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Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci: “Afrika” paper’s prosecution  demonstrates Ankara is determined to export to northern Cyprus its mainland crackdown on dissent. Photograph: Petros Karadjias/AP

The European Commission and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe have called for respect for freedom of expression in northern Cyp(...)

Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko at a Ukrainian Security Service press conference in Kiev on Wednesday. Photograph: Sergey Nuzhnenko/EPA

Ukraine has strongly rejected international criticism of a sting operation that saw dissident Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko help fake his own sh(...)

Nikki Haley: The new US ambassador to the United Nations prepares to address the security council, where she said “the dire situation in eastern Ukraine is one that demands clear and strong condemnation of Russian actions”. Photograph: EPA/Jason Szenes

Kiev has accused Russia of sending more troops and weapons into eastern Ukraine as the US renewed pressure on the Kremlin to defuse a resurgent confli(...)

Ukrainian medical servicemen stand on an armoured personnel carrier  after they carried wounded servicemen to hospital in the Ukraine-controlled town of Avdiivka in Donetsk region on January 30th. Photograph: Aleksey Filippov/AFP/Getty

Kiev and Moscow have blamed each other for fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine that has killed at least eight government troops, injured more than 25 (...)

US senator John McCain listens as senator Lindsey Graham speaks during a news conference in Riga, Latvia.  They have called for tough measures against Russia. Photograph:  Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Senior US senators touring European states that feel threatened by Moscow have called for tough measures against Russia and its president Vladimir Put(...)

Journalists of the leftist newspaper Nepszabadsag, which was unexpectedly shut down on Saturday, paste a copy of the last issue on to the wall of a temporary newsroom in Budapest, Hungary. Photograph: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters

The European Union and media freedom groups have expressed concern over the closure of Hungary’s main opposition newspaper, which critics of prime min(...)

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(...)

Ukraine’s impasse
  • Europe
  • April 24, 2014, 01:00

It had seemed all too easy at the time. In truth, it appears as if the Geneva deal last week, which was supposed to see all illegal armed group(...)