Judge looks to build `new society` in Ukraine rebel bastion

Even as he breaks down in tears, judge Alexander Klyanoshkin admits no regrets about ending a decade on the bench in his government-held hometown in eastern Ukraine to serve in the pro-Russian breakaway republic of Donetsk.

Passenger bus hits landmine in east Ukraine, three dead: Police

 At least three people were killed and six injured in eastern Ukraine when a passenger bus hit a landmine in the government-controlled town of Artemivsk, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the separatist stronghold of Donetsk, a police official told AFP.

Artillery rocks Ukraine rebel bastion Donetsk despite truce

Artillery fire rocked the outskirts of the rebel-held east Ukraine city of Donetsk on Sunday in the latest clashes to rattle an internationally brokered ceasefire between pro-Russian separatists and Kiev.

Artillery fire breaks out in east Ukraine

Intensive artillery fire broke out Sunday near the rebel-held city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, apparently breaking an internationally brokered ceasefire between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government, an AFP reporter said.

Russia says Ukraine law on autonomy violates peace deal

Russia on Wednesday condemned Ukraine for ratifying two bills on greater autonomy for the rebel-held east, saying they "grossly violated" a fragile peace deal.

Ukraine rebels turn oligarch`s plant into tank factory

 In eastern Ukraine`s rebel-held city of Donetsk workers at a factory that used to supply heavy machines for local coal mines are busy spray painting armoured vehicles and fixing tank tracks.

Ukrainian soldier killed in clashes despite weapons pullback

One Ukrainian soldier has been killed and four injured in the country`s east, where government forces and pro-Russian separatists continue to trade fire despite a ceasefire.

Ukraine president says arms withdrawal almost complete

Ukraine's president says government and rebel forces have pulled back most of their heavy weapons in the east, but each side accused the other of stalling on complying with other terms of a cease-fire deal.

All heavy weapons removed from separation line: Ukraine

Ukrainian government forces have finished removing all their heavy weaponry from the line separating them and pro-Russian separatist militias in eastern Ukraine, Efe news agency reported on Tuesday citing Anatoly Stelmakh, the Kiev military spokesmen.

Rebel pageant: Ukrainian fighters trade in boots for heels

Trading in their combat boots and fatigues for high heels and ball gowns, female rebel fighters who normally fight Ukrainian soldiers took off to take part in a beauty pageant.

Ukraine mourns 33 victims of mine disaster

Ukraine on Thursday observed a day of mourning for 33 miners killed in an apparent gas blast at a notoriously dangerous coal mine in the eastern rebel stronghold of Donetsk.

Day of mourning to mark east Ukraine mine disaster

 Ukraine on Thursday observed a day of mourning after 32 miners perished in a blast in a notoriously dangerous mine just a few kilometres from the frontline, where Kiev is reporting an increase in attacks by pro-Russian separatists.

Over 30 feared dead in east Ukraine mine blast

At least 17 miners were killed and 16 more were missing and feared dead in eastern Ukraine after a blast on Wednesday at an accident-prone coal mine in the rebel-held city of Donetsk.

Dozens of miners missing feared dead in rebel east Ukraine

Dozens of miners were trapped underground and feared dead after a blast on Wednesday at a coal mine in the eastern Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Tuesday, with rescuers saying the chance of finding many survivors was slim.

33 miners feared dead after pit blast in east Ukraine

Ten miners were confirmed killed and rescuers held out little hope for another 23 who were still missing after a blast at a coal mine in the rebel-held city of Donetsk near the battle front in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday.

Moscow denounces `abominable` Charlie Hebdo cartoon

 The head of the Russian parliament`s foreign affairs committee Alexei Pushkov on Sunday denounced a cartoon published in the latest issue of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on the truce in Ukraine as "abominable".

Separatists find bodies of 30 Ukrainian soldiers

 Pro-Russian separatists have found at least 30 corpses of Ukrainian soldiers under the rubble of Donetsk airport, which was taken by the rebels last month after bloody fighting, according to the separatists` DAN news agency.

Ukraine rebels mark Soviet holiday for defenders of `fatherland`

Thousands of men and women gathered on Lenin square in east Ukraine`s main rebel-held city Donetsk on Monday to celebrate a Soviet-era holiday and pay hommage to their fallen fighters.

Ukraine closes 23 border-crossings with Russia

Ukraine has temporarily closed 23 of its 52 border-crossings with Russia, an official statement said.

Ukraine says rebel attacks continue despite ceasefire
Ukraine says rebel attacks continue despite ceasefire

A Ukrainian military spokesman says separatist rebels fired on Ukrainian positions nearly 50 times over the past day, despite a ceasefire that was called into effect five days ago.