The gunmen lined up around 20 pale-looking prisoners in two silent rows in the ruins of the airport terminal. Somehow still clinging to a wall pulverised by bullets and artillery was a sign marked "Lost and Found".
DONETSK - The frontline slicing across east Ukraine is more than a boundary fought over by the army and pro-Russian forces; it is also a partition many Ukrainian civilians in the separatist-held zone need to cross to live their lives.
WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet next week with his Russian and Iranian counterparts seeking an end to fighting in Ukraine and to advance a nuclear deal with Iran, US officials said on Feb. 26.
WASHINGTON - The top U.S. intelligence official told a Senate panel on Feb. 26 that Russian-backed separatists would probably continue their advance through Ukraine this spring and that he favors providing lethal arms to help defend the area.
BRUSSELS - Russia, Ukraine and the European Union will hold talks in Brussels on March 2 to discuss problems with gas supplies to Ukraine, the EU said on Feb. 26.
The top U.S. intelligence official said on Feb. 26 that he supports arming Ukrainian forces against Russian-backed separatists, as the Obama administration continues deliberations about whether to deepen involvement in a conflict pitting the West against Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ukrainian defense officials and leaders of the separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine announced on Feb. 26 that they were moving tanks and other heavy weaponry away from the front lines in a belated effort to abide by the conditions of a European-brokered peace agreement.
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe monitors who have visited Debaltseve, Ukraine's Donetsk Oblast, have said almost all buildings in the town center were "destroyed or heavily damaged."
Kyiv's forces have begun pulling back heavy weapons from the frontlines in eastern Ukraine, marking a step forward for the troubled peace plan agreed in Minsk this month.
Russian gas giant Gazprom says it is willing to discuss alterations to the current gas agreement with Kyiv but also warns time is running out for Ukraine to order further shipments.
OSCE Special Monitoring Mission officials are monitoring the withdrawal by the Ukrainian military of artillery systems from the contact line in Donbas, the press center for the military operation has reported.
BRUSSELS - The European Commission has received confirmation from the Russian Energy Ministry that the latter will attend a planned European Union-Russia-Ukraine meeting on natural gas in Brussels on March 2, a Commission representative told Interfax on Feb. 26.
Ukraine's central bank sold dollars on Feb. 26 for the same price it had paid for them the previous day, action that appeared to help stabilize its hryvnia currency somewhat after dramatic falls earlier in the week.
BERLIN - Germany's Angela Merkel said on Feb. 26 she hoped Russia's Vladimir Putin would not try the same strategy in Moldova as he had in Ukraine, and expressed support for the country's efforts to forge stronger ties with Europe, to Moscow's chagrin.
The rhetoric is as melodramatic as ever, but this time around Russia's threat to cut off Ukraine's natural gas is mostly hot air. After months in which Kyiv has been faithfully paying for gas and Moscow reliably supplying it under a deal brokered by the European Union, this week has seen the quarrel erupt anew.
MARIUPOL - Pensioner Anatoliy gestures at a row of burnt out cars as he worries about what might be in store for his east Ukraine hometown - the frontline port city of Mariupol. "People are afraid and don't want this to be repeated," he tells AFP.
The European Union need not rush to judgment on the recent Minsk ceasefire and peace accords and can watch in coming months what happens in eastern Ukraine before making a decision on economic sanctions, the bloc’s foreign-policy chief said on Feb. 26.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Feb. 26 asked the International Committee of the Red Cross to help deliver Ukrainian aid to the population of separatist-controlled areas in eastern Ukraine across the frontline.
The National Commission for Energy, Housing and Utilities Services Regulation (NCER) has raised the gas price ceiling for industrial consumers and budgetary institutions by 56 percent, from Hr 5,700 to Hr 8,900 per 1,000 cubic meters (excluding VAT, tariffs for transportation, distribution and supply).