Kim Sengupta

Kim Sengupta is Defence Correspondent at The Independent.

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Pro-Russian activists clash with police, before overpowering them

Ukraine crisis: ‘This is the people’s property now’ - riot police unable to stop pro-Russian activists from storming another symbol of Ukrainian state power

Riot police were powerless to stop the massed ranks of pro-Russian activists from storming another symbol of  Ukrainian state power. Kim Sengupta witnesses a dramatic day in Donetsk

A pro-Russian activist walks in front of Ukrainian riot police during a rally in Donetsk

Ukraine crisis: Mayor of second city Gennady Kernes fights for life after murder attempt is blamed on Kremlin

Country falls further into chaos with fears high-profile figures are now targets

Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, the self-proclaimed ‘People’s Mayor’ of Slovyansk, right, leans over Axel Schneider, one of eight military observers from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe who were captured in eastern Ukraine and accused by Ponomaryov’s pro-Russian militia of spying for Nato. ‘They are prisoners of war,’ Ponomaryov told reporters at Slovyansk city hall.

Ukraine crisis: 'It's extraordinary that in 2014 there is a state which seems to want to recreate an empire' says Ukrainian intelligence officer who can decide fate of east Ukraine

A senior Ukrainian intelligence officer tells Kim Sengupta in Kramatorsk about the battle to convince civilians in the east of the country that their future lies with Kiev – not Moscow

Death on all sides: A barricade in Slovyansk with a tribute to a pro-Russian activist killed

Ukraine crisis: Death toll rises in a nation fearful of more bloodshed

Kim Sengupta reports from Slovyansk, where eight observers have been seized by separatists
Masked pro-Russian militants refurbish old rifles at their camp in Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine yesterday. The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has accused the West of making ‘one-sided demands’

Ukraine crisis: Helicopter gunship blown up and international observers held by gunmen as violence escalates

Government aircraft is targeted at supposedly secure military base

Ukrainian security force officers are deployed at a checkpoint set on fire and left by pro-Russian separatists near Slaviansk
Crowds gather yesterday for the funeral of local men who were killed in a gunfight in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk

Ukraine crisis: A moment of dignity for the dead then the recriminations fly

In his sermon Father Nicolai dwelt on the parable of Cain and Abel; brother slaying brother; the calamity of a house divided: three generations of one family sobbed in the corner holding on to each other, three bodies lay in open caskets, heaped in flowers, the dead from Ukraine’s internecine strife.

One for the album: The barricaded secret service building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk, which was taken over by pro-Russian separatists

The new people’s republic of east Ukraine

In the power vacuum, a new government starts to form

A fighter jet flies above as Ukrainian soldiers sit on an armoured personnel carrier in Kramatorsk, Ukraine

Ukraine crisis latest: Donetsk unmoved by Geneva accord

For the men facing off at the airport, the multinational peace deal is meaningless

Vladimir Putin after his annual live call-in broadcast in Moscow yesterday; the President reiterated that he had the right to send in troops to Ukraine and poured scorn on the threat of sanctions

Ukraine crisis: The ugly side of Russia’s ‘liberation’ of its neighbour

A victim of a stun grenade attack in Mariupol tells Kim Sengupta that the current tensions could set Ukrainian against Ukrainian for years

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