German chancellor Angela Merkel, European Parliament president Martin Schulz and British prime minister Theresa May   chat ahead of European Union leaders summit in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

Although the EU’s long-term relationship with Russia was not officially on Thursday’s EU summit agenda, the devastation in Aleppo and the rollover of (...)

 Petro Poroshenko with European Council president Donald Tusk on Thursday: The Ukrainian president described a trade agreement with the EU as “a symbol of the fight of our country for our European future”.  Photograph: EPA/Stephanie Lecocq

The European Union has agreed to accelerate visa liberalisation for Ukrainian citizens at a summit, but it urged the country to continue reform measur(...)