Fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine where a Malaysian airliner
was downed has further complicated an investigation as Europe
and the United States prepared economic sanctions on Russia
over the conflict.
The wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner limped into its last
port, when it was towed to the northern Italian city of Genoa
to be broken up for scrap, two and a-half years after running
aground and sinking with the loss of 32 lives.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said his country was not
fighting a civil war in its east but was fighting "foreign
mercenaries", hailing soldiers for forcing pro-Russian rebels
out of several towns and cities.
The Pentagon says the transfer of heavy-caliber
multiple-launch rocket systems from Russia to Ukrainian
separatists appeared to be imminent with the arms close
enough to the border they could be handed over "potentially