Confident and cheery in priestly black robes, 21-year-old seminarian Oleg is on duty in the small wooden chapel built a year ago above the Maidan, the scene of deadly protests in Kiev last year that shaped Ukraine`s history.
On April 6, 2014, pro-Russian activists stormed the offices of the Donetsk regional administration and the Lugansk office of the secret service in eastern Ukraine, sparking a year-long insurgency against the Kiev government in which 6,000 people have died.
The Council of Europe on Tuesday blasted Kiev for failing to properly investigate deadly violence against demonstrators at last year`s Maidan protests that ended with pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych`s downfall.
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.
President Vladimir Putin has revealed the moment he says he gave the secret order for Russia's annexation of Crimea and described how Russian troops were ready to fight to rescue Ukraine's deposed, pro-Moscow president.
The European Union lifted sanctions on Friday against four Ukrainians including the son of a former premier, while extending measures against ousted president Viktor Yanukovych and 14 others for a year.
A bomb blast killed two at a march in east Ukraine on Sunday on the first anniversary of the ouster of the country's Russia-friendly president, a gruesome counterpoint to the hopes spawned by a cease-fire agreement more than a week ago.
The United States warned Saturday it could escalate sanctions on Russia after rebels overran a key Ukrainian town in violation of a truce, leaving a reported 179 government soldiers dead over a month of fighting.
The International Police Organization (Interpol) has issued red notice arrest warrants for ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych and his close allies, Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said Monday.