The far-right Azov battalion has a reputation for being a fierce fighting force and openly uses fascist symbols. More and more young people are joining up, women too. There’s mounting concern about democracy in Ukraine.
Ukraine's military says nine soldiers have died in clashes with Russia-backed rebels in the east of the country. The violence follows a separatist announcement of a plan to form a new state called Little Russia.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has reiterated German support for the Normandy format. He told Russian President Vladimir Putin clashes would go on until an international settlement is reached in eastern Ukraine.
Killings nearing "war crimes" on both of Ukraine's conflict have been identified in a UN human rights report. It highlights a lack of accountability as fighting rumbles on 18 months after a ceasefire was declared.
Human rights groups accuse both the government and Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine of secretly abducting and imprisoning civilians. David Stern in Kyiv looks at why some say this is only part of the story.
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