A pro-Russian separatist stands guard inside a barricade constructed around the Donetsk regional administration building following its recent takeover by  separatists. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

From the top floor of his towering, barricaded, poster-plastered headquarters, Denis Pushilin surveys the gritty glory of what he calls his Don(...)

Pro-Russian demonstrators  in a rally in Kharkiv on March 30th. Thousands of people have marched through cities like Kharkiv, Donetsk and Luhansk on recent weekends, waving Russian and Soviet flags. Photograph: Reuters

People are proud of their tanks in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city. A Soviet T-34 sits outside the local history museum, green armour gleaming, (...)

Petro Poroshenko greets people in Kiev’s Independence Square yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Maks Levin

Dr Iron Fist may have thrown in the towel, but the Chocolate King and the Gas Princess should make Ukraine’s presidential election a fascinatin(...)

Ukrainian school students pass by supporters of the ousted Ukranian president Viktor Yanukovych guarding a statue of Lenin in the eastern city of Donetsk. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/The New York Times

Across Ukraine, statues of Vladimir Lenin have come tumbling down this week as revolutionaries, fresh from victory in Kiev’s Maidan, set out to(...)

Anti-government protesters rest at the barricades in Kiev this week. Rallies on Kiev’s Independence Square, or Maidan, have attracted people from many countries, including Russia. Photograph: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

An uneasy truce has held across Kiev’s barricades for almost three weeks, but allies and enemies of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich have (...)

Pro-European integration supporters conduct a mock trial with an effigy of Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovich in Independence Square in Kiev yesterday. Photograph; Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

Ukraine’s pro-EU opposition parties plan to launch a general strike and an investigation into the allegedly ill-gotten gains of the country’s leaders,(...)