US secretary of state John Kerry, left, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, right, speak to the media during a press conference following their meeting among the United States, Ukraine, Russia, and the European Union to discuss the ongoing situation in and around Ukraine, in Geneva, Switzerland. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

Leaders of a high-level diplomatic effort to defuse the spiralling tensions over Ukraine reached an agreement today over ways to start de-esca(...)

Armed men, wearing black and orange ribbons of St. George - a symbol widely associated with pro-Russian protests in Ukraine - drive a combat vehicle, with a Russian flag on the top, outside Kramatorsk today.  Photograph: Maks Levin/Reuters

Ukraine’s prime minister today accused Russia of “exporting terrorism” to Ukraine by using covert forces to organise armed separatists who he s(...)

Interior ministry forces walk past a military helicopter and armoured carriers at a checkpoint near Izium, eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Dmitry Madorsky/Reuters

Moscow has warned Ukraine that a crackdown on pro-Kremlin activists in eastern regions could trigger civil war, as an angry split over the coun(...)

Pro-Russian protesters attend a rally in front of the occupied regional administration building in Slaviansk, east Ukraine yesterday. Russia continued to deny any involvement with unrest in the region, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov saying: “We don’t interfere in Ukraine’s internal affairs.” Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

Pro-Russian separatists intensified their hold on key cities in eastern Ukraine yesterday, defying a deadline imposed by the Ukrainian government t(...)

 Pro-Russian supporters march during a rally in Odessa, Ukraine, today. Photograph: Volodymyr Petrov/EPA

Ukraine has given pro-Russian separatists a Monday morning deadline to disarm or face a “full-scale anti-terrorist operation” by its armed for(...)

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov: “We want Ukraine to be whole within its current borders, but whole with full respect for the regions.” Photograph: EPA/Sergei Ilnitsky

Russia has insisted that it does not intend to use Ukraine’s crisis to carve up the country or to cut gas sup(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin stands before a meeting with members of the Security Council at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow today. Photograph: Mikhail Klimetyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Russian president Vladimir Putin has said Russia would fulfill its obligations to European gas clients and had no plans to halt deliveries to U(...)

A pro-Russian protester stands at a barricade outside a regional government building in Donetsk yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Maks Levin

Ukraine has threatened to forcibly clear pro-Russian protesters from official buildings in eastern cities, as(...)

Pro-Russian protesters shout slogans near a barricade in front of the occupied regional administration building, in Donetsk, Ukraine, yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Roman Pilipey

Russian officials have warned Ukraine it faces the danger of civil war and will today examine the future of g(...)

 A pro-Russian protester in front of a police line shouts at Ukrainian supporters protesting the occupation of the regional administration building, in Kharkiv, Ukraine yesterday. Photograph: Sergey Kozlov/EPA

US Secretary of State John Kerry squarely blamed Russian forces today for separatist unrest in eastern Ukraine, saying Moscow could be trying t(...)

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