Rebels in eastern Ukraine appear to be successfully closing in on the government-held airport in Donetsk, a strategic victory for the pro-Russian separatists that further undermines a shaky ceasefire in the region.
Ukraine's prime minister has urged the world not to lift sanctions against Russia until his country regains control over its entire territory, including Crimea.
Thousands of people marched through central Moscow today to demonstrate against the fighting in Ukraine and Russia’s alleged complicity in the conflict.
Shelling in rebel-held parts of east Ukraine killed at least 12 civilians as a top leader of pro-Russian rebels rejected Ukrainian legislation meant to end the unrest by granting self-rule to large swathes of the east.
A building has been hit by rocket fire in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk, killing at least one person and adding to the growing number of civilian casualties in the region despite a nearly two-week-old ceasefire.
Residents in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk have come under repeated shelling despite a fragile ceasefire agreement imposed last week.
Clashes have broken out outside the main rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine, throwing the freshly forged ceasefire agreement between government troops and Russian-backed separatists into further doubt.
Witnesses in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol reported sustained explosions outside the city last night, and a volunteer battalion of Ukrainian fighters says Grad rockets were fired at its positions.
The European Union will today unveil a fresh raft of economic sanctions against Russia in a show of support by Western leaders for the beleaguered government of Ukraine.
The European Union is set to unveil a fresh package of sanctions against Russia as western leaders staged a show of support for the beleaguered Ukrainian government.
The European Union is set to unveil a fresh package of sanctions against Russia as western leaders staged a show of support for the Ukrainian government.
Ukraine and the pro-Russian separatists appear increasingly close to signing a deal to end four months of fighting.
Lashing out at Russia, President Barack Obama has cast Moscow’s aggression in Ukraine as a threat to peace in Europe.
Vladimir Putin has called on Russian-backed insurgents in eastern Ukraine to “stop advancing” and urged the Ukrainian army to withdraw their troops from the region.
Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko said he and Russian president Vladimir Putin have reached agreement on a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.
A Russian official has complained that EU Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso breached confidentiality when he quoted President Vladimir Putin as saying that Moscow could take over Kiev in two weeks if it wished.
A border guard vessel has been attacked by land-based forces, Ukraine said, hours after Russian president Vladimir Putin called for immediate talks on a political solution to the crisis in the east of the country.
Vladimir Putin has been warned that he is “practically in a state of war with Europe” as EU leaders mull tougher sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.
Ukrainian forces said that one of their fighter jets has been shot down by a Russian missile in combat against Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Several European Union (EU) foreign ministers today accused Russia of invading eastern Ukraine and said Moscow should be punished with more sanctions.
European Union (EU) foreign ministers were today set to consider adopting a tougher stance on the Ukraine crisis amid increasing calls to beef up economic sanctions against Russia.
Pressure is mounting on Russia after it was accused of sending tanks, artillery and troops into Ukraine and Western powers said Moscow “outright lied” about its role and dangerously escalated the conflict.
Pro-Russian rebels have reportedly entered a strategically important town on Ukraine's south-east coast.
A town in east Ukraine has come under shellfire by pro-Russian rebels amid fears they are launching a counter-offensive on government-held parts of the region.
The presidents of Russia and Ukraine have sat down for talks, meeting face-to-face for the first time since June on the fighting that has engulfed eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine has claimed that its forces have captured 10 Russian soldiers in an eastern region where Ukrainian troops are fighting pro-Russia separatists.
The head of NATO says it has observed an "alarming" build-up of Russian ground and air forces near the Ukrainian border.
Russia’s sending of a massive aid convoy into Ukraine without Kiev’s agreement is a “direct invasion”, Ukraine’s Security Service chief has said.
Ukraine has claimed that rebels in the east of the country fired rockets and mortars on civilians trying to flee from the region’s intense fighting.
The White House has accused Russia of stepping up its destabilising activity in Ukraine in an “extremely dangerous and provocative” way.
Ukraine says it has agreed on a Red Cross-led humanitarian aid operation with Russia, the European Union and other international partners to alleviate suffering in the separatist-held city of Luhansk.
More than 100 prisoners fled from a high-security prison in eastern Ukraine after it was hit by shelling in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, local authorities have said.
President Vladimir Putin has ordered government agencies to restrict imports of food and agricultural products from the countries that have imposed sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.
Airstrikes and artillery fire between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian troops in the eastern city of Donetsk have brought the violence closer than ever to the city centre as Kiev’s forces move in on the rebel stronghold.
The European Union and US are to impose new economic sanctions against Russia following the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which has been blamed on Moscow-backed rebels in Ukraine.
The European Union is adopting tough new economic sanctions against Russia over its support of rebels fighting in eastern Ukraine, diplomats have said.
Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is reportedly taking part in secret peace talks in Ukraine.
Russian president Vladimir Putin has urged both sides in the Ukrainian conflict to sit down at the negotiating table and find a compromise.
Russia is to cut off gas supplies to Ukraine as a payment deadline passed and negotiators failed to reach a deal on prices and unpaid bills.
An immediate ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is necessary to create conditions for talks, Russian President Vladimir Putin said today.
Hundreds of armed insurgents have attacked a border guards’ camp in eastern Ukraine leaving at least five rebels dead, a spokesman for the guards said.
An insurgent leader's fighters in Ukraine are holding four observers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Dozens of dead insurgents lay piled in a van outside a morgue, and a rebel said more were on the way.
The bodies of at least 30 fighters have been taken to a hospital following a day of heavy fighting in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, in which government forces used combat jets against pro-Russia rebels, an insurgent said today.
Moscow is ready for a direct dialogue with Ukraine’s new president and does not need any Western mediation, Russia’s foreign minister has said.
Pro-Russian insurgents are likely to prevent voting tomorrow in half or more of the election districts in the embattled east, Ukrainian officials said.
Ukraine is set to begin discussions on giving more powers to its regions under a peace plan brokered by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
Voting is continuing in eastern Ukraine on its independence from Ukraine.
Moldovan authorities have stopped Russia’s deputy prime minister from leaving the country with a petition calling on Moscow to recognise a separatist region.
Thousands of Russian troops have marched in Red Square in the annual Victory Day parade in a proud display of the nation’s military might amid the escalating tensions over Ukraine.
A pro-Russia insurgency in east Ukraine has decided to go ahead with a referendum on autonomy despite a call from Russian president Vladimir Putin to delay the vote.
Russian president Vladimir Putin has overseen a military exercise involving Russia's nuclear forces amid escalating tensions over Ukraine.
Germany is pushing for a second round of diplomatic talks in Geneva in an effort to halt the violence in Ukraine.
Gunfire and blasts have been heard around an eastern city in Ukraine that has become the focus of an armed pro-Russian insurgency.
The International Monetary Fund has approved a two-year, $17bn loan package for cash-strapped Ukraine as it seeks to regain stability following Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
The mayor of Ukraine’s second-largest city has been shot in the back and pro-Russian insurgents have seized more government buildings in the country as unrest continued.
A group of eight European military observers detained by pro-Russia insurgents in Ukraine has appeared in public and given assurances that they are not being mistreated.
The United States and other nations in the Group of Seven have agreed to “move swiftly” – as early as Monday – to impose additional economic sanctions on Russia for its actions in Ukraine.
Police have cleared a city hall in south-eastern Ukraine of pro-Russian protesters who had been occupying it for more than a week, Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said today.
Russia’s foreign minister has promised a firm response if its citizens or interests come under attack in Ukraine – a vow that came after Ukraine announced a renewal of its “anti-terror” campaign against those occupying buildings in its troubled east.