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MH17 wreckage clearly shows signs of shrapnel or machinegun fire. Click to enlarge

Dutch report into MH17 finds crash caused by ‘high-energy objects’ from outside plane

While the report doesn’t say where those “high energy objects” originated, we catch the BBC trying to pin the blame on Russia. Includes video

Renewed shelling in two cities threatens Ukraine ceasefire

Fragile ceasefire threatened by renewed shelling

When launched the HMS Queen Elizabeth and the HMS Prince of Wales will be the two biggest ships to have ever sailed in the Royal Navy. Click to enlarge

Royal Navy will get second aircraft carrier after Nato leaders agree to boost military spending

Leaders agree to preposition military supplies across eastern Europe in readiness for possible conflict with Russia

Cease-fire takes effect in eastern Ukraine amid discord and skepticism

At the time of writing the ceasefire appeared to be holding

Russia reviews military doctrine, reflecting chill with NATO

The deputy head of the Kremlin’s advisory Security Council says “Russia is being deliberately painted as the enemy, and… as new threat to NATO”

Kiev warns of ‘great war’ with Russia as its forces retreat

NATO claims that 1,000 Russian troops are in Ukranian territory while a further 20,000 have massed on the border

Ukrainians pull back from airport; Poroshenko slams Russia

Ukrainian forces pulld back from key regional airport in the face of pro-Russian rebels advance. Poroshenko blames the retreat on direct Russian involvement in the conflict

Convoy of nearly 300 Russian trucks en route to the Ukraine carrying humanitarian aid. Click to enlarge

NATO no match for Russia military on Russian territory: Analyst

Paul Craig Roberts talks to Iran’s Press TV about the ongoing crisis in Ukraine

Press Conference Given by the Armed Forces of the Donetsk National Republic

This is nearly a week old but it gives added perspective to the upsurge of fighting in eastern Ukraine. It also provides insight into what the Western media describes as Russian backing for the militia fighting against Kiev. (With English subtitles)

Satellite photo of Russian self-propelled artillary units in the Krasnodon region, eastern Ukraine, on August 21, 2014. Click to enlarge

Ukraine crisis: Barroso warns Putin not to push EU to ‘point of no return’

Warnings that situation nears ‘point of no return’ as EU leaders convene to consider tougher measures and claims that Russia has shot down a Ukrainian Su-25

Protesters in Kiev demand surrounded Ukrainian troops be saved. Click to enlarge

Corridor: Putin calls on Ukraine militia to let out surrounded Kiev troops

More on the Ukraine crisis that the Western media is not reporting on

You abandoned us!’ Ukrainian soldiers & families despair over Kiev failures

This is an aspect of the conflict in Ukraine that is not being reported in West. The families of Ukrainian soldiers fighting in the east of the country accuse the government in Kiev of abandoning their loved ones

A freight car loaded with self-propelled artillary at a railway station in Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, southern Russia, near the border with Ukraine. Click to enlarge

Crisis deepens as Ukraine says Russian troops back rebel advance

NATO spokesman says up to 1,000 Russians are thought to be fighting in eastern Ukraine, backed by Russian tanks and advanced anti-aircraft systems

Nato would be powerless to stop a Russian invasion of Eastern Europe, says top British general

Given NATO’s steady encroachment eastwards Russia might feel justified in taking action to neutralise the threat posed by the Western military alliance

SAM strike on A-10 for comparison. Click to enlarge

Evidence Is Now Conclusive: Two Ukrainian Government Fighter-Jets Shot Down Malaysian Airlines MH17.

Wondered why we’ve heard so little about the investigation into MH17 recently? Because the evidence is building that it was shot down by Ukrainian jets

Ukraine crisis: Nato plans east European bases to counter Russia

Raising the stakes in its face-off with Russia, NATO says it plans to deploy its forces to new bases in eastern Europe

Russian Intelligence Warns Moscow of US-Led ISIL Threat

Russia’s external intelligence service has warned President Putin that covert U.S. backing for the Islamic State (aka ISIL) could pose a threat to Moscow’s interests in Central Asia and ultimately Russia itself

Battle erupts as Russian tanks cross Ukraine border: Kiev

Government spokesman in Kiev say a column of tanks, armoured vehicles and trucks has crossed into south eastern Ukraine from Russia

Armed pro Russian seperatists march Ukrainian POWs through Donetsk, Sunday, Aug 24, 2014. Click to enlarge

Ukraine defiant on national day, rebels parade captives

Military march past marks independence day in Kiev while in eastern Ukraine rebels march 100 POWs through the streets of Donetsk, the capitol of the pro-Russian stronghold

NATO Reports Major Russian Military Build-Up Near Ukraine Border

NATO Secretary General warns of “major” build-up of Russian forces near its border with Ukraine, as White House warns “military vehicles painted to look like civilian trucks” have “forced their way into” into the country.