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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(...)

Avdiivka Coke Plant, which has been hit by shells and mortars more than 320 times during a three-year war in eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Dan McLaughlin

Ruslan Kolisov has brightened up his office with pictures of quad bikes racing through the dirt, and he credits the hobby for his expertise in navigat(...)

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko and EU ambassador to Ukraine Hugues Mingarelli start a symbolic “visa-free timer” at a ceremony marking the launch of a visa-free regime with the EU in Kiev on  Saturday.  Photograph: Sergei Chuzavkov/AP

Ukraine has hailed the launch of visa-free access to most of the European Union for its citizens as a major step away from Russia, as politicians in K(...)

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, speaks in Kiev, Ukraine, on Wednesday. He said he will  hold a referendum on the issue of Nato membership. Photograph:  Anthony Anex/EPA

Ukraine’s parliament has voted to make membership of Nato a strategic priority for the country, enshrining in law an ambition that Russia has called d(...)

Mobile phones display the home pages of, Vkontakte social network, and Yandex, which have been blocked in Ukraine. Photograph:  Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Ukraine is facing widespread criticism for deciding to block access to popular Russian social networks that Kiev sees as a source of Kremlin propagand(...)

Police experts inspect the wreckage of a car that carried journalist Pavel Sheremet in Kiev, Ukraine, in July 2016. Photograph:   Vasyl Shevchenko/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Ukraine’s SBU security service has denied that one of its agents was monitoring investigative journalist Pavel Sheremet last July, when the bomb that (...)

US defence secretary James Mattis  talks with a German and a Lithuanian soldier during a visit to Lithuania on Wednesday. Photograph: Petras Malukas/AFP/Getty Images

The US will send more weaponry to defend allies in the Baltic states if Russia steps up its already “destabilising” actions in the region, Pentagon ch(...)

Ruslana delivers her winning performance in the  2004 Eurovision Song Contest in Istanbul. Photograph: Photograph: Murad Sezer/AP

In its preview of the 2004 Eurovision song contest, The Irish Times described Ukraine’s Ruslana as a “Catherine Zeta-Jones lookalike in Xena Warrior P(...)

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

Ukrainian prosecutors have said they will seek a life sentence for former president Viktor Yanukovich, who went on trial in absentia for treason on T(...)

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