Yevgeny Yerofeyev lies on a bed at a hospital in Kiev yesterday. Ukraine claims Yerofeyev is one of two Russian special forces soldiers captured in eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

Ukraine has denied it is preparing a prisoner swap that would see two alleged Russian special forces soldiers return home, after a separatist leader i(...)

Ukrainian servicemen ride on top of an armoured personnel carrier on the way from Artemivsk to Debaltseve. Photograph: Anatoli Stepanolli/AFP 1:21

Ukraine pulled thousands of troops out of an encircled town on Wednesday after a massive assault by pro-Russian rebels, who ignored a new ceasefire to(...)

A Pro-Russian separist stands on a tank near eastern Ukrainian city of Yenakievo on Saturday. Fighting has raged on in Ukraine, throwing doubts on a ceasefire deal due to take effect at midnight. Photograph: AFP

Ferocious fighting raged in Ukraine on Saturday as Kiev and the US accused Russia of fuelling a rebel onslaught to grab territory in the hours before (...)

Belarus’ president Alexander Lukashenko (L), Russia’s president Vladimir Putin (2nd L), Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko (R), Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel (C) and France’s president Francois Hollande pose for a family photo during peace talks in Minsk. Photograph: Grigory Dukor /Reuters 1:34

The four leaders meeting for peace talks in Belarus on the Ukraine crisis are planning to sign a joint declaration supporting Ukraine’s territorial in(...)

 Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko, German chancellor Angela Merkel and US vice-president Joe Biden prior to a Friday meeting of  the Munich Security Conference. Photograph: Matthias Schrader/AP

German chancellor Angela Merkel will press US president Barack Obama today to postpone a decision on sending defensive arms to Ukraine pending a fresh(...)

A bus passes by a memorial to those killed when a rocket struck a bus stop in Donetsk. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/The New York Times

Western states are to discuss tightening sanctions on Russia after Moscow-backed militants were blamed for a rocket attack on the Ukrainian city of(...)

Ministers of the new government of Ukraine after they were voted in during a session of arliament in Kievon Tuesday. The government includes three foreign nationals who were given Ukrainian citizenship to allow them to take their posts.  Photograph: Roman Pilpey/EPA

Senior US and Russian officials are expected to discuss Ukraine’s crisis today, after the European Union welcomed the appointment of a new reformist g(...)

Ballots are counted after elections in Donetsk on Sunday. Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, called the ballot “a horrible event that has nothing in common with free will”. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

In the former coal ministry of Donetsk, Denis Pushilin leans forward, clasps his big hands and gazes into the future of eastern Ukraine’s new “people’(...)

Lead investigator Fred Westerbeke confirmed his team was preparing a “request for assistance” from Russia. Photograph: Alyona Zykina/EPA

Dutch investigators examining the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash are to ask Russia to hand over radar data which Moscow claims proves the airc(...)

Ukrainian servicemen and a woman hold their ballots during a parliamentary election at a polling station in Kiev. Ukrainians voted yesterday in an election that is expected to strengthen President Petro Poroshenko’s mandate to end a separatist conflict in the east of the country. Photograph: Reuters

Ukraine’s main pro-EU parties have launched urgent coalition talks, after dominating a parliamentary election warmly praised by the West and grudgingl(...)