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A  piece of the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17  in a field in Donetsk: the jet flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on July 17th, 2014, was blown out of the sky.  Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP

Four men, three of them with alleged links to Russia’s security services, are to be tried in their absence in connection with the shooting-down of Mal(...)

Pro-Russian rebels guard a checkpoint in Stanytsia Luhanska, Lugansk region, as a  man  passes into Ukraine-controlled territory. Photograph: Valeksey Filippov/AFP/Getty Images

Russia has denied that it is preparing to annex breakaway regions of eastern Ukraine, as it marks three years since it seized the Black Sea peninsula (...)

Alexander Zakharchenko: The head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic   visits a metallurgical plant in Donetsk, Ukraine. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters

Russian-backed warlords in eastern Ukraine have begun seizing mines and factories on territory that they control, in a move the Kremlin called a justi(...)

People place flowers at the monument of the so-called “Nebesna Sotnya” (Heavenly Hundred),  anti-government protesters killed in Kiev in February 2014. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Western powers have condemned Russia’s recognition of passports issued by separatist militia in Ukraine, as both Kiev and Moscow dismissed prospects f(...)

Veterans and their relatives attend a ceremony to commemorate Ukrainian servicemen killed during a military conflict near the town of Debaltseve in the east of the country in 2015, in Kiev, Ukraine on Saturday. Photograph:  Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Serhiy shifts his weight on his crutch, takes a deep breath, and starts to explain how Ukraine has changed since its pro-western revolution ended in (...)

Pro-Russian separatist commander Mikhail Tolstykh, who was known by the nom de guerre Givi, at a parade marking the 70th anniversary of the second World War, in Donetsk, Ukraine, in 2015.   Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters

It is becoming a familiar scene on Russian television news: firemen douse the charred wreckage of a car, office or elevator, as stretcher-bearers carr(...)

Nikki Haley: The new US ambassador to the United Nations prepares to address the security council, where she said “the dire situation in eastern Ukraine is one that demands clear and strong condemnation of Russian actions”. Photograph: EPA/Jason Szenes

Kiev has accused Russia of sending more troops and weapons into eastern Ukraine as the US renewed pressure on the Kremlin to defuse a resurgent confli(...)

Ukrainian medical servicemen stand on an armoured personnel carrier  after they carried wounded servicemen to hospital in the Ukraine-controlled town of Avdiivka in Donetsk region on January 30th. Photograph: Aleksey Filippov/AFP/Getty

Kiev and Moscow have blamed each other for fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine that has killed at least eight government troops, injured more than 25 (...)

 Valya Burakova  and her neighbours collect water from a tanker in Toretsk, eastern Ukraine, where the water supply was cut by shelling on November 22nd. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Like its meandering rivers – the Aidar, Kalmius, Siverskyi Donets and others – the man-made waterways of eastern Ukraine make no allowances for its w(...)

Narva castle by the river between Estonia and Russia: sitting on the fault line between opposing world views. It is the third-largest city in Estonia but 82 per cent of its residents are ethnic Russians. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

On a rainy July afternoon, as Estonians chatted over the burble of football on the television, Narva’s Old Trafford restaurant did not feel like a pla(...)

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