Russia Begins Military Drills Near Ukrainian Border
Russian officials say the military is beginning exercises Monday in the central and western regions of the country, which would include the Ukraine border region.
The officials say the drills involving more than 100 fighter jets and helicopters will last through Friday.
While the announcement did not mention Ukraine, the military exercises could increase tensions in the already volatile region.
On Sunday, deadly clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists continued as investigators searched the site of a plane crash for a third day.
Local officials in Donetsk say six people were killed there in shelling between the two sides. Reuters news agency says three other people were killed in Luhansk.
Meanwhile, the remains of more victims from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 arrived in Kharkiv Sunday to be prepared for transportation to the Netherlands.
The head of the Dutch police mission working at the crash site says crews have finished searching one of five zones of the crash site. He said completing the search will take at least three weeks.
Israel Declares 7-Hour Gaza Truce
No accounts of violence have been reported Monday since the time Israel said it would begin holding fire for seven hours in most of the Gaza Strip to allow Palestinians access to humanitarian aid and for displaced civilians to return to their homes.
However, just hours before the truce was scheduled to start, an Israeli airstrike killed a militant Palestinian leader. The Islamic Jihad group said its commander in the northern part of the the Gaza Strip, Daniel Mansour, died when the strike hit his home.
Israel positioned tanks near the Gaza border Monday before the cease-fire went into effect.
Hamas, which controls Gaza, says it it skeptical about the truce announcement, and urged Palestinians in Gaza "to take caution."
The truce, beginning at 0700 UTC, was announced just hours after an Israeli airstrike in the southern Gaza town of Rafah killed at least 10 civilians who had sought shelter in a United Nations school.
The Israeli military later said it had targeted three suspected militants near the school, and said it was "reviewing the consequences" of the strike. It also said Monday's truce will not apply to Rafah where military operations were set to continue.
It is the third time in 10 days that a U.N. school has been the target of lethal explosions that have drawn international condemnation. The latest attack also drew a strong rebuke from U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon, who called it "a moral outrage and a criminal act."
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki called it "disgraceful" and "appalling."