The body of a Ukrainian soldier killed during an attack on a military checkpoint by unknown forces is carried into the morgue in Volnovakha, Ukraine, on Thursday. Some 13 soldiers were reportedly killed and 31 injured. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Moscow and Kiev have accused each other of escalating the violence in eastern Ukraine, as 13 of the country’s soldiers were killed amid troubled prepa(...)

Members of the Interior Ministry, the National Guard and other Ukrainian security services take part in a drill to resist and prevent mass unrest in Odessa today. Russian president Vladimir Putin has ordered military forces to return to their permanent bases after drills in three regions bordering Ukraine, the Kremlin said. Photograph: Yevgeny Volokin/Reuters

The Kremlin announced today that president Vladimir Putin had ordered Russian forces near Ukraine back to their bases, but Nato and the United States (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin flew in to Crimea today to mark the Soviet victory in the second World War  and proclaiming the success of the peninsula’s seizure from a Ukraine that Russia says has been taken over by fascists. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin flew in to Crimea today, marking the Soviet victory in the second World War and proclaiming the success of the penin(...)

Soldiers from the Ukrainian Army sit atop combat vehicles as they are blocked by people on their way to the town of Kramatorsk. Pro-Russian insurgents commandeered six Ukrainian armored vehicles along with their crews and hoisted Russian flags over them Wednesday, dampening the central government’s hopes of re-establishing control over restive eastern Ukraine.

Nato plans to boost its forces in eastern Europe “within days” as Ukraine struggles to counter armed pro-Moscow groups ahead of international t(...)

Villagers talk with Ukrainian soldiers as they gather at a railway to stop Ukrainian tanks moving towards the airport in Kramatorsk, Ukraine. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times)

Nato said today it would send more ships, planes and troops to eastern Europe to reassure allies worried by Russia’s annexation of Crimea but s(...)

Pro-Russian men gather around a fire at a barricade near the police headquarters in Slaviansk yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Gleb Garanich

EU foreign ministers will convene in Luxembourg today to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, as violence flared in(...)

Finnish prime minister Jyrki Katainen: decision to step down to seek EU role took EU community by surprise. Photograph: Reuters/Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva

The race for the top jobs in the European Union intensified this week following the decision by Finnish prime minister Jyrki Katainen to step d(...)

British foreign secretary William Hague: ‘Europe must not relax in preparing the third sphere of sanctions,’ he said. Photograph: EPA/Simela Pantzartzi

EU foreign ministers meeting in Athens yesterday called on Russia to withdraw its troops (...)

A Ukrainian soldier checks a weapon during a military exhibition near the settlement of Desna in the Chernigov region yesterday. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Kiev fears Moscow is planning to disrupt its preparations for a crucial presidential election, as Nato warned Russia not to make a “historic mistak(...)

Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen addresses a news conference during a Nato foreign ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels today. Nato said it would suspend “all practical civilian and military co-operation” with Russia because of Moscow’s occupation and annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule/Reuters

Further Russian intervention in Ukraine, following its annexation of Crimea, would be a “historic mistake” that would deepen Russia’s internati(...)

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