While the US President, Barack Obama, is due to announce a new range of sanctions against Russia later today, the situation in Ukraine is rapidly getting worse. Russian-backed fighters still hold seven OSCE monitors and three SBU officers hostage, in addition to others including the Ukrainian journalist Irma Krat. Furthermore, the violence has spread further today: separatists have seized buildings in Kostiantynivka; a gun attack has wounded three in Kiev; Kharkiv Mayor Gennady Kernes has been shot and seriously wounded, and a third tortured body has been found in Slavyansk.
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