Ukrainian servicemen ride in an armoured vehicle near Kramatorsk today. Russian troops are strengthening their positions in eastern Ukraine and using aid shipments to smuggle in arms and other supplies to separatist forces, Kiev’s military said. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters.

European officials have proposed sweeping new sanctions to starve Russia’s companies of capital and technology as punishment for Moscow’s interventio(...)

1Pro-Russian separatists stand in front of destroyed trains at a railway station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Ilovaysk. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

A top Kremlin security adviser said threats to Russia from the situation in Ukraine and Nato enlargement in eastern Europe would be key factors as Mos(...)

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB), speaks during a news conference at the bank’s headquarters in Frankfurt. Photographer: Ralph Orlowski/Bloomberg

European markets cautiously set aside warnings that Russia’s conflict with Ukraine was sliding out of control today, as investors focused on the Europ(...)

Civilian volunteers help Ukrainian soldiers dig trenches around   Mariupol yesterday. The city is under threat from Russian-backed rebels. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/the New York Times

Russian leader Vladimir Putin has ramped up public support for Ukraine’s rebels, calling for urgent talks on “statehood” for regions where they are fi(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin called today for meaningful talks between pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine and the Kiev government on issues inc(...)

 Children who were evacuated stand in their beds in the ‘Antoshka’ orphanage in Kramatorsk, Ukraine today. About 70 children have been evacuated to the orphanage from Donetsk and Makeevka orphanages due to fighting between militants and Ukrainian forces in the areas. Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko said he is convinced the EU will lay the groundwork today for new sanctions against Russia, expressing hope that they will push Moscow into peacefully settling tensions with Kiev. Photograph: EPA

Ukraine said today Russian tanks had flattened a small border town and pro-Russian rebels had made fresh gains in its east, as EU leaders signalled th(...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin talks during a National Youth Forum meetin in the Tver Region, Russia, yesterday. EPA/Mikhail Klimentiev

European Union leaders will meet today under pressure to impose punishing sanctions on Moscow for an alleged military incursion into Ukraine, despite (...)

A burnt trolley bus lies on a square near a railway station in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine yesterday. Reuters/Maxim Shemetov

Before joining forces to help run the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, the pro-Russian pseudo-statelet in eastern Ukraine, Vladimir Antiufeyev, Al(...)

The walls and towers of the Kremlin are reflected in a window of a closed Moscow McDonald’s restaurant. Photograph, Reuters

McDonald’s has said Russia’s consumer-safety regulator is inspecting more than 100 of its restaurants after the world’s largest fast-food chain was fo(...)

A satellite image from August 21st showing wha Nato says are self-propelled artillery at an undisclosed location inside Ukraine at the time the image was made. Photograph: DigitalGlobe/EPA 2:43

Russian forces are engaged in direct military operations inside Ukraine in a blatant violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, Na(...)