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People attend a campaign meeting for  Denis Pushilin, in Donetsk. Photograph: Aleksey Filippov/AFP/Getty Images

Russia has defended Sunday’s separatist elections in eastern Ukraine, which Kiev and its western allies denounced as a sham that would only harm effor(...)

Acting head of the  Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR) Leonid Pasechnik during his pre-election address this week ahead of the upcoming vote for a new leader in Luhansk, Ukraine. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters

Western governments have urged Russia to cancel Sunday’s planned elections in parts of eastern Ukraine under its de-facto control, warning that they w(...)

 US national security adviser John Bolton (second from right): US president Donald Trump has said his county was unilaterally pulling out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces  Treaty. Photograph: Russian security council handout/EPA

The Kremlin denounced US plans to withdraw from a landmark arms control pact with Russia on Monday, saying the move would undermine global security an(...)

Metropolitan Hilarion, chairman of external relations department of the Moscow Patriarchate and permanent member of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church,  in Minsk, Belarus, on Monday. Photograph: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

The Kremlin has expressed “great concern” over a split between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, which Mo(...)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko: creation of an independent church represents “a victory for good over evil, light over darkness”.  Photograph: Sergei Chuzavkov/AP

The Kremlin has pledged to “defend the interests” of Russian church believers in Ukraine during a growing dispute between rival branches of the countr(...)

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov.  Theresa May said the men flew into Britain in March to try and murder Sergei Skripal, a former GRU officer who sold secrets to MI6. Photograph: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

Moscow has claimed it wants to ascertain as soon as possible the identities of the two men named by Britain as suspects in the nerve agent attack on (...)

Alexander Zakharchenko, left, the leader of pro-Russian rebels in Donetsk, was killed in a bomb attack last Friday. Photograph: Darko Vojinovic/AP Photo

Russia has said it will not withdraw from talks to end the war in eastern Ukraine following the murder of a separatist leader in the region, as German(...)

Jailed Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov: his health is reported to be deteriorating rapidly. Photograph: Russian High Commissioner for Human Rights Press Centre

French president Emmanuel Macron has urged the Kremlin to find a “humanitarian solution” to the case of Oleh Sentsov, a Ukrainian film director jailed(...)

Army officers remove the bench last March where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found, in Salisbury, Wiltshire. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Russian officials reacted with outrage and markets slumped on Thursday morning following the announcement of tough new US sanctions over Russia’s alle(...)

Pipe sections for  Nord Stream 2: Gazprom  plans to open the taps at the Russian end of the 1,200km-long pipeline in late 2019. Photograph: Jens Köhler/ullstein bild via Getty Images

Lubmin is a picturesque resort on Germany’s Baltic Sea coast that boasts a long stretch of sandy beach bordered by soft dunes and a lush pine forest. (...)

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