Friends and relatives reunite with soldiers of the Ukrainian volunteer special police battalion ‘Azov’ after they returned following their turn of deployment in eastern Ukraine, near the St Sophia Cathedral in Kiev. Nato has reportedly started delivering weapons to Kiev’s military as it battles Russian-backed separatists. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Deadly shelling has rocked eastern Ukraine’s fragile ceasefire, as Nato states launched exercises in the west of the country and reportedly started(...)

A destroyed military truck in Ilovaisk, a town that  has endured weeks of heavy fighting. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The streets of Ilovaisk are lined with rocket-gouged apartment blocks, their shattered windows staring down at the charred carcases of cars, buses (...)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, right, talks with prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk during a government meeting in Kiev this week. Photograph: Andrew Kravchenko/New York Times

Ukraine is “still in a state of war” with neighbouring Russia despite a cease-fire between Kiev’s forces and Moscow-backed rebels in the east, the cou(...)

Ludmila Snigireva, head teacher of Paper Crane, with Olga Butskaya, organiser of ‘Today Children, Tomorrow a Nation’, while preparing the Russian-language library at Scoil Bhride in Shantalla, Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy/The Irish Times

The exploits of a tall policeman named Uncle Steeple and other fables by one of the former Soviet Union’s great literary survivors line the shelves of(...)

The European Union put into effect today a new round of sanctions against Russia over its role in Ukraine, including restrictions on financing for some Russian state-owned companies. Pictured is Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

The European Union put into effect today a new round of sanctions against Russia over its role in Ukraine, including restrictions on financing for som(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow yesterday. He said Russia would “be forced – absolutely forced – to take appropriate measures in response” to plans to ramp up Nato in eastern Europe. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/Reuters

Moscow has withdrawn most of its troops from Ukraine, the country’s president Petro Poroshenko has said, as Russia threatened military and economic re(...)

A Ukrainian soldier on a military vehicle in Kramatorsk, near Slaviansk, Ukraine, yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Roman Pilipey

Members of Nato will supply arms to Kiev in its battle with separatist rebels, Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko has said, while claiming the co(...)

A Ukrainian soldier heads to a frontline position on the outskirts of the strategic coastal city of Mariupol following an evening of heavy shelling by Russian-backed separatists. (Photograph:  Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Deadly shelling has rattled hopes for a lasting ceasefire in Ukraine, with Kiev and Russian-backed rebels blaming each other for attacks around the m(...)

Ukrainian soldiers inspect damaged tank on the outskirts of the southern coastal town of Mariupol yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

A senior aide to Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko said today that Kiev had agreed at the Nato summit in Wales on the provision of weapons and m(...)

A Ukrainian border guard sits in a military vehicle in the southern coastal town of Mariupol September yesterday after  Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels agreed a ceasefire. Photograph: Reuters

Russia’s foreign ministry has vowed to react if the European Union implements new sanctions against Moscow over its role in the Ukraine crisis. The EU(...)