Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy: has vowed  “to give protection, refuge and Ukrainian citizenship to all those who fight for freedom . . . And first and foremost to Russians, who today suffer most of all.” Photograph: Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Reuters

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy has issued a decree to make it easier for Russians facing political persecution to become citizens of Ukraine,(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin during his interview with the Financial Times in Moscow on Thursday. Photograph: Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via Reuters

Just before midnight, Vladimir Putin perks up at the mention of the word “risk”. It encapsulates the man and his 20 years in power. Latterly, Russia (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Berlin on June 18th. “It’s sad that our European partners didn’t hear us and acted differently,” Mr Zelenskiy  said about the Council of Europe decision. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Kiev has led criticism of the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe for allowing Russia to return to the human rights watchdog, five years a(...)

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Oil and gas exploration company PetroNeft said it has agreed a new convertible loan facility of $1.3 million with a group of five lenders. The compa(...)

Silene Fredriksz, mother of one of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victims, speaks to reporters, in Nieuwegein, Netherlands. Photograph: Eva Plevier/Reuters

Five years after the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine, Dutch prosecutors have issued international arrest warrants (...)

Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who     said before his election victory last Sunday that he wants to find a way to end fighting between government troops and Moscow-led militants in the Donbas region. File photograph: Viacheslav Ratynskyi/Reuters

The Kremlin has made it easier for people in militant-held eastern Ukraine to become Russian citizens, drawing the region closer Moscow and escalating(...)

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia for talks with Vladimir Putin this month, the Kremlin said. Photograph: Getty Images

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is to visit Russia and meet president Vladimir Putin, state media has said. The Korean Central News Agency released a(...)

Ukrainian servicemen perform military training for schoolchildren at a school in Mariupol. Photograph: Sergey Vaganov/EPA

It is only a few weeks since Nadezhda Zhelyova last saw her former student Nikolai Volkov, when he returned to the technical college where she teaches(...)

One of two gas tankers  burning in the Kerch Strait between the Crimean and Russian borders in the Black Sea on Monday. Photograph: EPA/Kerch FM

Twenty sailors are believed to have died in the Black Sea after a fire on two ships suspected of delivering Russian fuel to Syria despite US sanctions(...)

A Ukrainian sailor (right) is escorted by a Russian intelligence agency FSB officer to a courtroom in Simferopol, Crimea on  Tuesday. Photograph: AP Photo

Russia has strongly defended its decision to shoot at and seize three Ukrainian naval ships in the Black Sea, dismissing western criticism and warning(...)

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