DONETSK, Ukraine - War literally came to Alexander Litvinenko's living room, when a missile punched a gaping hole into the wall of his ninth-floor apartment.
July 24, 2014 - 14:15 GMT
Artillery fire echoed in the south and northwest of rebel-held Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Thursday and one district near the city was without electricity as Ukrainian forces pressed a military campaign against pro-Russian separatists.
July 24, 2014 - 10:39 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Shakhtar Donetsk's coach says the Ukrainian champion will play its home games this season in Lviv in western Ukraine, over 600 miles from its home city, due to ongoing conflict in the east of the country.
July 23, 2014 - 07:56 GMT
DONETSK Ukraine Reuters - Separatists in eastern Ukraine will hand over the black boxes from a downed airliner to Malaysian experts at 1900 GMT on Monday, Sergei Kavtaradze, an official of the rebels' self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, told Reuters.
July 21, 2014 - 19:43 GMT
Terrified civilians fled as intense clashes Monday between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian rebels left at least three people dead on the outskirts of the insurgent bastion of Donetsk.
July 21, 2014 - 14:28 GMT
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JULY 21: A tank operated by pro-Russia rebels is driven down Artena in the direction of the central railway station on July 21, 2014 in Donetsk, Ukraine.
July 21, 2014 - 13:05 GMT
Fighting raged near the railway station in the rebel-held city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Monday, and witnesses saw plumes of smoke and heard loud explosions from the area around the station in the city centre.
July 21, 2014 - 08:07 GMT
A separatist leader said on Sunday they were keeping what they presumed were the black boxes from the downed Malaysian airliner in the eastern city of Donetsk, but they would need experts to confirm that they were the plane's flight recorders.
July 20, 2014 - 12:29 GMT
A separatist leader said on Sunday items, presumably the black boxes from the downed Malaysian airliner, had been found and brought to the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, where they were under our control.
July 20, 2014 - 12:06 GMT
A top Ukrainian rebel leader said on Sunday that the pro-Russian fighters will guarantee the safety of international monitors at the Malaysian jet's crash site if Kiev agrees to a truce.
July 20, 2014 - 08:00 GMT
Separatist leader Aleksander Borodai said on Saturday that the black boxes belonging to the downed Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine had not been found.
July 19, 2014 - 11:29 GMT
Rebels in eastern Ukraine have not touched the site where a Malaysian airliner crashed but are worried about the humanitarian situation there as bodies decompose in the heat, separatist leader Aleksander Borodai said on Saturday.
July 19, 2014 - 11:29 GMT
When young mother Natasha woke up to find her quiet suburb suddenly on the frontline of fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Moscow rebels -- she knew it was time to pack up her three kids and get out.
July 17, 2014 - 19:05 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Separatist rebels in east Ukraine say they have retaken a village near the Russian border from government forces as they attempt to regain territory.
July 16, 2014 - 13:24 GMT
Ukraine's Western-backed leaders on Tuesday invited pro-Kremlin insurgents to a videoconference aimed at halting spiralling violence and what Kiev warned was an imminent invasion by thousands of Russian troops.
July 15, 2014 - 17:04 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Tamara Popova and her fellow orphans lead lives filled with uncertainty. But they know one thing: They don't want to be taken to Russia.
July 14, 2014 - 21:11 GMT
Donetsk, one of the last bastions of pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, has become a ghost town as residents clog the roads and railway stations in a desperate scramble to escape advancing government troops.
July 12, 2014 - 12:00 GMT
Ukraine has vowed to make pro-Russian rebels pay after losing 23 servicemen in clashes across the separatist east, while Russia proposed a UN resolution demanding a ceasefire to Europe's deadliest conflict in decades.
July 12, 2014 - 03:45 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Ukraine's president vowed vengeance in blood after 19 troops were killed in an insurgent rocket attack Friday, and residents of the rebel-held city of Donetsk began fleeing in large numbers for fear of a government siege.
July 11, 2014 - 18:23 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Deep strains emerged Thursday in the ranks of Ukraine's pro-Moscow insurgents as dozens turned in their weapons in disgust at Russian inaction and bickering broke out between rebel factions.
July 10, 2014 - 19:58 GMT
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JULY 10: SPAIN OUT A civilian looks for clothes to wear inside a warehouse set up by the D.P.R Donestk People's Republic for the needs of refugees, civilians and fighters before a possible siege of the city by the Ukraine Army...
July 10, 2014 - 16:06 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Divisions are appearing among the pro-Russia separatists fighting the Ukrainian government.
July 10, 2014 - 13:19 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - A top figure in Ukraine's separatist insurgency says he is losing hope for action by Russian forces and blames Russian tycoons for dissuading Moscow from military intervention.
July 09, 2014 - 17:49 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Since April, when pro-Russia rebels took over her city, Maria Oleinik hasn't slept in the same house for more than one night running.
July 09, 2014 - 17:01 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Ukraine's government took an increasingly aggressive stance Tuesday toward the pro-Russia separatists, vowing to expunge them from their reduced area of control and imposing new conditions before peace talks can restart.
July 08, 2014 - 22:44 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Discouraged but defiant, pro-Russia separatists vowed to keep fighting the government in Kiev from the largest city in eastern Ukraine, where they regrouped Sunday after being driven out of a key stronghold.
July 06, 2014 - 20:16 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Driven out of their key stronghold in eastern Ukraine, pro-Russia separatists regrouped Sunday in the city of Donetsk, vowing to renew their fight against the government in Kiev before thousands of cheering supporters at a rally.
July 06, 2014 - 16:13 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Pro-Russian insurgents driven out of their stronghold in eastern Ukraine have converged on the city of Donetsk, where their commander says they will regroup to continue their fight against the Ukrainian government.
July 06, 2014 - 10:22 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Ukraine's president says government troops have taken the rebel stronghold of Slovyansk in east Ukraine. Rebel spokesmen say there are relocating to a nearby town.
July 05, 2014 - 09:26 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - The Interior Ministry headquarters in eastern Ukraine's largest city fell to pro-Russia separatists Tuesday after a five-hour gunbattle that erupted hours after the Ukrainian president said the rebels were not serious about peace and ended a cease-fire.
July 01, 2014 - 21:08 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Rifle shots rang out Tuesday in the streets of the largest city in eastern Ukraine and panicked residents fled gunbattles as fighting flared with new intensity after the president ended a cease-fire.
July 01, 2014 - 20:03 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Panicked residents looked for a safe place to hide Tuesday as Ukrainian troops and pro-Russia separatists fought an hours-long gunbattle in the center of Donetsk, the largest city in eastern Ukraine.
July 01, 2014 - 18:05 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Gunfire has broken out in the center of a major city in eastern Ukraine as gunmen appear to be trying to take control of the regional police headquarters.
July 01, 2014 - 11:12 GMT
Ukraine's Western-backed President Petro Poroshenko has announced that Kiev's forces will resume a military offensive against pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine after he opted not to prolong a shaky ceasefire.
July 01, 2014 - 00:10 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Ukraine's new president has enlisted support from the leaders of Germany and France for a call on Sunday to Vladimir Putin as a ceasefire deadline looms and after pro-Russian rebels released more European monitors.
June 29, 2014 - 04:29 GMT
As his now-former comrades hugged their goodbyes and wished each other a safe journey home, Junior Sergeant Pavel Stupka explained why he refused to renounce his oath of allegiance to Ukraine.
June 28, 2014 - 18:06 GMT
Pro-Russian separatist leaders and mediators for the Kiev government met in the city of Donetsk on Friday in new consultations on ending the fighting in Ukraine's Russian-speaking east, a spokeswoman for the rebels said.
June 27, 2014 - 13:16 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Insurgents in eastern Ukraine promised Monday to honor a cease-fire declared by the Ukrainian president and engage in more talks to help resolve the conflict that has left hundreds dead in eastern Ukraine.
June 23, 2014 - 18:38 GMT
Separatist leaders in two main areas of Ukraine's east have agreed to observe a ceasefire until June 27, one of them, Alexander Boroday, said on Monday.
June 23, 2014 - 17:33 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - A former Ukrainian president led talks Monday to help end the fighting in eastern Ukraine, bringing together the Russian ambassador, pro-Russian rebel leaders and European officials.
June 23, 2014 - 17:17 GMT
If you're channel hopping in the restive eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk these days you can still tune in to the usual soft rock and Russian ballads.
June 20, 2014 - 22:31 GMT
DONETSK Ukraine Reuters - Forty-nine Ukrainian military personnel were killed when rebels shot down a cargo plane over the airport of the eastern city of Luhansk overnight, military spokesman Vladislav Seleznov said on Saturday.
June 14, 2014 - 06:13 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - An explosion has shaken the center of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, where pro-Russian separatists have taken over a regional administration building.
June 12, 2014 - 20:46 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - His head shaven and his neck tattooed, Sergiy may be an unlikely law enforcer, but since war pushed the city of Donetsk to the brink of anarchy, he has helped keep the streets safe from crime.
June 09, 2014 - 15:53 GMT
Ukrainian forces fended off an attack by pro-Russian separatists on a border post in the east of the country late on Thursday in the second major attack on a post straddling Ukraine and Russia in recent days.
June 06, 2014 - 08:25 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Two groups of international observers who have gone missing in the east of Ukraine are likely being held in the restive region of Lugansk, a separatist leader told AFP Wednesday.
June 04, 2014 - 21:52 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Ukrainian troops on Tuesday launched an offensive against pro-Russian insurgents in the eastern city of Slovyansk and advanced through the city's outskirts, the nation's interior minister said.
June 03, 2014 - 08:40 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - An unspecified number of servicemen have been injured in an insurgent attack on their camp in eastern Ukraine, the country's border guard service said Monday.
June 02, 2014 - 08:11 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - The scruffy rebels who normally populate the headquarters of the rebel Donetsk People's Republic were mostly out of view on Friday.
May 30, 2014 - 18:27 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - An Associated Press reporter says a Ukrainian military helicopter has been shot down by rebels over Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine.
May 29, 2014 - 09:42 GMT
Four monitors of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe OSCE who went missing in eastern Ukraine on Monday are being held by pro-Russian separatists but are likely to be freed soon, a rebel leader said on Thursday.
May 29, 2014 - 07:28 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - An insurgent leader is quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency that his fighters are holding four observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
May 29, 2014 - 06:23 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - As separatists conceded that militants from Russia's province of Chechnya had joined the rebellion, a Ukrainian government official cautioned Wednesday that its borders had become a front line in the crisis.
May 28, 2014 - 20:48 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - The question of fighters from Russia loomed over the insurgency in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, as separatists acknowledged the support they are getting from foreign militiamen and government officials in Kiev worried that the border with Russia is becoming a primary source of danger.
May 28, 2014 - 17:43 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - As the fighting becomes more ferocious in eastern Ukraine, Chechnya's Moscow-backed leader insisted Wednesday he had not sent any of his famous troops to help pro-Russia insurgents but said some Chechens may have gone there on their own.
May 28, 2014 - 12:28 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Chechnya's regional leader says he hasn't sent any troops to fight alongside pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, but he says some Chechens may have gone there on their own.
May 28, 2014 - 06:52 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Dozens of dead insurgents lay piled in a van outside a morgue Tuesday, and a rebel said more were on the way.
May 27, 2014 - 20:05 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - The eastern city of Donetsk was in turmoil Tuesday a day after government forces used fighter jets to stop pro-Russia separatists from taking over the airport.
May 27, 2014 - 12:23 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - The eastern city of Donetsk was in turmoil Tuesday after a day of heavy fighting in which government forces used combat jets to stop pro-Russia separatists from taking over the airport.
May 27, 2014 - 10:28 GMT
Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists fought gunbattles in the eastern town of Donetsk for a second day on Tuesday, and one rebel said separatists may have lost up to 35 of their number killed in the government military offensive.
May 27, 2014 - 08:44 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - At least 30 bodies of killed fighters have been brought to a hospital following a day of heavy fighting in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, in which the government forces used combat jets and helicopter gunships against pro-Russia rebels, an insurgent said Tuesday.
May 27, 2014 - 06:43 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Ukraine's president-elect said Monday he wants to begin talks with Moscow and end a pro-Russia insurgency in the east, but the rebels escalated the conflict by occupying a major airport, and the government in Kiev responded with an airstrike.
May 26, 2014 - 19:37 GMT
DONETSK, UKRAINE - MAY 26: An injured pro-Russian separatist fighter is loaded into a car outside the Donetsk airport, the scene of an hours-long battle between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces, on May 26, 2014 in Donetsk Ukraine.
May 26, 2014 - 19:05 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Ukraine's new president-elect promised Monday to negotiate an end to a pro-Russia insurgency in the east and said he was willing to begin talks with Moscow.
May 26, 2014 - 16:43 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - The main airport in Ukraine's eastern city of Donetsk shut down on Monday after being raided by dozens of armed separatists who vowed to keep up their resistance a day after presidential polls.
May 26, 2014 - 07:46 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - A one-time candidate in Ukraine's presidential election, who bowed out of the race and now supports the insurgency in the east, on Sunday dismissed the self-proclaimed winner of the vote as half a president.
May 25, 2014 - 21:03 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Armed separatists in camouflage gear and balaclavas were patrolling eastern Ukraine's main city of Donetsk as crowds of demonstrators defiantly rejected Sunday's presidential poll.
May 25, 2014 - 14:20 GMT
Scores of armed pro-Russian separatists massed outside the walled home of Ukraine's richest man, Rinat Akhmetov, in the eastern city of Donetsk on Sunday as Ukrainians voted for a new president.
May 25, 2014 - 11:55 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - In the roiling debate over eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatist attacks have turned increasingly bloody, neither the country's richest man nor some of his dirt-poor compatriots have much time for patriotism, ethnic feuding or political parties.
May 24, 2014 - 07:19 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - The Donetsk People's Republic is starting to smell.
May 21, 2014 - 14:15 GMT
DONETSK, UKRAINE - MAY 17: Teenage girls walk through a park fountain on May 17, 2014 in Donetsk, Ukraine.
May 17, 2014 - 18:08 GMT
Pro-Moscow rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine called on Monday for their region to become part of Russia, the day after staging a referendum on self-rule, although Moscow stopped short of endorsing their bid for annexation.
May 12, 2014 - 23:24 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - A day after the people of Donetsk apparently voted overwhelmingly to split from Ukraine, an eerie calm reigned on the streets as people wondered what country they had woken up in.
May 12, 2014 - 20:23 GMT
The Ukrainian separatist region of Donetsk appealed to Moscow on Monday to consider its absorption into the Russian Federation to \restore historic justice\.
May 12, 2014 - 16:17 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine's Donetsk region declared independence Monday and asked to join Russia - a day after holding a hastily arranged vote on separatism that Ukraine's interim government and the West have declared a sham.
May 12, 2014 - 15:24 GMT
One of the leaders of eastern Ukraine's separatist rebellion said on Monday that joining the Russian Federation would probably be an \appropriate step\ following a weekend referendum on self-rule.
May 12, 2014 - 13:59 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - The Kremlin made it clear Monday that Moscow has no intention of immediately annexing two regions in eastern Ukraine after a weekend referendum there showed most voters allegedly backing sovereignty.
May 12, 2014 - 13:59 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - A presidential election in Ukraine scheduled for May 25 that the West sees as vital to restoring order will not happen in the Donetsk region, the self-styled governor of the province said Monday.
May 12, 2014 - 13:36 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - The Kremlin urged the Ukrainian government Monday to engage in talks with representatives of the eastern part of the country following the controversial referendums where about 90 percent of voters said they backed their regions' sovereignty.
May 12, 2014 - 09:36 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - The Kremlin on Monday said Ukraine's government should engage in a dialogue with the eastern parts of the country following the controversial referendums where about 90 percent of voters said they backed their regions' sovereignty.
May 12, 2014 - 08:41 GMT
Pro-Moscow rebels declared a resounding victory in a referendum on self-rule for eastern Ukraine, with some saying that meant independence and others eventual union with Russia as fighting flared in a conflict increasingly out of control.
May 12, 2014 - 01:29 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Ninety percent of voters in a key industrial region in eastern Ukraine came out in favor of sovereignty Sunday, pro-Russian insurgents said in announcing preliminary results of a twin referendum that is certain to deepen the turmoil in the country.
May 11, 2014 - 22:26 GMT
Nearly 90 percent of voters in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk voted for self-rule, the head of the separatist election commission said on Sunday.
May 11, 2014 - 21:47 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine say preliminary results of a contentious referendum show nearly 90 percent of voters have supported sovereignty for their region.
May 11, 2014 - 21:47 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Rebels in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine claimed that 89 percent of voters had cast ballots in favour of independence in a disputed referendum on Sunday, with 10 percent against.
May 11, 2014 - 21:22 GMT
KRASNOARMEISK, Ukraine - Ukrainian national guardsmen opened fire Sunday on a crowd outside a town hall in eastern Ukraine and an official for the region's insurgents said there were fatalities.
May 11, 2014 - 18:04 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Residents of two restive regions in eastern Ukraine engulfed by a pro-Russian insurgency cast ballots Sunday in contentious and hastily organized independence referendums, which have been rejected as illegal by the Ukrainian government and the West.
May 11, 2014 - 08:19 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Voting opened Sunday in referendums called by pro-Russian rebels to split from the rest of Ukraine, polls the US slammed as illegal as the West fears they could spark civil war in the former Soviet republic.
May 11, 2014 - 05:37 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Several Red Cross members whom rebels said they had detained in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk have been released, an official from the organisation in Kiev told AFP Saturday.
May 10, 2014 - 08:13 GMT
Pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine ignored a public call by Russian President Vladimir Putin to postpone a referendum on self-rule, declaring they would go ahead on Sunday with a vote that could lead to war.
May 08, 2014 - 23:00 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - In an obscure government office guarded by a man in a red T-shirt armed only with a stick, two photocopy machines churned out ballots Thursday for eastern Ukraine's referendum on secession, as they have been doing around the clock for days.
May 08, 2014 - 22:03 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - The pro-Russia insurgency in eastern Ukraine decided Thursday to go ahead with Sunday's referendum on autonomy or even independence despite a call from Russian President Vladimir Putin to postpone it.
May 08, 2014 - 14:01 GMT
Pro-Russian separatists unanimously voted in favor of holding a referendum on independence on May 11 in Ukraine's east, said a leader of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic.
May 08, 2014 - 10:29 GMT
DONETSK, 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.
May 08, 2014 - 10:28 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - A new poll finds that a strong majority of Ukrainians want their country to remain a single, unified state and that this is true even in the largely Russian-speaking east where a pro-Russia insurgency has been fighting for autonomy.
May 08, 2014 - 07:11 GMT
Russian President Vladimir Putin called on pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine to postpone a vote on secession just five days before it was to be held, potentially pulling Ukraine back from the brink of violent dismemberment.
May 08, 2014 - 06:19 GMT
DONETSK, UKRAINE - MAY 7: A group of miners march to the regional administration building, which is occupied by pro-Russian protesters, to support a movement for greater autonomy from the government in Kiev on May 7, 2014 in Donetsk, Ukraine....
May 07, 2014 - 15:06 GMT
Russian President Vladimir Putin called on pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine to postpone a vote on secession just five days before it was to be held, potentially pulling Ukraine back from the brink of dismemberment.
May 07, 2014 - 14:58 GMT
Behind the barricades of tires and car bumpers, past the masked militants who hold Donetsk's filthy administration building, there is a man in a suit in a spotless office, working from an Apple iMac on a vote to dismember Ukraine.
May 07, 2014 - 14:14 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - A dolphin tank in the restive eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk has added a new performer, one whose name it hopes will serve as a symbol of hope for the troubled region's future: Peace.
May 06, 2014 - 17:49 GMT