Russia's government-owned oil company Rosneft says US sanctions imposed on Russia will only hurt the US and other Western investors. Rosneft says that the US sanctions are 'illegitimate and groundless.'
The downing of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner last week is further straining relations between Russia and the West over Ukraine. That could spell trouble for several major oil companies operating in Russia.
A new offensive is under way in the separatist region of Donetsk. The MH17 crash scene, meanwhile, has become chaotic, with international investigators finding access limited or blocked outright by rebels.
The Ukraine conflict finally touched the world with the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. Now the world can honor the victims of MH17 by seeing such conflicts in a new light – as ones that need leaders with the humility to know they cannot always control the violence they unleash.