A pro-Russian militiant holds a placard reading “ Kolomoisky must die!” during the attack of a branch of Privatbank in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk in April. Photograph:  Alexander Khudoteply/AFP/Getty Images

Blue and yellow of Ukraine flies proudly from cars and buildings in Dnipropetrovsk

Friends and relatives reunite with soldiers of the Ukrainian volunteer special police battalion ‘Azov’ after they returned following their turn of deployment in eastern Ukraine, near the St Sophia Cathedral in Kiev. Nato has reportedly started delivering weapons to Kiev’s military as it battles Russian-backed separatists. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Six people were killed and 15 injured in rebel-held Donetsk, says Kiev

A destroyed military truck in Ilovaisk, a town that  has endured weeks of heavy fighting. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The Russian army stands accused of killing hundreds of Ukrainian fighters

Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow yesterday. He said Russia would “be forced – absolutely forced – to take appropriate measures in response” to plans to ramp up Nato in eastern Europe. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/Reuters

Russia tests new missile as Ukraine says most of its troops have left the country

A Ukrainian soldier heads to a frontline position on the outskirts of the strategic coastal city of Mariupol following an evening of heavy shelling by Russian-backed separatists. (Photograph:  Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Government forces and rebels blame each other for Donetsk and Mariupol attacks

Ukrainian soldiers at a checkpoint near the eastern Ukrainian city of Debalcevoyesterday. Photograph: EPA/Roman Pilipey

Tentative peace takes hold in war-weary Donetsk and Luhansk provinces

The leader of the rebel ‘Army of Novorossiya’ unit, who goes by the nom de guerre Svat (Matchmaker). Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Battle over Novoazovsk shows the two countries cannot live with each other

A Ukrainian priest blesses members of a people’s volunteer corps during a rally in support of single Ukraine in  Mariupol yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Photomig

Ukrainian separatists pledge ceasefire if Kiev agrees to peace plan mooted by Putin

Ivan Saenko (89) stands beside the remains of his destroyed home  Ilovaisk, some 50km from Donetsk in Ukraine. Photograph: EPA/Alexander Ermochenko

Kiev has little room for compromise after onslaught by Russian-backed rebels

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