donetsk people's republic
The group fought against the Ukrainian Army until their commander was thrown in jail in November by the Donetsk People's Republic, the Russian-aligned government he was fighting alongside.
Ruslan and Oxana met first as soldiers in the same unit, when both joined the Donetsk People's Republic military at the beginning of the region's violent secession from Ukraine.
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.
The recovery of the bodies is fraught with tensions ranging from the farcical to the heartbreaking. Now many appear to be uncounted for.
Russian strongmen have gained power over militias in the east of Ukraine, and claim they are bringing "order" to the region.
Sunday wasn't election day in all of Ukraine.
Fierce fighting erupted today on the outskirts of Donetsk as the Ukrainian military clashed with rebels for control of the city’s airport.