TODAY: E.U. wants to increase punitive sanctions against Russia over ongoing Ukraine violence, U.N. says Mariupol attack a war crime; Putin says its NATO stoking tensions in Ukraine, not Russia; Peskov says credit downgrade politically motivated; Navalny house arrest extended, protest called; Ekho Moskvy extremist appeal rejected.
TODAY: S&P downgrades Russia; VTB fears SWIFT lockout; Syria wins Russia a new friend in Europe? Google fined for abortion ads; alleged Russian spy ring uncovered in U.S.; Litvinenko inquiry opens in London.
TODAY: West threatens further sanctions in wake of increased violence in Ukraine; Lavrov says Russia ready to do what it takes, but falls short of taking responsibility; Rogozin says Ukraine punishments are really about other issues; LGBT activist fined for hosting support website; protesters detained in Moscow.