Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy  following the announcement of the first exit poll in the  presidential election. Photograph: Reuters

If Walter and Julian Kennedy could somehow return to Mariupol they would be amazed by what has become of this city in southeastern Ukraine. Amid the (...)

Avdiivka Coke Plant, which has been hit by shells and mortars more than 320 times during a three-year war in eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Dan McLaughlin

Ruslan Kolisov has brightened up his office with pictures of quad bikes racing through the dirt, and he credits the hobby for his expertise in navigat(...)

Alexander Zakharchenko: The head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic   visits a metallurgical plant in Donetsk, Ukraine. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters

Russian-backed warlords in eastern Ukraine have begun seizing mines and factories on territory that they control, in a move the Kremlin called a justi(...)

Former Sevodnya daily newspaper chief editor Oles Buzina, who was shot by two gunmen near  his home in Kiev on Thursday.  Photograph: Oleg Petrasyuk/EPA

A prominent Ukrainian journalist known for his pro-Russian views was shot dead on Thursday in Kiev by two masked gunmen, the interior ministry said, a(...)

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(...)