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Live Blog: Ukraine In Crisis


The situation in the Donbas combat zone as of August 18, 2017

Summary

Final News Summary

-- The U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker will travel to Minsk, where he will meet with a representative of the Russian government to "discuss Russian-Ukrainian relations" on August 21, the State Department announced on August 18.

-- Russian President Vladimir Putin on August 18 visited the city of Sevastopol in Crimea, triggering an angry rebuke from Kyiv, which accused him of disregarding international law by traveling to the Ukrainian peninsula seized by Moscow three years ago.

-- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will travel to Ukraine next week to meet with President Petro Poroshenko and Ukraine's defense chief, a visit Kyiv has said could involve the signing of new defense agreements.

*NOTE: Times are stated according to local time in Kyiv (GMT +3)

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That ends are live blog for today. Please join us again tomorrow for more coverage of Ukraine.

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A video report on the environmental damage caused by the fighting in the Donbas region:

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OSCE monitors in Donbas to step up patrols in some areas of heavy fighting:

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Residential areas along the front-line in eastern Ukraine being bombed and destroyed:

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