Evidence that a charismatic Russian separatist leader in eastern Ukraine was involved in the bloody Bosnian war of the early 1990s has come to light after he allegedly took responsibility for the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17.
WASHINGTON — President Obama announced expanded sanctions against Russia on Tuesday, just hours after the European Union imposed its most sweeping measures yet penalizing Moscow for its role in supporting separatists in neighboring Ukraine.
Rebels in eastern Ukraine on July 29 denied they had threatened to ban the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) from the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his U.S. counterpart John Kerry agreed in a phone conversation that fighting near the site where a Malaysian airliner crashed in eastern Ukraine needs to be stopped, Russia's Foreign Ministry said on July 29.
A Ukrainian military offensive could finally be clearing a path to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, government officials said on July 29, a development that could affect both the investigation into the downed airliner and Ukraine’s war effort.
DONETSK, Ukraine - Shells smashed into a residential neighborhood of Donetsk on July 29 as Ukrainian forces intensified their campaign to encircle the rebel stronghold. The shelling killed at least two people, blew gaping holes in an apartment block and raised fears that the city is on the verge of severe bloodshed.
WASHINGTON - The United States could unveil new economic sanctions on Russia over its support for separatists in easternUkraine "as soon as today," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on July 29.
BRUSSELS - The European Union reached agreement on July 29 on the bloc's first broad economic sanctions on Russia over its role in Ukraine, diplomats said, marking a new phase in the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cold War.
The Netherlands wants Ukraine to do more to help gain access to the MH17 crash site as forensic workers failed to reach the area today due to fighting between government forces and pro-Russia separatists.
The European Union's reported agreement on July 29 to impose broad economic sanctions on Russia for its uncompromising position on Ukraine threatens to stop off the trickle of affordable capital from abroad that the Russian economy desperately needs to thrive.
BRUSSELS/DONETSK - The European Union agreed for the first time on July 29 to impose broad sanctions against Russian oil companies, banks and defense firms, by far the strongest international action yet over Moscow's support for rebels in eastern Ukraine.
Fighting in east Ukraine has again prevented an international investigation team from reaching the crash site of flight MH17. The Netherlands prime minister has called on Ukraine to halt its offensive in the area.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron on July 29 promised the families of Britons killed in the Malaysian Airlines MH17 atrocity he will do 'everything we can' to bring their loved ones home. The Prime Minister today met relatives of some of the 10 UK nationals among the 298 passengers and crew killed when flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine.
LONDON - The European Union on July 29 overcame months of misgivings about forcefully confronting Russia and agreed to unleash a wave of tough economic sanctions intended to push Moscow into backing down from its destabilizing role in eastern Ukraine.
MOSCOW - As the European Union moves to slap broader, sector-wide sanctions on Russia on July 29, Moscow signaled it is preparing to strike back economically by targeting Western companies that do business in Russia.
With a walrus moustache, a fiery temper and a reputation for brutality, Igor Bezler is the most feared of all the rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine. Nicknamed Bes, or "the Demon", he is regarded as something of a loose cannon, even by other rebels, who speak about him in hushed tones.
LONDON - The European Union on July 29 approved a package of expanded sanctions against Russia over the conflict in eastern Ukraine, where Moscow has been widely accused of supporting separatist rebels.
A bill classifying nations that impose sanctions on Russia as "aggressor countries" will be submitted to the Russian government on Wednesday, State Duma Deputy Yevgeny Fyodorov told Izvestia on July 29.
European Union governments reached a deal on July 29 to impose economic sanctions against Russia, targeting its oil industry, defence, dual-use goods and sensitive technologies.