Pro-Russian separatists of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic remove the state coat of arms of Ukraine from a gate of an administration building, in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk. Photograph: Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov

Western and Russian officials have called for urgent dialogue to end Ukraine’s bloody crisis, after Kiev unveiled plans to help civilians escape east(...)

Pro-Russian separatists load a truck with coffins containing their fallen colleagues in Donetsk yesterday. EPA/Jakub Kaminski

Russia has urged the West to prevent Ukraine sliding into “catastrophe” after fighting intensified between Kiev’s forces and pro-Moscow rebels who sh(...)

Presidential candidate: Petro Poroshenko greets supporters at a rally. Photograph: Mykola Lazarenko/Reuters

Like so many settlements around Donetsk, Oktyabrsky sits next to a coal mine, its lift tower jutting like an old tooth from the dark earth. But two(...)

Pro-Russian activists guard a smouldering roadblock outside the village of Khrestyshche near Slovyansk, Ukraine yesterday. Ukrainian officials said five militants were killed when special forces stormed the roadblocks. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Russia has begun war games near Ukraine after denouncing as a “grave crime” Kiev’s security-service strike against pro-Moscow rebels. Ukrainian(...)

Ukrainian youngsters run under a huge composite flag (Ukrainian and Crimean flags) containing thousands of signatures and being carried by a crowd in  Independence Square,  Kiev, yesterday. Photograph: Robert Ghement/EPA

A bad old road splits the stubbled fields, the black earth glossy with rain, and then two flags appear over the treetops, snapping brightly aga(...)

Irish discount retailer More 4 Less is planning to increase the number of its outlets throughout the country. The company is currently trading (...)

Pro-Russian protesters in a show of defiance during a takeover of the regional parliament building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk yesterday. Photograph: The New York Times

Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine places it “on the wrong side of history”, US president Barack Obama has said, as Washington, Nato and the(...)

A masked protester poses for pictures on the barricade during ongoing protests in Kiev today. Photograph: Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA

Ukraine’s embattled president Viktor Yanukovich is taking sick leave as the country’s political crisis continues with no sign of a solution. A stateme(...)

Protesters try to storm Ukraine House, where dozens of riot police were based during an anti-government protest in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, early this morning. Photograph:  Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

Police have clashed with protesters in central Kiev today and unrest has begun to spread outside the capital after embattled president Viktor Yanukovi(...)

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (2-L) speaks with opposition leaders Arseniy Yatsenyuk (3-R), Vitali Klitschko (2-R) and Oleh Tyagnybok (R) during a meeting in Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: Mykhailo Markiv/Epa/Pool

Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich has offered top government posts to two liberal opposition leaders in a bid to quell protests that are growing (...)