Fresh Shelling in Ukraine’s Donetsk Puts Ceasefire Under More Strain

Pro-Russian rebels stand near a burnt-out Ukrainian tank outside the destroyed airport in Luhanks

KIEV (Reuters) – Fighting broke out again in Ukraine’s rebel-held city of Donetsk on Monday as President Petro Poroshenko prepared to unveil a risky plan to give the separatist-minded east “special status” in a bid to end a conflict that has killed over 3,000 people.

U.S. Steps Up Sanctions on Russia Over Ukraine

A general view shows the headquarters of Sberbank in Moscow September 12, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States hit Russia’s largest bank, a major arms maker and arctic, deepwater and shale exploration by its biggest oil companies with new sanctions on Friday to punish Moscow for intervening in Ukraine.