1230: Moscow expects Ukraine will agree to a new ceasefire, according to reports from RIA Novosti. The Russian Foreign Ministry said it expected the results of Wednesday's four-way ministerial meeting in Berlin will persuade Kiev to return to the ceasefire that was recently annulled by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. "We expect that the positive results of the four-party meeting between the foreign ministers of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine on July 2 in Berlin that ended in a joint declaration will persuade Ukraine to immediately return to its ceasefire regime," the ministry said.
1200: The Head of the EU delegation to Russia has said the European Union expects Russia and Ukraine to finish gas negotiations by the end of the summer, according to a short report from Russian newswire Interfax.
1145: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Italian counterpart Federica Mogherini have discussed a lasting truce in Ukraine, according to Interfax, quoting a report posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry website on Thursday. "The ministers spoke about results of the meeting of the foreign ministers of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine held in Berlin on July 2nd. They stressed the importance of the approved declaration and the appeal for a lasting truce in Ukraine and the soonest convocation of a contact group meeting," the ministry said.
-- Thursday July 3rd --
1600: Ukraine has declared early success in its renewed military offensive against pro-Russia militants in the east, says the Wall Street Journal, though diplomats have agreed to work with Russian counterparts toward a new cease-fire. Ukrainian officials claimed their forces had pushed armed separatists out of three small eastern towns and were attacking more than 100 targets. But they said rebels were still attacking border checkpoints and army positions.
1200: Russian, Ukrainian, German and French foreign ministers planned to meet in Berlin on Wednesday to discuss the crisis, according to Germany's foreign ministry. Kiev refused to renew the recent ceasefire despite phone talks between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande.
-- Wednesday July 2nd --
1525: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects a capital outflow from Russia of up to $100bn this year due to concerns about the region and economic sanctions. The Washington-based lender has concluded its 'Article IV' annual review of Russia and noted that recent geopolitical tensions have brought the economy to "a standstill", projecting real GDP growth at 0.2% in 2014 with considerable downside risks. "Concerns about sanctions so far, as well as the threat of additional sanctions in the future, following Russia's actions in Crimea, have increased the uncertainty of doing business in Russia and are having a chilling effect on investment."
1210: A senior German politician has called for new sanctions on Russia. Norbert Röttgen, a member of the Bundestag's Committee on Foreign Affairs, told German radio that Russia and its acolytes in Eastern Ukraine had missed their opportunity to find a peaceful solution during the ceasefire. "The EU must stick to its word, otherwise it loses credibility and can't do more for de-escalation and stability," he said, according to the Wall Street Journal.
1145: Moscow has said that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko cancellation of the recent ceasefire and sudden reactivation of the army in the Donbass region has "undermined" recent diplomatic progress with the leaders of Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France, reports Russian agency Interfax. The Russian Foreign Ministry said efforts to return to the negotiating table should be continued, after Russia proposed joint control of its border with Ukraine. Kiev seemed open to the idea but has been frustrated by what it sees as eastern militants and Russia violating the ceasefire, a claim also raised against its own troops.
1045: The Ukrainian army has resumed its offensive in the east of the country, following President Petro Poroshenko lifting the ceasefire earlier. Chairman of the Parliament said: "I talked to the defense minister and interior minister today... The active phase of the counter-terrorism operation resumed in the morning. Our armed forces are hitting bases and stations of terrorists," he said on Tuesday. Newswire RIA Novosti reported that Russian border control zones of Donetsk-Izvarino and Krasnoparizansk-Gukovo have been closed as a result. "Fighting began at around 9:00am. The border patrol stations are currently closed. Russian border guards and employees of the Federal Customs Service have retreated to a safe distance," a border official said.
0710: Ukrainian army airplanes came under fire from sites in residential Donetsk, one of the cities in eastern Ukraine at the centre of the conflict, according to Russian newswire Interfax. The wire, relaying a message posted on the website of Mayor of Donetsk, reported that supporters of the Donetsk People's Republic attempted to open fire on the airplanes with large-caliber weapons.
0630: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called an end to the recent 10-day ceasefire with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country. Despite several days of talks with Russian president Vladimir Putin and representatives from the rebels from the Donbass region in the east and the European Union there was no satisfactory conclusion, leading Ukraine's new leader to send military forces back on the offensive. "We will attack, we will free our land," he said in a statement. He added: "Unfortunately, the unique chance to implement the peace plan was not realised. This happened due to the criminal actions of militants. They publicly declared their desire to support the peace plan and ceasefire. But they more than 100 times barefacedly violated the ceasefire regime."