post 22 May 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog EU renegotiation: Cameron warns of knock-backs and rows

David Cameron plans to remind EU leaders that nearly 4 million British voters backed Ukip. He thinks some EU countries under-estimate the British desire to move from the status quo in Europe.

article 29 April 2015 World, Ukraine
Fire threatens Chernobyl
Chernobyl forest fire 'under control' - Ukraine PM

Ukraine's prime minister says a major forest fire that threatened to spread to the abandoned Chernobyl nuclear plant zone is under control.

post 09 April 2015
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog Pro-Russian rebels accused of Ukraine 'war crimes'

Long suspected but short on the vital evidence, Amnesty International has now accused pro-Russian rebels in Eastern Ukraine of war crimes: namely the execution of captured Ukrainian soldiers. Amnesty

article 19 March 2015 UK, Ukraine
by Ukraine conflict: why is the UK training Ukraine's soldiers?

Britain has flown 35 military advisers to Ukraine to help fight pro-Russian separatists - with America set to follow suit. But what can the British army offer that Ukraine doesn't have already?

article 08 March 2015 World, Ukraine
Women's Day in Ankara (Getty)
World celebrates Women's Day

From beauty contests to angry protests, events are held around the world to mark International Women's Day.

article 01 March 2015 World, Ukraine
Thousands march in Moscow to remember Boris Nemtsov

Tens of thousands of supporters march through Moscow in memory of Kremlin opposition figure, Boris Nemtsov, whose murder has increased concern about Russia's future among opponents of President Putin.

article 25 February 2015 World, Ukraine
Life in eastern Ukraine: under the ceasefire

Many displaced residents in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk still cannot return to their home despite an ongoing ceasefire agreement.

post 24 February 2015
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog Mariupol - the next front in the Ukraine war?

The war has come south. The prize? Why, Mariupol, of course, whose steelworks must surely be one of the biggest industrial plants on earth.

article 24 February 2015 World, Ukraine
From ceasefire to retreat: 10 days on Ukraine's front line

Seven days ago, fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine was running down ahead of the Minsk ceasefire. One week on, Debaltseve has fallen and Kiev is humiliated.