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(...)

The body of a Ukrainian soldier killed during an attack on a military checkpoint by unknown forces is carried into the morgue in Volnovakha, Ukraine, on Thursday. Some 13 soldiers were reportedly killed and 31 injured. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Moscow and Kiev have accused each other of escalating the violence in eastern Ukraine, as 13 of the country’s soldiers were killed amid troubled prepa(...)

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(...)

Local people take part in the independence referendum at a polling station in Mariupol, Ukraine. Photograph: Alexey Furman/EPA

Nearly 90 per cent of voters in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk voted for self-rule, the head of the separatist election commission said la(...)

A pro-Russia activist 
is seen
 occupies  the prosecutor’s building after a pro Russia demonstration during International Worker’s Day in Donestsk, Ukraine.

Russia has warned Kiev of “catastrophic consequences” if it cracks down on pro-Moscow rebels continuing to seize official buildings in eastern regions(...)

A  pro-Russian protester  inside a regional government building in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Reuters/Marko Djurica

Ukraine’s interim president has put troops on full combat alert for a possible Russian invasion and ordered his security services to thwart Moscow’(...)

An elderly woman gives food to am armed man in front of the occupied regional administration building in Lugansk, on Wednesday.   Anti-government protesters had seized the building, as well as the state prosecutor’s office and regional television station, on Tuesday night. Photograph: Zurab Kurtsikidze/ EPA

Another day in eastern Ukraine, and another police unit trudges despondently from another official building in another city. This time it was L(...)

Guards set alight old tyres at Slovyansk yesterday to make good their escape as Ukrainian troops advance. Photograph: Mika Velikovskiy/AP

Ukraine’s rebels say they are ready to turn their eastern stronghold of Slovyansk into another “Stalingrad” if it is stormed by government troo(...)

A masked pro-Russian protester pelts supporters of Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko with eggs outside a regional government building in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Marko Djurica

The United States has told Russia to stop “pulling Ukraine apart” or face tougher sanctions, (...)

On the outskirts of Slovyansk in Ukraine yesterday an investigator looks over vehicles destroyed at a pro-Russian checkpoint, where several people were reported killed in a gun battle overnight. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

Pro-Kremlin militants in eastern Ukraine have asked Russia to send troops in to protect them, after at least three people were shot dead near t(...)