Pro-Russian separatists attend the funeral of several comrades at a cemetery in Donetsk on Monday. A two-day-old truce was under threat with fighting unabated. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images 1:21

At the end of a platform at Slovyansk railway station, Tatyana welcomed guests to her new home: an ageing sleeping car, red-and-cream beneath thick gr(...)

Ukrainian soldiers on the road leading to the embattled town of Debaltseve. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Fighting has continued around the flashpoint town of Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine, marring a ceasefire between government forces and Russian-backed i(...)

Ukrainian servicemen play football on a road at Svitlodarsk, approaching Debaltseve. Photograph: Volodymyr Shuvayev/AFP/Getty Images

The Ukrainian soldiers stopped playing football to let another army truck pass by, rumbling over deep scars left by tank tracks on the road to Debalts(...)

A woman walks past a damaged building in the town of Vuhlehirsk near Donetsk, Ukraine on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

Fighting has continued around the flashpoint town of Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine, marring a ceasefire between government forces and Russian-backed (...)

A recently mobilized Ukrainian serviceman aims his rifle during a military training on the Desna shooting range in Ukraine. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

An internationally agreed ceasefire due to start Saturday tonight in eastern Ukraine is under threat from intense fighting and disputes between Kiev a(...)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko in a lift  as he leaves the Ukrainian peace negotiations in Minsk, Belarus:  The White House has called the truce deal “potentially significant”, but urged Moscow to withdraw troops and armour and give Ukraine control over its own border.  Photograph: Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

Fighting has continued in eastern Ukraine ahead of a planned Saturday night ceasefire that western leaders cautiously welcomed as a first step towar(...)

Members of the Ukrainian armed forces  on an armoured personnel carrier near Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine, on Thursday. The commander of the US army in Europe says Russia’s military is directly involved in  fighting there.  Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

The weariness of Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko after some 17 hours of tough talks seemed to seep through his people, as most greeted a new ceas(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko as Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko, German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Francois Hollande look on prior the Ukrainian peace talks in Minsk.  Photograph: Andrei Stasevich/EPA

Hopes for a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine hung in the balance last night, as major differences between Kiev and Moscow and the rebels it supports thr(...)

Two boys being evacuated from kharki, eastern Ukraiine. In Odessa volunteers were waiting to take them to a sanatorium where they are expected to stay for at least two months

It was already dark and well below zero when the bus pulled up outside Kharkiv train station. The children filed out and formed a line on the icy conc(...)

Belarus’ president Alexander Lukashenko (L), Russia’s president Vladimir Putin (2nd L), Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko (R), Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel (C) and France’s president Francois Hollande pose for a family photo during peace talks in Minsk. Photograph: Grigory Dukor /Reuters 1:34

The four leaders meeting for peace talks in Belarus on the Ukraine crisis are planning to sign a joint declaration supporting Ukraine’s territorial in(...)