STAROBESHEVE - As the survivor of a tank attack on a Ukrainian army truck was being carried into an ambulance, he was showered with verbal abuse by a rebel fighter.
BRUSSELS - The European Union on Saturday, Aug. 30 warned that the apparent incursion of Russian troops on Ukrainian soil pushes the conflict closer to a point of no return, with new economic sanctions being drawn up to make Moscow reconsider its position.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday, Aug. 30 he believed that efforts to halt violence with pro-Russian rebels were very close to a 'point of no return' and that failure could lead to 'full-scale war'.
It's been building for months. And now, according to some, Russia has launched a 'full-scale invasion' of Ukraine.
Don't mess with Russia.
That was President Vladimir Putin's message on Friday, Aug. 29 the same day a British government source claimed that Russian troops had significantly ratcheted up their military incursion into Ukraine.
Mariupol - As concern over Russia's actions in Ukraine grows, European leaders are meeting Saturday, Aug. 30 in Belgium to discuss possible new sanctions against Moscow.
The Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is in Brussels to discuss the ongoing crisis in his country with EU leaders.
Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, James Stavridis, weighs in on Russia's role in Ukraine.
Ukraine called on Friday, Aug. 28 for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help, after accusing Russia of sending in armored columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels.
There might still be a way to solve the Ukraine crisis without escalating military action and the debilitating economic consequences of increased and lengthy sanctions, and that would be to give up the east of the country, just as the Crimea, and quickly join the rest to Europe, according to some analysts.
On the eastern edge of Mariupol, a port on Ukraine's Sea of Azov coast with a population of 400,000, locals armed with shovels were blunt about why they were digging trenches: the Russians, they said, were coming.
Jose Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, said EU leaders would agree new sanctions against Russia at a Brussels summit on Saturday, Aug. 30, arguing the Kremlin needed to face the consequences for escalating the war in Ukraine.
A Russian politician said on Saturday, Aug. 30 he had been badly beaten after publicising the mysterious funerals of two soldiers who may have died while fighting in Ukraine.
MARIUPOL - Since Monday, Aug. 25 more than 200 Ukrainian volunteer soldiers have been trapped in the southeastern town of Ilyovaisk, surrounded by separatists they say have been freshly supplied with troops and high-tech weapons from Russia. Food and ammunition have dwindled, and the death toll is mounting.
European Union Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso gave a grim assessment of the situation in Ukraine on Saturday, Aug. 30 after talks in Belgium with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
PARIS, France -- Moscow's latest warning that Europe could Russia in mid-June cut its deliveries for Ukraine after a pro-Western government took power, saying that Kiev had not be paying its bills on time.
Russia has continued to supply pro-Kremlin separatists in Ukraine with tanks, armoured vehicles, rocket launchers and artillery, NATO's Secretary General has said, echoing comments by Western leaders that the separatists seeking independence are being aided militarily by Moscow.
Eighteen years after the signing of the Khasavyurt Accord that ended the 1994-96 Chechen war, a veteran Chechen field commander has issued a timely reminder that there are still three sides to the ongoing struggle for the hearts and minds of the Chechen people.
Russia is at war with Ukraine and so effectively at war with Europe, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said on Saturday, Aug. 30, calling on Europe to supply Kyiv with military equipment.