Sea of Azov

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 The Russian tanker Nika Spirit in the port of Izmail, Ukraine. The vessel,  formerly named Neyma,  was detained by  Ukrainian security services for its  suspected involvement in Russia’s capture last year of three Ukrainian naval ships and their 24 crew

Ukraine released 10 Russian sailors after seizing their tanker on Thursday over its suspected involvement in Russia’s capture last year of three Ukrai(...)

Seized Ukrainian military vessels in a port of Kerch, Crimea. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

What happened? Last Sunday, two small Ukrainian artillery ships and a tugboat were prevented by Russian vessels from crossing the narrow Kerch Strait(...)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko called on Nato states to send naval ships to the Sea of Azov to support Ukraine. Photograph: Mykola Lazarenko/AP

US president Donald Trump has cancelled highly anticipated talks with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin due to his failure to free three Ukrainian na(...)

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko meets servicemen as he visits the 169th training centre “Desna” of the Ukrainian army ground forces in Chernihiv Region, on Wednesday. Photograph: Mykola Lazarenko/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via Reuters

Much of Ukraine is stepping up security and the combat readiness of military units, after 10 regions introduced martial law in response to Russia firi(...)

Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko: has welcomed US administration for its “uncompromising position”.  Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Ukraine and its European allies have welcomed a US pledge never to recognise Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, while Russia mocked Washington for li(...)