Russian President Vladimir Putin signed several laws on July 22, increasing liability for separatism and violation of regulations for holding rallies.
PARIS - France's foreign minister hit back at Britain on July 22, telling Prime Minister David Cameron he should do something about UK-based Russian oligarchs before questioning France's plan to sell Mistral helicopter carriers to Moscow.
HRABOVE, Ukraine - International monitors who have finally gained full access to the Malaysia Airlines crash site in eastern Ukraine said on July 22 the Boeing 777's cockpit inexplicably had been sawed in half while under the control of Russian-backed separatists.
WARSAW - Bulgaria called for more NATO troops in southeastern Europe and the Black Sea, as well as more joint military exercises, to improve security in the region after Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea.
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman, who heads the government commission of inquiry into the Malaysian Boeing 777 crash in Donetsk region, has said that the plane's flight recorders have been handed to the Malaysian side, and now will be delivered to the United Kingdom under the supervision of International Civil Aviation Organization.
WASHINGTON - The United States will not rest until justice is done in the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-17 over eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama vowed in a condolence book for the nearly 300 victims on July 22.
European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton doesn't rule that the leaders of 28 EU member countries may gather for another summit before holidays in August to discuss the Ukrainian crisis and sanctions against Russia.
Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin attended an open meeting of the enlarged bureau of the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs in Brussels on July 22, which discussed current developments in Ukraine.
DRIEBERGEN, The Netherlands - The remains of the victims of last week's downing of a Malaysian airliner will begin to arrive in the Netherlands on July 23, but the intricate and harrowing process of giving names to the bodies could take weeks or months, Dutch officials said.
The Russian government has decreed that applications from Ukrainian refugees for temporary asylum to be granted in Russia must be considered in a fast-track procedure.
Interpol representatives in Kharkiv have started identifying the remains of the people killed in the Malaysia Airlines' plane crash, the organization said on its website.
WASHINGTON - The United States will on July 22 release intelligence backing its assertion that the Malaysian airliner that crashed in Ukraine was brought down by a missile fired from the separatist-controlled area, the State Department said.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in a conversation with Prime Minister of Finland Alexander Stubb has said that the flow of militants and weapons across the border from Russia into Ukraine continues, and expressed his hope that the international community will help Ukraine prevent this from happening.
There are still human remains on the site where a Malaysian passenger plane hit the ground in eastern Ukraine after being downed, a representative of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) watchdog said on July 22.
A plane carrying the remains of some victims of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777's crash in Ukraine will depart Kharkiv for the Netherlands on Wednesday, head of the Dutch mission to Ukraine Jan Tuinder said.
The European Union calls on Russia to use its influence over pro-Russian militants in Ukraine's east to achieve internationals experts' full access to the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane downed on July 17.
The European Union imposed new sanctions against Russian officials on July 22 over Moscow's alleged help for separatists in Ukraine who are accused of shooting down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. The EU stopped short of approving tougher measures.
On July 21 the two black boxes from flight MH17 were finally handed over to Malaysian experts who had been petitioning for their safe recovery. The black boxes, however, weren't returned by the Ukrainian government, but by pro-Russian separatists from the so-called "Donetsk People's Republic".
A district administrative court in Kyiv has opened proceedings in the case of OAO TV Center and ordered a temporary suspension of the broadcasting of the TV Center-International program, the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine said on July 11.