Ukrainian rescuers walk past debris at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Ukraine said a passenger plane was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Rebels take crash victims’ bodies

Armed rebels forced emergency workers to hand over all 196 bodies recovered from the Malaysia Airlines crash site and then loaded them onto refrigerated trains bound for a rebel-held city.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks during a media conference after a signing ceremony at an EU summit in Brussels on Friday, June 27, 2014. The 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/Michel Euler)

Ukrainian president ends unilateral ceasefire

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he is halting a unilateral cease-fire in the conflict with pro-Russian separatists and says Ukrainian forces will go on the offensive against the rebels.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and his French counterpart Laurent Fabius arrive for a meeting at the Quai d'Orsay, in Paris, Sunday, March 30, 2014. After a week of travel in the Mideast, Kerry changed course and arrived in Paris Saturday for talks with his Russian counterpart on the Ukraine crisis. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

US, Russia offer differing solutions on Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are advancing far different proposals on how to calm tensions and de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine as Russia continues to mass troops along its border with the former Soviet republic.

From left, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras attend a tri-partie social summit meeting ahead of an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, March 20, 2014. EU heads of state begin a two-day summit on Thursday to discuss, among other issues, the situation in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

EU summit looks at boosting Kiev, punishing Russia

The EU Commission president wants a two-day summit of European Union leaders to center on boosting the fledgling government in Ukraine, rather than focus exclusively on sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.

Joe Biden

Biden arrives in Poland to send signal to Russia

Stepping into a region on edge, Vice President Joe Biden came to Poland on Tuesday to reassure anxious allies that the U.S. will stand up to Russia’s aggression in neighboring Ukraine, even as Moscow brushes aside sanctions and stern warnings from the West.

Ukraine

Crimea declares independence, seizes property

Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula declared itself an independent nation Monday after its residents voted overwhelmingly to secede and try to join Russia, while U.S. and European Union diplomats discussed sanctions against Russia for backing the referendum.

A woman casts her ballot at a polling station during the Crimean referendum, in Sevastopol, Ukraine, Sunday, March 16, 2014. Residents of Ukraine's Crimea region are voting in a contentious referendum on whether to split off and seek annexation by Russia. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)

Referendum underway in Crimea

In a referendum watched closely around the world, residents in Ukraine’s strategic Crimean Peninsula voted Sunday on whether to demand greater autonomy or split off and seek to join Russia. The vote has been condemned as illegal by the United States and European countries.

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