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Ukrainians loyal to the Moscow Patriarchate of the Orthodox Church held prayers outside parliament in Kiev on Friday. Photograph: Dan McLaughlin

As snow fell steadily on Mariinsky Park outside Ukraine’s parliament on Friday, Kiev police kept a watchful eye on a benign-looking crowd gathered at (...)

Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg called on Russia to immediately release the Ukrainian sailors and ships it had seized. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Nato has accused Russia of seeking to establish total control over the Sea of Azov, which three Ukrainian naval boats were trying to enter late last m(...)

A  Ukrainian helicopter engages in military drill near the village of Urzuf close to Mariupol in eastern Ukraine: martial law has been imposed in border regions for 30 days. Photograph: Sega Volski/AFP

Ukraine has banned most Russian men from entering the country as part of security measures imposed after Moscow’s forces seized three of its ships and(...)

Seized Ukrainian military vessels in a port of Kerch, Crimea. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

What happened? Last Sunday, two small Ukrainian artillery ships and a tugboat were prevented by Russian vessels from crossing the narrow Kerch Strait(...)

 Russian jet fighters fly over a bridge connecting the Russian mainland with the Crimean peninsula with a cargo ship beneath it after three Ukrainian navy vessels were stopped by Russia from entering the Sea of Azov via the Kerch Strait in the Black Sea. File photograph: Pavel Rebrov/Reuters

Europeans have been jolted back into understanding how volatile Russia’s relations with its neighbours are after its navy seized Ukrainian boats and s(...)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko called on Nato states to send naval ships to the Sea of Azov to support Ukraine. Photograph: Mykola Lazarenko/AP

US president Donald Trump has cancelled highly anticipated talks with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin due to his failure to free three Ukrainian na(...)

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko meets servicemen as he visits the 169th training centre “Desna” of the Ukrainian army ground forces in Chernihiv Region, on Wednesday. Photograph: Mykola Lazarenko/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via Reuters

Much of Ukraine is stepping up security and the combat readiness of military units, after 10 regions introduced martial law in response to Russia firi(...)

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(...)

   President Petro Poroshenko    after the Ukrainian parliament voted to  introduce  martial law in regions close to the Black Sea, Sea of Azov and along of the border with Russia, for a period 30 days.  Photograph: Stepan Franko/EPA

Much of Ukraine will introduce martial law after Russia fired on and seized three of its naval ships in the Black Sea, prompting warnings of a dangero(...)

St Andrew’s church in Kiev, which was attacked with petrol bombs this month after it was given over to the use of the Constantinople Patriarchate, in recognition of its support for Ukrainian church independence from Russia. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Resplendent in green, white and gold and perched high on a bank of the Dnieper river, St Andrew’s church in Kiev makes quite a gift. Earlier this mon(...)

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