Kharkiv

Refugees from Ukraine are fleeing the country and heading to places like Romania. Many are passing through customs in Siret, Romania.

In Putin’s information war, refugees beg their families to accept reality

It's a situation that many Ukrainians with families watching Russian state media propaganda are finding themselves in — trying to share the painful reality of war in Ukraine with their loved ones in Russia, who may or may not believe them. 

In Putin’s information war, refugees beg their families to accept reality
The refugees from Ukraine to Romania's southern border are mainly women, children and elderly people. Men, ages 18 to 60, can’t leave Ukraine if they’re eligible for the draft.

Ukrainians fleeing war are welcomed at Romania’s southern border

Ukrainians fleeing war are welcomed at Romania’s southern border
Not far outside of the city of Kharkiv, Ukraine near the border with Russi, Ukrainian military forces are preparing for the worst. There’s a long-barbed wire fence separating Ukraine and Russia. Some 50 yards back, there’s an intricate system of trenches.

Ukrainians living near the border with Russia weigh in on threat of war

Ukrainians living near the border with Russia weigh in on threat of war
Close up of a woman wearing a head scarf in a church near a gold cross.

Ukrainian Orthodox Church gains independence from Moscow: ‘We have been waiting for this’

Ukrainian Orthodox Church gains independence from Moscow: ‘We have been waiting for this’
Masked pro-Russian activists haul down the Ukrainian flag from the top of another government building in eastern Ukraine, Monday.

Kharkiv's mayor is shot in another sign of Ukraine's rising tension

Kharkiv's mayor is shot in another sign of Ukraine's rising tension
A masked armed man, representing Ukrainian special forces, stands guard outside the regional administration building in Kharkiv, April 8, 2014.

The Ukrainian government has taken back control in one eastern city

The interim government of Ukraine has retaken control of buildings occupied by pro-Russia protesters in Kharkiv. But protesters still hold buildings in other cities in eastern Ukraine. US officials say it is clear Russia is behind the chaos.

The Ukrainian government has taken back control in one eastern city

Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine may be the next flashpoint in the Russia-Ukraine standoff

After Russia's annexation of Crimea, the stand-off between the two countries is spreading to Ukraine's eastern regions. A reporter with our partner Frontline saw Russian and Ukrainian troops massing at the border, and tense streets in the city of Kharkiv.

Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine may be the next flashpoint in the Russia-Ukraine standoff
Anti-government protesters carry a man with a bullet wound on his leg during clashes with riot police in Independence Square in Kiev, February 20, 2014.

Why did the situation in Ukraine turn so violent so fast?

The streets of Kiev were a deadly battle zone again after a short-lived truce between protesters and government troops broke down. BBC Ukraine analyst Olexiy Solohubenko explains to Host Carol Hills of PRI's The World how the three-month standoff turned violent so quickly.

Why did the situation in Ukraine turn so violent so fast?