Alexander Lukirich: “The whole city is proud of the Malyshev plant. Almost every family in Kharkiv has had at least one member work here,” says the factory’s deputy production director. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

The cold air of the cavernous factory is cut with the smell of oil, mud and metal – the base elements of a war Ukraine is fighting just three hours’ d(...)

Police experts inspect the area close to a body following an explosion during a “Dignity March” in the  Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.   Photograph: Sergey Bobok/AFP/Getty Images

A deadly bomb blast in Ukraine’s second city and claims that Moscow is still sending heavy weapons to separatist insurgents in the country have under(...)

Protesters carry a banner reading: ‘The Wolves of Russian Spring’ during an ‘Anti-Maidan’ rally on February 21st in Moscow against the 2014 Kiev uprising which ousted Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovich. Photograph: EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY

Former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich, who fled to Russia a year ago after being toppled by months of street protests, said he was ready to ret(...)

Ukrainians in Independence Square in Kiev yesterday for the commemoration ceremony for Maidan activists who were killed during anti-government protests in 2014. Photograph: EPA/Roman Pilipey

Ukraine says a close adviser of Russian president Vladimir Putin sent snipers to conduct the mass shootings in Kiev that brought its pro-western revo(...)

A member of the Ukrainian armed forces stands near a cannon, with shell cases seen in the foreground in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Oleksandr Klymenko/Reuters.

Kiev accused Russia on Friday of sending more tanks and troops into eastern Ukraine and said they were heading towards the rebel-held town of Novoazo(...)

Ukrainian priests lead a commemoration ceremony  for Maidan activists or “Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred”  killed  during anti-government protests in Kiev this time last year. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

A year ago, Kiev still controlled Crimea, “little green men” were still imaginary aliens rather than undercover Russian troops, there were no “people’(...)

An elderly woman reacts as her acquaintances board a bus to flee due to a military conflict in Debaltseve, Ukraine. The IMF is seeking to negotiate a new multiyear extended fund facility with the troubled country. Photograph: Sergey Polezhaka /Reuters

The West does not like to think it is at war with Russia. Yet the Russian government seems to think it is at war with the West. For President Vladimir(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin delivers a speech at the 9th Congress of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia in Sochi on February 7th, 2015. Photograph: Aleksey Nikolskyi/AFP/Getty Images

British foreign secretary Philip Hammond accused Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday of acting like a “tyrant” over Ukraine, but said Kiev’s fo(...)

Paratrooper Vadim Polyantsa (25) was hit by shrapnel in his arm and neck as his unit stormed a rebel checkpoint. His rebuilt upper arm will take months to heal. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Three years ago, Ukrainian engineers were completing a €700 million transformation of Donetsk airport, as the city prepared to welcome football fans f(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin:  “We talk about ‘the Ukrainian army, the Ukrainian army’, but who is really fighting there?” Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/Ria Novosti /Kremlin Pool/EPA

Russia has denounced western threats to impose further sanctions over its role in Ukraine’s conflict, and claimed that government forces fighting Mos(...)