Ukraine is the largest country in Europe. It has a population of around 43,000,000.
Ukraine is split roughly between pro-Russian sentiment in the east and those favoring closer ties to the EU in the west.
Over the past four years some 300,000 Ukrainian soldiers have fought on the front line in the east of the country. Now a small team of disabled and wounded Ukrainian veterans will take part in the Invictus Games. This will be Ukraine’s first time at the tournament which is taking place in the Canadian city of Toronto from September 23rd. Filip Warwick attended the qualifying round in Kiev.
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The International Committee of the Red Cross, or ICRC, believes at least 1,500 people are missing from the conflict in Ukraine. And around 1,000 dead bodies remain unidentified. The city of Slovyansk lies some 600 kilometres east of the capital Kiev, in the heart of the Donbas region. In the central square, the ICRC has been displaying photos of missing locals. Filip Warwick reports.
In a DW interview, Kurt Volker pledges that Washington will not strike a separate deal with Moscow over the heads of Europeans and Ukrainians - but says it is good that all agree the current situation must improve.