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  • The US stepped up pressure on Moscow on Sunday by releasing satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighbouring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for pro-Russian separatists has crossed the border.

    The images, which came from the US Director of National Intelligence and could not be independently verified by The Associated Press, show blast marks where rockets were launched and craters where they landed. Officials said the images show heavy weapons fired between July 21 and July 26 - after the July 17 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 that killed all 298 onboard.

    The four-page memo is part of the Obama administration's push to hold Russia accountable for its activities in neighboring Ukraine, and the release could help to persuade the United States' European allies to apply harsher sanctions on Russia.

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