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Crisis in Ukraine

Pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine have escalated the political turmoil that threatens to tear the country apart

EU chiefs back tough new Russia curbs

Van Rompuy and Barroso call for approval of ‘phase three’ sanctions

Comment and analysis

James Ferguson illustration Vladimir Putin ©James Ferguson
Putin is revealed as a reckless gambler leading his country into economic and political isolation
– Gideon Rachman
A pro-Russian fighter holds up a toy found among the debris at the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines jet near the village of Grabovo, eastern Ukraine, Friday, July 18, 2014. Emergency workers, police officers and even off-duty coal miners spread out Friday across the sunflower fields and villages of eastern Ukraine, searching the wreckage of a Malaysia Airlines jet shot down as it flew high above the country, killing all aboard. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky) ©AP
Europe has found it convenient to half-collude in this fiction
– Philip Stephens
In this image taken Wednesday, March 5, 2014 Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures speaking at his meeting with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow. As a counterweight to the European Union, Russia’s Vladimir Putin is pursuing an ambitious dream rooted in memories of Soviet glory: The Eurasian Union. It’s a strategy to pull former Soviet satellite states back into Moscow’s orbit through a combination of incentives and threats. And embattled Ukraine, a huge country of 46 million people, has lain at the center of the game-plan. (AP Photo/Yuri Kadobnov, Pool) ©AP
Those who want Russia punished with tougher sanctions are misguided
– Thomas Graham

Slavyansk grave reveals Ukraine’s wounds

Many welcome the return of Ukrainian rule, others mistrust Kiev

Orthodox oligarch linked to Russia and rebels

Kiev claims billionaire is ‘sponsor of terrorists’

US says Russia fired artillery at Ukraine

State department cites ‘new evidence’ linking Moscow to conflict

Ukraine separatist says rebels held Buk missiles

Russian defence ministry denies Kiev claims it shot down fighter jets

EU to weigh extensive sanctions on Russia

Proposal includes ban on buying new debt or stock of Russian banks

Ukraine’s prime minister quits

Yatseniuk resignation will lead to early elections

Fears rise of Russia-fuelled arms race

Downing of 2 Ukrainian fighter jets adds to suspicions

US says Russia still arming Ukraine rebels

Kiev says separatists have shot down two of its fighter jets

Putin vows to lean on separatist rebels

Concession to western pressure balanced by defiance

Miliband takes hard Ukraine stance in US

Labour leader tells Europe to ‘step up’ response to crisis

Rebel trio may have slipped Moscow’s bonds

Unclear how much control Kremlin has over separatists

Russia adopts delaying tactics over rebels

Moscow under pressure to disown Ukraine militias over MH17 crash

Call for review of EU-Russia ties

Netherlands ‘furious’ over treatment of bodies at airline crash site

Australia threatens Putin with G20 summit ban

Summit ban unless Russia facilitates crash investigation

Crisis ‘a wake-up call to Europe’ on sanctions

MH17 disaster leaves Putin on the back foot

Putin is facing his moment of truth

Tragedy of MH17 shows he is losing control in Ukraine

Russian media blame Kiev

Political hostility threatens MH17 probe

Success to hinge on integrity of crash site and black boxes

Crash galvanises EU opinion on sanctions

EU capitals push for quicker and broader penalties on Russia

Crash raises political heat over Ukraine

Blame game could harden positions in Kiev and Washington

Gloom dominates in city of ‘happiness’

Residents live next to front line between army and separatists

Missile claims deepen Ukraine fears

Separatists have become more effective at downing aircraft

US target groups with ties to the west

Washington’s sectoral sanctions hit energy and banking

US sanctions target Russian companies

Businesses added to blacklist include Rosneft and Gazprombank

Ukraine accuses Russia over downed aircraft

Tensions rise as fighting intensifies on the ground

Ukraine accuses Russia of attacking its army

Poroshenko urges EU to judge facts of ‘illegal incursions’

Ukraine rebels plan to evacuate Donetsk

Separatists get ready for showdown with Ukrainian army

Obama ‘feckless’ on Ukraine, says senator

Congressional leaders threaten their own penalties on Russia

Putin rethinks tactics on Ukraine

Rhetoric toned down after advance against pro-Russian rebels