US vice-president Joe Biden has visited Kiev on the anniversary of the start of huge anti-corruption and pro-western protests, triggered by the decision of Ukraine’s then leaders to reject a landmark trade and political deal with the European Union. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

The United States and Nato have joined Kiev in condemning Russia’s alleged build-up of military forces in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, as the country m(...)

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(...)

A woman leaves a voting booth during the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic leadership and local parliamentary elections yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev

Pro-Kremlin rebels in eastern Ukraine have hailed elections that were denounced by the EU and the US, and which Kiev claimed were accompanied by a fre(...)

Millionaire Vadim Rabinovich, a leading member of new Ukrainian coalition Opposition Bloc, which comprises many former allies of ousted president Viktor Yanukovich, in his office in Kiev. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

There is no grand sign on the building, but the Kiev taxi driver knows who his passengers have come to see. “If you want Rabinovich,” he says, drawing(...)

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The American coffee chain Starbucks is pushing ahead with the roll-out of new outlets with plans to open at 8 North Earl Street, Dublin 1, and the Ma(...)

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(...)