Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/AFP/Getty Images

US President Barack Obama spoke with President Vladimir Putin of Russia on Thursday in their first direct contact in four months as the United States (...)

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(...)