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
At a rebel checkpoint in war-torn eastern Ukraine, camouflaged gunmen on a deserted road hurriedly wave through cars with hand-written signs reading children taped to their windscreens.
August 01, 2014 - 22:04 GMT
KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine Reuters - Ukraine said on Thursday it had suspended offensive operations in its military campaign in east Ukraine to help international experts reach the downed Malaysian airliner's crash site but separatists were continuing to attack its positions.
July 31, 2014 - 11:40 GMT
KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine Reuters - Food supplies have been cut to the rebel stronghold of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine during a military offensive on the city by government forces, local officials said on Thursday.
July 31, 2014 - 09:52 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Almost two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was blown out of the sky, the remains of some passengers are feared rotting in the 90-degree 32-degree Celsius midsummer heat, deepening the frustration of relatives desperate to recover the bodies of their loved ones.
July 30, 2014 - 18:59 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Almost two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down, clashes on Wednesday between Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels again prevented international experts from reaching the crash site to recover remains still baking in midsummer heat in farm fields - deepening frustration for victims' relatives and the governments whose citizens died.
July 30, 2014 - 15:49 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - International observers turned back Wednesday after making another attempt to reach the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down in eastern Ukraine, and a government official said the area near the zone had been mined by pro-Russian separatists who control it.
July 30, 2014 - 11:43 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - International observers have turned back from another attempt to reach the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down in eastern Ukraine.
July 30, 2014 - 09:55 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Shelling in at least three cities in eastern Ukraine has hit a home for the elderly, a school and multiple homes, adding to a rapidly growing civilian death toll Tuesday.
July 29, 2014 - 12:48 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - At least one person has been killed after three shells hit an apartment block in the center of the main separatist rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.
July 29, 2014 - 11:21 GMT
KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine Reuters - Intense fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine killed at least 19 civilians, local officials said on Tuesday, as Kiev pressed an offensive to close in on the separatists.
July 29, 2014 - 08:57 GMT
KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine Reuters - At least three civilians were killed in overnight fighting in eastern Ukraine and government troops pressed ahead with their campaign against pro-Russian rebels, taking a strategic point close to where Malaysian flight MH17 crashed, officials said on Monday.
July 28, 2014 - 09:55 GMT
Dutch and Australian police will make a fresh attempt on Monday to reach the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17 in insurgent-held east Ukraine, after heavy fighting nearby scuppered their previous effort.
July 28, 2014 - 07:55 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month.
July 27, 2014 - 15:25 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - A team of international police officers that had been due to visit the site of the Malaysian plane disaster in eastern Ukraine canceled the trip Sunday after receiving reports of fighting in the area.
July 27, 2014 - 11:11 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine - Dutch police are traveling to the scene of the Malaysian plane disaster in eastern Ukraine to secure the site, which investigators complain has already been compromised.
July 27, 2014 - 09:46 GMT
Shelling and explosions were heard around the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Saturday, and many shops were shuttered as Ukrainian forces pressed their military campaign against pro-Russian separatists.
July 26, 2014 - 13:13 GMT
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