Fire is extinguished at shops destroyed by shelling on  the outskirts of Donetsk, Ukraine, on  June 3rd,  2015. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists on Wednesday fought their first serious battles in months and Ukraine’s defence minister said an attempt (...)

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(...)

Igor Slyusar, Yevgeny Kishkin and Sergei Tkalenko, volunteers of the Black Tulip group that retrieves the remains of Ukrainian troops from battlefields in rebel-held territory.  Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

At the end of another day’s work in eastern Ukraine, Igor Slyusar and two colleagues sip coffee in a quiet cafe, and decline the offer of something st(...)

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 servicemen in retreat from the area around Debaltseve, in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday after a fierce assault by Russian-backed separatists which the EU said violated a crumbling ceasefire. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters 1:44

Separatists in eastern Ukraine have captured a strategic transport hub from government forces, putting huge pressure on Kiev’s leaders but apparently (...)

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(...)

A pro-Russian separatist with an anti-tank missile in the town of Vuhlehirsk, eastern Ukraine, February 10th, 2015. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Rockets killed more than 10 civilians and soldiers deep inside Ukrainian government-held territory on Tuesday and rebels pushed on with an assault on (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel, Russia’s president Vladimir Putin (C) and French president Francois Hollande attend a meeting on resolving the Ukraine crisis at the Kremlin in Moscow. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters.

Talks involving France, Germany and Russia aimed at resolving the Ukraine crisis have ended without any word of an agreement.German chancellor Angela(...)

Elections are being held in eastern Ukraine today. Stickers displaying symbols of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic seen on ballot boxes, at a polling station in Donetsk. Photograph: /Maxim Zmeyev

Pro-Russian separatists are voting today to set up a breakaway regional leadership in eastern Ukraine aiming to take their war-torn region closer to R(...)

Millionaire Vadim Rabinovich, a leading member of new Ukrainian coalition Opposition Bloc, which comprises many former allies of ousted president Viktor Yanukovich, in his office in Kiev. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

There is no grand sign on the building, but the Kiev taxi driver knows who his passengers have come to see. “If you want Rabinovich,” he says, drawing(...)