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(...)

Members of a local electoral commission count ballots after the elections in Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

Ukraine’s main pro-western parties are expected to launch coalition talks today, after dominating an election that swept from parliament most pro-R(...)

An elderly Ukrainian woman reads her ballot papers during the elections, in the Krenichi village, about 40km from Kiev. Photograph: Tatyana Zenkovich

Ukraine has elected a strongly pro-western new parliament, exit polls showed tonight, with reformists and nationalists set to sweep away many pro-Russ(...)

Fire-fighters work on a vehicle hit by shelling near Donetsk  airport yesterday. Photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

Kiev and Nato have urged Moscow to do more to help establish a genuine ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, where fighting is still raging around Donetsk (...)

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko said he would present a broad plan of social and economic reforms later today which would allow the former Soviet republic to apply for membership of the European Union in six years. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters.

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko said he would present a broad plan of social and economic reforms later today which would allow the former Sov(...)

Ukrainian soldiers at a checkpoint near the eastern Ukrainian city of Debalcevoyesterday. Photograph: EPA/Roman Pilipey

The European Union and United States have expressed caution over a ceasefire deal between Kiev and Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, in(...)

US president Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington yesterday before departing for Estonia. Photograph: Reuters/Larry Downing

US president Barack Obama will visit ex-Soviet Estonia today, before a summit of Nato members that will focus on how to respond to Russia’s alleged d(...)