Pall bearers walk with the coffin of Alexander Zakharchenko in Donetsk. Photograph: Aleksey Filippov/AFP/Getty Images

Russian-controlled separatists in eastern Ukraine have buried their leader, Alexander Zakharchenko, amid warnings from Moscow that his assassination f(...)

A burnt trolley bus lies on a square near a railway station in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine yesterday. Reuters/Maxim Shemetov

Before joining forces to help run the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, the pro-Russian pseudo-statelet in eastern Ukraine, Vladimir Antiufeyev, Al(...)

Vladimir Antiufeyev this week became acting prime minister of the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic

If John le Carré were to visit the pseudo-statelet run by Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine, he might feel oddly at home with Vladimir Antiufey(...)

Crash site: armed pro-Russian separatists guard remnants of flight MH17. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

On a sultry night this week in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, a car and a minibus pulled off a deserted main road into the empty car park of one of the (...)

Two Dutch passports lie in a field among luggage, personal belongings and wreckage from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Grabovo, Ukraine. Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

International police agency Interpol said today one of its teams had started identifying victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH 17 flight that crashed ov(...)

Armed pro-Russian separatists stand guard near the train transporting the remains of victims from the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 plane before its departure, with bags and suitcases of passengers seen in the foreground, yesterday. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

“Everyone on the buses! Everyone still here should get on a bus and get away!” As the lady screamed at her neighbours to flee shelling that had alread(...)

Armed pro-Russian separatists stand guard near the train transporting the remains of victims from the MH17 crash  plane before its departure. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

Ukraine’s pro-Russian rebels agreed last night to release the “black box” flight recorders from doomed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and the bodies(...)

Alexander Borodai: rebel leader says  he believes his men have found the black boxes. Photograph: AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky

Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine have refused to allow a train carrying the bodies of victims of last week’s Malaysian Airlines disaster to leav(...)

A Ukrainian man holds a portrait of his lost relative during a rally near the presidential office in Kiev today. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA.

Ukraine’s government kept up military pressure against pro-Russian rebels today, threatening them with an “nasty surprise”, while the militants said t(...)

Masked Ukrainian nationalists demand immediate continue of the anti-terrorist operation in front of the presidential administration office in Kiev, Ukraine today. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov/EPA

Russia’s foreign minister has accused the United States of encouraging Ukraine to challenge Moscow and heavily weighing in on the European Union. Spea(...)

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