A Russian convoy of trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine drives along a road near the city of Yelets . Photograph: Nikita Paukov /Reuters

Hundreds of Russian trucks carrying aid intended for rebel-held eastern Ukraine have remained parked in the southern city of Voronezh as doubts grew o(...)

Ukrainian soldiers stand guard in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk today. Photograph: Maria Tsvetkova/Reuters

Ukrainian forces routed pro-Russian rebels in a flashpoint area of eastern Ukraine today and raised the country’s blue and yellow flag again over what(...)

A military truck with armed pro-Russian militants drives through a police check-point towards the airport of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk yesterday. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Ukraine‘s government said it inflicted “significant“ losses on pro-Russian rebels in the east and retook Donetsk airport a day after President-elect (...)

Workers at the  Azovstal Iron and Steel Works protesting against pro-Russian armed separatists in Mariupol,  eastern Ukraine, yesterday. Factories in two cities supported billionaire Rinat Akhmetov’s call for a show of opposition to the rebels. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

Ukraine’s rebels have entered open conflict with the country’s richest man, as their insurgency appeared to stumble ahead of a presidential election t(...)

Veterans attend a ceremony to commemorate victims of the second World War in Donetsk on Ukraine’s Victory Day holiday yesterday. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Ukraine has slipped deeper into crisis ahead of tomorrow’s separatist referendum in eastern regions, with deadly clashes in the city of Mariupol and a(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin flew in to Crimea today to mark the Soviet victory in the second World War  and proclaiming the success of the peninsula’s seizure from a Ukraine that Russia says has been taken over by fascists. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin flew in to Crimea today, marking the Soviet victory in the second World War and proclaiming the success of the penin(...)

A funeral steward holds a picture of 17-year-old Vadim Papura during a religious service  in Odessa yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda

A day after intense fighting in eastern Ukraine, the region remained on the brink of civil war as a diplomatic initiative to end the confrontation (...)

Relatives and friends mourn 21-year-old nurse Yulia Izotova at her funeral in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine. Witnesses say Izotova was killed by shots from a Ukrainian military column on the road from Slaviansk to Kramatorsk, joining a small but gradually growing list of dead in a month-old uprising. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Intensifying gun battles in eastern Ukraine between government forces and pro-Moscow rebels have killed several people and injured dozens, as Russia w(...)

Ukrainian security personnel on an armoured personnel carrier at a checkpoint near the town of Slaviansk in eastern Ukraine yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Pro-Russian rebels shot down a Ukrainian helicopter in fierce fighting near the eastern town of Slaviansk today, and Kiev drafted police special force(...)

Ukrainian troops  at a checkpoint set on fire by departed pro-Russian separatists near Slaviansk today. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Russia’s defence minister has announced new military exercises along the Ukrainian border just hours after Ukrainian troops killed at least two pro(...)