Stiff handshake: Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and French president Francois Hollande meet for bilateral talks before a summit to discuss the conflict in Ukraine in Paris. Photograph: Michel Euler/Reuters.

A long-scheduled summit of the leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine in Paris yesterday was intended to bring new dynamism to the peace proc(...)

Armoured military vehicles being prepared for a parade by pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk, Ukraine. Both Kiev and the rebels have accused each other of breaking the Minsk peace deal through recent attacks. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

The Ukrainian military and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have traded accusations, reviving concerns that a peace deal signed in Minsk in (...)

 Russian backed rebels serve hot tea to civilians on February 25th in Debaltseve, Ukraine. Photograph:  Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Russia has been planning to annex Crimea and a large part of southeastern Ukraine for more than 12 months, a Russian newspaper has reported.A leaked m(...)

Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov arrives for Ukraine peace talks at the presidential residence in Minsk, Belarus. Photograph: Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

Thirteen Ukrainian soldiers and ten civilians have been killed in the past 24 hours in east Ukraine, Kiev authorities said, after the collapse of peac(...)

Local citizens wait for a bus evacuation because of heavy shelling over the last few days in the Donetsk area of Ukraine. Photograph: Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

Civilians were killed on both sides in heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine on Friday, while an attempt to reopen peace talks in neighbouring Belarus was(...)

Ukraine foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin. Ukrainian parliament renounced the country’s ‘non-aligned’ status in order to work towards Nato membership. Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA

The Ukrainian parliament renounced Ukraine’s “non-aligned” status to work towards Nato membership, angering Moscow, which views Nato’s eastward expa(...)

 Ukrainian servicemen check a bus as they guard a checkpoint on a road near the small eastern city of Debaltseve in the Donetsk area of Ukraine. Photograph: Konstantin Grishin/EPA.

Senior Ukrainian and Russian military officials met today to mark out a proposed 30km “buffer zone” in eastern Ukraine from which government forces an(...)

 Alexander Hug, a member of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) talks to the press after his team were denied passage trying to reach the crash site of the MH17 in Donetsk, Ukraine. Photograph: Evert-Jan Daniels/EPA.

Ukraine said today it has suspended offensive operations in its military campaign in east Ukraine to help international experts reach the downed Malay(...)

 Irish Army excercises in Port, Cork. Judge Col Campion said rules of conduct for military procedures were listed in the Defence Act. Photograph: Daragh MacSweeney/Provision

An Air Corps officer facing five court-martial charges including calling a superior a “piece of s**t” has been told his case cannot be stopped on the(...)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko at a press conference during the European leaders’ summit in Brussels yesterday.  Photograph: EPA/Julien Warnand

EU leaders handed down a four-day deadline to Russia to release prisoners in Ukraine and enter talks with president Petro Poroshenko on a definitiv(...)