Odessa’s governor Mikheil Saakashvili: in open conflict with  prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Photograph:  Reuters/Stringer

The team running one of Ukraine’s most alluring but turbulent regions courted investors last month at a conference entitled: “Odessa style: Make love (...)

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel talks to Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko at the European Union Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, on May 22nd. A parliamentary member of Merkel’s CDU party who described Russia as a ‘warmonger’ has been refused entry to that country, Photograph: Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images

Germany formally protested to Russia yesterday over Moscow’s refusal to let a conservative German member of parliament into the country, a decision Be(...)

Ukrainian prisoners of war get ready to be exchanged for members of pro-Russian separatists near the village of Zholobok in Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, on Saturday. Photograph:Igor Tkachenko/Reuters

At least two people have been killed in a bomb explosion at a pro-Ukrainian rally far from eastern Ukraine’s war zone. Kiev said it had arrested susp(...)

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (centre), German chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande during their talks in Kiev yesterday. Mykola Lazarenko/AFP/Getty Images Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (centre), German chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande during their talks in Kiev yesterday. Mykola Lazarenko/AFP/Getty Images

The leaders of Russia, Germany and France plan to meet today to discuss a new peace plan for Ukraine, with a key issue expected to be the possible d(...)

A policeman passes between cars destroyed in an attack on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol last weekend, in which 30 people died. Photograph: EPA/Sergey Vaganov

EU foreign affairs ministers travel to Brussels today for an emergency meeting on Ukraine, prompted by last weekend’s attack on the Ukrainian city of (...)

Ukrainian servicemen patrol Orekhovo village in the Luhansk region of Ukraine. Russia said on Wednesday military action by Ukrainian government forces would lead to an “inevitable further escalation of the conflict”  and undermine peace efforts. Photograph: Maksim Levin/Reuters.

Russia has said military action by the Ukrainian government will prompt an “inevitable further escalation of the conflict” with separatists in eastern(...)

Members of the armed forces of Ukraine attend the funeral of a  serviceman colleague  who was killed while taking part in battles with pro-Russian separatists  at the airport in Donetsk. Photograph: Nikolai Ryabchenko/Reuters.

Pro-Russian separatist forces said on Tuesday they had pushed Ukrainian government troops out of two districts on the outskirts of their main strongho(...)

Men carry a coffin containing the body of a woman (27) killed during shelling  in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol at the weekend. The Kiev government  plans to bring charges before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague against the pro-Russian separatists it blames for the large number of civilian deaths in the east of the country. Photograph: Sergey Vaganov/EPA.

Russian-backed rebels pushed forward on Monday with a new offensive that has brought all-out war back to eastern Ukraine after a five-month ceasefi(...)

 Latvian prime minister Laimdota Straujuma (left), president of the European Council Donald Tusk, President Andris Berzins and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, during the opening event of the Latvian presidency of the EU in Riga. Photograph: EPA

Latvia’s presidency of the Council of the European Union will not be an “anti-Russian” presidency, Latvia’s minister for foreign affairs said yesterda(...)

Trucks carrying the wreckage drive   to the Gilze-Rijen airbase in the Netherlands where relatives of dead passengers and crew gathered. Photograph: Vincent Jannink/EPA.

Trucks carrying wreckage from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crossed into the Netherlands overnight where investigators waited to try and rebuild the (...)