KRASNYI LUCH - Russia-backed rebels battling for control of a strategic town in eastern Ukraine say they're suffering heavy losses at the hands of government forces after a few key victories.
DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine -- Ukrainian forces acknowledged they had ceded control of the village of Vuhlehirsk to Kremlin-backed forces on Jan. 30, giving separatist fighters a vital foothold west of Debaltseve with which to bombard Ukraine’s only supply route into the strategic rail and road junction.
DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine – Trails of fire lit up the sky as rockets blazed towards their targets, bright flashes visible for miles around when they hit in the fading light. Fighting for Debaltseve’s strategic crossroads and rail junction grew ever more intense on Jan. 29, despite the declaration of a “humanitarian corridor” to allow civilians to safely flee from a city that had 25,000 residents before the war.
MINSK, Belarus - New cracks have emerged in a Russia-led economic alliance, with the president of Belarus warning that his nation may opt out of it.
Critics have accused Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko of engaging in clandestine diplomacy during peace talks with Russia, but others have dismissed this criticism as unfounded.
Ukraine's infamous Azov battalion, known for their far-right views and swastika-like Wolf's Hook insignia, train for battle in an abandoned quarry outside Mariupol on Jan. 27. Tensions are mounting in the city as it braces for a full-scale Russian assault. Two Azov battalion members were killed at a checkpoint on Jan. 28, the first deaths inside city limits since a Jan. 25 separatist rocket attack killed at least 30 people and left nearly a hundred wounded.
Ukrainian authorities officially confirmed for the first time on Jan. 27 that Russian-backed troops in Donbas have an air force.
As a misty wet snow falls on the slippery streets of Kyiv, a group of young men stand outside a building, some smoking cigarettes and most wearing camouflage clothes.
Editor's Note: The Kyiv Post is not publishing the most graphic videos of human rights abuses and war crimes allegedly committed by the Kremlin-backed fighters waging war in eastern Ukraine.
Extremely graphic video and photographic material appeared on a number of Kremlin-backed separatist websites showing evidence of torture and evidence of war crimes being committed against captured Ukrainian soldiers.
Belarus has begun the process of "de-Russification" in schools and throughout the nation, local news website BelNovosti informs on Jan. 26. The move by the nation of 10 million people -- tightly controlled by President Alexander Lukashenko -- is signal that Belarus may be trying to distance itself politically from Russia.
Kremlin-backed fighters have continued their onslaught against Ukrainian troops in recent days, gaining more territory.
Ukrainian model Diana Harkusha, 19, was named second runner-up in the Miss Universe 2015 beauty pageant on Jan. 25 in Miami. On stage at the pageant, she spoke of Russia's war against Ukraine and the support needed by its army and people.
Editor's Note: Pavel Felgenhauer, 63, is a leading independent Russian military analyst and commentator who is known for his publications critical of Russia’s political and military leadership. He is widely quoted by Russian and international news media because of his credibility. The Kyiv Post interviewed him on Jan. 25, following the Kremlin separatists’ strike on Mariupol, the Azov Sea port city of 500,000 residents, in which at least 30 people were killed and more than 100 people injured. His conclusion: Russia's proxy war against Ukraine will last for a long time, but if Russian President Vladimir Putin keeps pressing his conflict with the West, he will lose.
Iror Girkin tells Russian TV that Crimeans did not support Russian annexation.
Three Ukrainian jets attacked a Russian army base near Novoazovsk, blogger Oleh Yaremchuk says, citing intercepts of Russian army communications Jan. 25, Glavred reports.
ARTYOMOVSK, Ukraine – An ashen-faced man in a loose-fitting military uniform shuffles past a blood-soaked stretcher propped against the wall. Slowly stirring a cup of tea, he watches Ukrainian military officials announce the day’s casualties – one killed and 20 wounded.
Russian-backed fighters shelled the Azov Sea port city of Mariupol in Donetsk Oblast, killing 30 people, most of them civilians, and wounding 102, according to the oblast's office of Internal Ministry. Also, separatists killed one Ukrainian soldier, according to Channel 5. Mariupol one of the key cities that remains under Ukrainian control.
Ukrainian authorities say they will counter terrorist attacks all over the country and the military offense of Kremlin-backed insurgents, who defeated Ukrainian forces in the eastern Donbas region, regaining control of more territory and threatening to retake the entire Donetsk Oblast.
When a bomb exploded near a Kharkiv court and wounded 14 activists on Jan. 19, many saw it as evidence that Russia’s war against Ukraine had spread beyond the borders of the embattled eastern Donbas region.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was talking confidently on Jan. 22 even as, from all available evidence, the nation's armed forces suffered a string of humiliating defeats, from abandoning the admittedly destroyed Donetsk Airport to coming under heavy fire in Debaltseve, once strategic as a railway center.