Russian convoy trucks arrive at the  Ukrainian border drive in the Rostov region yesterday as  a woman awaits her son who has fled from fighting in eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk

Timing of convoy deployment suggests crisis has reached a vital stage

A Ukrainian girl in a refugee camp about 10km from the Izvarino Russia-Ukraine border checkpoint. The Ukrainian national security and defence council said separatist rebels fired on a refugee convoy near the eastern city of Luhansk yesterday. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Kiev’s military and rebels blame each other for ‘bloody crime’ of shelling refugee convoy

Kiev refused to let the Russian convoy  enter Ukraine after Russia said it had no plans to transfer the aid to vehicles provided by the Red Cross, which would distribute it in Luhansk region. Photograph:   Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Red Cross wants more details from Russia as top pro-Moscow rebel Strelkov quits

The Russian aid convoy  in the city of Voronezh, about 530km from Moscow yesterday. The Ukrainian government fears the Russians could be supplying arms to separatists, under the guise of supplying 2,000 tons of food and medicine to civilians in rebel-held areas. Photograph: EPA

Kiev vetoes planned route and demands Red Cross distributes aid

A Russian convoy of trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine proceeds near the city of Yelets yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Maxim Shemetov

Moscow insists Kiev has allowed 287 trucks head to rebels' battle-scarred strongholds

Australian and Dutch investigators examine a piece of debris of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 aircraft yesterday near the village of Hrabove in eastern Ukraine. Photograph: EPA/Igor Kovalenko

Kiev says rebels killed at least 10 paratroopers in ambush near airline crash site

Head of Australian Federal Police mission Commander Brian McDonald (L), Alexander Hug (C), deputy head for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) monitoring mission in Ukraine and Dutch police officer Kuijs arrive back from the site where the downed Malaysian airliner MH17 crashed.

Kiev parliament rejects PM’s resignation and boosts military spending

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban: “The new state that we are building in Hungary today is not a liberal state . . . I don’t think our European Union membership precludes us from building an illiberal new state based on national foundations.” Photograph: Bloomberg

Workfare and ‘national approach’ should replace ‘failed’ state, says controversial PM

Vladimir Antiufeyev this week became acting prime minister of the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic

Arrival of former senior Soviet security official highlights Moscow’s growing role

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