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A screengrab of the Ukrainian National Militia’s promotional video of its swearing-in ceremony last Sunday. Photograph:  Youtube

A hundreds-strong paramilitary unit that pledges to keep order on the streets of Ukraine has dismissed fears that it could act as a far-right vigilan(...)

Smoke and flames rise over a warehouse storing ammunition for multiple rocket launcher systems at a military base in the town of Kalynivka in Vinnytsia region, Ukraine. Photograph: Yurii Basiuk

Pressure is mounting on Ukraine’s political and military leaders after the second major explosion this year at a key ammunition depot, which one of th(...)

Police experts inspect the wreckage of a car that carried journalist Pavel Sheremet in Kiev, Ukraine, in July 2016. Photograph:   Vasyl Shevchenko/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Ukraine’s SBU security service has denied that one of its agents was monitoring investigative journalist Pavel Sheremet last July, when the bomb that (...)

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 (...)

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