A man  in military uniform kisses a cross presented to him by a Ukrainian Orthodox priest after a commemoration ceremony for Maidan activists or ‘Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred’, who were killed on the Maidan during anti-government protests in Kiev last year. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA. 1:44

Fighting continued in eastern Ukraine on Thursday despite European efforts to resurrect a ceasefire, a day after pro-Russian separatists spurned the (...)

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko, German chancellor Angela Merkel and US vice president Joe Biden at the 51st Munich Security Conference. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel has dismissed calls to supply weapons to Ukraine to resist pro-Russian rebels in its eastern regions, saying internati(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian 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 in Moscow between the Russian, French and German leaders ended last night without an agreement on how to prevent an escalation of the Ukraine co(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin:  “We talk about ‘the Ukrainian army, the Ukrainian army’, but who is really fighting there?” Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/Ria Novosti /Kremlin Pool/EPA

Russia has denounced western threats to impose further sanctions over its role in Ukraine’s conflict, and claimed that government forces fighting Mos(...)

Female Ukrainian army cadets hold placards reading “I am Volnovakha” in French and Ukrainian during a march on Independence Square in Kiev yesterday to pay tribute to the 13 passengers of a bus killed after a shelling by pro-Russian separatists in small eastern Ukrainian ciry of Volnovakha. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images 1:38

The Kremlin has accused Ukraine of rejecting its efforts to broker peace with the country’s separatist rebels, who last night appealed for internat(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to Moscow next year, a Kremlin spokesman said. Photograph: Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to Moscow next year to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of(...)

A Ukrainian border guard sits in a military vehicle in the southern coastal town of Mariupol September yesterday after  Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels agreed a ceasefire. Photograph: Reuters

Russia’s foreign ministry has vowed to react if the European Union implements new sanctions against Moscow over its role in the Ukraine crisis. The EU(...)

Civilian volunteers help Ukrainian soldiers dig trenches around   Mariupol yesterday. The city is under threat from Russian-backed rebels. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/the New York Times

Russian leader Vladimir Putin has ramped up public support for Ukraine’s rebels, calling for urgent talks on “statehood” for regions where they are fi(...)

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov (left) and Ukrainian foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin pass by one another while arriving for a group photo with French foreign minister Laurent Fabius and German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier  during talks over the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine at Villa Borsig in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Ukrainian forces have raised their national flag over a police station in the city of Luhansk which was for months under rebel control, Kiev said yest(...)

A local woman watches armed pro-Russia militia  march towards a polling station during the referendum in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk. Photograph: Reuters/Yannis Behrakis

Ukraine has condemned a rebel referendum in eastern regions that its pro-Russian organisers claim gives them the right to split from the country.Accor(...)