post 01 September 2014
Read more from Paul Mason on his blog Ukraine: how can the west force Russia to back down?

The UK is said to be pressing for the closure of the SWIFT bank-clearance service, which would be a big move.

article 01 September 2014 World, Ukraine
President Vladimir Putin and President Petro Poroshenko
Russia accused of 'open aggression' as separatists advance

Ukraine's president accuses Russia of launching a "direct and open aggression" against the country after government forces suffered major reverses against the rebels.

article 30 August 2014 World, Ukraine
Russian troops in Ukraine 'an act of aggression'
Russian troops in Ukraine 'an act of aggression'

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko calls on the EU for an "adequate reaction", saying Russia has thousands of troops and hundreds of tanks in Ukraine.

post 29 August 2014
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Ukraine: lessons Putin must learn from Russian invasion of Afghanistan

President Putin seems confident as he says one thing and does another - denying Russian soldiers have crossed the border despite overwhelming evidence is classic Soviet doublespeak.

article 29 August 2014 World, Ukraine
Have soldiers' selfies given away Russia's Ukraine role?

Russia continues to deny its soldiers are operating officially in Ukraine. Russian soldiers have been rushing to delete information on Instagram that may tell a different story.

article 28 August 2014 World, Ukraine
Satellite image of Russian troops in Ukraine (Digital Globe)
Nato images - 'proof' Russian soldiers inside Ukraine

Nato releases satellite imagery which it says shows well over 1,000 Russian combat soldiers operating inside Ukraine, armed with sophisticated weaponry.

post 28 August 2014
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog Ukraine: is Mariupol the new front in separatist war?

The chimneys of Mariupol - where one the the biggest integrated steelworks in the world dominates the city skyline outside for miles - the new strategic significance in Ukraine.

article 27 August 2014 World, Ukraine
'Roadmap' for peace? Ukraine to seek ceasefire after talks

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko promises to work on an urgent ceasefire plan with Russia's Vladimir Putin to defuse the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine.

article 26 August 2014 World, Ukraine
Ukraine: Poroshenko meets Putin as tensions rise

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko holds talks with his Russia counterpart, Vladimir Putin, at a summit in Minsk, capital of Belarus, as tensions continue to mount in eastern Ukraine.