Identifying themselves as the ‘Army of New Russia’, soldiers man a position near Novoazovsk, a Ukrainian town near the Russian border. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

Some locals welcome militants’ push into new territory along coast of Azov Sea

Russian President Vladimir Putin talks during a National Youth Forum meetin in the Tver Region, Russia, yesterday. EPA/Mikhail Klimentiev

Ukrainian forces battle pro-Moscow rebels as PM hints at possible bid for Nato membership

A burnt trolley bus lies on a square near a railway station in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine yesterday. Reuters/Maxim Shemetov

Putin insists Kiev must negotiate with rebels in east, not with Russia

A pro-Russian separatist walks past an unexploded rocket in a village 26 miles from Donetsk. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/New York Times.

EU and US eye more sanctions as rebels say ‘holidaying’ Russian soldiers are fighting with them

Pro-Russian separatists walk towards a destroyed war memorial at Savur-Mohyla, a hill east of the city of Donetsk yesterday. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Months of weakness and disunity among Ukraine’s allies have left it exposed to Kremlin aggression

 Local residents donate blood at a blood donation station in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Wednesday. Hundreds of civilians and military injured in the fighting in the South-East of Ukraine are in local hospitals with not enough blood for medical operations. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Pro-Moscow rebels push back Kiev’s forces as Russia’s secret death toll appears to mount

Damaged goods lie in a damaged kitchen in downtown Donetsk. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

US and Germany believe incursions indicate counter-offensive directed by Russia

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko shake hands during a summit of Eurasian world leaders in Minsk, Belarus, yesterday. Photograph: Sergei Bondarenko

Ukraine leader conducts talks with Russian counterpart in Belarus

Patients and relatives gather in a hospital basement after an early-morning shelling that hit the hospital compound in central Donetsk, Ukraine. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

Putin and Poroshenko set for talks with EU officials as Moscow plans second convoy to Ukraine

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