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A child pauses by the emblem of a Ukrainian military base as a pro-Russian soldier walks behind the main gate in Perevalne, Crimea. photograph: vadim ghirda/ap

One of the few things that can be said with much certainty about the crisis in Ukraine is that the acronym BRICS is going to need a rethink. (...)

French President Francois Hollande and German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel at the start of spring European head of states Summit at EU council headquaters in Brussels, Belgium on Thursday. Photograph: EPA

SUZANNE LYNCH Chancellor Angela Merkel toughened her stance on Crimea for Thu(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny listens to his Polish counterpart Donald Tusk (R) during a European Union leaders summit in Brussels this evening. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters.

US president Barack Obama raised the stakes in an East-West confrontation over Crimea today by targeting some of Russian president Vladimir Put(...)

Ukrainian prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk, who met the EU leaders, told reporters that Ukraine was “ready to protect” its country. Photograph: Reuters

The European Union voted to suspend visa-liberalisation discussions with Russia, and talks on a new economic co-operation package, but stopped (...)

Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu with US president Barack Obama during a meeting in the Oval Office yesterday. Photograph: Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama said the strong international condemnation of Russia’s deployme(...)

Facing up to Russian bullying

One for the pub quiz. Which state has done most in recent years at the UN Security Council to make the case for the inviolability of sovereign (...)

Military vehicles, believed to be property of Russian army, are seen near the territory of a Ukrainian military unit in the village of Perevalnoye outside Simferopol. Photograph : Vasily Fedosenko /Reuters

Russia’s Black Sea Fleet has told Ukrainian forces in Crimea to surrender by 5 am (3am Irish time) (...)

Some of a strong force of heavily armed soldiers without any insignia who surrounded a Ukrainian military base in Crimea yesterday. Photograph: Seán Gallup/Getty Images

Ukraine says it is “on the brink of disaster” as Russian forces fan out across Crimea, amid US warnings that Moscow could pay “a huge price” fo(...)

Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen described the situation in Ukraine as “dangerous”. Photograph: EPA/Julien Warnand

European foreign ministers will consider imposing targeted asset freezes on Russia at an emergency mee(...)

A Russian flag behind an armed servicemen on top of a Russian army vehicle outside a Ukrainian border guard post in the Crimean town of Balaclava today. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Ukraine has asked Nato to look at all possible ways to help it protect its territorial integrity, foreign minister Sergei Deshchiritsya said to(...)

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