Ukraine accused Russia of fueling terrorism in its eastern regions as a move against separatists in the town of Kramatorsk stalled on the eve of an international conference aimed at defusing the crisis.
Present and past owners of OAO Bank Rossiya, the only company hit with sanctions for Russia’s takeover of Crimea, include three billionaires, two proteges of a Nobel Laureate and, according to a Spanish prosecutor, one possible mob boss.
Two decades before seizing Crimea, Vladimir Putin showed his willingness to challenge the post-Cold War order in defense of Russians in Estonia, a country now bracing for the possibility he may go even further.
Ukraine’s benchmark bonds fell, pushing yields to a three-week high, as intensifying clashes in the country’s east stoked concern Russia may seek to seize more territory after annexing Crimea last month.
Russia and the U.S. traded barbs at an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council as a deadline passed for pro-Russian separatists to leave buildings they occupied amid escalating violence in eastern Ukraine.
Tensions rose in Ukraine’s eastern regions as gunmen seized two police stations and attacked three others, prompting the government in Kiev to accuse Russia of “external aggression” to destabilize the country.