SLAVYANSK, UKRAINE: Leading world powers agreed to slap fresh sanctions on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis as soon as Monday, as tensions mounted amid fears of an imminent Russian invasion.
As the West sought to ratchet up the diplomatic and economic pressure on the Kremlin, the situation on the ground in eastern Ukraine threatened to escalate, with pro-Russian rebels kidnapping a team of international observers and accusing them of being Nato spies.
As well, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Russia had violated his country's airspace seven times overnight with an aim "to provoke Ukraine to start a war".
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