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People lay flowers and light candles outside the Dutch Embassy in Kyiv on July 17 to remember those killed in the MH17 disaster four years ago.

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-- European Union ambassadors have decided to add six Russian entities to its asset freeze and visa ban list for being involved in the recent construction of the Kerch Strait Bridge -- a 19-kilometer-long bridge linking the mainland of southern Russia with the Crimean Peninsula.

-- A top Ukrainian activist who campaigns against government corruption says he suffered chemical burns when an assailant threw green liquid in his face as he took part in a demonstration outside a prosecutor's office in Kyiv.

-- Ukraine says one of its soldiers has been killed in clashes in the country's east.

-- Russian intelligence has acquired internal documents of the international team monitoring the conflict in eastern Ukraine, including dossiers with personal information about its hundreds of staff members from a spy, likely a staff member, according to German broadcaster ARD.

-- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says Russia "must be held accountable" for downing Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in 2014 over the war zone in eastern Ukraine, a tragedy he called a "terrorist act."

*Time stamps on the blog refer to local time in Ukraine

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That concludes our live-blogging of the Ukraine crisis for Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Check back here tomorrow for more of our continuing coverage. Thanks for reading and take care.

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EU To Add Six Russian Entities To Sanctions List Over Kerch Bridge

By RFE/RL

BRUSSELS -- European Union ambassadors have decided to add six Russian entities to its asset freeze and visa ban list for being involved in the recent construction of the Kerch Strait Bridge -- a 19-kilometer-long bridge linking the mainland of southern Russia with the Crimean Peninsula.

According to the EU, Russia's construction of the bridge since Moscow illegally annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine has contributed to the destabilization of Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

EU officials who spoke to RFE/RL on condition of anonymity say a formal decision to add the six entities to the sanctions list is expected in the coming days.

At present, the sanctions list contains the names of 155 individuals from Russia and Ukraine and 38 entities.

The Kerch Strait Bridge was opened for cars and buses in May. It contains a four-lane highway and two lines of railway tracks that are still under construction.

The $3.7 billion Russian construction project began in 2016.

With reporting by RFE/RL correspondent Rikard Jozwiak in Brussels
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Here is today's map of the security situation in eastern Ukraine, according to the National Security and Defense Council (CLICK TO ENLARGE):

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