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

Members of the Dutch police mission in Donetsk yesterday after clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels prevented investigators reaching the crash site. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Top UN official says downing of airliner could be a “war crime”

Tamara Zolotushenko outside houses struck by shelling in Semyonovka, a village just outside Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine. “I’ve lived here 40 years but now I have to go,” she said. “I have no idea what I will do now.” Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Mass grave uncovered in Slovyansk as town tries to return to normal life

A woman walks by a damaged apartment building reportedly struck by a rocket, in Snizhne, about 50km east of Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

Moscow denounces US ‘smear campaign’

Crash site: armed pro-Russian separatists guard remnants of flight MH17. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

A growing dominance of Russian nationalists and the shooting down of flight MH17 have widened cracks in Ukraine’s rebel movement (...)

Kaiser Wilhelm II distributing iron crosses on the Western Front in the first World War in 1916. Only days before the outbreak of the war in 1914, Serbs hoped a conflict could be averted. Photograph: PA

With the final hours of a two-day ultimatum ticking away, Serbs wondered how Austria-Hungary would react if Belgrade did not meet (...)

A local resident looks at an apartment building damaged by rocket fire  in Donetsk yesterday. Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Kiev and rebels urge Donetsk residents to flee after deadly shelling

A Malaysian air crash investigator (R) inspects the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the village of Rozsypne, Donetsk . Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev /Reuters

Tail fin and vital parts of jet appear to have been ‘cut into’, writes Daniel McLaughlin in Donetsk

Armed pro-Russian separatists stand guard near the train transporting the remains of victims from the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 plane before its departure, with bags and suitcases of passengers seen in the foreground, yesterday. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Ukraine’s rebels allow transfer of plane crash bodies and “black boxes”

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