In President Assad’s heartland the Russian decision to start air strikes on Syrian rebel positions is being hailed by ordinary people, who hope they mark the beginning of the end of a long war.
Channel 4 News Headlines, 29th Thu Dec
Yet again Syrian children face the traumatic realities of a nearly six year long war. But as Putin hails a ceasefire signed between Government and Rebels – is the end nearly in sight?
Obama warns Russia on cyber attacks
The US president-elect Donald Trump has again dismissed any suggestions that Russia tried to swing the election in his favour. President Obama warned of retaliation against any attempt to interfere with the integrity of the poll, saying Vladimir Putin was “well aware” of his feelings.
Putin suspends Russian flights to Egypt
Moscow suspending passenger flights to Egypt after the Sinai air crash, just a day after suggesting Britain had acted prematurely by grounding jets.
Assad makes suprise visit to Russia to meet Putin
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad flies to Moscow to thank Russian Vladimir Putin in person for his military support.
Syria: Russian embassy shelling was ‘terrorist act’
Russia says the shelling of its embassy in the Syrian capital was an “act of terrorism” designed to intimidate “supporters of the fight against terrorism”.
Uefa President Michel Platini is in Berlin for Saturday’s Champions League final. Will the Frenchman decide to stand to replace Sepp Platter at the head of Fifa?
The UK’s emphasis on Islamist terrorism has meant it has ignored the traditional threat from nation states like Russia, according to a former head of MI6.
Vladimir Putin reappears – but where did he go?
Russian President Vladimir Putin appears in public for the first time in 11 days at a meeting with the president of Kyrgyzstan in St Petersburg.
Mourners gather for Boris Nemtsov funeral in Moscow
Hundreds of Russians, many carrying red carnations, attend the funeral of Boris Nemtsov, the Kremlin critic who was shot dead last week.
Russia’s opposition after Nemtsov – the key questions
What does the future hold for Russian politics after one of its most prominent opposition activists was gunned down in front of CCTV cameras, just 200 metres from the Kremlin?
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.
Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow
US President Barack Obama condemns the “brutal murder” of Boris Nemtsov, the most prominent opposition figure of Vladimir Putin’s 15-year rule, who was found shot dead outside the Kremlin.
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.
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.