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Natalia Vigak, the deputy head of the election commission, arrives for early voting at the Mutnovskaya geothermal power plant in the Elizovsky district of Russian. Photograph: Alexander Petrov/AP Photo

Kiev has condemned Russia’s plan to allow hundreds of thousands of people living in militia-run parts of eastern Ukraine to vote in Sunday’s Russian p(...)

Ukrainians freed by pro-Russian rebels during a prisoner exchange are welcomed in Kiev on December 29th, 2019. Photograph: Sergei Chuzavkov/AFP

After more than five years in captivity, Mykola Karpiuk did not believe he was really going home until he boarded a Ukrainian plane at Moscow’s Vnukov(...)

People attend a campaign meeting for  Denis Pushilin, in Donetsk. Photograph: Aleksey Filippov/AFP/Getty Images

Russia has defended Sunday’s separatist elections in eastern Ukraine, which Kiev and its western allies denounced as a sham that would only harm effor(...)

Acting head of the  Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR) Leonid Pasechnik during his pre-election address this week ahead of the upcoming vote for a new leader in Luhansk, Ukraine. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters

Western governments have urged Russia to cancel Sunday’s planned elections in parts of eastern Ukraine under its de-facto control, warning that they w(...)

Yaroslav Honchar, who as a volunteer battled Russian-led militia in eastern Ukraine and helped make drones for government forces, is now part of Nato-mentored efforts to modernise the way his country’s military fights. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

On May 9th, 2014, in the chaotic early days of the war in eastern Ukraine, pro-Russian gunmen seized the first two floors of police headquarters in t(...)

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 (...)

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(...)

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(...)

A woman whose home was destroyed by shelling in the pro-Russian controlled Staromykhaylivka village near Donetsk last week. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

After a final crackle of gunfire, Avdiivka’s deadly industrial zone fell silent. Known as the “promzona”, this district now makes daily, depressing n(...)

Mikola, “Lemko” and Severin, three foreign volunteers fighting with the Azov Battalion.  Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Sitting in the shade of a broad pine tree and a pink-and-orange umbrella, two Swedes and a Canadian explain why they are ready to kill, and be killed,(...)

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