Following reports that Kiev’s military has launched a massive artillery attack on Donetsk, hitting residential areas, according to the DPR, Russia’s FM has called the OSCE chairman urging him to influence Kiev into immediately halting ceasefire breaches.
Thousands of people in Ukraine, Russia and around the world took to the streets to mark the first anniversary of the Odessa massacre. Last year, 48 activists were killed and over 200 injured as radicals set the local trade unions house on fire.
Russian President Putin did not agree to a possible deployment of peacekeepers in eastern Ukraine, his spokesman said in response to Kiev’s claims to the contrary. Moscow insists that all points of the Minsk agreement are fulfilled first.
Despite sporadic clashes in eastern Ukraine, the heads of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine have noted “certain progress” in the implementation of the ceasefire between Kiev’s military and the self-proclaimed republic’s forces, the Kremlin said.
On top of the unprecedented financial support the EU has already provided to Ukraine, the institution has sworn to contribute an extra €70mn towards protective structures aimed at making the site of the Chernobyl nuclear accident "safe again."
The German authorities were aware of the risks of flying over war-torn eastern Ukraine before Malaysian flight MH17 was shot down last July, but failed to inform local air carriers of the danger, media reports claim.
Members of the OSCE mission in Ukraine have been questioned about their nationality by Kiev troops and volunteer battalion militiamen looking for Russian nationals. Vehicles have been illegally searched and lives threatened.
US ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt has claimed that Russia’s military is continuing to expand its presence in eastern Ukraine. As for proof, Pyatt posted a two-year-old picture of an air defense system from an air show near Moscow.