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Ukraine Live Blog: Zelenskiy & The Crisis In The East

Residents remove debris outside a house that locals said was damaged during recent shelling in the rebel-controlled city of Donetsk on June 17.

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-- Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Olena Zerkal says Dutch authorities plan to name suspects in the downing of flight MH17 five years ago, in which all 298 people aboard the passenger jet were killed.​

-- German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her country's backing for extending sanctions against Russia as she met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Berlin.

-- The U.S. Department of Defense says it plans to provide $250 million to enhance Ukraine’s military capabilities as the nation continues to battle Russia-backed separatists in its eastern regions.

-- A court in Russia has sentenced five Crimean Tatars to lengthy prison terms on extremism charges that they say are politically motivated.

-- The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, William Taylor, will lead America’s diplomatic mission in Kyiv during parliamentary elections in July, the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv said on June 18.

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It seems a Czech delegation led by Communist deputy Zdeněk Ondráček visited separatist-held Donetsk on Saturday, May 11, to mark its "independence day."

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