A woman and children at a ballot box  during the  referendum organised by members of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic  at a polling station in Mariupol, Ukraine, today. Photograph: Alexey Furman/EPA

Residents of eastern Ukraine have been forming long queues at polling stations today to cast their votes in hastily organised independence referendums(...)

A  pro-Russian protester  inside a regional government building in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Reuters/Marko Djurica

Ukraine’s interim president has put troops on full combat alert for a possible Russian invasion and ordered his security services to thwart Moscow’(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin stands before a meeting with members of the Security Council at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow today. Photograph: Mikhail Klimetyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Russian president Vladimir Putin has said Russia would fulfill its obligations to European gas clients and had no plans to halt deliveries to U(...)

The Swallow’s Nest castle, one of Crimea’s many tourist attractions,  overlooking the Black Sea outside the  town of Yalta. Russia is encouraging its citizens to holiday in Crimea this year. Photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

Nine hundred miles is a long way to go for a cabinet meeting, but Dmitry Medvedev, who led a government delegation to Crimea on Monday, was on (...)

A mural of the  map of Crimea filled in with the Russian national colours on a street in Moscow in recent days.  Photograph: Artur Bainozarov/Reuters

Nato is to meet today to seek ways to further ease tensions with Russia over Ukraine a day after President Vladimir Putin began withdrawing for(...)

 Pro-Russian protesters attend a rally in downtown Donetsk, Ukraine today. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

Russia said today it had “no intention“ of invading eastern Ukraine, responding to Western warnings over a military buildup on the border follo(...)

A Ukrainian serviceman (right, front) talks to armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen,  at a military airbase in the Crimean town of Belbek near Sevastopol. Photograph: Reuters

Nato’s top military commander said today Russia has a large force on Ukraine’s border and he is worried it could pose a threat to Moldova’s sep(...)

 Russian special force soldiers and Crimea’s self-defense units take up positions as they storm the last Ukrainian military base in Belbek today. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Russian troops smashed their way into a Ukrainian airbase in Crimea with armoured vehicles, automatic fire and stun grenades today, while Ukrai(...)

Russian soldiers on the move at a military base which was until recently controlled by Ukrainians, in Perevalne, Crimea, yesterday. Russia’s consolidation of power continued in Crimea even as the international business community continued to signal its unease. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

Russia’s foreign ministry said today that Moscow has the right of a tit-for-tat response to the second wave of sanctions imposed by the Europea(...)

Speaker of the Russian State Duma, Russia’s lower parliament house, Sergei Naryshkin (2nd R) shakes hands with leaders of the Crimean parliamentary delegation speaker Vladimir Konstantinov (2nd L), prime minister Sergei Aksyonov (L) and Sevastopol Mayor Alexei Chaliy during a meeting in Moscow. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters.

Russia’s lower house of parliament has overwhelmingly approved a treaty to annex Crimea from Ukraine, leaving just one legal obstacle for the (...)

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