Fighting raged in Ukraine’s east on July 16 when separatists tried to break through the lines of government forces near the border with Russia and a tentative step toward agreeing on conditions for a cease-fire failed.
July 18, 2014 Residents look at Ukrainian servicemen patroling in vehicles near the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk. Fighting in Slovyansk ended after separatist militia fled the city on July 5 in the face of a Ukrainian army advance. The United States built a case that pro-Moscow separatists downed a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine with a surface-to-air missile, killing all 298 people on board — with the possible technical assistance of Russians. Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images Buy Photo