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Blasts as experts finally reach MH17 crash site in Ukraine

Blasts as experts finally reach MH17 crash site in Ukraine
Separatist leaders have said that they would be willing to meet the so-called trilateral Contact Group -- which includes international monitors, as well as Russian and Ukrainian representatives -- but demanded that Kiev withdraw its troops from their territory as a first condition.

Despite the brief lull, the death toll continued to climb, with Ukraine’s army saying 11 soldiers were killed over the past 24 hours and local authorities saying that clashes in the rebel stronghold of Lugansk left three civilians dead, including a five-year-old child, in the same period.

The rising toll comes against the background of fresh threats from the West that they could tighten the screws still further on Russia over its role in the Ukraine conflict. A defiant Moscow had warned on Wednesday that fresh EU and US sanctions targeting its vital energy, arms and finance sector would backfire on the US and lead to energy price hikes in Europe.

In a statement released by the White House the G7 powers urged the Kremlin to ‘choose the path of de-escalation’ in Ukraine.
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