Just weeks after the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Russia appears to be preparing for a major offensive in Ukraine. After a recent build-up of troops, there are now some 20,000 Russian forces gathered along the Ukrainian border. At the same time, Ukrainian forces are on the move and hoping to regain control of a key city. CNN's Nick Paton Walsh was forced to take cover from the fighting as he filed this report for AC360.
Investigators in Ukraine tried and failed again today to reach the scene of the Flight 17 crash. Though they haven't set foot on the site, analysts are gleaning information by looking at the location of the wreckage and photos of the debris. The Wall Street Journal catalogued and mapped the crash site. Anderson and CNN safety analyst David Soucie looked at what the debris field tells us.
The United States and the European Union agreed to a new round of sanctions aimed at weakening the Russian economy. Is this enough to persuade Vladimir Putin to change his ways? Michelle Kosinski takes a closer look.
Hopes of a deescalation in fighting after the Flight 17 tragedy are fading. There are new signs that the Kremlin is sending more weapons to the separatists inside Ukraine, while Russian forces are firing from across the border. Anderson spoke with the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt who says Putin could end this crisis with one phone call.
A Ukrainian journalist working for CNN is being detained by pro-Russian separatists. Anton Skiba was outside of his hotel in a separatist controlled area of Donetsk when the armed militants grabbed him. For the last two days, CNN has been working behind the scenes to secure his release. Ivan Watson has the latest.
Today, a new procession of coffins arrived in the Netherlands. The tough work of identifying the remains and returning them to their loved ones is just beginning. Anderson discussed the challenges with Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and forensic pathologist Dr. Judy Melinek who is also the author of 'Working Stiff.'
Forty coffins bearing the remains of Flight 17 passengers arrived in the Netherlands today. Now the grim job of identifying the victims begins. Anderson Cooper discussed the next steps with Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Today the first coffins bearing some of the remains of the 298 people aboard Flight 17 arrived in the Netherlands. Holland's King and Queen joined the families greeting them. Mourners lined the 60-mile route that the procession followed. Today's events in the Netherlands stood in stark contrast to the war zone where the plane was shot down. Anderson looks back at a day of mourning and grace.
Andrei Anghel was on his way to Bali to celebrate the end of his second year of medical school when he was killed on Flight 17. His sister Alexandra shared her memories with Anderson Cooper. She says Andrei went into medicine because he always wanted to help people and aspired to make a difference in the world.
AC360 is remembering the victims of Flight 17 by sharing their stories.
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