A  piece of the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17  in a field in Donetsk: the jet flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on July 17th, 2014, was blown out of the sky.  Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP

Four men, three of them with alleged links to Russia’s security services, are to be tried in their absence in connection with the shooting-down of Mal(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill during the Easter service in Moscow last April. File photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP Photo

Russian president Vladimir Putin has submitted a range of proposed amendments to the country’s constitution that include a mention of God and describe(...)

 US secretary of state Mike Pompeo (R) and Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko (L) shake hands in Minsk, Belarus. Photograph: Nikolai Petrov/Pool/Belta/EPA

The US has offered to supply Belarus with all the oil it needs and end its energy dependence on Moscow, amid rising concern in Minsk that Russia’s pus(...)

President Donald Trump meeting with president Vladimir Putin of Russia in June, 2019. File photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin discussed the state of relations between their two countries in a phone call instigated(...)

(From left) Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy, German chancellor Angela Merkel, French president Emmanuel Macron and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin attend a joint news conference on Tuesday morning  after a  summit in Paris. Photograph: Reuters

The leaders of Russia and Ukraine agreed early on Tuesday to exchange all remaining prisoners from the conflict in east Ukraine and to implement a “fu(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron welcomes Russian president Vladimir Putin upon his arrival at the Elysee Palace to attend a summit on Ukraine, on Monday. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

Nobody expected the first meeting between Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Vladimir Putin to produce a breakthrough in the frozen conflict in the Donbas, but t(...)

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy: Many of his compatriots fear he will find himself  under pressure to accept a poor deal. Photograph: Ints Kalnins

This time last year, Volodymyr Zelenskiy was preparing a surprise for the millions of Ukrainians who would watch his TV comedy special on New Year’s E(...)

Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and US president Ronald Reagan in 1987. Photograph: Jose R Lopez/The New York Times

When he was running in 2016, Donald Trump told me that he reminded himself of another presidential candidate – someone, Trump said, who was also treme(...)

US president Donald Trump speaks at the White House in Washington on Friday. Photograph: TJ Kirkpatrick/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump on Friday released the rough transcript of a phone call he had with the incoming president of Ukraine. Mr Trump is holding(...)

As Donald Trump’s missteps in the Middle East compounded his impeachment troubles this week, Vladimir Putin could look on contentedly as the cards in Syria fell Moscow’s way. Photograph: Alexey Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

As Donald Trump’s missteps in the Middle East compounded his impeachment troubles this week, Vladimir Putin could look on contentedly as the cards in (...)

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