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Chief of Defence of Lithuania Jonas Vytautas Zukas: the fence is expected to stretch for130km along the border with Kaliningrad.  Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Lithuania plans to build a fence along its border with Russia, in a bid to halt smuggling and further boost Baltic security as Nato troops and armour(...)

Several thousand Serbs from Kosovo take part in a protest after a train with the slogan “Kosovo is Serbia” travelling from Belgrade to Kosovska Mitrovica was prevented from entering Kosovo. Photograph: EPA/Djordje Savic

Russia has warned of rising tension in the Balkans and urged the European Union to defuse a spiralling dispute between Kosovo and Moscow’s ally, Serb(...)

 Ukrainian marines in 2014 looking at a Russian ship leaving Sevastopol Bay in Crimea, shortly before the peninsula’s annexation by Russia. Photograph: Viktor Drachev/AFP/Getty

Ukraine is test-firing missiles near the disputed Crimean peninsula, despite a Russian threat to shoot them down and an apparent warning that Moscow (...)

Security Service of Ukraine chief Vasyl Hrytsak: arrested men sought to “lure”  courier to Moscow-controlled territory. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Russia has demanded the release of two soldiers who were snatched by Ukrainian agents at the de-facto border of the disputed Crimean peninsula. Ukr(...)

Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite and US vice-president Joe Biden during a joint press conference after  their meeting in Riga on Tuesday. Photograph:  Petras Malukas/AFP/Getty Images

US vice-president Joe Biden has assured the Baltic states that Washington would honour its Nato commitment to defend any member nation that was attack(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin during his visit to  Crimea. There has been a  sharp rise in Russian military activity in the region recently. Photograph: Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin held talks with his top security officials on Friday in Crimea, amid a sharp rise in military activity in and around (...)

A column of Ukrainian tanks  moves towards the de-facto border with Crimea near Kherson, southern Ukraine, on Friday. Photograph: Aleksandr Shulman/AP

The European Union and the United States have urged Moscow and Kiev to defuse continuing tension over an alleged deadly clash in Crimea, as Germany’s (...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin with his outgoing chief-of-staff Sergei Ivanov (left) and Mr Ivanov’s replacement Anton Vaino: the staff change was unexpected. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/AP

Russia has threatened to sever diplomatic relations with Ukraine over an alleged incursion by a pro-Kiev sabotage unit into Crimea, where Moscow has f(...)

Ukrainian servicemen watch Sukhoi Su-24 front-line bombers fly during military aviation drills on Wednesday, as Russia accused Ukraine of an incursion into annexed Crimea. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer

Russia and Ukraine are ramping up security measures after the Kremlin accused Kiev’s forces of mounting a “terrorist” raid in Crimea, which allegedly (...)

‘When it comes to double-talk, however, there is no contest. Putin is never going to be a match for Obama at talking out of both sides of his mouth at the same time.’ Above, Vladimir Putin addresses the  audience during a rally and a concert called “We are together” to support the annexation of  Crimea, on March 18th. The words in the background read, “Crimea is in my heart”. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Vladimir Putin may run a vicious regime but the people of Crimea have a right to be accepted as Russian if that’s what they want, which evident(...)

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