Live Blog: Ukraine In Crisis (ARCHIVE)
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July 16, 2015
Pro-Russian separatists assemble on July 16 on the field where MH17 crashed almost one year ago, killing all 298 on board.
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From RFE/RL's news desk:
Ukraine’s parliament has passed all the laws necessary to receive a second tranche of financial aid from the International Monetary Fund, Ukraine’s deputy minister announced on July 16.
The IMF tranche is worth $1.7 billion, Artem Shevalev said in a Facebook post.
Lawmakers voted for a series of laws including legislative changes to the banking system and energy sector.
Earlier in the week, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk dismissed legislation in Ukraine's parliament that would have watered down economic reforms demanded by the West in exchange for loans, saying it was sponsored by "lunatics."
Based on reporting by Reuters
Russian State Duma Deputy Ilya Ponomaryov -- the only member of the Duma to vote against the annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula last year -- has received a letter "inviting him to his arrest," as Pavel Sheremet puts it:
"Mission impossible: volunteers can no longer return dead soldiers home."
Our Ukrainian Service has this video on people who live in their basements because of the constant fighting along the frontline in eastern Ukraine.