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Men carry a coffin containing the body of a woman (27) killed during shelling  in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol at the weekend. The Kiev government  plans to bring charges before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague against the pro-Russian separatists it blames for the large number of civilian deaths in the east of the country. Photograph: Sergey Vaganov/EPA.

Russian-backed rebels pushed forward on Monday with a new offensive that has brought all-out war back to eastern Ukraine after a five-month ceasefi(...)

Ukrainian servicemen fire their weapons during fighting with pro-Russian separatists in Pesky village, near Donetsk on Wednesday. Photograph: Oleksandr Klymenko/Reuters

A bus in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk has been hit by a mortar or shell, leaving between six and 13 people dead.The attack came as Ukrainian governme(...)

The funeral of Igor Rozlutskiy, a Ukrainian soldier who was killed fighting in Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. Photograph:  EPA/Photomig

Russian forces are still operating in eastern Ukraine, providing the backbone of separatist rebels fighting the Kiev government, Nato’s top military c(...)

Armed people and military trucks are seen near a checkpoint outside a building on the territory controlled by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, November 12, 2014. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

Ukraine said on Wednesday it was redeploying troops in the east because of fears that separatists will launch a new military offensive, despite Russia(...)

Smoke rises near the traffic control tower of the Sergey Prokofiev International Airport damaged by shelling during fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces, in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, today. Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

Nato has said it saw columns of Russian troops and military equipment entering Ukraine this week, supporting allegations by Kiev that the nation’s eas(...)

Dolls depicting Russian president Vladimir Putin and US president Barack Obama  on display at a street market in Kiev yesterday.  The leaders of the separatist movements in eastern Ukraine were declared the elected ‘heads’ of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic after winning disputed elections on Sunday. Photograph: Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have staged swearing in ceremonies for their leaders after votes dismissed as a farce by Kiev, which says(...)

New EU high representative for foreign policy Federica Mogherini (L) and Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg give a press briefing after a meeting at EU council headquarters in Brussels today. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA.

Russia has moved troops closer to the border with Ukraine and continues to support rebels in the country’s east, Nato’s secretary general said toda(...)

A woman leaves a voting booth during the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic leadership and local parliamentary elections yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev

Pro-Kremlin rebels in eastern Ukraine have hailed elections that were denounced by the EU and the US, and which Kiev claimed were accompanied by a fre(...)

Ukrainian servicemen and volunteers take part in an emergency medical training course in Kiev today, before leaving for regions of eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Russian troops are pulling back from the border with Ukraine, the government in Kiev has said, calling it a positive move.President Vladimir Putin ord(...)

The family home of Tarkhan Batirashvili/Abu Omar al-Shishani in the village of Birkiani. He hasn’t been seen in the Pankisi Gorge since being released from jail and going to Turkey in 2012, and is now understood to be the leader of a radical group fighting in Syria. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Like tearaways in the west gunning their cars away from the lights, the young Kists spurred on their steeds and tore off down Duisi’s main street. (...)

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