Dutch to renew search for body parts, debris at MH17 crash site

Dutch and international investigators will renew their search for body parts and debris at the MH17 plane crash site in restive eastern Ukraine, including at a location previously considered unsafe, the team`s chief announced Wednesday.

One Ukrainian serviceman killed in past 24 hours in east: Military

One Ukrainian serviceman was killed and two were wounded in separatist eastern territories in the past 24 hours, Kiev`s military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said in a televised briefing on Wednesday.

Fighting picks up in war-torn eastern Ukraine

Fighting has picked up in eastern Ukraine, after more than a month of relative calm, as diplomats gathered in Berlin on Monday to discuss the Ukraine crisis.

Three soldiers killed in restive east Ukraine

Three Ukrainian soldiers died when a mine exploded in the separatist-held east where isolated clashes continue to undermine a ceasefire aimed at ending a year-long war.

From rebellion to stalemate: A year of war in east Ukraine

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.

Divided but not defeated, Ukrainians seek to heal war wounds

Kiev resident Anna Okhrimenko stopped speaking Russian after Moscow annexed Crimea last year, and does not think much of her pro-Russian compatriots caught up in the year-long war raging in Ukraine`s east.

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.