Ukrainian president  Volodymyr Zelensky urged EU states to act together on the latest sanctions against Russia. Photograph: Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/EPA

in Brussels Leaders of G7 states and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy will hold talks on Sunday as he pushes western powers to accelerate weapo(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen proposed that Sberbank, Russia’s biggest lender, and two smaller banks be barred from the Swift international payments system. Photograph:   Patrick Hertzog/AFP via Getty Images

The European Union has unveiled plans to phase out oil imports from Russia and sanction its biggest bank, state broadcasters and people responsible fo(...)

A Ukranian serviceman at the scene  of a destroyed home  in the village of Yatskivka, eastern Ukraine,  on April 16thn. Photograph: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP via Getty Images

It began with heavy shelling overnight that levelled three-storey residential blocks, hit the town’s nursing home and left four-foot deep craters in t(...)

At Harold’s Cross, Dublin, Fr Micheal blesses the congregation and their traditional Easter food. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Patience is required to last through Easter services at the Russian Orthodox Church. The early Great Saturday Divine Liturgy service lasts three hour(...)

Russian Patriarch Kirill celebrates a Christmas service at the Christ the Saviour cathedral in Moscow in January. Photograph:  Kirill  Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images

Fr Ioann Burdin, the priest of a small village in central Russia, began his first sermon since the outbreak of war with a promise to pray for the peop(...)

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia refuses to condemn the invasion of Ukraine, despite repeated calls for him to do so. Photograph: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty

Christian churches have from time immemorial colluded with political ambition and expansionism, be that imperialist, nationalist or economic, providin(...)

Refugees wait to be transported after crossing the Ukrainian-Polish border at the border crossing in Medyka, southeastern Poland. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP via Getty

Ireland’s Catholic bishops have called on the UK government “to prioritise the rights and dignity of all Ukrainians who seek refuge” there, as they we(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Dermot Farrell called for practical efforts towards bringing about peace in Ukraine. File photograph: The Irish Times

Ireland’s Catholic bishops are meeting in Maynooth this week to discuss how parishes and dioceses on the island can best help accommodate the many tho(...)

A man wearing a face mask uses a newspaper to protect himself from the rain in central Moscow on Thursday. Photograph:   Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP via Getty Images

Russian authorities recommended people stay at home this weekend and urged them to take more safety precautions as the number of new coronavirus case(...)

Empty lorry charade: Goods vehicles with no goods form an orderly queue in Kent to demonstrate how the road will cope in a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

In numbers: Sears’ slide 126 Age of the US department store chain Sears, once the largest retailer in the world, but now flirting with liquidation. (...)

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