A 30km exclusion zone remains in place around the plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine, which is near the border with Belarus.

Emergency services are battling to prevent Ukraine’s largest forest fire since 1992 from spreading towards the abandoned Chernobyl nuclear power plant(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel, Russia’s president Vladimir Putin (C) and French president Francois Hollande attend a meeting on resolving the Ukraine crisis at the Kremlin in Moscow. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters.

Talks involving France, Germany and Russia aimed at resolving the Ukraine crisis have ended without any word of an agreement.German chancellor Angela(...)

Ukrainian servicemen patrol Orekhovo village in the Luhansk region of Ukraine. Russia said on Wednesday military action by Ukrainian government forces would lead to an “inevitable further escalation of the conflict”  and undermine peace efforts. Photograph: Maksim Levin/Reuters.

Russia has said military action by the Ukrainian government will prompt an “inevitable further escalation of the conflict” with separatists in eastern(...)

An elderly woman signs documents before receiving a ballot during a parliamentary election at a polling station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk today. Photograph: Reuters

Ukrainians voted today in an election that is likely to install a pro-Western parliament and strengthen president Petro Poroshenko’s mandate to end (...)

A radical protester clashes with police on Day of Ukrainian Cossacks in Kiev. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Ukraine approved sweeping laws yesterday to tackle corruption and curb Soviet-era state surveillance of political life ahead of a parliamentary electi(...)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, right, talks with prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk during a government meeting in Kiev this week. Photograph: Andrew Kravchenko/New York Times

Ukraine is “still in a state of war” with neighbouring Russia despite a cease-fire between Kiev’s forces and Moscow-backed rebels in the east, the cou(...)

A Russian convoy of trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine drives along a road near the city of Yelets . Photograph: Nikita Paukov /Reuters

Hundreds of Russian trucks carrying aid intended for rebel-held eastern Ukraine have remained parked in the southern city of Voronezh as doubts grew o(...)

A girl plays in a temporary tent camp set up for Ukrainian refugees in the town of Novoshakhtinsk in the Rostov region near the Russian-Ukrainian border today. The Ukrainian government has floated the idea of a Marshall Plan for economic recovery. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters.

Ukraine today said it was confident of receiving further aid under a $17 billion IMF bailout but appealed to Western institutions and donors for furt(...)

A worker turns a valve at an underground gas storage facility near Striy in western Ukraine in this  file photograph. Ukraine’s energy minister said Russia had cut off all gas supplies to Kiev today but he guaranteed reliable gas flows would continue to Russia’s European clients who get imports through pipelines via Ukraine. Photograph: Reuters

Ukraine’s energy minister said Russia had cut off all gas supplies to Kiev today but he guaranteed reliable gas flows would continue to Russia’s Eur(...)

Pro-Russian protesters gather after exchanging fire with the Ukrainian army outside of Donets today. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

Armed pro-Russian separatists and a Ukrainian militia group clashed in the east of Ukraine today, leaving at least two dead and heightening tension be(...)