A Ukrainian sailor (right) is escorted by a Russian intelligence agency FSB officer to a courtroom in Simferopol, Crimea on  Tuesday. Photograph: AP Photo

Russia has strongly defended its decision to shoot at and seize three Ukrainian naval ships in the Black Sea, dismissing western criticism and warning(...)

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko leading a session of the national security and defence council  in Kiev. Photograph: Mykhailo Markiv/Ukrainian presidential press service/AFP/Getty Images

Ukraine on Monday imposed martial law for 30 days in parts of the country most vulnerable to an attack from Russia after president Petro Poroshenko wa(...)

British prosecutors charged two Russians – Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov – with attempted murder for the Novichok poisoning of the Skripals in March. Photograph: PA

The real identity of one of the men wanted by Britain for the Salisbury nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter is An(...)

Sport Ireland chief executive John Treacy: “For the IOC to be pushing for Russia to be reinstated, it is wrong and it fundamentally undermines what we are all trying to do in terms of clean sport.” Photograph:     Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada), set up to police sport against the use of banned substances, has been accused of undermining the ethics and trans(...)

Some 95 per cent of eligible children need to be vaccinated with two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella(MMR) vaccine to prevent outbreaks. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

More than 41,000 children and adults across Europe have been infected with measles in the first six months of 2018 and at least 37 people have died, a(...)

US president Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin shake hands during their joint press conference. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Donald Trump met one-on-one with Russia’s Vladimir Putin behind closed doors in Helsinki on Monday. The following are highlights of the press conferen(...)

People sing the Ukrainian national anthem during a meeting at the NSC Olimpiysky stadium in Kiev on Monday to demand the release of Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov in Russia. Photograph: Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images

Kiev is pushing for a prisoner swap with Moscow to bring home Ukrainians whom Russia is accused of jailing on political grounds, including several wh(...)

Chairman of Newsbrands Ireland Vincent Crowley said Facebook and Google need to be treated appropriately, as newspapers would be in a similar situation. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The banning of abortion referendum advertising by Facebook, Google and Youtube may indicate the beginning of a realisation by these companies that the(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin  and Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic attend the Victory Day reception at the Kremlin in Moscow on Wednesday. Photograph:  Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images

Serbia’s president Aleksandar Vucic has sought Moscow’s continued support over Kosovo and restated his opposition to Nato membership, as he became the(...)

 President Donald Trump  has said repeatedly there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia. File Photograph: Reuters

The Democratic Party sued Russia, Donald Trump’s campaign and WikiLeaks on Friday, alleging they conspired to disrupt the 2016 US presidential electio(...)

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