Even while speaking through a translator, Andrey is a man of few words. When asked why he defected from Russia to join a Ukrainian National Guard regiment, the 22-year-old Muscovite simply replied: “Common sense.”
Six female volunteers in the struggle against pro-Russian separatists talk about the decision to go to battle for their country - and their hopes for life after war.
The civilian and military death toll in the conflict in eastern Ukraine is estimated to have surpassed 6,000Tuesday, 03 March 2015 11:14
The conflict first began in April 2014, when pro-Russian separatists took control of buildings in the eastern Ukrainian regions of Luhansk and Donetsk following the Russian annexation of Crimea.
As pro-Russian separatists vow to mobilise up to 100,000 fighters for a new offensive, pressure is mounting on NATO allies to intervene in the conflict that has raged for nine months and killed at least 5100 people.
The new figure represents an ominous turning point in the battle between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists that was supposed to have halted under a September ceasefire agreement.
Seven people were killed and at least three wounded in a pair of mortar attacks on the city’s west side Friday, including one that hit a crowd of people waiting in line to receive humanitarian aid as fighting raged outside of town.
Ukraine leveled fresh charges that Russia was sending support to pro-Russian separatists in the eastWednesday, 26 November 2014 02:41
The latest accusations come amid a standstill in diplomatic efforts to end the six-month conflict in the east in which the United Nations says more than 4,300 people have been killed.
U.S. President Barack Obama's choice to fill the number two spot at the State Department, Anthony Blinken, spoke favourably on Wednesday about the possibility of providing weapons to Ukraine, which is grappling with pro-Russian separatists.