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(...)

Observers of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) inspect a private building which reportedly was destroyed after a shelling of Avdiivka, Ukraine, last February. On Sunday, a member of the OSCE was killed near Luhansk. Photograph: EPA/Valeri Kvit

A member of an international monitoring mission in Ukraine was killed on Sunday when the car in which he was travelling hit a landmine in territory co(...)

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(...)

Igor Plotnitsky, leader of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic: He is believed to have been injured on Saturday when a bomb exploded in Luhansk beside a vehicle he was travelling in. Photograph; Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Ukraine has claimed that a Russian invasion is possible “at any minute”, amid reports that Moscow’s troops and armour were on the move in Crimea and a(...)

A member of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic forces stands guard near buildings destroyed during battles with Ukrainian armed forces, at Donetsk airport on June 1st. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters

The head of the separatist-controlled Luhansk region in east Ukraine was wounded on Saturday after an explosion near his car that regional officials s(...)

Alexei Mozgovoi denounced both Kiev and rebel leaders on whose side he fought, accusing them of stealing humanitarian aid and striving for personal wealth and power. Photograph: Igor Golovniov/EPA

Kiev and separatist rebels have traded accusations over an ambush that killed a prominent warlord and at least six members of his entourage in eastern(...)

Yevgeny Yerofeyev lies on a bed at a hospital in Kiev yesterday. Ukraine claims Yerofeyev is one of two Russian special forces soldiers captured in eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

Ukraine has denied it is preparing a prisoner swap that would see two alleged Russian special forces soldiers return home, after a separatist leader i(...)

Alexander Zakharchenko  arrives for his inauguration as the new head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic yesterday. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Ukraine is poised to scrap a law giving autonomy to breakaway Donetsk and Luhansk, and to tighten security measures around the regions, after rebel el(...)

New EU high representative for foreign policy Federica Mogherini (L) and Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg give a press briefing after a meeting at EU council headquarters in Brussels today. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA.

Russia has moved troops closer to the border with Ukraine and continues to support rebels in the country’s east, Nato’s secretary general said toda(...)

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’(...)

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