DONETSK, Ukraine - A powerful explosion has shaken the largest rebel-controlled city in eastern Ukraine as daily battles continue in the region despite a nominal cease-fire being in place.
October 20, 2014 - 12:11 GMT
DONETSK Ukraine Reuters - Four civilians were killed and nine wounded by shrapnel during fighting on Saturday and Sunday in eastern Ukraine's separatist stronghold city of Donetsk, local officials said.
October 19, 2014 - 13:28 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Two Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in combat with pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine, Kiev's military said Saturday, as violence rocked a truce after talks between Kiev and Moscow ended without a breakthrough.
October 18, 2014 - 14:28 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - From an empty flat overlooking the shattered remains of eastern Ukraine's biggest airport, Givi is leading an all-out assault against the last government outpost in the main pro-Russian stronghold.
October 11, 2014 - 07:59 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Ukraine dispatched top envoys to Washington and Brussels on Wednesday to secure help in the face of a surge in clashes with pro-Russian insurgents that killed eight more civilians and troops.
October 08, 2014 - 22:02 GMT
DONETSK Ukraine Reuters - At least one person was killed and three wounded when an artillery shell hit a shopping center in Donetsk, a city in east Ukraine controled by pro-Russian separatists where fighting goes on despite a ceasefire.
October 08, 2014 - 20:50 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatist fighters marked one month on Sunday since the signing of a Kremlin-backed truce with one the most heated battles of the six-month war in the ex-Soviet state's eastern rustbelt.
October 05, 2014 - 13:35 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Ukraine's largest rebel-controlled city on Saturday marked six months of independence from Kiev with Russian and separatist flags, a concert and even a ballet portraying their insurgency.
October 04, 2014 - 20:30 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - A month-long cease-fire in Donetsk looks like this: nine civilians killed on Wednesday, a Red Cross staffer killed Thursday, scores killed and wounded since the fighting was supposed to stop.
October 04, 2014 - 11:47 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Ukrainian forces clashed with pro-Russian insurgents over control of a strategic airport in the restive east Friday and traded blame over the death of a Swiss aid worker, four weeks into their shaky truce.
October 03, 2014 - 18:25 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Pro-Russian rebels are pressing to seize a key airport in eastern Ukraine despite fierce resistance by government forces.
October 03, 2014 - 12:19 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian forces were engaged in fresh clashes in the eastern city of Donetsk on Friday as they traded blame over the death of a foreign aid worker four weeks into their shaky truce.
October 03, 2014 - 11:03 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Red Cross says that one of its employees in the rebel-held city of Donetsk has been killed by shelling.
October 02, 2014 - 19:09 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - The heart of Ukraine's main pro-Russian separatist city came under heavy shelling Thursday for the first time since Moscow and Kiev struck a truce aimed at ending Europe's worst crisis in decades.
October 02, 2014 - 17:09 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - The centre of Ukraine's rebel stronghold of Donetsk came under heavy shelling Thursday for the first time since Moscow and Kiev signed a September 5 truce, an AFP correspondent reported.
October 02, 2014 - 16:31 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Everything was ready for a nice back-to-school day, said Zoya, the watch woman of Donetsk school number 57.
October 01, 2014 - 23:17 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Ten civilians died in attacks in Ukraine's rebel-held city of Donetsk on Wednesday, including from a shell that hit a school on the first day of class, regional authorities said, blaming pro-Russian rebels.
October 01, 2014 - 11:05 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Rebels in eastern Ukraine appear to be successfully closing in on the government-held airport of Donetsk, a strategic victory for the pro-Russian separatists that further undermines a shaky cease-fire in the region.
October 01, 2014 - 10:55 GMT
DONETSK Ukraine Reuters - Shells hit a school playground and a nearby street in the city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, killing four people including a teacher and a parent, witnesses said.
October 01, 2014 - 10:18 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Students returning for the new school year in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday will get real-life conflict lessons as they take their seats in battle-scarred classrooms.
September 29, 2014 - 16:21 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Fields of sunflowers burnt brown under blue skies are ready for harvest -- but artillery and rocket attacks are stopping farmers in east Ukraine's frontline villages from gathering their crops.
September 25, 2014 - 18:56 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Heavy gunfire erupted around the eastern Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Sunday, just hours after NATO's top military commander said there was a ceasefire in name only on the ground.
September 21, 2014 - 09:32 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Explosions ripped through a munitions factory in eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian rebels on Saturday after it came under artillery fire, local officials and AFP journalists said.
September 20, 2014 - 18:15 GMT
MOSCOW/DONETSK Ukraine Reuters - The recently-installed leader of the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in March, on Thursday supported the Scottish independence vote and accused the West of double standards in its dealing with Moscow.
September 19, 2014 - 03:56 GMT
Hundreds of Russian volunteers are supporting separatists in eastern Ukraine, offering them vital experience in battle tactics and training to attack Ukrainian forces, a top rebel leader said.
September 18, 2014 - 15:30 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - The city council in Donetsk says no deaths were reported in fighting overnight, one of the quietest nights recently in eastern Ukraine.
September 18, 2014 - 11:20 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - 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 cease-fire.
September 17, 2014 - 08:33 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Four civilians were killed in renewed fighting in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine on Monday despite a ceasefire, the local authorities said.
September 16, 2014 - 09:29 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - The city council in Donetsk says three people have been killed and five wounded in shelling overnight in the city in eastern Ukraine.
September 16, 2014 - 07:52 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Oleksandr picks up a handful of rusty screws and nails, all that is left of his market stall that was ripped apart in a volley of mortar fire in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk.
September 16, 2014 - 00:04 GMT
US-led military exercises involving 15 countries were set to begin in Ukraine Monday, as fighting rumbles on in the restive east between government forces and pro-Russian rebels in violation of a ceasefire.
September 15, 2014 - 05:36 GMT
Heavy fighting erupted around the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, piling further pressure on a precarious nine-day-old truce between the government and separatist fighters.
September 14, 2014 - 20:26 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - The artillery shell landed after nightfall, blowing out all the windows of a residential building in a district near the airport in Ukraine's rebel-held city of Donetsk.
September 13, 2014 - 18:18 GMT
Heavy artillery fire rocked northern districts of Donetsk, the largest city of eastern Ukraine, on Saturday and a large plume of black smoke hung over the airport, a Reuters reporter said, in the biggest test in days for a fragile regional ceasefire.
September 13, 2014 - 11:24 GMT
DONETSK, UKRAINE - SEPTEMBER 11: Men play chess in an area that has witnessed heavy fighting on September 11, 2014 in Donetsk, Ukraine.
September 11, 2014 - 18:11 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Two volleys of Grad rocket fire rang out in Ukraine's eastern, rebel-held city of Donetsk, underscoring the difficulties of enforcing a cease-fire almost a week after it was signed.
September 11, 2014 - 11:31 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - The professional ice hockey club in the war-torn city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine says armed men have occupied its offices.
September 10, 2014 - 15:27 GMT
At the last checkpoint before the airport in Ukraine's main insurgent bastion of Donetsk, separatist fighters manning the barricades are dismissive of suggestions that the ceasefire is holding.
September 10, 2014 - 14:50 GMT
DONETSK, UKRAINE - SEPTEMBER 09: A man walks through the empty streets of Donetsk on September 9, 2014 in Donetsk, Ukraine.
September 09, 2014 - 19:05 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Shelling was heard near the airport of the main rebel-held city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, an AFP journalist in the area said.
September 07, 2014 - 08:51 GMT
A Reuters witness heard prolonged shelling in an area north of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine's largest city, and saw plumes of black smoke filling the sky on Sunday morning, in a further test for a ceasefire that is barely 40 hours old.
September 07, 2014 - 07:32 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Strong explosions have been heard on the outskirts of the main rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine near the airport, raising new fears that a cease-fire signed two days ago is on the verge of collapse.
September 07, 2014 - 07:32 GMT
Pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine on Saturday accused Kiev's forces of breaking a ceasefire just hours after it was agreed, and vowed to pursue their independence drive in the east.
September 06, 2014 - 10:02 GMT
Pro-Russian separatists need proper guarantees that Ukraine will honor any ceasefire agreement, a rebel leader told Reuters on Thursday, underscoring the lack of trust between the two sides after six months of conflict.
September 04, 2014 - 15:53 GMT
Mortar fire rocked the southern reaches of the separatist stronghold of Donetsk overnight, despite efforts to secure a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, witnesses said on Thursday.
September 04, 2014 - 08:58 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Ukrainian soccer champion Shakhtar Donetsk says its club headquarters has been occupied by armed men as fighting between government troops and separatists continues.
September 03, 2014 - 17:32 GMT
Loud artillery explosions rocked the outskirts of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Wednesday, shortly after Kiev and Moscow said they had agreed on steps intended to end violence.
September 03, 2014 - 12:18 GMT
A pro-Russia rebel leader in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine said on Wednesday the withdrawal of Ukrainian forces from our territory was the main condition for peace in the separatist-held area.
September 03, 2014 - 09:57 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Shelling in Ukraine's rebel-controlled city Donetsk has killed 15 since midday Thursday, local authorities said, describing the situation as extremely tense.
August 28, 2014 - 17:02 GMT
Ukraine and the West said Thursday that Russian troops were actively involved in the fighting tearing apart the east of the country, raising fears of a direct military confrontation betwen Kiev and its former Soviet masters.
August 28, 2014 - 14:20 GMT
DONETSK Ukraine Reuters - Pro-Moscow rebel forces in Ukraine on Thursday gained a foothold on the Azov Sea and their objective is to fight their way down the coast to the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, the leader of the main separatist entity told Reuters.
August 28, 2014 - 09:41 GMT
The United States has warned of a significant escalation in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, after Kiev announced the capture of 10 Russian paratroopers ahead of a key meeting Tuesday between the estranged countries' leaders.
August 26, 2014 - 05:55 GMT
Kiev on Monday said its forces were clashing with an armoured column that crossed the border from Russia as Moscow ramped up tensions ahead of crunch talks by pledging to send in a new aid convoy.
August 25, 2014 - 10:59 GMT
Pro-Russian separatist rebels force-marched dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war along a main street of the rebel-held Ukrainian town of Donetsk on Sunday. Writing by Richard Balmforth;
August 24, 2014 - 11:59 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Ukrainian soccer champion Shakhtar Donetsk's stadium was damaged by shelling Saturday during the conflict between government troops and pro-Russian separatists.
August 23, 2014 - 15:56 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Two civilians were killed Saturday apparently by artillery fire in Donetsk, the main separatist stronghold in eastern Ukraine, an AFP reporter witnessed.
August 23, 2014 - 07:57 GMT
DONETSK, Russia - Some of the trucks in a Russian aid convoy that entered Ukraine in a move denounced by Kiev as an invasion are returning to Russia.
August 23, 2014 - 07:12 GMT
Ukrainian forces may be pummelling them daily and key leaders might have just quit but defiant pro-Russian rebels say any talk of them being on the back foot is just crude propaganda from Kiev.
August 22, 2014 - 22:38 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Ukraine's armed forces say they have caused heavy casualties among pro-Russian separatist forces, although their overall advance quelling the rebel resistance remains haphazard and faltering.
August 22, 2014 - 07:59 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - It has been weeks since Donetsk last had a traffic jam.
August 20, 2014 - 08:17 GMT
Intense shooting erupted on Tuesday in the center of the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, the stronghold of pro-Moscow separatist rebels, a Reuters reporter at the scene said.
August 19, 2014 - 14:29 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Ukrainian officials and military commanders say the government has captured swathes of another town near the key rebel-held stronghold.
August 19, 2014 - 09:40 GMT
Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine suffered dramatic setbacks Thursday as top military chiefs quit and Ukraine's forces pummelled their strongholds, cutting off a key rebel-held city from the Russian border.
August 15, 2014 - 00:06 GMT
Donetsk Ukraine AFP - The main military commander of pro-Russian rebels battling government forces in east Ukraine, Igor Strelkov, quit his post Thursday, the separatist leadership said.
August 14, 2014 - 16:17 GMT
Pro-Russian separatists said on Thursday heavy shelling hit several neighborhoods around the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine where government forces are trying to tighten their grip.
August 14, 2014 - 07:30 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - At least three people have been killed in the separatist-controlled city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine as the government intensifies its shelling campaign.
August 13, 2014 - 09:38 GMT
Just hours after he bust out of a high-security prison as it was rocked by mortar blasts in conflict-torn eastern Ukraine, Natalya Nikitenko drove her son right back to jail.
August 11, 2014 - 21:23 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - The Red Cross will lead an international humanitarian aid operation into Ukraine's conflict-stricken province of Luhansk with assistance from Russia, the European Union and the United States, Ukraine said Monday.
August 11, 2014 - 18:06 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Russia will send a humanitarian convoy into Ukraine in cooperation with the International Red Cross, the Kremlin said Monday.
August 11, 2014 - 15:41 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Local authorities say more than 100 prisoners have fled from a high-security facility after it was hit by shelling in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine
August 11, 2014 - 08:29 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Fighting raged in the city of Donetsk on Sunday, as government forces continued to close in on the rebel stronghold and pro-Russian insurgents backed away from an unconditional cease-fire offer that they announced just the day before.
August 10, 2014 - 17:20 GMT
Artillery pounded the rebel bastion of Donetsk in southeastern Ukraine on Sunday as the West warned Russia that any attempt to send humanitarian troops into the conflict-torn region would be unacceptable.
August 10, 2014 - 11:33 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Fighting is raging in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, one day after pro-Russian rebels there said they were ready to agree to a cease-fire in order to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.
August 10, 2014 - 10:03 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Ukraine's rebels are surrounded and ready to agree to a cease-fire to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe, the insurgents' new leader said Saturday as conditions deteriorated in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, artillery thundering through deserted streets.
August 09, 2014 - 20:02 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - A top rebel leader announced Saturday that the rebel stronghold of Donetsk is surrounded by Ukrainian government troops and his forces were willing to accept a cease-fire in order to stave off a humanitarian catastrophe.
August 09, 2014 - 18:01 GMT
Russia denied allegations Saturday that it tried to send humanitarian troops into conflict-torn eastern Ukraine, as rebels in the surrounded stronghold of Donetsk pledged to keep fighting.
August 09, 2014 - 17:29 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - A top rebel leader says the eastern city of Donetsk is surrounded by Ukrainian troops and his forces are willing to accept a cease-fire in order to stave off a humanitarian catastrophe.
August 09, 2014 - 17:29 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Ukrainian forces have seized a key town and are surrounding Donetsk, the largest insurgent-held city in eastern Ukraine, a top rebel commander said Saturday.
August 09, 2014 - 14:48 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - A top commander of the pro-Russia insurgency in eastern Ukraine said Saturday that Ukrainian forces have seized a key town, leaving the rebel region's largest city of Donetsk surrounded.
August 09, 2014 - 11:10 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - A Ukrainian has replaced a Russian at the helm of the insurgency in eastern Ukraine and declared that he wants only moral support from Moscow, as the Kremlin apparently tries to rebut Western claims that it is calling the shots among the rebels.
August 08, 2014 - 20:05 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - At least three civilians have been killed and another 10 wounded in overnight shelling of the main rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine besieged by government forces, officials said.
August 08, 2014 - 11:37 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Local officials in eastern Ukraine say two people were killed in late-night shelling in the besieged city of Donetsk.
August 08, 2014 - 08:05 GMT
The prime minister of Ukraine's self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic announced Thursday that he was resigning his position.
August 07, 2014 - 18:15 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Sustained shelling in the main rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine struck residential buildings and a hospital, killing at least four people and wounding 10 others, officials said, as government forces pressed forward in their campaign to rout the separatists.
August 07, 2014 - 14:01 GMT
A midnight air strike near the heart of rebel-held Donetsk provided a terrifying signal for residents that the conflict between insurgents and government forces is drawing closer to their doorsteps.
August 06, 2014 - 22:27 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - As the steadily advancing Ukrainian army sets its sights on reclaiming the largest rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine, tension is building over whether a large Russian army lying in wait just across the border will step in to protect the separatists.
August 06, 2014 - 17:41 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Air strikes 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 center, as Kiev's forces move in on the rebel stronghold.
August 06, 2014 - 10:18 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - For the people huddled in a dank and chilly bomb shelter Tuesday, the question of who was responsible was less important than the fact of their misery.
August 05, 2014 - 21:14 GMT
At least two civilians were killed in heavy clashes on the outskirts of the main rebel-held bastion of Donetsk in east Ukraine on Tuesday, as the UN warned of a massive exodus and destruction if fighting intensified.
August 05, 2014 - 18:09 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Fighting in eastern Ukraine reached the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Tuesday as separatists and government troops exchanged rocket fire in neighborhoods on the edge of the city.
August 05, 2014 - 17:06 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Ukrainian troops took control of a checkpoint Tuesday on the western edge of the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk as the government makes further gradual advances to quash pro-Russian separatist forces in the east.
August 05, 2014 - 14:47 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Ukrainian troops have taken control of a key checkpoint on the western edge of Donetsk, the biggest city in the rebellious east, and are making gradual advances to quash pro-Russian separatist forces.
August 05, 2014 - 10:19 GMT
The once-bustling leafy boulevards of central Donetsk are now deserted but one place where there is almost certain to be a crowd is the rebel-held city's ornate Stalin-era railway station.
August 05, 2014 - 09:52 GMT
Ukraine said Monday its forces were closing in on the main rebel-held bastion of Donetsk and urged the insurgents to let civilians leave besieged eastern cities as fears of a humanitarian crisis mounted.
August 04, 2014 - 18:40 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Residents say the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk is dying. The power grid was completely down Monday, the city government said, and fuel is running dry.
August 04, 2014 - 18:13 GMT
Fighting between government forces and pro-Russian rebels left at least 10 civilians dead in eastern Ukraine as an international probe at the crash site of downed flight MH17 made headway.
August 04, 2014 - 03:39 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Fighting is raging on the western outskirts of Donetsk as the advancing Ukrainian army tries to seize control of the pro-Russian separatists' stronghold.
August 03, 2014 - 12:54 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Body parts found by international investigators in the fields of eastern Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 came down have been delivered in refrigerated trucks to the city of Kharkiv.
August 03, 2014 - 10:38 GMT
Shelling near the wreckage of the Malaysian airliner downed in east Ukraine forced international experts to stop working on Saturday at one part of the crash site, the OSCE rights and security group said.
August 02, 2014 - 18:50 GMT
A lull in fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists allowed international experts on Saturday to resume their search for human remains at the wreckage of a Malaysian airliner downed in eastern Ukraine last month.
August 02, 2014 - 09:45 GMT