US president Donald Trump and his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner. Amid a barrage of invitations to Trump associates  from Russians claiming connections to Vladimir Putin during the 2016 election, Kushner urged caution. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

It was late 2015, and the Trump Organization had just signed a letter of intent to fulfil its longstanding ambition of developing a tower in Moscow. L(...)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko: supporters use social media to make unsubstantiated claims about Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s alleged drug use and links to Russia.  Photograph: Sergei Chuzavkov/AFP/Getty

For Ukrainians who ousted their Kremlin-backed leader in 2014 to stop the country becoming a Russian-style autocracy, its current presidential electio(...)

Ukrainian comic actor and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy: “A new life is beginning, a life without corruption and bribes; life in a new country, a country of dreams.” Photograph; Valentyn Ogirenko

Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy comfortably won the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election on Sunday and is likely to face incumbent Petro Porosh(...)

Sofia Tolmacheva at her house close to the war zone in Pisky, eastern Ukraine. ‘I don’t believe in any of these politicians anymore.’ Photograph: Roger Waleson/Sopa Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

When Sofia Tolmacheva celebrated her 70th birthday a decade ago, the future looked bright for her village of Pisky in eastern Ukraine. Nearby Donetsk(...)

 Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy is in the lead with an unconventional campaign. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Yulia Butko is only 34 years old, but she has already supported two revolutions and is now wondering whether to back another bold response to Ukraine’(...)

Flowers being laid at the Maidan activists “Heavenly Hundred Heroes” memorial in Kiev. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky

Ukraine has been lambasted for failing to achieve justice for more than 100 protesters killed during its Maidan revolution, which reached its bloody c(...)

Father Mikhail at St Michael’s monastery in central Kiev,  which served as a refuge and hospital for protesters during the 2013-14 Maidan revolution. On February 20th, 2014, the bodies of demonstrators shot dead by the police were brought there

St Michael’s monastery in Kiev stands on high ground between the Dnieper river and Maidan square, and its blue-and-white walls and golden domes are be(...)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko takes a selfie with students in Kiev after saying he will run again in the next election in March. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has announced that he will run for re-election in March, to keep pursuing integration with the West while resisti(...)

Three  judges of Obolon District Court announce a sentence for  former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, in Kiev, Ukraine, on Thursday. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko

A Kiev court has found former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich guilty of treason and sentenced him in absentia to 13 years in jail, for his role (...)

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(...)

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