Damage due to  shelling between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists at a hospital in  Donetsk, Ukraine, on January 19th, 2015. Photograph: Aleksander Gayuk/AFP/Getty Images 1:38

Pro-Russian separatists renewed attacks on Ukrainian forces at the Donetsk airport complex in the east on Monday after Kiev launched a mass operatio(...)

Ballots are counted after elections in Donetsk on Sunday. Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, called the ballot “a horrible event that has nothing in common with free will”. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

In the former coal ministry of Donetsk, Denis Pushilin leans forward, clasps his big hands and gazes into the future of eastern Ukraine’s new “people’(...)

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(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin has repeatedly vowed to defend people who feel Russian across the former Soviet Union and especially in Ukraine. Photograph: Reuters/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Moscow has vowed to respond to alleged artillery fire from Ukraine that it claims killed a Russian man near the countries’ border, warning Kiev tha(...)

 A woman stands near a house destroyed in shelling   by Ukrainian armed forces in a village near the city of Marinkao, 15km east of Donestk. Photograph:  Alvaro Ybarra Zavala/Getty Images

Moscow threatened Kiev today with “irreversible consequences” after a man was killed by a shell fired across the border from Ukraine, describing the i(...)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko at a press conference during the European leaders’ summit in Brussels yesterday.  Photograph: EPA/Julien Warnand

EU leaders handed down a four-day deadline to Russia to release prisoners in Ukraine and enter talks with president Petro Poroshenko on a definitiv(...)

A Ukranian military officer stands at a highway checkpoint today near Slovansky, Ukraine. At least 6 Ukranian soldiers were killed and more were reportedly injured by pro-Russian separatists in the nearby city of Kramatorsk. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

Six Ukrainian soldiers were killed and eight wounded in an ambush by pro-Russian separatists near the eastern Ukrainian town of Kramatorsk, the defen(...)