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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. (...)

Friends and relatives reunite with soldiers of the Ukrainian volunteer special police battalion ‘Azov’ after they returned following their turn of deployment in eastern Ukraine, near the St Sophia Cathedral in Kiev. Nato has reportedly started delivering weapons to Kiev’s military as it battles Russian-backed separatists. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Deadly shelling has rocked eastern Ukraine’s fragile ceasefire, as Nato states launched exercises in the west of the country and reportedly started(...)

A Ukrainian soldier on a military vehicle in Kramatorsk, near Slaviansk, Ukraine, yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Roman Pilipey

Members of Nato will supply arms to Kiev in its battle with separatist rebels, Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko has said, while claiming the co(...)

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB), speaks during a news conference at the bank’s headquarters in Frankfurt. Photographer: Ralph Orlowski/Bloomberg

European markets cautiously set aside warnings that Russia’s conflict with Ukraine was sliding out of control today, as investors focused on the Europ(...)

A satellite image from August 21st showing wha Nato says are self-propelled artillery at an undisclosed location inside Ukraine at the time the image was made. Photograph: DigitalGlobe/EPA

Russian forces are engaged in direct military operations inside Ukraine in a blatant violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, Na(...)

Train wagons are seen on the destroyed railway bridge which collapsed during the fighting between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian separatists, over a main road leading to the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. Photograph: Reuters

Further violence in Ukraine marks a dangerous escalation, but there is no way of verifying the latest reports of a Russian invasion, a top UN official(...)

 Horse-drawn German ambulances suffer bomb damage during the first World War. At the outset of the war, Germans cheered their country’s involvement. Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Mobilisation In the afternoon the Lustgarten [in front of the imperial palace] was filled with a tightly-packed crowd. Around 5.30 hours the (...)

The number of Russian troops and weaponry along the border with Ukraine is increasing and is “well over 12,000”, Nato military commander General Phil(...)

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