The leaders of France and Germany pressed Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko to agree to a new truce in eastern Ukraine when they spoke on the phone on the 9 July 2014. Ukraine said it would not talk to separatist rebels until they disarmed.
NATO's secretary general NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, warned on the 8 July 2014 that Russia was playing a 'double game' in Ukraine, issuing conciliatory public statements while massing its forces along the border and smuggling arms and equipment to separatists inside eastern Ukraine.
The European Union agreed on the 9 July 2014 to add 11 new names to the list of persons targeted with asset freezes and travel bans over the Ukraine crisis. Sanctions took effect on the 12 July 2014.
Reports from international media on the 10 July stated that Ukraine forces clashed with separatists at Donetsk airport.
On the 11 July 2014 a rebel attack in Luhansk region killed at least 23 soldiers - one of the worst single losses suffered by the Ukrainian army. At least four people died when a suburb of the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Donetsk was badly damaged by rockets on the 12 July 2014. Thousands of Donetsk resident were said to be fleeing out of the city as government forces approached the city.
Furthermore, Russia warned on the 13 July 2014 of "irreversible consequences" after a man was allegedly killed on its side of the border by a shell fired from Ukraine. On the following day, Ukraine's president, Petro Poroshenko, claimed that serving Russian military officers were taking part in operations in east Ukraine, after an An-26 transport plane was reportedly shot down near the border.
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