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Russian president Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych at the Kremlin in Moscow yesterday. Russia offered $15 billion in loans and a sharp discount on natural gas prices to Ukraine. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Pool via The New York Times

Ukraine’s president faced calls to resign today over a $15-billion (€11 billion) bailout from Russia which the opposition and protesters said had sold(...)

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (right) shakes hands with his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovich during a signing ceremony after a meeting of the Russian-Ukrainian Interstate Commission at the Kremlin in Moscow, today. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Ukrainian opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko has accused President Viktor Yanukovich of betraying Ukraine’s national interests and independence by agr(...)

A Pro-European integration protester spray paints a portrait on a make shift riot shield during a rally in Independence Square in Kiev this morning. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters.

A Kremlin aide made clear today that Russia was ready to extend a credit to Ukraine to help Kiev cope with its economic problems and keep the country(...)

Anti-government protesters continue to fortify their barricades to block the police from forcing them out of Independence Square in Kiev yesterday. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

As a horde of big men in masks, helmets and black body armour bore down on them in the freezing early hours of Wednesday, protesters in Kiev feared an(...)

Protesters rest in Kiev’s City Hall, having occupied the building, on Thursday.  Photograph: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

As snow dusts the crowd on Kiev’s Independence Square, songs and jokes from the stage leaven demands for president Viktor Yanukovich and his governmen(...)

Ukraine riot police take up position on Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, today. Riot police forcefully dispersed hundreds of protestors according to reports with tear gas being used in a pre-dawn action. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Ukrainian riot police used batons and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of pro-Europe protesters early today after a night of violence in Kiev follow(...)

Eugenia Tymoshenko, daughter of jailed Ukrainian politician Yulia Tymoshenko, wearing a T-shirt with her mother’s photograph during an interview on the sidelines of an Eastern Partnership summit. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP Photo

in VilniusUkrainian president Viktor Yanukovych flew to Lithuania yesterday to face EU leaders for the first time since his government halted negotia(...)

Students take part in a rally to support EU integration in central Kiev on Thursday. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

As political leaders gathered for dinner in the chilly Lithuanian capital of Vilnius yesterday evening, the joke circulating among officials was wheth(...)

Welfare policies must ensure that the vulnerable do not bear a disproportionate share of the burden, the lead author of the WHO report said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Social welfare and health spending should be protected from International Monetary Fund and European Union-led demands for austerity, a major report f(...)

 German Eurosceptics have called for  more robust, nationalist foreign policy in the tradition of Otto von Bismarck. Cartoon by Tissot. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

DEREK SCALLYin BerlinThe Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has called on Berlin to embrace a more robust, nationalist foreign policy in (...)

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