WASHINGTON, July 24 (Xinhua) -- The United States on Thursday accused Russia of firing artillery across the border to attack Ukrainian military positions.
"We have new evidence that the Russians intend to deliver heavier and more powerful, multiple rocket launchers to the separatist forces in Ukraine. And we have evidence that Russia is firing artillery from within Russia to attack Ukrainian military positions," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told a regular briefing.
Harf said the evidence was based intelligence information but declined to elaborate.
The United States on Wednesday blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for being responsible for the downing of a Malaysian airliner that killed 298 people on board.
Washington has also urged Moscow to ensure that the militants in eastern Ukraine allow free access to investigators and do not impede any probe.
Ukrainian PM announces resignation
KIEV, July 24 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk on Thursday announced his resignation over the parliament's "ineffectiveness" after two political parties withdrew from Ukraine's ruling coalition.
"I am announcing about my resignation due to the collapse of the coalition and blocking of the government initiatives," Yatsenyuk said while speaking in the parliament. Full story
EU appoints head of advisory mission for Ukraine
BRUSSELS, July 24 (Xinhua) -- Kalman Mizsei was appointed as the head of the European Union Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform Ukraine (EUAM Ukraine), the Council of the EU said in a statement on Thursday.
EUAM Ukraine, established by the foreign ministers of the EU on Tuesday, will be an unarmed, non-executive civilian mission, aiming to improve Ukraine's civilian security. Full story
Russia blames Ukraine for territory shelling
MOSCOW, July 24 (Xinhua) -- Ukraine shelled Russian territory for nine times in recent months, the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday.
"In June and July, Russian side has detected nine shelling of the Russian territory," Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov told Russia's TV channel Rossiya 24. Full story