Crisis in Ukraine
Ukraine's pro-European western provinces have set their sights on a decisive break from the nation’s Soviet past. In response, Russia has seized control of the country’s Black Sea region of Crimea, setting off the tensest standoff between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War.
Fighting near the Malaysian Air crash site in east Ukraine again prevented Dutch and Australian investigators from reaching the area as Chancellor Angela Merkel said Europe must agree new Russia sanctions by tomorrow.
Ukraine’s army advanced on a last main separatist stronghold as the U.S. said Russian President Vladimir Putin is poised to give the rebels heavy weapons and European Union leaders considered their toughest sanctions yet on Russia.
Data from the downed Malaysian jet’s black boxes has been successfully downloaded a week after the tragedy in east Ukraine, with the examination of bodies also under way as crash experts seek evidence of a missile strike.
Pro-Russian rebel leader Alexander Borodai said he’s preparing for block-to-block fighting to defend Donetsk as Ukraine seeks to retake the stronghold and end a conflict he says has resulted in 10,000 deaths.
The risk of the U.S. and the European Union imposing wider economic sanctions on Russia has surged after a Malaysia Air passenger jet crashed in Ukraine’s rebel-held area, a Bloomberg survey of economists showed.
The European Union is preparing to sanction Russia’s most senior spies and security officials, some of whom served alongside President Vladimir Putin in the Cold War, as it seeks to step up its response to the conflict in Ukraine, according to a draft document obtained by Bloomberg.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating rose to near a six-year high as tensions with the U.S. and Europe escalated after a Malaysia Air (MAS) passenger jet crashed in Ukraine’s rebel-held territory.
President Barack Obama said the U.S. has concluded that a surface-to-air missile launched from insurgent-held territory in eastern Ukraine brought down a Malaysia Air jetliner, killing all 298 people on board.
President Vladimir Putin said Russia is testing its army’s combat readiness, ramping up tensions after pledging a pullback from Ukraine’s border. Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine vowed to press ahead with autonomy votes.
President Vladimir Putin called on separatists in Ukraine to postpone a vote for autonomy and said he’s pulled Russian troops from the country’s border after weeks of tension, as the U.S. said there’s no sign of a withdrawal.