A destroyed building  after heavy fighting in the town of Uglegorsk. The United Nations found that more than 6,000 people have been killed since the war in Ukraine started last April. Photograph:  Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Russian president Vladimir Putin will never bow to western pressure to change tack on Ukraine, the Kremlin has said, as the United Nations lamented th(...)

A member of the Ukrainian armed forces stands guard as a convoy of Ukrainian armed forces as they pull back from the Debaltseve region, in Paraskoviyvka, eastern Ukraine, yesterday. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Ukraine has started withdrawing artillery from the frontline of its battle with Russian-backed militants, after a lull in fighting that Washington’s(...)

An armed fighter of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk walks past a damaged airplane in the destroyed airport of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. Photograph: Vasily Maximovvasily/AFP/Getty images

Ukrainian troops towed artillery away from the front line in the east on Thursday, a move that amounted to recognising that a ceasefire meant to take (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko as Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko, German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Francois Hollande look on prior the Ukrainian peace talks in Minsk.  Photograph: Andrei Stasevich/EPA

Hopes for a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine hung in the balance last night, as major differences between Kiev and Moscow and the rebels it supports thr(...)

Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem arrives for a euro zone finance ministers’ meeting in Brussels yesterday to discuss Athens’ plans to reverse austerity measures. Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

Two themes that could have profound implications for Europe will dominate today’s EU summit in Brussels. Ukraine is expected to top the agenda, as EU (...)

German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen at the Munich security conference. Photograph: Andreas Gebert/EPA

Germany has risked a stand-off with the US on arming Ukraine in its fight with Russia, warning that a concentration of weapons would act as an “fire a(...)

A bus passes by a memorial to those killed when a rocket struck a bus stop in Donetsk. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/The New York Times

Western states are to discuss tightening sanctions on Russia after Moscow-backed militants were blamed for a rocket attack on the Ukrainian city of(...)

A kindergarten which was shelled in Debaltseve, Donetsk area in Ukraine. Diplomats from Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany met this week to thrash out a tentative dividing line from which the warring sides would pull back their heavy weapons. Photograph: Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

Rebel sources say twenty-four Russian-backed separatists in east Ukraine have been killed in a rocket attack on the recently captured airport outside (...)

Captive Ukrainian soldiers kneel as the leader of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko (left) stands   at a bus stop where 13 people were killed when a  bus was shelled.   Photograph: Aleksander Gayuk/AFP/Getty Images

At least eight bus passengers were killed in a missile strike yesterday in eastern Ukraine, as agreement between top diplomats on steps to reduce fi(...)

Ukrainian servicemen fire their weapons during fighting with pro-Russian separatists in Pesky village, near Donetsk on Wednesday. Photograph: Oleksandr Klymenko/Reuters 0:57

A bus in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk has been hit by a mortar or shell, leaving between six and 13 people dead.The attack came as Ukrainian governme(...)