Crisis in Ukraine

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

European groups warn on Russia sanctions

Adidas, VW, Siemens, Shell and others say businesses affected

Comment and analysis

SNIZHNE, UKRAINE - JULY 23: A woman walks past an apartment building damaged rocket fire on July 23, 2014 in Snizhne, Ukraine. Rockets struck the town of Snizhne, a major rebel stronghold, on the morning of July 15 killing 11 people in an attack blamed on Ukraine's air force but denied by Ukrainian sources. Two Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down by pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country on Wednesday. The security situation is continuing to affect the investigation into the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crash. Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed killing all 298 on board including 80 children. The aircraft was allegedly shot down by a missile and investigations continue over the perpetrators of the attack. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images) ©Getty
Civilian casualties in the east increase, diminishing the chances of postwar reconciliation
– Guy Chazan
Placing Russia under a financial interdict will have greater impact
– Christopher Granville
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Putin is revealed as a reckless gambler leading his country into economic and political isolation
– Gideon Rachman

Ukraine crisis shows Nato flaws, MPs warn

Cyber attacks and use of militias create new challenges

Russia lashes out at EU sanctions

Moscow warns ‘irresponsible step’ will push up energy costs

EU and US toughen sanctions on Russia

Strongest action against Moscow since cold war

Sanctions fears loom for European groups

Fragile confidence could be affected by worsening crisis

Civilian death toll mounts in Ukraine

Fighting moves into urban areas with children among those killed

Companies fear Russian sanctions impact

BP and Renault say sales threatened

Crunch point for Ukrainian separatists

Rebels have been pushed back into towns by army offensive

Images show Russian attacks, says US

Artillery firing on Ukrainian forces, Washington claims

EU chiefs back tough new Russia curbs

Van Rompuy and Barroso call for approval of ‘phase three’ sanctions

Slavyansk grave reveals Ukraine’s wounds

Many welcome the return of Ukrainian rule, others mistrust Kiev

Orthodox oligarch linked to Russia and rebels

Kiev claims billionaire is ‘sponsor of terrorists’

US says Russia fired artillery at Ukraine

State department cites ‘new evidence’ linking Moscow to conflict

Ukraine separatist says rebels held Buk missiles

Russian defence ministry denies Kiev claims it shot down fighter jets

EU to weigh extensive sanctions on Russia

Proposal includes ban on buying new debt or stock of Russian banks

Ukraine’s prime minister quits

Yatseniuk resignation will lead to early elections

Fears rise of Russia-fuelled arms race

Downing of 2 Ukrainian fighter jets adds to suspicions

US says Russia still arming Ukraine rebels

Kiev says separatists have shot down two of its fighter jets

Putin vows to lean on separatist rebels

Concession to western pressure balanced by defiance

Miliband takes hard Ukraine stance in US

Labour leader tells Europe to ‘step up’ response to crisis

Rebel trio may have slipped Moscow’s bonds

Unclear how much control Kremlin has over separatists

Russia adopts delaying tactics over rebels

Moscow under pressure to disown Ukraine militias over MH17 crash

Call for review of EU-Russia ties

Netherlands ‘furious’ over treatment of bodies at airline crash site

Australia threatens Putin with G20 summit ban

Summit ban unless Russia facilitates crash investigation

Crisis ‘a wake-up call to Europe’ on sanctions

MH17 disaster leaves Putin on the back foot

Putin is facing his moment of truth

Tragedy of MH17 shows he is losing control in Ukraine

Russian media blame Kiev

Political hostility threatens MH17 probe

Success to hinge on integrity of crash site and black boxes

Crash galvanises EU opinion on sanctions

EU capitals push for quicker and broader penalties on Russia

Crash raises political heat over Ukraine

Blame game could harden positions in Kiev and Washington