UN: Downing of Flight 'May Be War Crime'
The U.N. high commissioner for human rights says the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in rebel-held eastern Ukraine "may amount to a war crime."
Pillay said every effort will be made to ensure that anyone committing serious violations of international law in the Ukraine conflict, "including war crimes" will be brought to justice, "no matter who they are."
Meanwhile, fighting in the area where the plane crashed has forced a team of international investigators to abandon plans to gain access to the site for a second straight day. The team of Dutch and Australian experts said earlier Monday the group was renewing efforts to reach the site.
In another development, the U.S. State Department released satellite images Sunday showing what it says is proof that Russian forces are firing rockets and artillery across the border into eastern Ukraine.
The images, released in a four-page document, show what U.S. analysts say are multiple rocket launchers and artillery fire coming from Russian territory. Other images show impact craters near military positions in eastern Ukraine, where government forces are battling pro-Russian separatists.
Moscow has not commented on the pictures.
UN Security Council Urges Immediate Gaza Cease-Fire
The U.N. Security Council has adopted a presidential statement supporting an "immediate and unconditional" humanitarian cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.
The measure presented early Monday urges both sides in the conflict to take steps to achieve "a durable and fully respected cease-fire." It also expresses the need for immediate humanitarian aid to the people in the Gaza Strip.
The Council's action comes after several cease-fire agreements failed to hold since the conflict escalated nearly three weeks ago.
Palestinian Ambassador to the U.N. Riyad Mansour said he hopes the statement leads to a long cease-fire, but criticized the Security Council for not taking the stronger action of adopting a resolution against what he called Israel's "aggression."
Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Ron Prosor said Hamas has fired 2,500 rockets at Israel, and reiterated that if Israel were not facing rocket attacks, it would not need to carry out its own strikes.
He said the Security Council statement was lacking in the specific mention of Hamas, militant rocket fire or Israel's right to defend itself.
Officials including U.S. President Barack Obama have continued to try to find a lasting halt to the fighting.