The explosion occurred at the Zasyadko mine in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk.
She’s Ukraine’s first female air force pilot and a national hero. But for the last 80 days, she’s been on hunger strike to protest the conditions in the Russian prison where she is being held.
The country’s defense ministry released a statement saying they would be withdrawing artillery from the front line of the conflict with pro-Russian rebels.
Footage from the scene shows people scrambling to run away from the explosion in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city.
It’s been a year since Ukraine’s former president was toppled from power — and these Putin loyalists aren’t happy about it.
The front-line exchange of prisoners of war was agreed to as part of a cease-fire deal, which has been tested by continued fighting.
The meeting of the top American and British diplomats came as Ukraine’s military braced for a possible rebel attack on the city of Mariupol.
Ukrainian troops began pulling out of Debaltseve on Wednesday after Russian-backed rebels surrounded the strategic railway junction. The defeat is a massive setback for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who denied that the town was surrounded in the face of all evidence to the contrary.
Photographer Max Avdeev embeds with the rebel fighters known as the First Slavyansk Brigade in Logvinove, Ukraine, to capture the horrific sights of conflict for BuzzFeed News. Warning: Several of the images in this gallery are NSFW and extremely graphic.
Rebels claimed on Tuesday to have taken control of “about 80%” of Debaltseve, a strategic railway junction that has been the scene of fierce fighting despite a cease-fire deal struck last week.
The U.S. has called on Russian-backed separatists to halt attacks in eastern Ukraine, expressing “grave concern” over the actions that threaten the cease-fire.
A lull after 10 months of fighting.
Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed rebels largely abided by the cease-fire after it came into effect overnight. Fierce fighting continued, however, for the contested town of Debaltseve. BuzzFeed News’ Max Seddon reports from Eastern Ukraine.
Kiev accused rebels of trying to seize as much territory as possible before both sides are due to halt fighting.
Ukraine’s 10-month attempt to reclaim its easternmost provinces has only made locals there hate the central government even more. BuzzFeed News’ Max Seddon reports from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.
The agreement to down weapons is due to be enacted on Saturday night. However, Kiev says there has been no let-up in violence since the deal was reached in Minsk, Belarus yesterday.
An obscure group duped Senator Inhofe’s office. The delegation’s U.S. leader says it was a “misunderstanding.”
The international airport that was once a beautiful and modern complex now lies in ruins after months of fierce conflict. Photographer Max Avdeev captures the sights for BuzzFeed News from Donetsk, Ukraine.
The deal follows marathon peace talks in Minsk, Belarus.
At least one person was killed in an attack on a bus station in Donetsk, as Russian President Vladimir Putin prepared to join peace talks in Minsk today. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko also said 16 people were killed in a rocket strike in Kramatorsk on Tuesday.
Photographer Max Avdeev reports from eastern Ukraine for BuzzFeed News to capture the catastrophic effects of the ongoing war on the region.
Russian-backed forces are sweeping across Ukrainian government territory, provoking a diplomatic crisis — and destroying the towns they capture. BuzzFeed News’ Max Seddon reports from Vuhlehirsk, Ukraine, with photos by Max Avdeev.
Residents of Debaltseve have been forced to evacuate as the front line of the conflict creeps towards their doorstep.
The two presidents will be joined by the leaders of France and Germany in Minsk, Belarus.
“There is already a large number of weapons in the region,” the German chancellor said Saturday.
He heard there would be snacks. Good ones.
Nearly a year after protesters ousted former President Viktor Yanukovych from Ukraine, a Moscow art group showed history from the Kremlin’s point of view.
“Russia cannot be allowed to redraw the map of Europe,” he said.
French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel planned to travel to Kiev on Thursday and Moscow on Friday with a peace plan. The U.S. secretary of state also arrived in Ukraine.
A Russian-backed rebel offensive has pushed hospitals and morgues on the frontline in eastern Ukraine to breaking point. BuzzFeed News’ Max Seddon reports from eastern Ukraine, with photographs by Max Avdeev.