A pro-Russian rebel carries ammunition  near the eastern Ukrainian city of Debaltseve. The loss of the city, a major road and rail junction between the rebel-held cities of Donetsk and Luhansk, would be a severe blow to Kiev’s pro-western leaders. Photograph: Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty  1:21

Ukraine has called on the world to “stop the aggressor” after Russian-backed separatists claimed to have seized most of a key town in eastern Ukraine(...)

A bus passes by a memorial to those killed when a rocket struck a bus stop in Donetsk. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/The New York Times

Western states are to discuss tightening sanctions on Russia after Moscow-backed militants were blamed for a rocket attack on the Ukrainian city of(...)

People at Independence Square in Kiev, during a rally for people who died as a result of shelling in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol. Photograph: Sergei Supinski/AFP/Getty Images

Pro-Russian rebels launched new attacks against Ukrainian government positions on Sunday, the Kiev army said, as Western countries threatened more san(...)

Pro-Russian rebels unload the body of a slain colleague at a hospital in Donetsk, Ukraine yesterday. Photograhp: Brendan Hoffman/The New York Times

Separatist militants in Ukraine say they are advancing and have no interest in a ceasefire after the latest failure of international efforts to halt (...)

Captive Ukrainian soldiers kneel as the leader of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko (left) stands   at a bus stop where 13 people were killed when a  bus was shelled.   Photograph: Aleksander Gayuk/AFP/Getty Images

At least eight bus passengers were killed in a missile strike yesterday in eastern Ukraine, as agreement between top diplomats on steps to reduce fi(...)

Local people hold a placard with the words ‘Volnovakha’, during their march in memory of the victims of a civilian bus shelling in eastern Ukraine in the Volnovakha city, Ukraine. In the worst incident in recent months, 12 civilians were killed and 18 injured when an artillery shell hit a bus in the eastern Donetsk region on 13 January, local authorities said. The bus was standing at a Ukrainian army checkpoint near the town of Volnovakha when it was hit by a shell fired from pro-Russian separatists, the Kiev-loyal regional government said in a statement. Photograph: Alexander Ermoochenko/EPA

European Union foreign ministers said on Monday there were no grounds to lift economic sanctions against Russia despite conciliatory proposals from th(...)

Alexander Zakharchenko  arrives for his inauguration as the new head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic yesterday. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Ukraine is poised to scrap a law giving autonomy to breakaway Donetsk and Luhansk, and to tighten security measures around the regions, after rebel el(...)

New EU high representative for foreign policy Federica Mogherini (L) and Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg give a press briefing after a meeting at EU council headquarters in Brussels today. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA.

Russia has moved troops closer to the border with Ukraine and continues to support rebels in the country’s east, Nato’s secretary general said toda(...)

Ballots are counted after elections in Donetsk on Sunday. Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, called the ballot “a horrible event that has nothing in common with free will”. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

In the former coal ministry of Donetsk, Denis Pushilin leans forward, clasps his big hands and gazes into the future of eastern Ukraine’s new “people’(...)

Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine have named Alexander Zakharchenko (2nd left) leader of their breakaway republic after a weekend election which was denounced by Kiev and the West and further deepened a standoff with Russia over the future of the state. Photograph:  Photomig/EPA.

Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine have named a leader of their breakaway republic after a weekend election which was denounced by Kiev and the West a(...)