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  • The debris field at the crash site was grisly and widespread. Pro-Russia separatists declared a three-day cease-fire for recovery efforts and investigation of the passenger plane downing that killed all 298 people aboard on Thursday. (Associated Press)

    Shot out of the sky: Malaysian airliner downing stokes tensions between Ukraine, Russia

    A surface-to-air missile blew a Malaysian jetliner out of the sky over war-torn southeastern Ukraine on Thursday, U.S. and Ukrainian officials said. Kiev and Moscow blamed each other for the deaths of the 298 passengers and crew.

  • Smoldering wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

    Malaysian passenger plane shot down in Ukraine, interior minister says

    A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down over war-torn eastern Ukraine on Thursday, Ukrainian officials said, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the aircraft.

  • A Ukrainian paratrooper sits in an APC at a checkpoint near Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, July 5, 2014. Ukraine's forces claimed a significant success against pro-Russian insurgents on Saturday, chasing them from one of their strongholds in the embattled east of the country. Rebels fleeing from the city of Slovyansk vowed to regroup elsewhere and fight on.  (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

    Ukraine claims victory in pro-Russian rebel stronghold

    Ukraine's forces claimed a significant success against pro-Russian insurgents on Saturday, chasing them from a key stronghold in the country's embattled east.

  • A woman cries near her burning house after shelling in the city of Slovyansk, Donetsk Region, eastern Ukraine, Monday, June 30, 2014. Residential areas came under shelling on Monday morning from government forces. Both sides have been accused of violating the 10-day cease-fire, which was set to expire at 10 p.m. Monday local time (1900GMT). (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

    Ukrainian president ends unilateral ceasefire

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he was abandoning a unilateral cease-fire in the conflict with pro-Russian separatists and sending military forces back on the offensive after talks with Russia and European leaders failed to start a broader peace process.

  • EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, left, and EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy, right, smile as they talk with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko during an EU summit in Brussels, Friday June 27, 2014. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed up to a trade and economic pact with the European Union, saying it may be the "most important day" for his country since it became independent from the Soviet Union. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    Ukraine, EU sign historic trade and economic pact

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday signed up to a trade and economic pact with the European Union, saying it may be the "most important day" for his country since it became independent from the Soviet Union.

  • Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko delivers his speech at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, eastern France, Thursday June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Christian Lutz)

    Thousands flee Ukraine for Russia; truce nears end

    Thousands of Ukrainians in cars stuffed with belongings lined up Thursday at the eastern border to cross into Russia, with some saying they felt betrayed by their government and vowing never to return.

  • In this photo taken on Sunday, June  22, 2014, Russian Vladimir Putin takes part in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside Moscow's Kremlin Wall, in Moscow, Russia, to mark the 73rd anniversary of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. Russian news agencies say President Vladimir Putin has asked parliament to cancel a resolution that sanctions the use of military force in Ukraine. Putin wrote to the head of parliament's upper house asking that a March 1 request authorizing the use of force in neighboring Ukraine be withdrawn. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Ukraine's cease-fire jeopardized by deadly attack

    The shaky cease-fire in Ukraine was thrown into peril Tuesday when pro-Moscow separatists shot down a Ukrainian military helicopter, killing nine servicemen.

  • FILE - In this May 9, 2014 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin heads to speak at a navy parade marking  Victory Day in Sevastopol, Crimea. Angry with the West's response over Ukraine, Russia is moving rapidly to bolster ties with North Korea in a diplomatic nose-thumbing that could complicate the U.S.-led effort to squeeze Pyongyang into giving up its nuclear weapons program. Russia's proactive strategy in Asia- which also involves cozying up to China and had been dubbed "Putin's Pivot" - began years ago as Moscow's answer to Washington's much touted rebalancing of its military forces in the Pacific.  (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)

    Putin backs Ukraine cease-fire plan

    Russian President Vladimir Putin backed Ukraine's cease-fire plans Saturday and appealed to both sides to halt all military operations.

  • A pro-Russian fighter holds a gun during a handover of the bodies of Ukrainian troops killed in a plane shot down near Luhansk, at a check point in the village of Karlivka near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. The two sides managed to arrange a brief truce Wednesday evening in the eastern town of Karlivka to allow pro-Russian forces to hand over the bodies of 49 Ukrainian troops who died when the separatists shot down a transport plane bound for the airport in Luhansk last weekend.  (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

    NATO: Russia sent thousands of troops back to Ukraine border

    Russia is resuming its military buildup along the Ukrainian border in an apparent attempt to intimidate its neighbor, NATO's chief said Thursday as Ukrainian government forces unleashed a major offensive against pro-Moscow insurgents.

  • Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014, after meeting earlier with Brazil President Dilma Rousseff at the presidential palace. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    Joe Biden vows U.S. will 'impose further costs' on Russia for Crimea

    Vice President Joseph R. Biden promised Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in a private conversation that the United State would not abandon its cause to clamp down on Russia for its recent aggressions into the region, leading to the annexation of Crimea.

  • Miners march during a rally in support of peace in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, June 18, 2014.  Hundreds of miners went on a protest walk through the streets of central Donetsk on Wednesday, trying to express support for a peaceful resolution to the eastern Ukraine conflict, ongoing for almost four months. Slogans read: No to NATO, Stop War, For Federalization. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

    Ukraine's president offers cease-fire in east

    Ukraine's new president on Wednesday promised a unilateral cease-fire as a start toward ending the fighting that has wracked the country's east, a potential major development in efforts to bring peace to the deeply polarized nation.

  • Poroshenko sworn in as Ukraine's president

    Ukraine's new president on Saturday called for dialogue with the country's east, gripped by a violent separatist insurgency, and for armed groups to lay down their weapons but said he won't talk with rebels he called "gangsters and killers."

  • A sticker with Donetsk people's republic colors is seen on the hunting rifle of a local man who came to a check point on a road leading to the airport, in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.  The eastern city of Donetsk was in turmoil Tuesday a day after government forces used fighter jets to stop pro-Russian militia from taking over the airport. Dozens were reported killed and the mayor went on television to urge residents to stay indoors. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Ukraine sees Russia as source of insurgent threat

    As separatists conceded that militants from Russia's province of Chechnya had joined the rebellion, a Ukrainian government official cautioned Wednesday that its borders had become a "front line" in the crisis.

  • Pro-Russian gunmen take positions near the airport, outside Donetsk, Ukraine, on Monday, May 26, 2014. Ukraine's military launched air strikes Monday against separatists who had taken over the airport in the eastern capital of Donetsk in what appeared to be the most visible operation of the Ukrainian troops since they started a crackdown on insurgents last month. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Dozens reported killed in eastern Ukraine fighting

    High-caliber weapons fire echoed sporadically Tuesday through the eastern city of Donetsk and the mayor urged residents to stay home a day after fighting between Ukrainian troops and separatist rebels reportedly killed dozens.

  • Firefighters work at a burnt ice hockey arena in Donetsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Early Tuesday, a group of unidentified men stormed Donetsk's main ice hockey arena, which was to host the 2015 world championships and set it ablaze, according to the mayor's office. The ice hockey arena belongs to Ukrainian lawmaker Boris Kolesnikov. (AP Photo/Alexander Ermochenko)

    Rebel says 30 insurgents killed in eastern Ukraine

    At least 30 bodies of killed fighters have been brought to a hospital following a day of heavy fighting in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, in which government forces used combat jets against pro-Russia rebels, an insurgent said Tuesday.

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