Ukrainian prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk said:  “Russia definitely will not give us either peace or stability. It is not their goal. So I am asking the defence minister for full battle readiness.” Photograph: Reuters

Ukraine’s prime minister told government forces to remain on full battle alert yesterday as fighting in the rebel-held eastern city of Donetsk killed (...)

A pro-Russian militiant holds a placard reading “ Kolomoisky must die!” during the attack of a branch of Privatbank in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk in April. Photograph:  Alexander Khudoteply/AFP/Getty Images

At a checkpoint on the road from Donetsk to Dnipropetrovsk, a member of Ukraine’s national guard tells men to get out of their car and lift their shir(...)

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko shows a signed landmark association agreement with the European Union during a session of the parliament in Kiev yesterday. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

The European Parliament ratified the European Union’s association agreement with Ukraine in Strasbourg yesterday, as 2,000km to the east the Ukrainian(...)

Ukrainian lawmakers applaud afterapproving an EU deal in the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA 1:20

Ukraine ratified a sweeping agreement with the European Union today - an issue at the heart of the Russia-West crisis over its future - and sought to(...)

People make their temporary home in a damp basement of a technical college in Yasynuvata at the conflict continues.

“Now they’ll come running back,” said Natalya, as the muffled boom of rocket fire seeped down through the thick, damp walls of the technical college i(...)

Ukrainian soldiers at a checkpoint near the eastern Ukrainian city of Debalcevoyesterday. Photograph: EPA/Roman Pilipey

The European Union and United States have expressed caution over a ceasefire deal between Kiev and Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, in(...)

A Ukrainian armed forces’ military unit marches pass the main post office building at Kiev’s Independence Square in downtown Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

Pro-Russian separatist rebels force-marched dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war along a main street of the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Donetsk to(...)

Aid mission?: the convoy of white trucks heads for the border. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters
Russia’s shadow war
  • Europe
  • August 16, 2014, 01:00

There seems nothing covert about hundreds of white trucks trundling along major roads with reporters and cameramen in tow, but Russia’s vast aid convo(...)

Ukrainian soldiers shell positions of pro-Russia militants near of Pervomaysk city of Lugansk area in Ukraine today. Photograph: Ivan Boberskyy/EPA

Ukrainian government forces tightened the noose around the main stronghold of pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine today and, with diplomacy stalled, Mo(...)

Vladimir Putin: will need to calculate how much hardship ordinary Russians will stomach before questioning Kremlin policies in Ukraine. Photograph: EPA/Yuri Kochetkov

As the European Union voted in tough sanctions this week aimed at coercing the Kremlin to back down in Ukraine, a group of journalists in Russia’s rem(...)