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A pro-Russian armed man looks on near the mayor’s office in Slaviansk. Eastern Ukraine seems to be rapidly spinning out of the control of the central government. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Moscow must show it is serious about a de-escalation in Ukraine by pledging concrete steps to ease tensions in four-way talks scheduled for Thu(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin has said Russia could cut natural gas supplies to Ukraine if it fails to pay its gas bills on time and warned there could be a reduction in onward deliveries to Europe. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin has warned European leaders Russia would cut natural gas supplies to Ukraine if it did not pay its bills and s(...)

The most startling part of Washington’s sanctions on Russian businessmen loyal to president Vladimir Putin may be a single sentence that conta(...)

 Protesters build  a barricade in a street in front of the state administration headquarters in Lviv, Ukraine, this evening. Photograph: Darek Delmanowicz/EPA

Enraged protesters stormed government offices in three western Ukraine cities today, forcing one governor to write a letter of resignation, as demonst(...)

Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev (left)  with his Ukrainian counterpart, Mykola Azarov, during a meeting in the town of Kaluga, some 150km (93 miles) southwest of Moscow, earlier this month. Photograph: Alexander Astafyev/RIA Novosti/Pool/Reuters

Russia says it will take measures against Ukraine unless it urgently settles a €640 million energy bill, fuelling fears that the neighbours may engage(...)

A television screen shows former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden during a news bulletin at a cafe at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport. Photograph: Tatyana Makeyeva/Reuters

Former US security contractor Edward Snowden would not face the death penalty or be tortured and would have all the protections of the US civilian cou(...)

Edward Snowden (centre) with Sarah Harrison (left) of WikiLeaks. Photograph: Tanya Lokshina/Human Rights Watch

Former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden is seeking temporary asylum in Russia and plans to go to Latin America eventually, it was reported this(...)

Vladimir Putin said Edward Snowden must quit hurting US interests if he wants to remain in Russia, after the American sought asylum. Photograph:  REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin.

Edward Snowden has withdrawn his Russian asylum request because of the demand that he stop harming US interests by leaking secret documents as countri(...)

Vladimir Putin  and his wife, Lyudmila, photographed in 2012. Photograph: Aleksey Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Reuters

Vladimir Putin has pulled off one of his most audacious pieces of stagecraft, attending a ballet with his rarely seen wife and then emerging smiling a(...)

Lawyer Sergei Magnitsky: allegedly beaten to death in a Moscow jail cell.

The Kremlin has warned Washington that publication of a list of Russians officials who are subject to US sanctions due to involvement in alleged ri(...)

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