Shevket Memetov in front of the Crimean Tatar flag in his office at ATR television station, where he is editor-in-chief. Photograph: Dan McLaughlin

“We are living through a nightmare,” Shevket Memetov said in the cramped, book-lined office he uses as chief editor at the world’s only Crimean-Tatar(...)

A handout picture taken and released by the Ukrainian prime minister’s press service in Kiev on Wednesday shows a policeman putting handcuffs on Sergiy Bochkovsky (legft), director of Ukraine’s emergency services ministry. Mr Bochkovsky was suspected of buying fuel at an artificially high price, said a representative of the interior ministry. Photograph: Andrew Kravchenko/AFP/Getty Images

Ukraine’s president has removed a powerful “oligarch” as governor of a major eastern region, in a show of authority that could escalate a dangerous p(...)

Singer Larisa Dolina and Vladimir Putin sing the Russian national anthem during a concert to mark the Crimea-Russia reunification in Moscow yesterday. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

One wall of Sergei Turchanyenko’s office is lined with flags belonging to his and other units of Crimea’s “people’s militia”, which a year ago helped (...)

A woman holds a Russian flag near the monument to sunken ships as Crimeans celebrated the first anniversary of the referendum on Monday in Sevastopol, Crimea. Photograph: Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images

After being arrested and tried last week for organising a march to honour Ukraine’s national poet, history teacher Leonid Kuzmin looked forward to (...)

Safinar Dzhemilev, at home in Bakhchisarai, Crimea. Russia has banned her husband, a veteran Tatar leader, from entering the annexed region and he now lives in Kiev. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Apricot blossom already dusts the sun-dappled fields of Bakhchisarai, but Safinar Dzhemilev is in no mood to savour springtime in the ancient capital (...)

 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

Russian president Vladimir Putin will never bow to western pressure to change tack on Ukraine, the Kremlin has said, as the United Nations lamented th(...)

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

Wycliffe College, a €12,000-a-term boarding school in England’s bucolic Cotswolds, runs something called the “combined cadet force”.Through “military-(...)

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

Ukraine has started withdrawing artillery from the frontline of its battle with Russian-backed militants, after a lull in fighting that Washington’s(...)

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

A ceasefire deal for Ukraine is in limbo after international talks only highlighted disagreement over the plan, and Washington accused Moscow of lyin(...)

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

After calling for a moment’s silence for militants who had died fighting government forces in eastern Ukraine, Sergei Ryazantsev made a vow to the cro(...)