Kim Sengupta

Kim Sengupta is Defence Correspondent at The Independent.

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Residents watch flames from a gas pipe damaged by a mortar bomb during fighting in Slovyansk

Ukraine crisis: The patriotic volunteers of the 'Black Army' who want to save their land only make it more dangerous

Diplomatic Channels: People can see the Donbas slipping away, just like Crimea. They want to do something

Pro-Russian gunmen take their position behind a sign with the word ‘Slovyansk’, at a checkpoint blocking the major highway

Ukraine crisis: Country's richest man steps into the breach to help calm Donbas region

Employees of Rinat Akhmetov have joined police on patrol in Mariupol and have begun to clear up the mess left by the clashes

An armed pro-Russian militant stands guard at a barricade outside the village of Shchastya near the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk
Pro-Russians guard a rally to celebrate the results of the referendum on the status of Luhansk

Ukraine crisis: A country is born in Donetsk... but not for long

First the People’s Republic of Donetsk declared independence from Kiev. Then its leaders asked to be ruled by Moscow. Kim Sengupta reports on another day in the disintegration of Ukraine

Members of a local election commission count votes after a referendum organized by the so-called Donetsk People's Republic members at a polling station in Donetsk, Ukraine

Ukraine crisis: Tens of thousands vote in regional referendum dubbed 'a criminal farce organised by Russia'

As separatists anticipate victory in the referendum to form independent entities in eastern Ukraine, their leaders promise to throw out their military occupiers. Kim Sengupta reports from Mariupol on a tense situation growing worse

The city’s police station ablaze

Ukraine crisis: Terror and disarray mars vote for self-rule in east of the country

Just how easily people will be able to vote on secession is open to doubt, as is the effect the result might have
A police station is ablaze in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine

Ukraine crisis: Bloody assault in Mariupol in south-east dashes hopes of avoiding civil war

Caretaker government warns of further lethal action against ‘terrorists’

Recruits take part in military drills in Novy-Petrivtsi yesterday

Ukraine crisis: Calm before the storm in Donetsk as a divided nation gears up for one final battle

With a proposed referendum still up in the air, the only certainty is more violence

A tribute to the victims of the fire last week at the trade union building in Odessa, which began after pro-Ukraine and pro-Russia protesters clashed in the square outside

Ukraine crisis: The Odessa file - how a cultural melting pot boiled over into sectarian strife

The vacuum left by last week’s deadly fire has been filled with fear, tension  and recrimination. Kim Sengupta reports from the city

A man lays flowers inside the trade union offices in Odessa, where more than 40 people died – some from gunshot wounds, but most in a fire that tore through the building

Ukraine crisis: Mercenaries, ready meals and MI6 – the 'evidence' British troops are fighting pro-Russian troops, or something far less sinister?

A combat jacket with British markings and American military meals and ammunition found at the scene of a shooting in Andrievka leaves locals suspicious.

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