People play cards in Simferopol, Crimea, on Sunday. Crimea has declared a state of emergency after its main electricity lines from Ukraine were blown up, leaving the Russian-annexed peninsula in darkness. Photograph: AFP Photo/Max Vetrov

Ukraine has ramped up pressure on Russia by banning goods deliveries to Crimea, the peninsula annexed by Moscow last year, and by failing to restore p(...)

Gay rights activists attend a rally outside the parliament building in Kiev on Tuesday. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Ukraine has moved closer to making key legal changes to help secure visa-free travel to the European Union for its citizens, but hit a stumbling block(...)

Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. She and her party were trounced in presidential and parliamentary elections last year

Ukrainians vote in local elections on Sunday as disillusionment grows with the country’s post-revolutionary leaders, and a remarkable political surviv(...)

Odessa’s governor Mikheil Saakashvili: in open conflict with  prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Photograph:  Reuters/Stringer

The team running one of Ukraine’s most alluring but turbulent regions courted investors last month at a conference entitled: “Odessa style: Make love (...)

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko: said the main task of Ukraine’s leaders was to achieve the “de-oligarchisation” of the country – even though he himself is a billionaire owner of a confectionary company.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Ukraine’s leaders have closed ranks and vowed that a bruising conflict with one of the country’s richest “oligarchs” will not trigger a power strugg(...)

A man rides a Ukrainian tanks past a damaged vehicle in the village of Tonenke, 5km from  Donetsk airport.  Photograph: Oleksandr Stashevskiy/AFP/Getty Images

Ukraine has accused Moscow of sending more troops and armour into the country to support separatist rebels, as Russia warned Kiev that its campaign(...)

Igor Plotnitsky arriving for his inauguration as head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic in Luhansk, Ukraine, on Tuesday. The Ukrainian government in Kiev, the EU and the United States have all called declared as illegal the elections last weekend in rebel-held regions of eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Yuriy Streltsov/ EPA

Kiev is ready to stop funding rebel-held eastern Ukraine, putting pressure on separatist leaders and their Russian backers to support millions of p(...)

Spurious claims that the US and EU orchestrated Ukrainians’ “undemocratic” revolt and plot to overthrow President Viktor Yanukovych in February are no(...)

Ukrainian cadets after assembling yesterday by a monument for victims of the Nazi massacre in Babiy Yar in Kiev. The country is marking the 70th anniversary of liberation from the Nazis. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko

Kiev and Washington have denounced Sunday’s planned elections in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, as Russia defied the West by saying it would recognise(...)

Ukrainian servicemen and a woman hold their ballots during a parliamentary election at a polling station in Kiev. Ukrainians voted yesterday in an election that is expected to strengthen President Petro Poroshenko’s mandate to end a separatist conflict in the east of the country. Photograph: Reuters

Ukraine’s main pro-EU parties have launched urgent coalition talks, after dominating a parliamentary election warmly praised by the West and grudgingl(...)