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 US secretary of state Mike Pompeo (R) and Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko (L) shake hands in Minsk, Belarus. Photograph: Nikolai Petrov/Pool/Belta/EPA

The US has offered to supply Belarus with all the oil it needs and end its energy dependence on Moscow, amid rising concern in Minsk that Russia’s pus(...)

An electronic screen, installed on the facade of a business centre, shows an image of Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Anton Vaganov/Reuters

Vladimir Putin’s current term as president of Russia ends in 2024, and speculation has been rife over the future intentions of a man who has served lo(...)

(From left) Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy, German chancellor Angela Merkel, French president Emmanuel Macron and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin attend a joint news conference on Tuesday morning  after a  summit in Paris. Photograph: Reuters

The leaders of Russia and Ukraine agreed early on Tuesday to exchange all remaining prisoners from the conflict in east Ukraine and to implement a “fu(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron welcomes Russian president Vladimir Putin upon his arrival at the Elysee Palace to attend a summit on Ukraine, on Monday. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

Nobody expected the first meeting between Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Vladimir Putin to produce a breakthrough in the frozen conflict in the Donbas, but t(...)

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy: Many of his compatriots fear he will find himself  under pressure to accept a poor deal. Photograph: Ints Kalnins

This time last year, Volodymyr Zelenskiy was preparing a surprise for the millions of Ukrainians who would watch his TV comedy special on New Year’s E(...)

 Sam Bennett:   has been part of the Bora-Hansgrohe set-up since he turned pro, but his chances were considerably stifled this season. Photograph: Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images

Sam Bennett’s ambition of adding Tour de France stage wins to his Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España successes took a leap forward on Thursday with the(...)

Sam Bennett: he  has been part of  Bora-hansgrohe and its predecessor since turning professional,  but  has been passed over for selection for several key events.  Photograph: Getty Images

The Irish women’s team pursuit squad raced to a superb fourth place in qualification at the World Cup in Minsk, Belarus, on Thursday, smashing the nat(...)

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy (R) greets Ukrainian prisoners freed by Russia upon their arrival at Boryspil airport outside Kiev on September 7th. Photograph: AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky

Kiev and Moscow have laid out their positions ahead of a possible peace summit, as western powers back a push by Ukraine’s new leader to end its five-(...)

World champion canoeist Jenny Egan was one of the speakers at the Sport Ireland event. Photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Recent Wimbledon finalist (and seven-time champion) Serena Williams’ frank comments about the perception of women in sports sum up what many female at(...)

Przewalski Horses in the ‘death zone’ around Chernobyl  in wintertime. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

It is 5.30am in southern Belarus. A pink moon hangs over flat fields tinged with frost, and as we arrive at the checkpoint on the edge of the Chernoby(...)

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