shells explode during the joint Russia-Belarus strategic military exercises Zapad in Belarus. Photograph: Tatiana Zenkovich

Russia’s “Zapad” war games have come under further scrutiny after its military admitted that a helicopter had accidentally fired on bystanders, and se(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin watches the Zapad-2017 war games with minister for defence Sergei Shoigu (left) and chief of the general staff of Russian armed forces Valery Gerasimov (second right) in Leningrad, Russia. Photograph:  Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin watched his country’s military take part in the major “Zapad” war games on Monday, amid continuing concern from Nato (...)

 Brussels’ new   site aimed at countering Russian propaganda – “EU vs disinfo”, euvsdisinfo.eu – makes for compulsive reading, documenting the more far-flung claims – 3,000 in the last year – and tracking their emergence

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Opposition supporters and one of the Belarusian opposition leaders Vladimir Nekliaev take part in a rally during a protest against the upcoming Zapad military exercises in Minsk, Belarus. Photograph: Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

Russian military jets and helicopters have landed in neighbouring Belarus ahead of Thursday’s start of major war games that are unnerving nearby Nato (...)

Pavlo Hryb: vanished during a day trip to Belarus last month and resurfaced in a Russian jail facing terrorism charges.

Ukraine has demanded the immediate release of a teenage blogger who vanished during a day trip to Belarus last month and resurfaced in a Russian jail (...)

Russian deputy defence minister Alexander Fomin  at a briefing in Moscow on Tuesday on the military exercise Zapad-2017. Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images

Nato has requested more access for its observers to major Russian-led war games next month, as the alliance’s four new battle groups in the Baltic reg(...)

Ukrainian soldiers training under the guidance of US and Canadian instructors at the Yavoriv base in western Ukraine. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Cradling Kalashnikovs and moving in a fast, low crouch, four Ukrainian soldiers hunt an imaginary enemy through rooms marked out in tape on the parche(...)

Nato threat?: a Russian tank on a training exercise. Photograph: Valery Matytsin/Tass via Getty

Russia is preparing to send as many as 100,000 troops to the eastern edge of Nato territory at the end of the summer, one of the biggest steps yet in (...)

US vice-president Mike Pence salutes soldiers during a visit to Nato’s Enhanced Forward Presence mission and Estonian troops in Tallinn, Estonia on Monday. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

The White House hopes for better ties with Moscow but will oppose any Kremlin aggression against US allies and will not be swayed by an order to slas(...)

A man carries a sign reading “a year has passed, who killed Pavla?” during a march in central Kiev on Thursday  to commemorate the death of investigative journalist Pavel Sheremet. Photograph:  Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union, rights groups and media watchdogs have joined friends and former colleagues of investigative journalist Pavel Sheremet in urging U(...)