A Ukrainian soldier flashes the “V for victory” sign as a convoy of Ukrainian armoured personnel carriers passes through the eastern Ukrainian city of Konstantinovka in Donetsk Oblast on July 21. The Ukrainian military is on the offensive against Russian-backed guerrillas and have liberated many cities in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts once controlled by the separatists. However, the provincial capitals of Donetsk and Luhansk are still controlled by the insurgents. Meanwhile, the European Union is still considering tougher sanctions against Russia, which is not backing off its war.
DONETSK, Ukraine – While most eyes of the world were focused on the July 17 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 that killed 298 people, Ukraine’s government forces continued assaults that regained territory from Russian-backed separatist fighters.