The European Union on Saturday, July 26 added 15 Russians and Ukrainians and 18 organizations to its sanctions list over the crisis in Ukraine.
DONETSK - European monitors on Friday, July 25 indicated for the first time that credit and debit cards belonging to people who died onMalaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukrainehad been moved inappropriately, though it was unclear whether anybody had tried to use them.
Rather than backing down after last week's downing of a civilian passenger jet, Russia appears to be intervening more aggressively in the war in eastern Ukraine in what American and Ukrainian officials call a dangerous escalation that will almost certainly force more robust retaliation from the United States and Europe.
The Netherlands and Australia are standing by to send police and troops to the site of the Malaysia Airlines crash in eastern Ukraine, in an attempt to finally secure the scene of the disaster, more than a week after the plane came down killing all 298 people on board.
MOSCOW - Russia's consumer protection agency has filed a suit against McDonald's for allegedly selling food that does not meet legal standards.
WASHINGTON - The International Monetary Fund on July 25 urged Ukraine's leaders to press forward with "steady implementation" of the economic reforms agreed with the fund a day after the prime minister tendered his resignation.
A 61-year old American man who was cycling in Russia carrying "messages of peace" was killed by a Russian drunk driver in a hit and run accident, news agency Itar-Tass reported local police as saying on July 25.
The Moscow metro accident, battle actions in southeastern Ukraine and escalation of relations between Russia and Western countries are in the list of events most remembered by Russian citizens in the past four weeks, Levada Center sociologists told Interfax following all-Russia poll held in July.
The Ukrainian authorities do not intend to extradite to Russia Right Sector leader Dmytro Yarosh, against whom criminal cases are opened in Russia and whom Interpol has placed on the wanted list, the Ukrainian interior minister's advisor Anton Heraschenko said.
Ukraine has launched criminal proceedings against the leader of A Just Russia party and its faction in Russia's State Duma, Sergei Mironov, according to a statement on the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's website.
SNIZHNE - It was lunchtime when a tracked launcher with four SA-11 surface-to-air missiles rolled into town and parked on Karapetyan Street. Fifteen hundred miles (2,400 kilometers) to the west, passengers were checking in for Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
Isabel Santos, the chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions, expressed her concern about increasing violations of rights and freedoms in Russia, the OSCE PA said in a statement on July 25.
The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 has put Vladimir Putin in a bind, evidence that he has unleashed forces in Eastern Ukraine that he cannot entirely control. But he may have also unleashed forces in Moscow, which, while still not very strong, are beyond his control.
Malaysia will study the possibility of involving its representatives into the international police contingent which will ensure a comprehensive and independent inquiry at the site of the Boeing 777 crash in Donetsk region.
ASPEN, Colorado - Russia has now amassed around 15,000 troops along the border with Ukraine, the U.S. ambassador to NATO said on Friday, offering a higher figure than one previously cited by the Pentagon.
Ukraine and Australia have signed an agreement on dispatching Australian experts to Ukraine to in connection with the crash of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko offers the Ukrainian parliament to ratify the document.