Kim Sengupta

Kim Sengupta is Defence Correspondent at The Independent.

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Pro-Russia protesters storm the regional police station in Horlivka, near Donetsk

Ukraine crisis: How spontaneous are the pro-Russian protests breaking out in the east?

The Kiev administration continues to talk tough, as it did while losing Crimea, as Horlivka becomes the latest city where state institutions have passed into the hands of separatists

Pro-Russian separatists seizing a police building at the weekend in Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine. Troops in uniform without insignia have appeared as in Crimea

Ukraine crisis: Kiev confronts pro-Russia forces in bloody attempt to retain eastern half of country

West accuses Moscow of orchestrating upheaval that threatens security consensus that ended the Cold War

Taken control: Pro-Russian activists guard the police station they seized in Slavyansk

Ukraine crisis: Pro-Russians step up attacks during clashes in east of the country

Masked gunmen are storming more government buildings, barricading roads and demanding a split from Kiev

Ukraine's prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (center) speaks during his meeting with regional leaders in Donetsk, Ukraine

Ukraine crisis: Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s mission to prevent his country breaking up

Kim Sengupta reports from Donetsk, where tensions are growing and a ‘People’s Republic’ has been declared

Pro-Russian protesters guard a barricade outside the regional government building in Donetsk yesterday

Ukraine crisis: ‘If they storm us, they will end up killing a lot of civilians’, say pro-Russian occupiers of administrative building in Donetsk

Armed with Molotov cocktails, defended by razor wire, the separatists tell Kim Sengupta they are ready to fight Kiev’s forces

The flag of the so-called 'Donetsk Federative Republic'

Ukraine crisis: Russian nationalists dream of empire’s rebirth

Listening to the choir of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in the sunshine at Yalta, Ilya Drozdov, a key figure in the Duma’s committee to “reintegrate” former Soviet states, confidently told me: “Crimea will join us within a few weeks, the east and the south within four or five months.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai casts his vote at a local polling station in Kabul

Diplomatic Channels: Karzai is going nowhere fast, so Western powers ought to maintain good relations

One evening last week, away from the crowds, the vibrancy and violence of the election campaign, Hamid Karzai hosted a dinner for two of the candidates. One was Zalmai Rassoul, a long-term ally, the other Abdullah Abdullah, a long-term adversary.

Afghan election workers are escorted by armed policemen as they transport election materials and ballot boxes to remote polling stations in Balkh Province this week

Afghan election: Aftermath of presidential vote could be long, drawn-out affair in search for successor to Hamid Karzai

Getting Afghans to vote for a new president will not be a problem, but after ballots have been cast – with no clear successor to Hamid Karzai likely – the new leader may not be found until the autumn, writes Kim Sengupta

Most victims of last year’s crackdown in Egypt were Muslim Brotherhood supporters

Prime Minister steps into minefield with inquiry into what 'the Muslim Brotherhood is, what it stands for and what its presence is in Britain'

Is the Egyptian group really a terrorist threat? It suits some in the Middle East to say so

Dad’s home at last: the moment of pure joy yesterday when Spanish journalist Javier Espinosa was reunited with his son after being held hostage in Syria for six months

Diplomatic Channels: War correspondents can pay a heavy price to discover the truth

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