French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel joined Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin for talks aimed at reviving the peace process in eastern Ukraine.
Despite several "peace talks" held by politicians, people are still dying in eastern Ukraine and death toll for the whole conflict has now passed 4,300 victims.
Photographer Louis Dowse spent three weeks in December embedded with Ukrainian army units on the frontline in Schastiye and Tr'okhizbenka.
Two boys die in shelling while playing football on their school sports field, as Kiev and the rebels swap blame for the collapse of the Minsk truce.
Petro Poroshenko slammed the votes in Donetsk and Luhansk as a 'brutal violation' of the Minsk peace deal and ordered in extra troops to protect eastern cities.
Despite irregularities, voter turnout appeared to be high, highlighting how the protracted conflict in eastern Ukraine has fueled anger with Kiev.
A German company is offering $30 million for information about the individuals responsible for downing Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.
The landmark meeting in Belarus resulted in the first serious agreement to lay down arms in a conflict that has claimed more than 2,600 lives.
At the summit Ukraine’s President said he hoped a bilateral ceasefire would start on Friday if a meeting set to be held in Minsk goes ahead as planned.
VICE News traveled a winding route littered with twisted metal, abandoned vehicles, and corpses after pro-Russian fighters ambushed Kiev's forces.
Russia will review its military strategy in response to a new “readiness action plan” devised by NATO, as rebels erase recent gains by the Ukrainian army.