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,(...)

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(...)