A Ukrainian serviceman stands in an armoured personnel carrier. Six Ukraine government soldiers have been killed in east Ukraine in the past 24 hours, despite a nominal ceasefire.   Photograph: Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images

Six servicemen were killed and 12 wounded in eastern Ukraine in the past 24 hours despite a ceasefire deal, Ukraine’s military said, as both sides in (...)

Ukrainian soldiers leaving to serve in the country’s troubled eastern regions. Six servicemen have been killed in separatist attacks in east Ukraine. Photograph: Sergey Bobok/AFP/Getty Images

At least six Ukrainian servicemen were killed in separatist attacks in Ukraine’s troubled eastern regions in a weekend marking the first anniversary o(...)

Coal miners leaving a Donetsk mine in June following a shift. Work has ceased in the Donbas coalmining region due to the militants’ struggle against Kiev authorities. Photograph: Viktor Drachev/Getty Images

“We have a saying,” declares Zhenya Romanov, raising his voice above a brutal cacophony at Donetsk’s Oktyabrskaya coal mine.“If Ukraine looks after co(...)

Mikola, “Lemko” and Severin, three foreign volunteers fighting with the Azov Battalion.  Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Sitting in the shade of a broad pine tree and a pink-and-orange umbrella, two Swedes and a Canadian explain why they are ready to kill, and be killed,(...)

Local people take part in the independence referendum at a polling station in Mariupol, Ukraine. Photograph: Alexey Furman/EPA

Nearly 90 per cent of voters in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk voted for self-rule, the head of the separatist election commission said la(...)

Veterans attend a ceremony to commemorate victims of the second World War in Donetsk on Ukraine’s Victory Day holiday yesterday. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Ukraine has slipped deeper into crisis ahead of tomorrow’s separatist referendum in eastern regions, with deadly clashes in the city of Mariupol and a(...)

Pro-Russia rebels wearing gas masks walk inside the city hall in Mariupol.  Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Ukrainian forces clashed with pro-Russian separatists in Mariupol today at the port town’s police headquarters and at the local interior ministry buil(...)

An elderly woman gives food to am armed man in front of the occupied regional administration building in Lugansk, on Wednesday.   Anti-government protesters had seized the building, as well as the state prosecutor’s office and regional television station, on Tuesday night. Photograph: Zurab Kurtsikidze/ EPA

Another day in eastern Ukraine, and another police unit trudges despondently from another official building in another city. This time it was L(...)