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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(...)

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko and US secretary of state Rex Tillerson greet each other in  Kiev on July 9th, 2017.  Photograph: Sergei SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson has put the onus on Russia to end the war in eastern Ukraine and backed the continuation of western sanctions on M(...)

Alex Valadkevich (40), his wife Eugenia (36) from Belarus and their daughter Nina (3) in Kilkenny

When Alex Valadkevich (40) and his wife Eugenia (36) went to register the birth of their daughter Nina in Kilkenny city more than three years ago, the(...)

A dramatic photo of a Russian jet coming very close to  a US Air Force reconnaissance jet over the Baltic Sea, June 19th, 2017, in a manoeuvre  criticised as unsafe. Photograph: Master Sgt Charles Larkin Snr/US European Command/AP

A close encounter between Russian and Nato warplanes over the Baltic Sea this week highlighted rising tension in the region linked to a series of majo(...)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and US president Donald Trump: Mr Trump offered vague pleasantries but no strong  message of support for Ukraine in its struggle against Russian aggression.  Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has hailed his meeting with US counterpart Donald Trump as an important diplomatic victory over Russia, despite r(...)

 US secretary of state Rex Tillerson told members of Congress the Minsk deal was not the only route out of the conflict Ukraine-Russia conflict. Photograph:  Zach Gibson/Getty Images

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson has said Russia and Ukraine could solve their conflict without the beleaguered Minsk peace plan, in comments that (...)

Dariusz Blocher, chief executive of Poland’s biggest listed construction firm Budimex claims country needs more workers to carry out planned infrastructure development. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

Polish companies face a shortage of builders in 2018-2020, when the bulk of EU-financed infrastructure work will be done, the chief executive of Polan(...)

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