Vitaly Churkin

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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 (...)

Ukraine’s former president Viktor Yanukovich (left) with Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin in Kiev in 2010. Photograph:  Gleb Garanich/AFP/Getty Images

Ukrainian prosecutors have said they will seek a life sentence for former president Viktor Yanukovich, who went on trial in absentia for treason on T(...)

File image of Russia’s ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin addressing the UN General Assembly  in New York, US. Mr  Churkin has died at the age of 64. File photograph: Jason Szenes/EPA

The Russian ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, has died suddenly in New York aged 64, Russian officials have said. Russia’s deputy UN ambassador, (...)

Damaged buildings in the rebel-held besieged city of Douma, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, Syria. Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

Clashes, shelling and air raids in western Syria marred a Russian- and Turkish-backed ceasefire that aims to end nearly six years of war and lead to p(...)

Rebel fighters and civilians wait to be evacuated from a rebel-held sector of eastern Aleppo on Sunday. Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

The United Nations Security Council on Monday unanimously called for UN officials and others to observe the evacuation of people from the last rebel-h(...)

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, smoke rises from green government buses in Idlib province, Syria on Sunday. Activists said militants had burned at least five buses assigned to evacuate wounded and sick people from two villages in northern Syria. Photograph: SANA via AP

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday the evacuation of the besieged villages of al-Foua and Kefraya had been postponed for an unkno(...)

Boys eat bread as they wait to be evacuated from a rebel-held sector of eastern Aleppo. Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

The remains of besieged Aleppo are a freezing, desperate chaos, with tens of thousands of hungry, frightened people waiting long hours for spaces on b(...)

Russian soldier inspects the damage at a field hospital that was reportedly destroyed by rebel shelling on December 5th, 2016. Photograph: George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images

Russia and China have used their veto power in the UN Security Council to block a draft resolution calling for a seven-day humanitarian truce in the b(...)

Nominated UN secretary general António Guterres: “I have two words to describe what I’m feeling now: gratitude and humility”, he said in a statement.  Photograph: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday unanimously nominated former Portuguese prime minister António Guterres to be the next secretary gener(...)

A photo provided by the Syrian civil defence group known as the White Helmets, shows members of inspecting damaged buildings after airstrikes hit the Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood of Aleppo on Sunday. Photograph: AP

Medical supplies were running out in the besieged rebel-held sector of Aleppo, with victims pouring into barely functioning hospitals as an all-out R(...)

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