Dutch investigators  work at the site of  the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17shot down   in eastern Ukraine, November 16th, 2014. Photograph:  Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev

Four fugitive suspects go on trial in the Netherlands on Monday charged with the murder of 298 passengers and crew aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17,(...)

Members of the Joint Investigation Team with part of the Buk  rocket that was fired on flight MH17 in 2014.  Photograph: Robin van Lonkhuijsen/AFP/Getty Images

In a significant step towards laying the blame for the shooting-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at the door of the Russian state, international (...)

Ukraine’s former president Viktor Yanukovich (left) with Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin in Kiev in 2010. Photograph:  Gleb Garanich/AFP/Getty Images

Ukrainian prosecutors have said they will seek a life sentence for former president Viktor Yanukovich, who went on trial in absentia for treason on T(...)

A journalist holds a poster with portraits of Russia’s president Vladimir Putin, France’s far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen, and US president-elect Donald Trump prior to Mr Putin’s annual press conference in Moscow on Friday. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump have separately called for a strengthening of their nations’ nuclear capabilities, sparking more uncertainty around US(...)

A frame grab taken from  video footage made available on Tuesday by the Russian defence ministry shows a Russian SU-34 multidimensional bomber taking off from the Syrian Hmeymim airbase, outside Latakia, Syria. Photograph: EPA/Russian Defence Ministry

At least 26 people were killed east of the Islamic State-held city of Palmyra on Tuesday as Syrian troops backed by Russian air strikes staged attacks(...)

Soldiers during exercises at the Kuzminsky military training ground near the Russian-Ukrainian border in the Rostov region. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

Vladimir Putin has declared that all military deaths will be classified as state secrets not just in times of war but also in peace – a move that acti(...)

Yevgeny Yerofeyev lies on a bed at a hospital in Kiev yesterday. Ukraine claims Yerofeyev is one of two Russian special forces soldiers captured in eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

Ukraine has denied it is preparing a prisoner swap that would see two alleged Russian special forces soldiers return home, after a separatist leader i(...)

A pro-Russian activist directs traffic at a checkpoint outside the eastern Ukrainian city of Druzhkovka yesterday. Russia’s envoy to Nato has accused the  alliance of encouraging the use of force by the Ukrainian government in eastern Ukraine and of hampering efforts to find a peaceful solution to the crisis. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters.

Nato defence ministers will consider today what longer term steps the alliance needs to take to bolster its eastern defences and improve its ability (...)