Pro-Russian armed militants inspect a truck near Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Sergei Grits

Ukrainian rebels seized a bus carrying international monitors yesterday near their stronghold of Slovyansk, as Kiev’s troops surrounded the town an(...)

US Secretary of State John Kerry and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Geneva after talks on  Ukraine. Photograph: Reuters

Russia and Ukraine agreed a pact to de-escalate the Ukrainian crisis in a deal brokered yesterday in Geneva by the US and EU. After seven hours of (...)

 Pro-Russian protesters  occupy the regional administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine, yesterday.  The protesters said they would hold a referendum  on the region’s status, and also asked Russia to ready “peacekeeping troops”, in a scenario reminiscent of the events that led to the annexation of Crimea last month. Photograph:  Roman Pilipey/EPA

Pro-Russian activists in Ukraine’s industrial centre of Donetsk proclaimed their independence from Kiev yesterday and pledged to hold a referendum (...)

 Russian special force soldiers and Crimea’s self-defense units take up positions as they storm the last Ukrainian military base in Belbek today. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Russian troops smashed their way into a Ukrainian airbase in Crimea with armoured vehicles, automatic fire and stun grenades today, while Ukrai(...)

Russian soldiers on the move at a military base which was until recently controlled by Ukrainians, in Perevalne, Crimea, yesterday. Russia’s consolidation of power continued in Crimea even as the international business community continued to signal its unease. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

Russia’s foreign ministry said today that Moscow has the right of a tit-for-tat response to the second wave of sanctions imposed by the Europea(...)

Russian sailors stand guard yesterday on Ukranian ship Ternopol, seized by Russian troops, in Sevastopol. Photograph: Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko

Ukraine has warned of worrying Russian troop movements near its eastern border, as president Vladimir Putin s(...)

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(...)

People  attend a pro-Russian rally after a day of voting in Simferopol, Ukraine. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty

As Crimea moved to join Russia last night, Kiev and western allies sought to stabilise ea(...)

Soldiers without uniform insignia, presumed to be Russian troops, in a convoy of personnel carriers near the northern Crimean city of Krasnoperekopsk yesterday. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/The New York Times

Russia and the United States plan emergency talks today, to defuse a military and diplomatic crisis over Ukra(...)

Cossacks stand guard at the entrance to the Crimean Parliament building  in Simferopol, Ukraine.

Moscow has urged the West not to damage relations for the sake of Ukraine, while making veiled threats to intervene in Ukrainian regions outside Cr(...)

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