Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin have both called emergency war councils since Aug. 4, as the ceasefire and diplomacy have further broken down.
The mother of a Ukrainian helicopter pilot imprisoned in Russia is on a global campaign seeking support from world leaders to pressure President Vladimir Putin to free her daughter.
Russia’s top investigative body says it is looking for a motive in the slaying of prominent opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who joins at least six other critics of Vladimir Putin who have died since his first term as president.
The talks, brokered by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, aim to negotiate a deal to end the hostilities between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed separatists that have killed more 5,300 people since April.
The comments, by British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, were his toughest yet on Russia and came after he rejected a suggestion that Britain had become an "irrelevance" because it wasn't directly involved in talks with Putin to end the Ukraine crisis.
Russian Leaders Must be Blind if They Keep Denying that Forces from their Country Have Crossed the BorderFriday, 06 February 2015 16:40
"If they need, I can give them my glasses," Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said, removing black frames from his face and holding them up to reporters.
It has been clear since the initial conquest of Crimea and the Donbass that the next phase would be the establishment of a land corridor through southern Ukraine to Crimea.
The time for diplomacy will come again, but it is not now: Ukraine urgently needs military support, and a counter to Russian propaganda.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be invited to attend the next meeting of G7 nations, according to comments made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will host the 2015 summit in Bavaria this June.