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Ukraine puts up strong defence even as Russia steps up attack in eastern regions

Russia has stepped up its attack and poured more troops into eastern Ukraine in a bid to capture the Donbas region.

Soldier holding out in Mariupol pleads for extraction as Russia again sets a new deadline for surrender.

Russia rejects calls for ceasefire to enable evacuations, says Ukraine only wants time to arm

Russia begins ‘battle of Donbas’, all-out assault on east Ukraine

Russia pours in more troops and presses attack in the east

Ukraine: Heavy bombardment in Mariupol, but defences hold

Russia has said it was expelling 31 diplomats from three European countries in a tit-for-tat move.