Ukrainian forces pushed pro-Russian rebels out of their stronghold of Slaviansk on Saturday. Its re-capture represents Kiev’s most notable military victory in three months of fighting in which more than 200 Ukrainian troops have been killed as well as hundreds of civilians and rebels.
The regions of Donetsk and Luhansk are likely to be next in the government forces’ crosshairs.
Talks between Iran and the six world powers – the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China – over its disputed nuclear programme stretch through the week, leading up to a July 20 deadline which has been set for a definitive deal.
Most diplomats involved in the talks expect that date to lapse though we reported exclusively that Iran has reduced demands for the size of its future nuclear enrichment programme.
The shift relates to the main sticking point in the talks – the number of uranium enrichment centrifuges Iran can maintain in exchange for a gradual end of sanctions.
The Eurogroup caucus of euro zone finance ministers meets in Brussels today. On the agenda is the exchange rate at which Lithuania will switch to the euro and the programme put forward by Italy for its six-month EU presidency.