Ukrainian government forces have retaken the city hall in the south-eastern port of Mariupol from pro-Russia separatists, officials say.
The Kiev interior ministry says rebels who had seized the building last week have left, but some local reports later said they were attempting to return.
By now, most of us can list Jeremy Clarkson’s more offensive recent utterances: the “n word”, most unforgivably; the “slope” on a Burmese bridge; and, with Top Gear co-presenter Richard Hammond, playing Beavis to Clarkson’s Butthead, those lazy, flatulent Mexicans. Plus an entire “special” that spent something like an hour taking the mickey out of the Indians.
European foreign ministers are meeting to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, where the authorities have launched a crackdown on pro-Russian separatists.
Pro-Russian militants just outside Sloviansk are retreating amid attacks by Ukrainian troops, reports say.
Government forces have taken a TV tower in the suburbs and rebels were pulling back deeper into the city, the Russian Interfax news agency said.
The battle lines are drawn. On the one hand, the First World War was a necessary struggle and Britain had no alternative but to play its part: on the other, the war was a tragic mess that came about by mistake, and we should have stayed out. Bungling statesmen got us into it, and bungling generals made sure it would be a four-year nightmare of futile slaughter.
Ukraine’s interim Prime Minister has said the country’s security forces are to blame for the deaths of over 40 people in Odessa – the vast majority pro-Russian protesters – as they failed to maintain order in the southern city.
When many of us have a little cash to invest, we might buy a mutual fund or a stock — if we don’t blow it on the latest tech gadget. Not the truly wealthy, however. They often put their money in property, art, businesses and other investments that the rest of us can only dream of owning. How this rarified group uses their cash differentiates them from the rest of us — and keeps them in the black.