Panicky residents in an eastern Ukrainian town fled their homes Monday carrying a few possessions in plastic bags and small suitcases as shells exploded in the distance, fighting that also prevented an international police team from reaching the area where the Malaysia Airlines plane was downed.
Japan’s top government spokesman said Monday that the country is stepping up sanctions against Russia over the unrest in Ukraine.
Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month.
The US stepped up pressure on Moscow on Sunday by releasing satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for pro-Russian separatists has crossed the border.
Malaysia on Monday marked a solemn Eid’l Fitr, Islam’s biggest festival, as families of those aboard downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 mourned the dead.