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 woman is seen through a damaged wall in the pro-Russian rebels’ controlled Gorlovka city of the Donetsk area, Ukraine. Photograph:  Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

The Ukrainian security services and Moscow-backed separatists in the east of the country are guilty of illegal detention, secret imprisonment and tort(...)