Commander of US European Command Gen Philip Breedlove. Photograph:  Win McNamee/Getty Images

The US military said on Wednesday it would deploy rotations of US-based armoured brigade combat teams to Europe, part of an effort to counter what the(...)

 The German-led patrol will be backed by planes that can monitor the flow of people attempting illegal crossings. Photograph: Ingo Wagner/AP

Nato has sent a patrol of three warships to intercept migrants trying to reach Greece by sea and send them back to Turkey, as Europe steps up efforts (...)

US secretary of state John Kerry is welcomed by Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, at the presidential residence of Bocharov Ruchey in Sochi. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/AP

Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, welcomed US secretary of state John Kerry to the Black Sea resort of Sochi today, but its sunshine and spring flow(...)

The funeral of Igor Rozlutskiy, a Ukrainian soldier who was killed fighting in Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. Photograph:  EPA/Photomig

Russian forces are still operating in eastern Ukraine, providing the backbone of separatist rebels fighting the Kiev government, Nato’s top military c(...)

Ukrainian defence minister Stepan Poltorak: “The main thing is to be prepared. If there is action, there will be a reaction.” Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Ukraine is braced for a major attack from separatist rebels backed by Russia, officials in Kiev say, as Washington calls for more pressure on Moscow a(...)

Armed people and military trucks are seen near a checkpoint outside a building on the territory controlled by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, November 12, 2014. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

Ukraine said on Wednesday it was redeploying troops in the east because of fears that separatists will launch a new military offensive, despite Russia(...)

Smoke rises near the traffic control tower of the Sergey Prokofiev International Airport damaged by shelling during fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces, in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, today. Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

Nato has said it saw columns of Russian troops and military equipment entering Ukraine this week, supporting allegations by Kiev that the nation’s eas(...)

A pro-Russian activist directs traffic at a checkpoint outside the eastern Ukrainian city of Druzhkovka yesterday. Russia’s envoy to Nato has accused the  alliance of encouraging the use of force by the Ukrainian government in eastern Ukraine and of hampering efforts to find a peaceful solution to the crisis. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters.

Nato defence ministers will consider today what longer term steps the alliance needs to take to bolster its eastern defences and improve its ability (...)

Villagers talk with Ukrainian soldiers as they gather at a railway to stop Ukrainian tanks moving towards the airport in Kramatorsk, Ukraine. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times)

Nato said today it would send more ships, planes and troops to eastern Europe to reassure allies worried by Russia’s annexation of Crimea but s(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov before their meeting at the Russian ambassador’s residence in Paris yesterday evening. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/pool via the New York Times

US secretary of state John Kerry said late last night that he and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, discussed suggestions for de-escalati(...)

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