One hundred years ago, the Austro-Hungarian Empire officially declared war against Serbia in response to the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand on June 28. It was the first declaration of hostilities in World War I.
In a security meeting today, Putin said Russia would try to rein in Ukraine's rebels. He also effectively told media and politicians that the country is not under Western siege – and to stop repeating that claim.
European Union foreign ministers will meet tomorrow to discuss more sanctions on Russia. Caution on such a move appears to be weakening in the wake of the shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine.
The Netherlands, which holds something of a swing vote in the EU, had argued for caution in sanctioning Russia. But the downing of MH17 killed nearly 200 Dutch citizens – and has hardened attitudes ahead of an EU meeting Tuesday.
Russia, Britain, and Germany called Saturday for eastern Ukraine rebels to allow international investigators to have access to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Will pro-Russian separatists listen?