Ukraine

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People attend a campaign meeting for  Denis Pushilin, in Donetsk. Photograph: Aleksey Filippov/AFP/Getty Images

Russia has defended Sunday’s separatist elections in eastern Ukraine, which Kiev and its western allies denounced as a sham that would only harm effor(...)

Austrian ambassador to Russia Johannes Eigner leaves the Russian foreign ministry headquarters in Moscow after it was declared that Austria suspects a recently retired military officer in spying for Russia for decades, on Friday. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Austria condemned Russia for espionage on Friday after launching an investigation of a retired army colonel suspected of spying for Moscow for many ye(...)

Acting head of the  Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR) Leonid Pasechnik during his pre-election address this week ahead of the upcoming vote for a new leader in Luhansk, Ukraine. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters

Western governments have urged Russia to cancel Sunday’s planned elections in parts of eastern Ukraine under its de-facto control, warning that they w(...)

People holding placards reading “Who are Gandzyuk’s killers?” in front of the ministry of internal affairs of Ukraine. Photograph: Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty

Ukrainian prosecutor general Yuri Lutsenko has offered to resign over the murder of activist Kateryna Handziuk, amid anger about the investigation int(...)

Protesters demonstrate in front of Ukraine’s ministry of internal affairs in remembrance of  anti-corruption campaigner Kateryna Handziuk. Photograph: Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images

Ukraine’s leaders face domestic and international demands to protect its civil society and end the impunity of powerful criminals, following the death(...)

Ukrainian anti-corruption activist Kateryna Handziuk, who died on Sunday.

Ukrainian anti-corruption activist Kateryna Handziuk died on Sunday from injuries suffered in an acid attack, increasing pressure on officials who are(...)

Cuba’s  Miguel Diaz-Canel shakes hands with Russian president Vladimir Putin  in the Kremlin during his state visit. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov

Russia has rolled out the welcome mat for the visiting Cuban leader, Miguel Diaz-Canel, promising to bolster political and economic ties even as its t(...)

Russia’s aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov in Murmansk in 2009.  Photograph: Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images

Russia’s flagship Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier was damaged on Tuesday when a dry dock where the vessel was undergoing modernisation in the nort(...)

US president Donald Trump meeting Russian president Vladimir Putin in July 2018: Moscow says US move is a dangerous step that may spur a new arms race. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

Arms control will likely top the fraught agenda when Vladimir Putin meets US president Donald Trump for talks in Paris in November. Russia has slamm(...)

Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov during a court hearing in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, in August 2015. Photograph: Sergey Pivovarov/Reuters

Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov won the EU’s prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought on Thursday, raising hopes in his homeland and abr(...)

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