The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic downed two Sukhoi Su-25 assault aircraft belonging to the Two Ukrainian Air Force, which were attacking the positions of the region’s self-defense fighters, Interfax cites Donbas militia’s information center as saying.
The number of Ukrainian refugees in the Rostov region has continued to increase since the beginning of this week, from 1,500 to 2,000 people per day, said Viktor Solodovnikov, the regional chief of the Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS).
Bashar al-Assad was sworn in for a new seven-year term as President of Syria for the third time on Wednesday, media reports. "I pledge to respect the constitution and protect the people of Syria," he said during a live broadcast on Syrian television at a red carpet ceremony held at the presidential palace in Damascus.
The US Department of State has made another attempt to exonerate Kiev from responsibility for what's happening in eastern Ukraine.
Ukrainian aircraft have attacked positions of self-defense forces near Saur Mogila Hill in the east of Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region. Self-defense troops are trying to repel the attack, using anti-aircraft guns.
One US billionaire is suggesting that California be divided into a total of six individual states. "California needs a reboot. I think that with six Californias, it gives us a chance to make it our government. We can make it more local, better representation, closer to us," American billionaire Timothy Draper states in an official report.
Commenting on the Ukrainian crisis Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi urged to give up calls for a new Cold War and underlined that Europe should not be built in opposition to Russia.
The US is urging the EU to impose new sanctions against Russia. Otherwise, the Obama administration is prepared to act alone on this issue, Bloomberg informs with reference to participants of yesterday's closed-door meeting with participating ambassadors of the EU countries.
Zagreb is hopeful economic sanctions on Russia can be avoided, Croatian Ambassador in Moscow Igor Pokaz said.
US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power shared with the world that she has won a debate with the Russian ambassador to international organizations Vitaly Churkin about the infamous group Pussy Riot, which took place in February. The Russian diplomat reminded his American counterpart, how the situation really evolved.
The Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) self-defense forces have reported that Ukrainian troops resumed airstrikes on the town of Snezhnoe, there are 11 dead and 8 injured, according to Interfax. "New airstrikes are being delivered on Snezhnoe. Preliminary reports say two Su-25 attack aircraft are delivering pinpoint strikes against the town," Konstantin Knyrik, head of the South-Eastern Front information center, told reporters.
Nine European Union member states will vote against imposing new sanctions on Russia at tomorrow's EU summit in a sign of a deepening split over the issue.
The United States has once again accused Russia of continuing to support "armed separatists in Ukraine".
The Russian Defense Ministry has invited military attaches from 18 countries, including the United States and Germany, to come to an area in the Rostov region bordering on Ukraine, which came under shelling from the Ukrainian side a few days ago. "We have invited accredited military attaches from 18 countries[the United States, Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Ukraine, China, Japan and others], to visit the above area on July 15," Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov told reporters.
The White House will not comment on a bill calling for more sanctions against Russia, which was proposed by a group of senators a couple of months ago, White House spokeswoman Laura Lucas Magnuson told reporters.
The mutilated bodies of two priests from Slavyansk and of two sons of one of them were found, confirmed the adviser of the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Anton Gerashchenko. "We found a grave of two priests from Slavyansk, who were tortured and killed by the Ukranian nationalists. The whole country and the whole world will know about the terrible atrocities that terrorists conducted. You will learn about it from concrete evidence," said Gerashchenko.
Nearly 600 Ukrainian security employees of Donetsk were dismissed from their posts after the "first stage of checking of allegiance the oath and service of Ukraine." On Monday informed the appointed by the Supreme Rada Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, reports TASS.
Europe is not interested in maintaining the current crisis situation in Ukraine. Russia's permanent representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov expressed his point of view in an exclusive interview to an Itar-Tass correspondent.