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Ukrainian servicemen ride on top of an armoured personnel carrier on the way from Artemivsk to Debaltseve. Photograph: Anatoli Stepanolli/AFP

Ukraine pulled thousands of troops out of an encircled town on Wednesday after a massive assault by pro-Russian rebels, who ignored a new ceasefire to(...)

A pro-Russian rebel carries ammunition  near the eastern Ukrainian city of Debaltseve. The loss of the city, a major road and rail junction between the rebel-held cities of Donetsk and Luhansk, would be a severe blow to Kiev’s pro-western leaders. Photograph: Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty

Ukraine has called on the world to “stop the aggressor” after Russian-backed separatists claimed to have seized most of a key town in eastern Ukraine(...)

Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian striker Luiz Adriano is top scorer in this season’s Champions League.

The talk in Shakhtar Donetsk’s dressingroom last week was not cars or girls or even football, but rather the ceasefire agreed between government forc(...)

A Pro-Russian separist stands on a tank near eastern Ukrainian city of Yenakievo on Saturday. Fighting has raged on in Ukraine, throwing doubts on a ceasefire deal due to take effect at midnight. Photograph: AFP

Ferocious fighting raged in Ukraine on Saturday as Kiev and the US accused Russia of fuelling a rebel onslaught to grab territory in the hours before (...)

There is an inevitability to both the shape and instability of the latest Minsk peace agreement for Ukraine. It arises from the realpolitik that the(...)

An elderly woman reacts as her acquaintances board a bus to flee due to a military conflict in Debaltseve, Ukraine. The IMF is seeking to negotiate a new multiyear extended fund facility with the troubled country. Photograph: Sergey Polezhaka /Reuters

The West does not like to think it is at war with Russia. Yet the Russian government seems to think it is at war with the West. For President Vladimir(...)

A Ukrainian serviceman jumps off a tank damaged during fighting with pro-Russian separatist forces outside Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine, on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters/Alexei Chernyshev

Poland has indicated it is willing to back the US on supplying defensive arms to Ukraine should today’s planned talks with Russia in Minsk fail to bri(...)

Journalists waiting for a meeting of the four-way summit on eastern Ukraine in Minsk, Belarus, on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko

Western powers have vowed swiftly to toughen their stance against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine if they judge that today’s peace talks are a fa(...)

Egyptian relatives of the members of security forces killed in North Sinai province during an attack arrive at Cairo military airport in  Egypt. Photograph: Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images

The highways between town and Cairo’s international airport were yesterday flanked with posters welcoming Russian president Vladimir Putin, visiting a(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the Ukraine government cannot defeat Russia militarily in their conflict over the eastern part of the country. Th(...)

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