Ukranian soldiers from the volunteer battalion Shakhtarsk walk during a training session on the outskirts of the southern coastal town of Mariupol today. Photograph: Reuters

Six people were killed in shelling in Ukraine’s rebel-held city of Donetsk yesterday, municipal authorities said today, putting further strain on a 1(...)

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 satellite image from August 21st showing wha Nato says are self-propelled artillery at an undisclosed location inside Ukraine at the time the image was made. Photograph: DigitalGlobe/EPA 2:43

Russian forces are engaged in direct military operations inside Ukraine in a blatant violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, Na(...)

Still images of  men, who have identified themselves as Russian servicemen,  in a video released by the Ukrainian Security Service today. Photograph: Reuters/Ukrainian Security Service 0:41

Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said today Russian Mi-24 helicopters had attacked a border post in Luhansk region the previous day, killi(...)

A Russian convoy of trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine is parked at a camp near Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, Rostov Region, today. Photograph: Reuters

Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists fought skirmishes near the Russian border today but there was no sign of the conflict widening after Kie(...)

A  bus riddled with bullet holes at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Donetsk yesterday. Twelve Ukrainian nationalist fighters, battling a pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine, were killed yesterday and an unknown number taken captive when rebels ambushed their bus, a spokesman for their group said. The separatists opened fire on the bus, which  was taking the men to fight just outside the rebel-held city of Donetsk. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Artillery shells hit close to the centre of Ukraine’s separatist-held city of Donetsk for the first time today, killing at least one person, as a lar(...)

 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(...)

A girl plays in a temporary tent camp set up for Ukrainian refugees in the town of Novoshakhtinsk in the Rostov region near the Russian-Ukrainian border today. The Ukrainian government has floated the idea of a Marshall Plan for economic recovery. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters.

Ukraine today said it was confident of receiving further aid under a $17 billion IMF bailout but appealed to Western institutions and donors for furt(...)

A bus drives under a rail bridge which was blown up  near  Donetsk recently. Photograph: EPA/STR.

Pro-Russian rebels erected new barricades on the streets of Donetsk today, preparing to make a stand in the city of a million people after losing thei(...)

A Ukrainian soldier smokes at a temporary base near the city of Slaviansk today. Photograph: Reuters

Ukraine’s government said it would quickly seize more territory from rebels after re-taking the separatist stronghold of Slaviansk in what president P(...)