15 August 2014 Last updated at 12:32 ET
The BBC's Steve Rosenberg, who was given access to some of the Russian aid trucks, says many of them are "almost empty"
Ukraine says it has partially destroyed an armoured column crossing from Russia, as a controversial Russian aid convoy still waits at the border.
Nato said the column was a Russian military "incursion", prompting the UK to summon Russia's envoy to explain.
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Odd, trouble in the Middle East and oil price falls!?
Energy shares in the S&P 500 plunged as U.S. crude tumbled 1.1 percent, while airline stocks slid.
The rate on 10-year Treasury notes fell one basis point to 2.48 percent, erasing gains of as much as five basis points.
The intensifying conflict has displaced hundreds of thousands, the UN agency for refugees said
Donetsk, the biggest city in the conflict zone, and neighboring Makiyivka are also suffering from water shortages, while another nine towns in the region have no water mains at all. Repairs can’t be made because of the fighting.
Poland Warns of Invasion
Moscow (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday ordered his government to draft a response to "unacceptable" Western sanctions
Moscow's Vedomosti business daily said the Russian government was now considering whether to strike back at the European Union by placing a total or partial ban on its airlines' flights over Siberia to Asia.
Stocks are tumbling on the flurry of reports of the Russian buildup along the border. The Dow was down 150 in late-day trading.
Russia has called for emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday over what it called an urgent humanitarian situation in Ukraine, according to a report from the Russian news agency ITAR-TASS.
a "humanitarian mission" to Ukraine, which some consider to be a pretext for an invasion by Russian forces.
According to a report in The New York Times, Russia has nearly doubled its troop presence along the border, adding 17 battalions and 19,000 to 21,000 troops who now compose a " battle-ready force of infantry, armor, artillery, and air defense within a few miles of the border."
The White House has openly worried about what would be, for all intents and purposes, an invasion under the guise of a "peacekeeping" operation.
So haven't about as many died in the Ukraine as in Gaza? I know it's been over a longer period of time, but still....
“During the last 24 hours, terrorists fired on the checkpoints and positions of Ukrainian forces in a number of cities and villages,” Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for the Ukrainian military, told reporters in Kiev. “Part of the shelling came from Russian territory.”
Former Soviet states from Ukraine to the Baltics said they were menaced by jets from neighboring Russia as fighting continued near the site where investigators arrived to probe the downing of Malaysian Air (MAS) Flight MH17.
NATO jets were scrambled from a Lithuanian air base at about 9 a.m. today to “identify” Russian aircraft “flying without a pre-agreed schedule” in neutral waters near Estonia,
Kiev said it downed a Russian drone on Ukrainian territory, one of several aircraft to violate the country’s airspace since yesterday.
Russia is deploying Grad rocket systems and continues to build up artillery positions near the border
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Eww, that didn't quite come out like I wanted. To be clear: Quest for wealth good, but on your own dime.
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It almost has to crash after being inflated by pumping $85 billion into the market a month... Our tax money going to prop up others' quest for wealth.
I don't think that's right.
On Wall Street, a sharp drop due to fears of the increased tension between the US and Russia.
And Putin says "The country in whose airspace this happened bears responsibility for it."
I'll call him a jerk and think other terms for a donkey.
And I guess 23 Americans died. Collateral damage.
Ukrainian government now under much more pressure to remove the separatists by force. There's a better chance that they secure meaningful military support (including weapons) from the U.S. and nonmilitary from the EU.
But the Russians will deny any involvement and demand protection of the Russians on the ground. Likelihood of escalation has just increased significantly.
The State Department made mention earlier this week of a "deployment site" in southwest Russia, accusing Russia of continuing to "accumulate significant amounts of equipment" there and saying it had roughly doubled the number of tanks, armored vehicles, and rocket launchers at the location.
Furthermore, the State Department claims Kremlin officials are allowing troops from the "Donetsk Peoples’ Republic" to establish a recruiting office in Moscow.
The plane crash will likely sink U.S.-Russian relations, which had already been at their worst since the Cold War, to a new modern
The conflict in Ukraine has escalated significantly with the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying nearly 300 people.
• Ukraine's new government, led by President Petro Poroshenko, will feel more intensified pressure to conduct military operations to push back pro-Russian separatists in southeastern regions of Ukraine.
• More countries could get involved, and in a broader scope. There could be a new push by the Ukrainian government to get military support from the U.S., which has so far resisted, as well as more nonmilitary aid from the European Union.
• During the months-long conflict, Russia has long asserted its right to intervene on behalf of Russian-speaking citizens. The Pentagon said Wednesday that Russia was again building up its forces along the volatile Russia-Ukraine border.
G7 agrees new sanctions on Russia as observers held in Ukraine
Reuters By Thomas Grove 39 minutes ago
Oil prices moved higher Thursday as heightened tensions in Ukraine overcame concerns about record US commercial crude inventories.
New York's West Texas Intermediate for delivery in June, settled 50 cents higher at $101.94 a barrel.
Brent North Sea crude for June jumped $1.22 to close at $110.33 a barrel in London.
Russia's foreign currency ratings were cut on Friday by the credit ratings agency Standard & Poor to one notch above "junk" status.
The agency warned that further downgrades were possible if the West imposed tighter sanctions against Moscow.
Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have seized a bus carrying international military observers, Ukraine's interior ministry says.
Ukraine's interior ministry said armed separatists had seized seven representatives from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), as well as five Ukrainian army personnel and a bus driver.
The German foreign ministry confirmed 13 people had been detained.
Wish we had a Reagan rather than an Obama in the WH.
The West may believe that its moderate sanctions, rhetoric and military posturing will deter Russia - simply watch and wait and Russia will come back into line.
However, some Kremlinologists suggest President Vladimir Putin is trying to forge a greater Russia based on an anti-Western, semi-mystical philosophy.
If the "do nothing" gamble fails, the knock-on effects could be felt around the world. Leaders of less illustrious states than Russia could feel emboldened to seize a piece of land they have always hankered after, Crimea-style secession rebellions could mushroom, threatening stability and economic development. As for international law and the current international edifice, it has already had a blow to the core - another one could bring it down.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow had been "forced to react" after Ukrainian "commandos" moved on the separatist stronghold of Sloviansk.
President Vladimir Putin had earlier warned Ukraine of "consequences".
Pro-Russian separatists are occupying key buildings in a dozen eastern towns, defying the central government.
Mr Shoigu was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying: "We are forced to react to such a development of the situation."
Moscow has tens of thousands of troops along its side of the border.
Ukraine's acting President, Olexander Turchynov, called on Russia to pull back its troops from the border and end what he called its "blackmail", adding that Kiev would not yield to "Russian-backed terrorists".
Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said last week that Russia could launch a dispute at the world trade body to challenge U.S. sanctions.
Russia's document cited U.S. executive orders on March 6, 17 and 20 and said it had serious concern about their substance and practical implementation.
"The measures provided for in the Executive orders are incompatible with the obligations of the United States under the GATS," it said, referring to the WTO's General Agreement on Trade in Services.
It listed several ways in which the U.S. sanctions broke the GATS rules, including by barring a Russian bank from establishing a commercial presence in the United States and prohibiting its cross-border supply of services and payments.
Although it joined the WTO less than two years ago, Russia has already become embroiled in trade disputes with the European Union and Japan, and a flurry of threats and warnings suggest that more cases could soon follow.
Russia will respond if its interests in Ukraine are attacked, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said, drawing a parallel with the 2008 Georgian war.
Russia's foreign ministry repeated its call for Ukraine to withdraw military units from the country's east. (A demand for Ukraine to withdraw troops from an area in it's own country??)
Most representatives of Jewish and Crimean Tatar communities feel that a pro-European Ukraine would give them a greater chance of security than Russia.
"I am not afraid of Pravy Sektor. I am afraid of Russia," says Asya Kreimer, who like most Jews here, is also a Russian-speaker.
"It feels like the end of the life as we knew it," she says. "Leaflets are just a small part of it: what matters is that Russia is trying to stir trouble. They have invented a new type of genocide, a new form of war. From the outside it may seem like it's okay because thankfully there haven't been many deaths or much violence. But Russia is killing our statehood, our nation."
In 1940s Stalin deported the entire Muslim Tatar population of Crimea to Central Asia.
In the 1980s many of them returned to Crimea but last month, as Russian troops occupied military bases across the region, unidentified young men armed with sticks went around ethnically mixed neighbourhoods, marking the gates of the houses of Crimean Tatars with crosses.
"This is exactly what Stalin's police did days before we were put on trains and deported to Central Asia," said Rustam Kadyrov, a Crimean Tatar resident of the town of Bakhchysarai, whose house was among those marked.
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