Direct flights between Ukraine and Russia will come to a halt on Sunday, as new sanctions initiated by Kiev comes into effect.While Moscow initially called Kiev’s ban on Russian airlines “madness”, it soon announced it would mirror the move.
The Dutch Safety Board is to publish a final report on why Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 broke up over Ukraine in 2014, killing all 298 on board. Preliminary findings say it was hit by “high-energy objects from outside the aircraft”, fuelling speculation that a surface-to-air missile was responsible.
One national guard member has been killed and over 100 injured in violent protests outside Ukraine’s parliament, the interior ministry said. Clashes between nationalists and riot police erupted after MPs gave initial backing to reforms for more autonomy in the rebel-held east.