Kim Sengupta

Kim Sengupta is Defence Correspondent at The Independent.

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Peacetime: A wrecked tank in eastern Ukraine yesterday

Ukraine ceasefire: A fragile peace breaks out in the east

Rebels make a grab for arms abandoned by Ukrainian forces as leaders prepare for talks
The Ukrainian government and separatist rebels agreed to a ceasefire amid flickering hopes of peace

Ukraine crisis: Fighting fizzles out as ceasefire agreed – but for how long?

Amid a mood of recrimination and mistrust on the ground, the prevalent feeling is the agreement will soon fall apart

Members of the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists, a volunteer battalion, in front of the presidential administration building in Kiev, demanding weapons

Ukraine crisis: Leaders talk about peace but in Mariupol, Luhansk and Donetsk, the reality looks more like war

Even the troops seem unsure about whether or not they are still fighting – or what happens next

Nato is to form a 4,000-strong spearhead force designed to go into action in 48 hours in response to Russian intervention in Ukraine

Ukraine crisis: Nato readies rapid-reaction spearhead force in response to Russian intervention – with sizeable British contingent

The Alliance has not named Russia as the threat against whom the measures are being taken

Isis fighters wave flags as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province

It's not just the savagery of Isis that is shocking – its weaponry is too

The jihadists have taken equipment belonging to both the Syrian regime and America

Ukrainian forces guard a checkpoint in the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, which pro-Russian separatists claim is a major target in their rebellion against the government

Ukraine crisis: All eyes turn to Mariupol as separatist showdown looms

Kiev's forces are digging in around the port to stop the opening of a land corridor to Crimea

Radical muslim cleric Abu Hamza outside the Finsbury Park mosque in 2004

The British state has a dishonourable tradition of complicity with extremists

For years, Islamist groups were allowed to use this country as a base to carry out attacks abroad

James Foley beheading: Governments’ lack of consistency on paying ransoms puts lives at risk

Four months ago, four French journalists held by Isis in Syria were freed after, it was claimed, François Hollande’s government paid a hefty ransom. The reports were quite detailed: the Defence Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, it was said, had personally carried the cash to the Turkish capital, Ankara. The claim was denied by the Élysée Palace, which pointed out that “President Hollande has said it is a very important principle that hostage-takers should not be tempted to take others”.

James Foley: Elite US military took part in failed bid to rescue photojournalist

Pentagon says both the Army's Delta Force and Navy SEAL commandos wanted 'to be in on the op' last July

Should America pay Isis ransom money to free hostages like James Foley?

There is a disconnect between EU and US policy

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