A destroyed building  after heavy fighting in the town of Uglegorsk. The United Nations found that more than 6,000 people have been killed since the war in Ukraine started last April. Photograph:  Andrew Burton/Getty Images

US and Russian officials discuss ceasefire as UN highlights ‘merciless devastation’

Adam Osmayev, English-educated Chechen commander of a Ukrainian volunteer battalion. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Adam Osmayev, once arrested for alleged Putin murder plot, now leads pro-Kiev sabotage unit

A member of the Ukrainian armed forces stands guard as a convoy of Ukrainian armed forces as they pull back from the Debaltseve region, in Paraskoviyvka, eastern Ukraine, yesterday. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

US intelligence chief expects Russian-backed militants to attack key port in spring

A tank of pro-Russian separatists on the road from Donetsk to Novoazovsk, Mariupol district, in Ukraine  on Tuesday. A ceasefire deal for the country is in limbo after international talks only highlighted disagreement over the plan. Photograph: Andrey Borodulin/AFP/Getty Images

Paris negotiations make no headway, as Britain prepares to dispatch military advisers to troubled Kiev

The wife of a dead paramedic from the National Guard of Ukraine at a mourning ceremony in the Donetsk area yesterday. Photograph: Anastasia Vlasova

Ceasefire still in doubt as clashes continue and artillery stays at frontline

Biology student Katya Bikhtiryova, on Debaltseve’s main square, was one of hundreds of residents queuing for food aid. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

After fierce fighting, rebels control strategic town and locals look to rebuild shattered lives

Police experts inspect the area close to a body following an explosion during a “Dignity March” in the  Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.   Photograph: Sergey Bobok/AFP/Getty Images

Kiev sees Russian involvement in attack as weapons still flow to insurgents

Ukrainians in Independence Square in Kiev yesterday for the commemoration ceremony for Maidan activists who were killed during anti-government protests in 2014. Photograph: EPA/Roman Pilipey

Russia rejects Kiev’s claims and warns of ‘appropriate response’ to military threat

A pro-Russian separatist feeds a cat in the rebel-held town of Uglegorsk, not far from Debaltseve. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Russia and rebels reject Kiev’s call for EU monitoring role in eastern regions

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