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Ukraine

EU, US seek Putin achilles' heel on Ukraine

EU, US seek Putin achilles' heel on Ukraine

Months after Russia annexed Crimea and stepped up support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Europe and the United States are still searching for a way to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to change course. Targeted economic sanctions and threats of tougher ones have yet to alter what western officials say is Moscow's growing backing...

8 civilians die as fighting intensifies near MH17 disaster site

8 civilians die as fighting intensifies near MH17 disaster site

Officials in rebellion-wracked eastern Ukraine say at least eight civilians have been killed by fighting and shelling in two cities held by separatist militants. Authorities in Luhansk said Monday that five people were killed and 15 injured by overnight artillery strikes. Three were killed in Donetsk as a result of clashes, the city's government...

Downing of MH17 'may be war crime' :UN

Downing of MH17 'may be war crime' :UN

The downing of Malaysia Airlines jet MH17 in eastern Ukraine may constitute a "war crime", the UN human rights chief Navi Pillay says. Ukraine and Western governments believe pro-Russian rebels shot down MH17, using a Russia-supplied missile system. Moscow and the rebels have blamed Ukrainian forces for the plane crash. All 298 people on board -...

Int’l police get access to MH17 crash site

Int’l police get access to MH17 crash site

Malaysia's Prime Minister said on Sunday that an agreement had been reached with separatists in Ukraine to give international police access to the site where a Malaysian plane was downed and enable investigators to determine why the aircraft crashed, reports Reuters. A statement issued by Najib Razak's office said the agreement with separatist leader...

What happened? The day Flight 17 was downed

What happened? The day Flight 17 was downed

It was lunchtime when a tracked launcher with four SA-11 surface-to-air missiles rolled into town and parked on Karapetyan Street. Fifteen hundred miles (2,400 kilometers) to the west, passengers were checking in for Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. It had been a noisy day in this eastern Ukrainian town, residents recounted. Plenty of military equipment...

Ukraine rebels deny having missile

Ukraine rebels deny having missile

A leader of pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine has told the BBC that his forces do not possess the Buk missile thought to have been used to bring down Malaysia airlines flight MH17. Alexander Borodai, prime minister of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), said that evidence that showed otherwise was "fake". All 298 people on...

MH17 Crash

Rebels hand over bodies, black boxes

Rebels hand over bodies, black boxes

Dutch experts yesterday prepared to fly out bodies recovered from downed Malaysian flight MH17, as Europe moved to punish Russia for fanning the rebellion in east Ukraine that it believes led to the crash. A train carrying the remains of the victims arrived in the government-held Ukrainian city of Kharkiv five days after the...

Ukrainian villagers recall how MH17 victims dropped from the sky

Ukrainian villagers recall how MH17 victims dropped from the sky

Bodies dropped from the sky onto streets and houses like weights as the burning aircraft disintegrated as it plummeted to the ground, rural Ukrainians recalled. Valeny Vodnev, 50, said he was in his house when he heard two booming sounds. Thinking it was an attack by Ukrainian armed forces, he ran out and saw...

MH17 bodies reach Ukraine-held city

MH17 bodies reach Ukraine-held city

The remains of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash arrived in territory held by the Ukrainian government on Tuesday on their way to the Netherlands, after delays and haphazard treatment of the bodies that put pressure on European foreign ministers meeting in Brussels to impose tougher economic sanctions on Russia. The crash site...

Twitter, Facebook spammers exploit MH17 crash

Twitter, Facebook spammers exploit MH17 crash

Scammers are using the MH17 disaster in east Ukraine to spread objectionable links, online security experts have warned. A link to a pornographic website disguised as a video of the Malaysia Airlines crash was posted on a Facebook page dedicated to one victim. Many tweets have been posted that appeared to report the disaster, but...

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