Activists hold placards stating “France speaks French, Ukraine speaks Ukrainian” and “For Ukrainian language” during a rally in front of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Deputies in Ukraine have backed a Bill to strengthen Ukrainian as its state language, prompting warnings from Moscow that the move could deepen a Krem(...)

Pall bearers walk with the coffin of Alexander Zakharchenko in Donetsk. Photograph: Aleksey Filippov/AFP/Getty Images

Russian-controlled separatists in eastern Ukraine have buried their leader, Alexander Zakharchenko, amid warnings from Moscow that his assassination f(...)

 Local rescuers carry the body of a man killed by the shelling of a bus  at the Olenivka checkpoint between Ukrainian  controlled territory and the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic this week. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Government troops and Russian-led militia in eastern Ukraine appear to be preparing for an escalation in fighting, international monitors warned on Tu(...)

A Ukrainian serviceman exercises with 35kg weight made from 120mm mortars, not far of the crisis front line in Vodyane village of Donetsk area, in October.  Photograph: Sergey Vaganov/EPA

Russia and the United States appear to be a long way from agreeing to send international peacekeepers to eastern Ukraine, after their latest round of(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin attends the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation meeting in Danang, Vietnam. Photograph: Jorge Silva/Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin has sought to dampen growing expectations over the possible deployment of international peacekeepers to eastern Ukrai(...)

Petro Poroshenko: allies of the  Ukrainian president  insisted it was vital to show that Ukraine was committed to a political resolution of the conflict. Photograph: Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA

A top Kremlin envoy for Ukraine has given a positive assessment of talks with his US counterpart in Belgrade, after parliament in Kiev gave preliminar(...)

Ukrainian soldiers training under the guidance of US and Canadian instructors at the Yavoriv base in western Ukraine. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Cradling Kalashnikovs and moving in a fast, low crouch, four Ukrainian soldiers hunt an imaginary enemy through rooms marked out in tape on the parche(...)

 US secretary of state Rex Tillerson told members of Congress the Minsk deal was not the only route out of the conflict Ukraine-Russia conflict. Photograph:  Zach Gibson/Getty Images

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson has said Russia and Ukraine could solve their conflict without the beleaguered Minsk peace plan, in comments that (...)

Is Russia doomed to suffer under tyranny? The modern form dissected by Pomerantsev’s fine journalism is peculiarly subtle: the trappings of western we(...)

Ukrainians living in Belgium at a protest against Russia’s incursion into Crimea, outside the meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

The US and European Union yesterday stepped up their response to the Russian incursion into Ukraine, imposing(...)