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July 17, 2014 - A Malaysian passenger jet carrying nearly 300 people was shot down in the Donetsk area today. Rebels were accused of using a Buk anti-aircraft missile.

Reuters quoted a Ukrainian military minister as saying the rebels had shot down the jet and that 295 people were dead.

The location of the wreckage has been identified as both Grabovo and Torez, which lie in an area north of Donetsk and the Russian border. That area is home to coal miners who have long worked the major coal seam in the region. It has also been under rebel control during the insurrection that started in late winter.

July 21, 2014

Markets began the week with mixed messages, but equities in the US opened down and oil opened up.

In Asia as the trading started oil resumed a recent decline after a week of increased prices. Brent declined to the $107.03 per barrel range and NYMEX to $102.92.

But when markets opened in New York US equities fell and NYMEX oil was trading at about $103.66. Brent had climbed a small amount to $107.18 in mid-morning.

Markets vacillated upon opening Monday, with equities falling and oil rising. Oil closed up for the day in New York at $104.86 for NYMEX crude and Brent at $107.76.

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Ukraine Crisis Timeline

Nov 21
Ukraine government said it would not sign EU agreement and would work for closer ties with Russia. Protests against the government begin.
Nov 25
European Council statement about Ukraine withdrawal includes criticism about Russia's efforts to influence Ukraine away from the EU's Eastern Partnership trade agreement.
Nov 26
Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych tells Ukraine television that the EU has been offering candy in a nice wrapper if they would sign an IMF deal
Nov 28
Eastern Partnership summit begins in Vilnius, Lithuania. European Parliament President Martin Schultz says Yanukovych should listen to his people. Thousands of Ukrainians continue to demonstrate for closer ties to Europe.
Nov 29
Ukraine declines to sign EU Eastern Partnership trade agreement at Vilnius summit ends.
Nov 30
In the early morning hours police chase thousands of protesters from Independence Square in Kiev. But later in the day, thousands more protesters took to the streets throughout Kiev to denounce Yanukovych's refusal to sign the EU agreement.
Dec 01
About 100,000 protesters chased police out of Independence Square in Kiev. Police allowed a peaceful demonstration there, but when some protesters tried to break into a government building with a front-end loader police responded with tear gas.
Dec 11
Police attack barricades of protesters in Kiev's Independence Square.
Dec 15
The EU said it was suspending its attempt to revive the Eastern Partnership deal with Ukraine and at least 200,000 protesters merged on Independence Square.
Dec 15
Journalist Tetyana Chornovol was forced from her car and beaten. Her beating added to a list of violent incidents against protesters and journalists.
Dec 17
Yanukovych visits Putin in Moscow. Russia agrees to buy $15 billion worth of Ukraine government bonds and cut natural gas prices by one-third.
Dec 22
About 100,000 protesters at Independence Square call for the ouster of Yanukovych's government.
Dec 29
Arseny Yatsenyuk, the leader of the opposition Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party told protesters his party was looking to win the 2015 presidential elections.

Jan 17
Ukraine parliament passes laws aimed at stopping public demostrations.
Jan 19
Large protests turn violent in response to anti-demonstration legislation.
Jan 26
Anti-government protests have spread to other parts of Ukraine, with opposition groups seizing government buildings.
Jan 28
Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his government resign.
Feb 18
Protesters march on Parliament asking that the country's constitution be restored to the form it held before Yanuikovych took power.
Feb 19
Tatyana Yermakova, leader of pro-Russian group in Crimea, sends appeal to Moscow for protection from demonstrators.
Feb 20
Interior Ministry gives orders to use live ammunition and armed street fighting begins
Feb 21
Russia suspends its economic aid to Ukraine.
Feb 22
Protesters take control of Kiev and Yanukovych flees the city. The parliament votes 328-0 to impeach Yanukovych. Arseny Yatsenyuk named acting prime minister. Yulia Tymoshenko released from prison. Pro-Russian factions in eastern and southern Ukraine hold a congress.
Feb 27
Armed, pro-Russian militants seize the provincial parliament building in Simferopol, Crimea.
Mar 01
Russian troops fly to Crimea.
Mar 01
The Russian Parliament gives Putin authority to deploy Russian troops in the Ukraine. Russian troops are effectively in control of Crimea. OAO Gazprom, Russia's gas exporter, says it will end a discount deal on natural gas unless Ukraine pays a $1.55 billion natural gas bill.
Mar 02
Ukraine calls up its military reserves and acting Yatsenyuk, speaking about Russian troop movements in Crimea, “This is a declaration of war to my country.” US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is planning a visit to the region, said that Russia could be expelled from the G-8.
Mar 03
International condemnation of Russia's troops movements in Crimea mounts as the UK foreign secretary William Hague visits Kiev.
Mar 04
US Secretary of State John Kerry visits Kiev and offers $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine along with offers of technical assistance. Russian President Vladimir Putin called the regime change in Ukraine an "unconstitutional coup." He said Russia would reserve the right to use force in Ukraine.
Mar 05
The European Union offered Ukraine a $15 billion (11 billion Euro) in aid over the next two years.
Mar 15
Russia troops take control of a natural gas terminal near the east Crimean village of Strilkove.
Mar 16
Crimean voters in a referendum approve a measure to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. The vote is declared invalid by Western governments.
Mar 18
Russian Vladimir Putin signs a treaty annexing Crimea two days after a referendum in the region called for its succession from Ukraine.
Mar 19
Igor Sechin, head of Russian energy firm Rosneft, turned his attention to Asian markets by visiting a Japanese investment forum while that country imposed mild sanctions for the Crimean action. Sechin called for more integrated energy investment and tighter energy contracts between the two countries.
Mar 20
Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan met with with EU energy commissioner Gunther Oettinger and asked for help from Europe for his country's energy sector. Meanwhile US President Obama added more Russia officials to the list of people under sanctions resulting from the Crimean crisis.
Mar 21
Ukraine signs a trade deal with the European Union that former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovich had rejected in November. The EU is extending 500 million Euros worth of trade credits to Ukraine now. After presidential elections are held May 25, Ukraine can enter into a free-trade agreement with the EU.
Mar 24
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says that Russia is considering running an electricity transmission line from the Russian mainland to Crimea and building a natural gas electricity generating plant on the peninsula. Reports said that electricity service had beens seriously curtailed due to mishaps in the electric transmission system from mainland Ukraine.
Mar 27
The IMF announced an agreement with Ukraine in which it pledged at least $14 billion of aid to Ukraine. One provision would have Ukraine ending energy subsidies.
Apr 01
Gazprom raised its price of natural gas to Ukraine 44 percent, from $268 per 1,000 cubic meters to $385. Gazprom said it was ending a discount to Ukraine due to unpaid bills for natural gas shipped in the past.
Apr 03
Russia signs law ending discounts granted Ukraine in exchange for a basing Russian ships in Crimean ports on the Black Sea. Russia had terminated those agreements, saying that their annexation of Crimea as Russia territory put the bases under Russian sovereignty.
Apr 07
Pro-Russian protestors seized a government office in Donetsk and declared themselves the "Republican People's Soviet of Donetsk." Russian supporters in other eastern cities of Ukraine seized buildings and called for a referendum on the issue of joining Russia.
Apr 08
Gazprom announces that Ukraine had failed to make a $2.2 billion debt payment on its natural gas at the 20:00 GMT deadline the night before. Gazprom has threatened to curtail gas shipments for non-payment; Ukraine has disputed the April 1 44 percent price increase.
Apr 10
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned European leaders that natural gas shipments to and through Ukraine could be halted if Ukraine does not pay its natural gas debts. Europe receives 15% of its natural gas via Russia exports transited through Ukraine.
Apr 12
Outside Slovyansk, about 150 miles from Russia, a Ukrainian Security Service officer was shot and killed by pro-Russian gunmen who fired upon Ukrainian security forces. Pro-Russian militants had seized the police station within that town.
Apr 15
German energy provider RWE reversed the flow of gas to Ukraine under terms of a 2012. RWE could supply up to 10 billion cubic meters of gas a year based on European wholesale prices plus delivery costs.
Apr 17
In Geneva on Thursday, April 17, Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the UE signed an agreement that: called for an end to fighting; the laying down of arms by insurgents and the surrender of occupied buildings; and amnesty for those protesters. It also designated the OSCE to monitor the agreement.
Apr 22
US Vice President Joe Biden unveils energy assistance package to Ukraine. The US would provide technical assistance to reverse the flow of natural gas from Europe, increase efficiency and increase natural gas consumption in Ukraine.
Apr 24
Russia sent Ukraine an $11 billion bill for natural gas as Ukraine prepared for discussions with the EU. Ukraine and the EU are working to reverse the flow of gas to Ukraine. Russia has invited Ukraine to Moscow for meetings next week.
May 02
Ukraine launches a major assault in its eastern provinces. Two helicopters are shot down. Putin calls it a violation of the April 17 Geneva agreement.
May 11
Separatist groups in Ukraine's eastern provinces stage elections for secession from Ukraine. The elections are considered invalid by the international community and the results are not recognized by the Kiev government.
May 25
Petro Poroshenko wins the presidency of Ukraine with 54 percent of the vote. Turnout is low in the eastern provinces.
Jun 20
The battle occurred overnight near the village of Yampil.

The UN Commissioner for Human Rights issued a report describing the increase in internally displaced persons in Ukraine and the tactics of intimidation and fear used by the fighters. The UN also said 356 people, including 257 civilians, have died in Eastern Ukraine since May 7.
Jun 24
A MI-8 Hinde helicopter carrying technicians near Sloviansk was shot down. Nine people were killed.
Jun 27
The European Union signed the economic partnership with Ukraine that had been rejected in November, initiating riots and a change in government. Georgia and Moldova also signed.
Jul 01
Ukrainian forces ended a 10-day ceasefire, retaking a checkpoint from pro-Russian rebels and fighting for other positions in eastern Ukraine.
Jul 05
Ukrainian forces reestablished control over the eastern city of Slovyansk in Donetsk province. Slovyansk had been a rebel bastion for much of the insurgency in eastern Ukraine.
Jul 17
A passenger jet carrying nearly 300 people was shot down north near the village of Torez, north of Donetsk, in east Ukraine.
Aug 25
About 10 Russian tanks, two armored vehicles and trucks entered Ukraine near the Sea of Azov, Ukraine said.
Aug 25
Russian Mi24 helicopters shot at a Ukrainian border post at Krasnatalovka in the Luhansk region of east Ukraine. Ukraine said four guards were killed and three injured.
Aug 26
Russian and Ukrainian Presidents Vladmir Putin and Petro Poroshenko met in Moscow to discuss the fighting in east Ukraine.
Aug 27
Ukraine said Russia troops entered Ukraine at Amvrosiyivka. Ukraine also issued a warning of a Russian natural gas cut-off to Europe. Russia denied both claims.
Aug 27
Pro-Russian fighters entered and quickly took Novoazovsk in southeastern Ukraine. Ukraine had said Russian troops were in the area.
Aug 30
Russian tanks destroyed the eastern city of Novosvitlivka. The European Union is considering sanctions against Russia.

Apr 05
Four Ukrainian soldiers were killed by gunfire in Schastye near Luhansk and two died from a land mine explosion near Mariupol close to the Black Sea.
Apr 06
Ukraine's President Petro O. Poroshenko told a constitutional reform convention that Ukraine should remain a unitary country. Poroshenko said a more decentralized government might be in order, but Russia's suggestion that the country be 'federalized" stretches too far into a break-up of the East European nation.