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Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko with French counterpart Francois Hollande in Paris on Tuesday. Mr Poroshenko said local elections “should be free, democratic and honest, but in the current situation that is impossible”. Photograph: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images

A top US official arrived in Ukraine on Wednesday to discuss implementation of a beleaguered peace deal for the country, amid rising pressure on Kiev (...)

Dima Shibalov and Daniil Antonchik of the Responsible Citizens volunteer group, who were expelled by Russian-backed separatists from Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. The group continues its humanitarian work in government-controlled areas. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

In better times, before war came to eastern Ukraine, Valentina must have enjoyed Sunday mornings like this. “The cherries are already ripe at our dac(...)