Crisis in Ukraine

Pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine have escalated the political turmoil that threatens to tear the country apart

Nato accuses Russia over Ukraine

As crisis worsens Putin calls Kiev’s army a ‘foreign legion’

Comment and analysis

Ukrainian servicemen climb onto their Armoured Personnel Carriers during a handing over ceremony of military equipment by the President Poroshenko to the Ukrainian forces near the city of Ghytomyr, some 140 km from Kiev, on January 5, 2014. The President of Ukraine and the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Petro Poroshenko handed military units more than 150 pieces of military equipment and weapons manufactured or remanufactured by the military-industrial complex of Ukraine. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images ©AFP
Moscow can ease tensions by honouring its obligations
Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow on December 18, 2014. Putin crushed Chechnya's rebellion, pushed back Russia's frontiers and restored the pride of a nation humiliated by the demise of the Soviet Union. But 15 years after he came to power Vladimir Putin's faces his biggest challenge yet: how to manage the worst monetary crisis of his era. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images) ©AFP
A controlled crisis would give Russia bargaining tools and distract from Ukraine, says Ivan Krastev
People light candles to form the shape of Ukraine's national coat of arms as thousands gathered in Kiev's Independence Square on November 21, 2014 to mark the first anniversary of protests which unleashed a year of turmoil. A crowd of several thousand gathered in Kiev's Independence Square, known as Maidan, to remember the more than 100 protestors who died in demonstrations that started on November 21 last year. AFP PHOTO/GENYA SAVILOVGENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images ©AFP
The west should make its support dependent on corruption being ended
– Victor Pinchuk

IMF pressed to increase lending to Ukraine

Calls grow for fund to step up aid to prevent financial crisis

Obama threatens more Russia sanctions

Warning comes after attack by rebels on Ukrainian city of Mariupol

Ukraine separatists in deadly rocket attack

At least 30 civilians killed in strike on strategic port

Donetsk airport turns from trophy to ruin

War of attrition for symbolic and increasingly strategic frontline intensifies

EU hawks blast call to ease Russia stance

Ministers attack paper exploring potential rapprochement over Ukraine

US offers Kiev fresh financial support

Violence flares as hopes for diplomatic breakthrough fade

Violence flares in eastern Ukraine

Upsurge comes as foreign ministers prepare to meet

Ukraine’s Poles pray for Warsaw rescue

Plight of Polish in war-torn eastern Ukraine has become an emotive political issue

Juncker proposes €1.8bn Ukraine aid

EU Commission president makes offer as IMF begins bailout talks

Soros: Save Ukraine to counter Russia

West told to back up sanctions with $50bn support for Kiev

Hackers attack German government sites

Ukraine separatist group CyberBerkut blocks Merkel website

Kiev and rebels swap prisoners

Talks aimed at full ceasefire are called off

Ukraine moves closer to Nato bid

Parliament’s vote to scrap ‘nonaligned’ status angers Moscow

EU resists Ukraine’s plea to find funding

Assistance sought from governments to avoid a possible default

IMF warns Ukraine bailout faces collapse

Shortfall of $15bn needed within weeks

Merkel accuses Putin of ‘creating problems’

German concern over Russian actions beyond Ukraine

Nato seeks weapons to counter Russia’s information war

Alliance fears persuasive power of Kremlin argument

Hollande meets Putin in Moscow

French president makes unexpected stopover to discuss Ukraine crisis

Ukraine’s solvency under renewed threat

Government borrowing costs hit record high

Merkel offers Russia trade olive branch

German chancellor aims to ease tensions with more talks

Shadow trading signals financial crisis in Ukraine

Calls for bailout to avert economic meltdown

Biden balks at heavy weapons for Ukraine

Russian build-up in the east intensifies US calls for arms to Kiev

Naftogaz warns of gas cuts to east Ukraine

State-run company says it stands to lose almost $1bn over a year

Under-fire Putin in early exit from G20

Russian president departs before final communiqué

Putin berates Kiev for cutting services

Russian leader says move amounts to ‘economic blockade’

Cameron warns Putin to pull back in Ukraine

UK prime minister threatens further sanctions unless Russia pulls back

Russian build-up sparks guessing game

Debate over Moscow’s aims in Ukraine follows military movements

Russian aggression revives sanctions talk

Mounting evidence of intervention in Ukraine strengthens EU stance

Moscow ‘helping rebels form viable state’

Nato chief Breedlove says Russian columns seen entering Ukraine