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 A dog looks at a pro-Russian activist standing in front of the occupied Ukraine’s security service building in Lugansk, Ukraine today. Photograph: Igor Kovalenko/EPA

Pro-Russian rebels shot down a Ukrainian helicopter in fierce fighting near the eastern town of Slaviansk today, and Kiev drafted police special force(...)

 Armed men in the occupied Office of the Public Prosecutor in Lugansk, eastern Ukraine, today. Photograph: Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA

Pro-Moscow separatists seized government offices in more Ukrainian towns today in a further sign that authorities in Kiev are losing control of the co(...)

Masked pro-Russia protesters stand guard at a barricade outside a regional government building in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine April 15th, 2014. Marko Djurica/Reuters.

A Ukrainian presidential candidate, known for his radical pro-Russia views, was beaten early today by a crowd that took exception to comments(...)

Tánaiste  Eamon Gilmore: ‘We are monitoring the situation very carefully, particularly in eastern Ukraine. There is an urgent need for a de-escalatation of the crisis and for Moscow to engage in serious dialogue with Ukraine’s interim government.’ File photograph: The Irish Times

There was “a degree of coordintion” behind events in Ukraine over recent days during which pro-Russia elements seized control of state owned bu(...)

US president Barack Obama disembarks from the Air Force One upon his arrival in Brussels this morning. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Nato needs to boost its presence in eastern European countries that feel vulnerable to Russia after its annexation of Crimea, US president Bara(...)

 Pro-Russian protesters attend a rally in  Donetsk, Ukraine yesterday. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

Two servicemen have been taken captive after Russian forces stormed another Ukrainian military base on the Crimean Peninsula today, officials s(...)

A worker prepares a security camera outside the Rijksmuseum  in Amsterdam yesterday ahead of US president Barack Obama’s visit. Obama, who will be attending the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, will visit the Rijksmuseum today. Photograph: Reuters/Cris Toala Olivares

US president Barack Obama arrived in the Netherlands for four days of meetings with European allies in a visit likely to be dominated by the cri(...)

Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, take cover behind an armoured vehicle as they attempt to take over a military airbase in the Crimean town of Belbek near Sevastopol yesterday. Photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

Russian forces gathering on the border with eastern Ukraine may be poised to invade, the White House warned today, as the government in Kiev said t(...)

A Ukrainian serviceman (right, front) talks to armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen,  at a military airbase in the Crimean town of Belbek near Sevastopol. Photograph: Reuters

Nato’s top military commander said today Russia has a large force on Ukraine’s border and he is worried it could pose a threat to Moldova’s sep(...)

 Russian special force soldiers and Crimea’s self-defense units take up positions as they storm the last Ukrainian military base in Belbek today. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Russian troops smashed their way into a Ukrainian airbase in Crimea with armoured vehicles, automatic fire and stun grenades today, while Ukrai(...)

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