Ukrainian reserve officers  take part in military exercises in the Army Training Center near the village of Desna, Chernigiv region. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images

Fierce fighting has surged in eastern Ukraine as Russian-backed separatists mounted a major offensive to capture a strategic railway hub ahead of a we(...)

An armed pro-Russian separatist stands next to blood stains after a night shelling of Privilnyanska coal mine in the town of Pryvillya in Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters.

Rebels shot down a Ukrainian helicopter carrying technicians who had been installing equipment to monitor violations of a peace plan in Ukraine’s rebe(...)

Ukrainian president-elect Petro Poroshenko (L) and US president Barack Obama (R) attend a meeting in Warsaw, Poland today. Kiev  claims that 300 Russian sepratists were killed in the last 24 hours. Photograph: Jacek Turczyk/EPA.

Government forces pressed on with an offensive against pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine today, claiming they had inflicted heavy losses on t(...)

Eight-month-old Evgeny, who suffers from cerebral palsy, lies in a cot inside a children’s hospital in Slaviansk, Ukraine,  that was damaged by shells during ongoing fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian forces. EPA/Jakub Kaminski

Fighting raged in eastern Ukraine yesterday as the army rolled out an offensive against pro-Russia separatists holding the city of Slovyansk, with de(...)