Denis Pushilin

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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(...)

A  policeman blocks a road near a cafe where separatist leader  Alexander Zakharchenko was killed, in Donetsk, Ukraine. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters

The leader of Russian-backed separatists in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine was killed on Friday in a blast at a cafe in Donetsk city, the sepa(...)

The only queues at the shell-scarred Donbass Arena are for food parcels from a charity run by  Rinat Akhmetov (above), but now he is persona non grata in his hometown, and accused of seeking personal gain when he should have been saving Ukraine from war. File photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images

Four summers ago, football fans from across the continent were heading for Donetsk for a semi-final of Euro 2012. The match would be a sporting celeb(...)

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(...)

Protesters hold Ukrainian flags and a banner, with a text ‘Stop Russian aggressor Adolf Putin Hands off Ukraine’ during a demonstration one day before a visit by Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

Pro-Russian rebels fought their way into an encircled government stronghold in Ukraine on Tuesday, all but dashing hopes that a new peace deal would e(...)

Members of the Ukrainian delegation (left) and members of a Belarussian delegation during talks in Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: Mykola Lazarenko/EPA

International talks on Ukraine’s conflict appear to be in limbo after a planned meeting failed to take place, with Russian-backed separatist rebels a(...)

Ballots are counted after elections in Donetsk on Sunday. Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, called the ballot “a horrible event that has nothing in common with free will”. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

In the former coal ministry of Donetsk, Denis Pushilin leans forward, clasps his big hands and gazes into the future of eastern Ukraine’s new “people’(...)

A bus drives under a rail bridge which was blown up  near  Donetsk recently. Photograph: EPA/STR.

Pro-Russian rebels erected new barricades on the streets of Donetsk today, preparing to make a stand in the city of a million people after losing thei(...)

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(...)

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